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Servant to Servant
January 4, 2019
Divine Calls
Calls Received
The Rev. Justin D. Laughridge, Morning Star, Lakeside, CA, has received a call to serve as the Senior Pastor of St. Luke, Toronto, ON, Canada.

The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Associate Pastor, St. Luke, Toronto, ON, Canada, has received a call to serve as Associate Pastor of St. Mark, Mississauga, ON, Canada.

The Rev. William G. Sabol, Howell, MI, has received a call to serve as Sole Pastor of Tree of Life, Inverness, FL.

The Rev. Rodney E. Zwonitzer, The Villages, FL, has received a call to serve as Associate Pastor of Our Savior, Hartland, MI.

Call Accepted
The Rev. Justin D. Laughridge, Morning Star, Lakeside, CA, has accepted the call to serve as the Senior Pastor of St. Luke, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Prayer Requests
There is power in prayer. Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. When you submit a prayer request, it will be posted in our weekly eNewsletter, Servant to Servant. The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). Please email  Holly Scheer  with your prayer requests.

The District daily prayers for January are available on our website. Please join us in prayer.
Parking Lot Tax for Nonprofits
IRS Notice 2018-99 provides guidance for implementing the unrelated business income tax on qualified transportation fringe benefits, including employer provided parking provided by nonprofit organizations, including churches.

Visual Faith Ministry

Visual Faith ministries is the collaborative effort of on-line and "in-real-life" learning communities to enrich, encourage and enable the connections between visual and kinesthetic learning and storytelling about God's faithfulness in our lives.

Click here to download the January Children's Bulletins and Sermon Notes.
New Way to Connect

The English District now has an Instagram account! Please follow us, and tag us in pictures of your congregation's life or member's lives!
In Our Churches
Christ Lutheran Church, Lake Mills, WI
The church's crèche was built by their pastor in a silhouette of the manger scene. It serves as a reminder of Martin Luther’s words:  “Word and Sacrament are the manger and swaddling clothes into which it has pleased Christ to lay himself.”  
Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA
Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Sunday school performed "The Christmas Story" during a church service.
Peace in the Valley, Benson, AZ
Two new members were brought into membership, bringing the year's total to 11. The church also had a record attendance of 90 for the Christmas Service!
Christmas Eve Drama presentation.
Shepherd of the Coast, Palm Coast, FL
Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church celebrated the spirit of giving at Christmastime by donating food and hygiene items so that the Sunday school students and youth group members could assemble 100 Blessing Bags for church members to distribute to homeless and needy individuals in the community.
Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN
Children's Christmas Program.
Trinity Lutheran Church, LaPorte, IN
Candlelight Service and Dinner.
1-1-1 for Missions
Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Atlanta, GA had a wonderful first quarter of giving towards the 1-1-1 campaign! The church's members -- even the littlest ones -- have been inspired to give generously and consistently, and this tiny but mighty church of approximately 60 members exceeded its goal for the first quarter.
They had hoped to raise $500 within three months toward district missions through 1-1-1 (this is above and beyond their regular district giving) and the total ended up being slightly higher at $605! Ascension members are already off to another enthusiastic start for round two. They hope other churches will join together with them to combine gifts and continue to support the mission of the district in sharing the Gospel with all people.
Make Your Ordinary Assets an Extraordinary Blessing
God has blessed us abundantly. We respond in love by serving Him and sharing our earthly blessings with others. Just as we are responsible managers of God’s blessings all through our lives, we are also to practice good stewardship in the way we distribute our earthly blessings when He takes us home to heaven. Where do we begin?

Click here for more information about how you can begin a Lifetime Plan for Giving and contact Ron Grimm, English District Gift Planning Counselor, at 412-584-7039.
In Our Schools
Faith Lutheran Church & School, Watertown, WI
Children's Christmas Program.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Christmas Chapel Service.
Lutheran Educator's Conference
The 2019 LEA National Administrators Conference will feature Dr. Ben Carson. For details see here.
Previous issues of the Servant to Servant eNewlsetter are available on the   English District website . You are encouraged to share the information from Servant to Servant with members of your congregation.
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Please share your congregation's or school's unique ministries with the rest of the District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to  Holly Scheer  by Wednesday, 12:00 pm ET. We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those around you.
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