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Servant to Servant
October 26, 2018
In Our District
Western Region Pastors Conference
Western Region p astors, vicars and spouses met this week at Trinity Lutheran Church, San Dimas, CA. The conference topic, "Serving in the Apostasy -- Somebody Has to Do It!" was the subject of conference speaker Dr. Scott Keith's presentation "Philip Melanchthon on Law and Gospel." Thanks to Rev. Matthew Payne for organizing this year's conference.
Rev. Gordon S. Naumann was installed as the sole pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Scarsdale, NY. Pictured with Concordia-Bronxville pre-seminary student Justin Conklin (center) and Bishop Hardy (right).
Special Offering
During the recent Lake Erie Pastors Conference in Dorr, MI, an offering of $500.00 was gathered and sent to LCMS Disaster Relief for help in the Southern District and Florida-Georgia District.
Called to Glory
The Rev. Arthur W. Schiemann (Emeritus) was called to his eternal rest on Monday, October 22, 2018. The funeral service was held today, Friday, October 26, 2018, at Peace, Windsor, ON, Canada. The Rev. James Leistico officiated. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family by clicking here. We pray the Lord’s blessings on the Schiemann family .
Picture Request!
Please send us your congregation's Reformation Day pictures if you have a celebration! We'd love to see them.
National Youth Gathering District Youth Event
All youth and leaders from the English District are invited to the district event on Sunday, July 14th. Round trip transportation will be provided from the convention center as we head to Minneapolis Sky Zone—an indoor trampoline park. Once at Sky Zone we will have opportunity for several rounds of ultimate dodge ball (including an adult vs. student round and blacklight). Since we have the full facility, other opportunities such as sky climb, warrior course, foam jump, and sky joust are available. All you can drink soda on site and a meal are included. Since there is no Youth Gathering mass event on this evening, it’s a perfect time to join us. Cost is $40 per person and includes bus transportation, entry to Sky Zone, meal, and a district t-shirt.
In Christ,
Kristi Bauer, DCE

Information brochure .
Website for the venue.
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.

In Our Prayers:
The Rev. Dr. Victor F. Halboth, who is receiving hospice care at home

For encouragement, strength and health for our church and school workers and volunteers

Rev. Ron York of Peace in the Valley Lutheran Church, Benson, AZ says that "A Dollar for Mission" is a wonderful blessing for the gracious hands of our Lord. He and the congregation are hoping and praying that many more will participate.
Thank you for supporting 1-1-1!
The English District office has received some wonderful articles and pictures from participating congregations of their 1-1-1 giving box and how their congregation is promoting this program. The district wants to be able to share your stories and pictures in the Servant to Servant as quickly as possible, so we are promoting one congregation the first and fourth week of every month. In week three we will share with you the list of participating congregations. On the fifth Fridays we will share stories from one of the two missions we are currently funding.  May God bless you as you continue sharing the Gospel with all people!
In Our Churches

LCEF Special Offer!
LCEF’s 40 th  anniversary special offering has received an overwhelming response. You still have time to take advantage of this special offer of a 40-month note at 4% interest. Please let your members know about this offer by using the bulletin announcement. If you have any questions you can contact David Thiele, LCEF Vice President, at 517-980-2857 or by email !

When you invest with Lutheran Church Extension Fund, you’ll join over 60,000 investors who have discovered the joy of helping and supporting ministry work. New LCMS ministry opportunities are emerging all the time, as many LCMS ministries are thriving around the world.

To meet future loan demand and help support growing ministry opportunities, we need to raise an additional $100 million. Which is why we invite you to a special, limited-time investment opportunity: our 40-month 40th anniversary note at 4%.

Click to download application , bulletin message and/or informational flyer.

* The primary owner on the account must be 18 years or older.
* The State of Washington has adopted a regulatory position that currently prohibits residents of Washington State from opening a new investment unless they are already an LCEF investor.

LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF’s Offering Circular . Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. Lutheran Church Extension Fund—Missouri Synod is registered and licensed through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System-NMLS#3444. View Our Public Page.

