English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
November 20, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving

The English District office will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

Because of the holiday, there will be no Servant to Servant next week, Friday, November 27th.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1
Divine Calls
Call Returned
The Rev. Willie T. Grills (Central Illinois District) has returned the call to serve as Sole Pastor at St. John’s, Clarksburg, WV.
The Future of Church
Science appears to be showing that one of the COVID vaccines is 90% effective. What does this mean? Does this mean that church life will return to 90% normal? 

“According to a recent Barna study, Six Questions About the Future of the Hybrid Church Experience, only 41 percent of Gen Z say that when COVID is over, they want to return to primarily in-person worship; 42 percent of Millennials say they prefer primarily in-person worship. Which means, of course, that the majority don’t……Most churches are spending less than 10% of their time and budget on the very thing that will probably give them the greatest potential for the future.” - Barna Group, Nov 11, 2020

Barna Group is sharing some fresh statistics and insights to help your church and your ministry be above the national average.

Your Evangelization Team
Prayer Requests
The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

For the members and families of our congregations and schools, that they remain faithful to the Lord and engaged in worship with their families of worship, faith, service, and witness.

For so many of our pastors who were very close to the Rev. Dr. Roger Pittelko in his service as an English District pastor (three churches), Vice President, Bishop/President, and Bishop Emeritus, as well as on boards and committees of District and Synod where he so faithfully served the Lord God, that the Lord would grant comfort and peace, knowing that our brother is with Jesus.

For Rev. John Holls-- prayers for healing (in the ICU).

For Rev. Robert F. Mayer and family on the passing of his wife, Joan. If you would like to express your care via a card or note, please contact the district office for the mailing address.

Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. If you have a prayer request you would like shared in this newsletter, email Holly Scheer.
Livestreamed/Recorded Services
We encourage everyone to take advantage of alternative opportunities to hear God’s word and to be blessed by the Divine Service. We have compiled a list of opportunities on the English District website that is continually updated.

If your congregation is recording or live streaming and is not included on this list, please email us at info@englishdistrict.org and let us know how people can access it.
Qualified Charitable Distribution
In response to the pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress. Included in this giant relief package was a provision that waives required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020 from retirement accounts.

However, even though your RMD is waived, Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) can still be made to the English District and will not be taxable to you.

Talk to your investment advisor knowing your gift will make a difference!

Thank you in advance for your support!
Pastor runs for State Representative in Rhode Island

What does a pastor do while waiting for a ministry call, besides working as a vocational specialist to serve the homeless unemployed in Providence, Rhode Island?   Pastor Emmanuel Nyema  becomes a candidate for election to the Rhode Island State House from the 11th District. He runs as an Independent in the highly Democrat district, offering to serve in God’s rule of the left hand while waiting to serve in God’s rule of the right hand, the Church. On November 3, he polls 13.3 percent of the 3,809 ballots cast in the District, conceding to the Democrat incumbent, but delighted that he ran, satisfied with his efforts to serve people. More can be read here.
1-1-1 A Dollar for Missions
One Dollar - Per Member - Per Week
We are in our third season of 1-1-1!

On September 1st we began a new year of 1-1-1.. Your support has proven that many giving a little can accomplish much! One dollar per member per week over the last two years has resulted in over $100,000 in support of the identified missions.

Will you consider joining us this year as we support Campus Ministries? YOU can support them through your prayers for their ministries to grow as they share the good news of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ to the students on their campuses. Joining the 1-1-1 initiative shows a commitment to supporting our campus pastors and church workers as they continue to witness and share their heartfelt love and faith in Christ.

Contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor Derek Mathers or Pastor Justin Laughridge, Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions regarding 1-1-1.
Leading Through the Pandemic

One way to encourage your people during this pandemic is to share the stories of God's wonders witnessed in people's lives this year. Learn more in this LCEF Ministry Moment video: Leading Through the Pandemic - Celebrating Stories.

Contact your LCEF Vice President Rev. Dan Lepley to discuss this and other ideas to help your ministry move forward according to God's will.
Phone: 317.402.9401
For more information, contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone (412)-584-7039 or email.
Ministerial Health Commission
Your English District Ministerial Health Commission is here to be a confidential sister or brother in Christ, walking along side of our church workers and their families. We strive to be a listening ear with a non-judgmental heart, supporting you where you are, not where anyone thinks you should be. We will encourage, not chastise, listen without advising, and pray without ceasing for you. May God grant you the strength to reach out if and when you need it.
Lutheran Bible Translators

The latest LBT blog post, "Perspectives on Cows" is available here.
In Our Schools

Bethesda, Chicago, IL

Mrs. McKenzie's class was busy mixing up some science fun last week! Using food coloring, her class blended colors to see what they could create. What a fun experiment to try at home. You just need water, food coloring, and empty bottles. Give it a try.
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