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Servant to Servant
Greetings!
October 18, 2019
Bishop's Visitation
Eastern Region Pastors Conference
Bishop Rev. Jamison Hardy was pleased to present his report to the English District Eastern Regional Church Workers Conference at the Port-O-Call Hotel, Ocean City, NJ and to see all of the workers from the region.
Rev. Eric Andrae, S.T.M., Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA, presented on the theology of noted Swedish pastor, bishop, and author Bo Giertz.
District Presidents’ Administrative Assistants (DPAA) Conference
Forty DPAAs, from 27 of the 35 LCMS Districts, attended their annual conference this past week in Ann Arbor, MI. They met on the North campus of Concordia University. The English and Michigan Districts cohosted the conference. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and President David P. E. Maier led devotions and welcomed the women to the conference. The conference speaker was Rev. Dr. Lane Seitz, Information and Technology Consultant, Council of Presidents of the LCMS. Guest presenters included Steve Gruenwald & Karen Wilhelms from Concordia Plan Services and Rev. David Thiele from Lutheran Church Extension Fund. The theme for the conference was: "Sisters In Christ Are Sisters for Life."
Calling All Photographers!
The English District website is undergoing a redesign and as part of this, we want to invite all of you to be part of this process. The new banner will have room for photos and we would love to feature pictures by English District photographers!

Here are the guidelines for the photos you submit: 
  • High resolution
  • 2000 px by 800 px
  • Orientation - Landscape
  • Landscapes, buildings, or other scenes without people
  • Your own original work
  • Represent English District values
  • Reflect the mission of our District 

We can’t wait to see and feature your work! Please send .jpg files to Holly Scheer at hscheer@englishdistrict.org by November 10, 2019.
Concordia Technology Blog
Can job descriptions foster teamwork? You bet! Read more to find out how.
1-1-1 for Missions
We have two new congregations to support with 1-1-1!

Meet Holy Cross Lutheran Mission
Holy Cross Lutheran Mission is located in Hazelwood, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This community has gone through significant economic hardship but is preparing to see growth and expansion, and Holy Cross is excellently placed in the community to be part of that growth.

They are in need of a building to call their own, Holy Cross intends to offer members of the community catechesis, daily prayer offices, and weekly church services. The people in the community are hungry for the Gospel and eager for a church home, and Holy Cross is eager to start serving them, as well, with a clothing and food bank. Holy Cross is served by Rev. Doug Spittel and Vicar Timothy Kern. They are looking forward to being able to better serve their growing flock and the people around them.

Meet Tree of Life Lutheran Church
Tree of Life is a congregation in Inverness, Florida. They began meeting in a member’s home with four families who gathered around Bible studies, music, and singing. The church has grown and now needs a larger meeting place and a permanent location. They have a new pastor, Rev. Mark Steinke. Tree of Life is a wonderful example of how God can work in a community of people to grow a church and serve a community through that church.

This congregation is very community focused, with a “Kids in Care” program where they serve local foster parents and children in foster care by giving them fun, safe activities and respite. They also help support a dental clinic for the community where veterans and people experiencing homelessness can receive free dental care. Tree of Life is excited to grow and share their love with others around them!

Please contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor   Derek Mathers    or 
Pastor   Justin Laughridge , Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions.
For more information contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor: Ron Grimm by phone (412)391-4850 or email .
Worker Wellness
The LCMS has weekly devotions for church workers focusing on wellness and encouragement. If you haven't been reading them, now is a good time to start. This week's devotion can be found here .
Prayer Requests
Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. When you submit a prayer request, with your permission, it will be posted in this weekly eNewsletter. The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

We invite you to daily pray with us. The prayers for November can be found here .

Please email  Holly Scheer  with your prayer requests.
In Our Churches
First Lutheran Church,
El Cajon, CA
First Lutheran Church's "World Walk for Health" began on June 1, 2019 and they will walk until December 31, 2019 with a goal of circling the globe, a total of 25,000 miles. They encourage their members to walk, bike, jog, play sports, etc. and turn their miles in weekly where they will be added up and logged onto a world map. Thus far they have walked 10, 642 miles!!! The goals are threefold: to promote exercise, to increase their health benefits, and to promote unity through a congregation-wide event!
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, MI
Epiphany Lutheran Church celebrated her 25th anniversary with a special celebration. Nearly 100 members, past and present, as well as friends of Epiphany gathered to give thanks to God for His 25 years of blessings and implore His grace for all the years ahead. The service featured special music from Epiphany's members as well as the handbell choir from Grace, Wyoming, which is Epiphany's mother church. More information and pictures from the service can be found here .
Epiphany was featured in LCEF's church photo contest. Pastor Ryan Beffrey took second place in the contest with his picture of Epiphany at sunrise on Easter, 2019.
Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church, Sherman Oaks, CA
Scenes from worship and fellowship.
In Our Schools
REMINDER
Early Childhood and School Statistical Report

The 2019-20 Statistics Submission Process is open for the 2019-20 school year!

Please submit your school statistics as soon as possible and connect with the LCMS Office of Rosters and Statistics for questions. To receive a paper version of the form, please contact  rosters.stats@lcms.org  or the LCMS Information Center at 888.843.5267.

Currently 15 English District schools and early childhood and preschools have completed their report. 

The deadline for submitting your 2019-2020 school statistics is
November 1, 2019.


If you have any questions please contact Gail Holzer or Evelyn Jentzen for assistance. 
Faith Lutheran School, Watertown, WI
Faith Lutheran School receives LCEF Kaleidoscope Grant 
Grant funds will give students exciting new opportunities to study Music and Spanish, engage them in community service, enliven their Core and STEM classes and enrich their Christian education. Thank you, LCEF, for supporting this school!
2019 LEA Conference
Lutheran educators from around the world came together for the 2019 Lutheran Educators Conference. Just under 3,000 were in attendance. Concordia Seward and Concordia Chicago provided the music for the conference.
Christ the King Preschool, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Parties and class celebrations.

Holy Cross Lutheran School, Cleveland, OH

Sixth graders came to read to and with the preschoolers.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Both the middle school volleyball and soccer teams made playoffs! Congrats!
Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI
Fall themed crafting with leaves.
Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI

Learning through play.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN


Practicing, "stop, drop, and roll" and learning about fire safety.
Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL
Pretend pizza parlor.
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI
Art show from the students.
PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR NEEDED—Long Beach, CA
St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool, located in beautiful Long Beach, CA, is looking for a full-time preschool director with experience in Early Childhood Education and/or leadership to join their team in providing early childhood education in a nurturing Christian environment . .  For more information,
email Kelly Pierson .
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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