Call 800-843-5233 to learn more or visit LCEF online .
Congregational Treasurer's Manual
The Congregational Treasurer's Manual is available for free on the LCMS website. The intent of this manual is to assist the congregation or school treasurer and any other person responsible for financial or administrative matters. The manual presents tax, payroll, insurance, finance and administrative matters that every church addresses at one time or another. It is written so every treasurer, no matter what the level of expertise, will be able to gain something from it. Click  here  to go to the manual on the LCMS site.
Whole Family Baptism at Trinity, Erie, PA
A whole family was welcomed to God's family recently at Trinity Lutheran Church! Welcome Angela, Jermaine, and Avyon.
15-Year Anniversary!
Peace in the Valley Lutheran Church in Benson, AZ, celebrated 15 years in their church location! For information about this joyous event, read the blog post here.
Pastor Appreciation Luncheon at Grace, Vine Grove, KY
Pastor Ryan Schneider cutting the cake at Grace Lutheran Church, Vine Grove, KY. The members of Grace joined in giving thanks to God for their beloved pastor with a packed Pastor Appreciation Luncheon after church on Sunday, October 21.
Celebrating 75 Years

West Portal  Lutheran Church and School, San Francisco, CA celebrated their 75th anniversary with dinner and worship. From humble beginnings in 1943 at the Empire Movie Theater, the vision of West Portal Lutheran Church and School was born. For 75 years West Portal has faithfully served in mission and ministry in San Francisco and the greater world mission field proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to generations through worship, witness, ministry and education.
Rev. Curtis Binz, current pastor
Anniversary Dinner
Distinguished Service Award for Chaplain Tim Holzerland
On October 23, West Bloomfield Fire and EMS Service in the township of West Bloomfield, Michigan awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Chaplain Tim Holzerland.

The citation reads in part: For Distinguished Service as the Chaplain for the West Bloomfield Fire Department from January 1, 2012 to October 23, 2018. 
Pictured left to right: Assistant Chief Andrew Bezenah, Caplain Holzerland, and Chief Greg Flynn.
Chaplain Holzerland provides support while visiting with firefighters, current and retired, and families not only in the stations, but at emergency scenes, in the hospitals, and anywhere else he is needed.Chaplain Holzerland's professionalism, leadership, devotion to duty and the West Bloomfield Fire Department family reflects great credit upon himself, the department and the fire service.
Pastor Appreciation Potluck
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pembroke, ON celebrated Pastor Appreciation Day with a potluck luncheon. The congregation recognized and thanked Rev. Stephen Alles and his wife Maryann for 15 years of service at St. John’s and 30+ years in the ministry. The congregation gave Pastor Alles a prayer bench for his office to say thank you.
2018 Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Reformation Day Service

Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 pm
First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
531 N. Neville St., Pittsburgh, PA

Special Guest Preacher: The Rev. Gregory Seltz, Former Speaker of the Lutheran Hour, and Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Ministries, desserts and hors d'oeuvres sponsored by Concordia Lutheran Ministries.
Parking provided by Oakland Catholic High School.
In Our Schools
Redeemer, Oakmont, PA
Students at Redeemer Lutheran School attended an assembly led by Deaconess Cheryl Naumann, missionary to the Dominican Republic (DR). Each week the high school students operate "Care with Coffee" and the proceeds support the Naumann's work in the DR.
West Portal, San Francisco, CA

West Portal Lutheran Church and School youth packed 230 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) gifts with donations from church and school families.  They received enough t oys, school supplies and hygiene items to reach, and surpass, their goal of filling 200 shoeboxes.  
Grace Beginnings Preschool, Wyoming, MI

The preschoolers made seasonal crafts, including pumpkin moon sand.
Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI
The Pumpkin Patch was busy in Pre-K. The preschoolers enjoyed picking pumpkins, taking orders and ordering hot chocolate. The children also hammered golf tees into pumpkins and created pumpkins of their own.
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