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Servant to Servant
October 25, 2019
Bishop's Visitation

Bishop Jamison Hardy had a wonderful visit with Rev. Robert Weldon and the people of Grace, Elyria, OH this week.
Divine Calls
Call Accepted
The Rev. Christopher M. Seifferlein, Emmanuel, Adell, WI, has accepted the call to serve Mt. Calvary, Lititz, PA.

Call Returned
The Rev. Aaron B. Boerst, Christ, Lake Mills, WI, has returned the call to serve Redeemer, Cisco, TX.
Call Received
The Rev. Aaron B. Boerst, Christ, Lake Mills, WI has received a call to serve Trinity, Ironwood, MI.

Call Received and Accepted
The Rev. Joshua S. Palmer, Catalina, Tucson, AZ, has received and accepted a call to serve Cross and Crown, Tucson, AZ.
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 by November 10, 2019.
Concordia Technology Blog
Training staff, instead of hiring? What's that mean and how does it work? Find out more!
Holy Land Trip with Rev. Nabil Nour
Have you ever wanted to see the Holy Land, guided by a native of the area? Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! For more details, please read here.
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 for 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
This week's LCMS devotion focuses on Relational Wellness. These weekly devotions are meant to encourage church workers and help them to explore ways to find wellness in their own lives as well as their families' lives.

If you haven't been reading them, now is a good time to start. This week's devotion can be found here .
In Our District
Mission Presentation Lake Erie Pastoral Conference
Mission Executive Rev. Derek Mathers shared faith and ministry resources with the Lake Erie Pastoral Conference hosted by Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, MI. He spoke about the need for members to take care of their personal wellness both mental and spiritual, as well as that of their spouse and family.

Church workers break for a meal during the conference.

Chair Rev. Jeff Miskus welcoming attendees to the Lake Erie Regional Conference.
Surprise Visit from Canadian English District Pastors
The district staff in Michigan got a nice surprise when five Canadian pastors from circuit #7 stopped by on their way home from the Lake Erie Regional Conference. Stop by anytime. We love to get visitors!
In Our Churches
Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Valley Stream, NY

On Sunday, October 19, 2019, the Rev. Alfred Thiagarajan was installed as pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. In his capacity as Circuit Visitor of the New York Circuit of the LCMS English District, Rev. Dr. Martin Erhardt installed Pastor Thiagarajan on behalf of English District Bishop Jamison Hardy. Pictured from left to right are Rev. Robert Bruggeman (Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken. NJ), Rev. Gordon Naumann (Trinity, Scarsdale, NY), Rev. Dr. Martin Erhardt (Messiah, Princeton, NJ), Pastor Alfred Thiagarajan (seated -- Our Saviour, Valley Stream, NY), Rev. Sam Arulmohan, Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy (Immanuel, Whitestone, NY), and Rev. Phillip Sang-Cho Rey (New Jersey Korean Cho Won, Palisades Park, NJ). Welcome to the English District, Pastor Thiagarajan!
West Portal Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA
“Did God Really Say…” conference is coming to West Portal Lutheran Church. On November 16 th the national LUTHERANS FOR LIFE Western Conference will be hosted at West Portal. Lutherans from the SF/Bay Area, as well as southern California and other western states, will be attending. Some of the topics will be a story of a ‘snowflake baby’, how a ‘$0.67 check saved a life, and confession of the sanctity of human life. Come and profess LIFE! Registration can be found here.
Ascension Lutheran Church, North Olmsted, OH
Ascension Lutheran Church celebrated its one-year anniversary of serving free pancakes to the community. This event is held on the second Saturday of every month. They have been blessed as this mission continues to grow.
Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Allen Park, MI
We welcome baby Rejoice into the family of Christ through the waters of holy baptism. She was baptized by Rev. Joel Holls pastor of Christ Our Redeemer.
Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ
Risen Savior reaches out to their community by inviting them to a block party and band jam session. Video here.
In Our Schools

Early Childhood and School Statistical Report

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

Currently, 18 English District schools and early childhood and preschools have not completed their report. 

If you have any questions please contact Gail Holzer or Evelyn Jentzen for assistance. 
Faith Lutheran School, Naples, FL

Thank you to Firefighter Espineta and Firefighter Denton for a great day at the preschool teaching about fire safety.
Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Hales Corners, WI
Hales Corners did a Bible investigation in their 1st grade classes. They found stories that remind them that God is with them when they are sad, scared, and even excited. God is doing amazing things. May He use the 1st graders to share His loving word with others.

A special thanks to Thrivent Financial for helping purchase Bibles... and for the cool shirts.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Pre-k and kindergarten students learning about the Reformation, learning Spanish from one of the parents, learning in the maker space classroom, and reading with their big friends. A good day at Redeemer!
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN

The preschoolers made bird feeders and counted beans for "B" week.
Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI
The preschoolers had a blast “investigating” their own pumpkins! They were especially grossed out by the slime and goo inside.
Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI

Playing music.
Holy Cross Preschool, Cleveland, OH

Grandparents (and other special people) Day!
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.
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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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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