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Servant to Servant
November 30, 2018
In Our District
Called to Glory
The Rev. Dr. Victor F. Halboth was called to his eternal rest on Sunday, November 18, 2018. The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, Redford Twp., MI. Read Rev. Halboth’s obituary and share your condolences & cherished memories with the family by clicking 

We pray the Lord’s blessings on the Halboth family .
Divine Calls
Calls Received
Candidate Jonathan C. McCall, Concordia Theologial Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, has received a call to serve Mt. Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH.

The Rev. Larry E. Bell, Peace, Thomasboro, IL, has received a call to serve Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ.

Calls Accepted
Candidate Jonathan C. McCall, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, has accepted the call to serve Mt. Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH.

The Rev. Larry E. Bell, Peace, Thomasboro, IL, has accepted the call to serve Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ.
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.

The Rev. Robert E. Voelker, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Windsor, ON will be having surgery.

Carol Ritt, wife of President/Bishop Emeritus Rev. Dr. David Ritt, recovering from hip surgery, hospitalized with complications.

Download the District daily prayers for December here .
1-1-1 for Missions

Concordia Lutheran Mission attended the Myerstown, PA “250th anniversary Block Party” on Saturday, September 29th and handed out free cold water bottles with their contact information. They were able to make some great connections in the community and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to Lebanon County! Since the event, they have had both email and Facebook correspondence with a man who is interested in what the LCMS stands for and why we believe what we believe — what a joy it is to spread the Good News! They also have gotten to know some of the Myerstown Borough staff which is helpful in making community connections and look forward to seeing what else God has in store for them in the future. Since the beginning of November, Concordia Lutheran Mission meets every Sunday for worship.

LCEF Special Offer!
They are more than halfway to their goal, but there is still time to join in on this great opportunity!

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, LCEF needs 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 .

LCMS Youth Gathering
English District Event

Now accepting registrations for the Sky Zone Event and t-shirt orders! Cost for the event is $40.00 per person, which includes:
  • Transportation
  • Admission to Sky Zone
  • A meal
  • An English District T-Shirt

*T-Shirts can be purchased separately for $10.00 each.

Click here for the English District Event Registration Form and T-Shirt Order Form.
In Our Churches
Catalina Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ
At last week’s Thanksgiving Matins at Catalina Lutheran Church, they were blessed to have both Arizona Circuit Visitors in attendance along with a member of the District Board of Directors! Pictured here, from right to left, Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse, Senior Pastor at Catalina and Arizona South Circuit Visitor; Rev. Nick Wirtz, Arizona North Circuit Visitor; Shirley Holle, member of Catalina and the District Board of Directors; and Catalina Vicar Isaac Wirtz, who delivered the sermon.
St. Mark, Sheboygan, WI
Every year the Friday after Thanksgiving members of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, WI volunteer at Making Spirits Bright, a drive-thru light display in Sheboygan. Attendees make non-perishable food donations, which help the Sheboygan County Food Bank, and donate cash that goes toward the light display. The volunteers help direct traffic and collect donations. St. Mark also lets attendees know of their Advent services by advertising in the event guidebook.
Peace in the Valley, Benson, AZ
They say "practice makes perfect" and it must be true, as the Peace in the Valley choir was in great form Sunday morning for the Call to Worship and during the Offering! Praise the Lord for beautiful voices that sing his praises!
Shepherd of the Coast, Palm Coast, FL
Shepherd of the Coast's yearly Veteran's Day service was a moving community event that was attended by local dignitaries as well as veterans from all branches of the armed forces. Shepherd of the Coast also hosts an Operation Barnabas ministry. 
Pittsburgh, PA, Veteran's Day Service
On Sunday, November 11, the third annual PALM Veteran's Day service at Minersville Cemetery in Pittsburgh was conducted. Pastor Brian Westgate (Redeemer, Oakmont), PALM President and Minersville Cemetery Committee Chair, officiated. Also in attendance were committee member Mrs. Debra Terhune (First Trinity, Pittsburgh) and Mr. Ron Lauffer, a veteran who has family buried in the cemetery.
Peace in the Valley, Benson, AZ
Pictured is the women's Bible study, that will begin a study called "True Woman 201", a study about interior design.
A very warm welcome to Glenn and Marcia Shields, who were accepted into membership, by Pastor Ron York, President Shirley Brien (who became a member earlier this year, and the entire congregation.
New members: Charles & Muriel Hale, Brent & Brianna Wolff, Carol Hellickson, and Isabel York. That makes nine (9) new members/associate members so far this year. God is really working at Peace in the Valley.
In Our Schools
Lambs of Faith, Arlington Heights, IL
Students participated in Pie and Praise along with food pantry collection to give God thanks for all his blessings.
Concordia Lutheran Church & Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL
Thanksgiving Day party.
Faith, Watertown, WI
Thanks to a generous grant from Thrivent, students were able to serve family and friends, along with veterans from the community. Faith students prayed, sang and read poetry in honor of the brave men and women who selflessly serve our country, and they all enjoyed a bountiful meal of Thanksgiving. 
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