Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                          1-5-18

Get 2018 Life Sunday resources (bulletins, inserts, Bible studies, sermons, children's messages) here.
2018 Walk For Life Opportunities

Fort Wayne March For Life - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Saturday, January 27th 12:00 PM

OneLife Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California
Saturday, January 20th 12:00 PM

March For Life St. Augustine - St. Augustine, Florida
Saturday, January 13th 10:30 AM

Georgia March For Life - Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, January 23rd 1:00 PM

West Coast Walk For Life - San Francisco, California
Saturday, January 27th 12:30 PM

Missouri March & Rally - Jefferson City, Missouri
Saturday, January 27th 10:00 AM

Chicago March For Life - Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, January 14th 2:00 PM

National March For Life - Washington D.C.
Friday, January 19th 12:00 PM

Minnesota March For Life - St. Paul, Minnesota
Monday, January 22nd 12:00 PM

New Jersey March For Life - Trenton, New Jersey
Monday, January 22nd 11:00 AM

Tucson March For Life - Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, January 20th 10:30 AM

Cleveland March For Life - Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday, January 13th 12:00 PM

Nebraska Walk For Life - Lincoln, Nebraska
LCMS Pre-Walk Gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 27th 10:00 AM
Meet Jean, who mourns the death of her child but who is reminded daily that "Jesus is always with me, even when I was on the hard, cold, abortion table."
Divine Call

Call Received
The Rev. Timothy P. Kade, Epic, Shelby Township, MI, has received a call to serve Zion, Lawrenceville, PA.
Caring for our military
Another thank you to Packages4Patriots, an outreach of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL:
"Dear Packages4Patriots,
I would like to thank you so much for all the goodies you sent. It had a lot of really nice stuff in it that I needed and some good treats I haven't had in a few months. Thank you for all of your support and prayers. I shared some stuff that you sent with my whole flight. Here is a photo from all of us saying thank you and happy holidays!"
Selfless serving
Click on the link below to watch a heart-warming story about giving from one of the students at Redeemer Lutheran School Pre-K - 12th Grade, Pittsburgh, PA. Middle school student Demetrius Broadnax Jr., 12, was featured on the local news, detailing how and why he shared his Christmas gifts with other children who lost loved ones to violence. News link is HERE .

Supporting our troops
Angelica Lutheran Church, Allen Park, MI, collected donations for Troops Need Love Too's Christmas packing event. Included in the boxes were coloring pages with inspirational messages for our troops along with snacks and items they often can't get in their remote locations.

In our churches
Sharing the Good News
The Church of Saint Mark Lutheran, Mississauga, ON, held a live nativity event in December. This annual event has been a community tradition for over 60 years. Various congregation members take shifts to dress for the nativity scene; volunteers pick up and return the sheep; and several members provide wonderful music, a fire pit and hot apple cider. This year, a layer of light snow enhanced the live nativity, and there was an angel on the roof of the manger for most of the evening. It was a memorable evening and a chance to remind the community of the reason that we all rejoice at Christmas.

Welcoming students
Students from China attended their first Christian worship ever on Christmas Eve 2017 at First Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA . Students also attended a Christmas party on December 27, at the home of Anna Mussmann, an ESL instructor. The students really loved and appreciated both events..

Farewell sermon
Pastor Jeff Kunsman gave his farewell sermon on Sunday, December 31st. His ministry at St. Luke, Toronto, ON, brought the love of Jesus to so many. Thank you, Pastor Jeff. Enjoy your retirement!
Joshua Karkheck, age 9, will always remember his baptismal date. He received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on New Year's Eve, following morning worship hours at Grace Lutheran Church in Redford, MI. He is pictured with Rev. Timothy Halboth and his parents - both graduates of Concordia University, Seward, NE. Josh's mom, Bonnie, serves Grace as volunteer assistant to the pastors in children and youth.
Winter VBS
Grace Lutheran Church, Elyria, OH, hosted a winter Vacation Bible School. What an awesome day they had as 40 kids and 17 volunteers spent the day revisiting Maker Fun Factory! A special thanks to Kerry Parker and Brent Parker for leading the day. Now everyone is getting ready for "Shipwrecked," the theme for next summer's VBS!
In our District
2018 English District Convention
Preparations are well underway for the English District Convention to be held June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. Each congregation should be making preparations as well, and to facilitate communication regarding convention deadlines, we are emailing  convention e-notes to our congregations and pastors every month.

An informational letter and forms were mailed to every district congregation from our District Secretary, Rev. Luke Zimmerman.  There is also a link to these forms on the English District website  2018 Convention page.  Official nomination forms for president and vice presidents were mailed in late November and are only available in printed format.  The nominations deadline is February 19, 2018. Please prayerfully consider pastors and laypersons who may serve well in the various elected positions.   If you are unable to locate your president and vice president nomination forms, please contact  Rev. Luke Zimmerman (   or  717-636-1545) to receive another copy.
If you have questions, you may contact the District office ( or 800-755-9335) or Rev. Luke Zimmerman (  or 717-636-1545). 
Write a Hymn
You are invited to write and submit a hymn to be considered as the Convention Hymn for the 56th Regular Convention of the English District LCMS. The convention will be held June 19-21, 2018 on the campus of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. The theme of the hymn: Love your neighbor as yourself. Deadline for all hymn submissions is Monday, January 22, 2018. Please email the lyrics and music to Bishop Jamison J. Hardy.

Tips for writing a hymn
  • Begin with a Scripture passage.
  • Add visually descriptive or figurative language.
  • Choose a melody from a well known and beloved hymn.
  • Make it a rhyme or use repetition as a method.
  • End the hymn with your best line.
Calling a seminary candidate
Is your congregation interested in requesting a candidate from the seminary to fill a vacancy? If so, please contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Stanis at 248-476-0039 ext. 320 or email her to receive information needed to request a candidate and how to obtain call documents online. Deadline to make a request and submit call documents to the English District office is February 1, 2018.
Congregations - Final Remittance Reminder
The final receipts reporting cut-off for Fiscal Year Ending January 31, 2018 is Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

Please note on your Remittance Advice form "FINAL 2017 REMITTANCE" when you submit your final remittance for 2017.

Guidelines for preparing year-end gift receipts
As you prepare your church's year-end receipts, please use Chapter 10 of the LCMS Congregational Treasurer's Manual as your resource. 

Click here for more information on preparing end of year receipts.
Please prayerfully consider joining us in ministry, so that the English District - LCMS can continue its work in spreading the message of Christ. We have established the English District Endowment Fund, which is designed to support current and new missions and ministries, church worker and seminary students, and campus ministries in the areas where our congregations live and witness. Every gift matters. Whatever God leads you to give will be a great blessing as we all work together to plant new missions and schools and provide resources to existing ministries and church workers across the United States and Canada and around the world.   Click  here  for our giving page. Thank you!

For our Canadian friends: To receive a tax receipt, please make your cheque payable to your congregation and designate the gift for the English District Endowment Fund. Your congregation will forward your gift to the English District and provide you with a receipt for income tax purposes.
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  Lynne Cobb by Wednesday, 12:00 pm ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."

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