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Servant to Servant
Greetings!
February 1, 2019
Bishop's Visit

Our Savior, Hartland, MI celebrated its 64th anniversary. Bishop Jamison Hardy visited with Rev. Christopher Thoma and the members of Our Savior on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Divine Calls
Call Received and Accepted
Candidate Douglas M. Duy, Sr. has received and accepted the call to serve as a Specific Ministry Pastor of Ascension, Tucson, AZ.

Call Returned
The Rev. Brett A. Matz, St. Mark, Sheboygan, WI, has returned the call to serve as Sole Pastor of St. John's, Beecher, IL.
Calling a Seminary Candidate
Is your congregation interested in requesting a candidate from the seminary to fill a vacancy? If so, please email Kathy Stanis at kstanis@englishdistrict.org or call 248-476-0039 ext. 320. Deadline to make a request is February 1, 2019.
1-1-1 for Missions
At Faith Lutheran, Watertown, WI, 1-1-1 involves every member of the Body of Jesus in the congregation, from the newest baby baptized to the oldest member. It demonstrates the power of the beautiful body of Christ working together, prompted by faith. It shows how much can be accomplished by many, giving a little. Pictured are two students, Maci and Lizzy, excited to be contributing to our mission here at Faith. 
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 District daily prayers for February are available on our website. Please join us in prayer.
LCMS Foundation—Smart and Easy Endowment Funding
Congregations and LCMS ministries looking for a simple way to generate income from assets have asked for our help. Many organizational leaders find themselves without the resources to create legal documents, investment policies, choose investment accounts and review statements. The easiest solution has been to put assets in a savings account that provides very little income in today’s market. 

The LCMS Foundation now has a new option! Ministries can endow assets (minimum $10,000) with the Foundation and receive a perpetual income stream while keeping the corpus intact. Additions may be made to the fund at any time.
 
Ministry leaders can then focus time and resources on the mission instead of spending time on policies and governance responsibilities. 

To find out more, email Ron Grimm, Gift Planning Counselor, or call 412-584-7039.
In Our District
Ritzman Family Update
The Ritzmans are LCMS missionaries serving in Papua New Guinea. Please pray for them and the people they are serving! For more information on the Ritzmans, click here .

For more on their ministry, please watch this important video .
Walk for Life West Coast
The Pre-Walk for Life West Coast Worship was held at West Portal Lutheran Church, San Francisco and hosted by Pastors Binz and Kerr. Pastor Stewart Crown preached. Click here for photos of the worship service, the Walk Main Event, and the Walk for Life West Coast. 
It’s Time … to Meet 2019 Convention Deadlines
The process for electing the Synodical President has changed. Each congregation/parish is entitled to one pastoral vote and one lay vote, and the names of these electors, chosen by their congregation, must be submitted to Synod by March 24, 2019. A registration form and letter were sent to each church office explaining the process. Congregations that do not register voters by the deadline will not have a vote in this election. Information on the convention itself is available online at  www.lcms.org/convention .

I mportant LCMS convention deadlines  for your congregation are rapidly approaching:
  • Feb. 20, 2019  President and First Vice-President nominating ballots must be received by this date by the Synod’s auditor, Brown Smith Wallace. Official ballots must be used, signed by two congregation officers. Blue return envelopes were provided in your congregation’s nominations packet.

  • Feb. 20, 2019  Regional Vice-President nominating ballots must be received by this date by the Office of the Secretary of the Synod. Official ballots must be used, signed by two congregation officers. Yellow return envelopes were provided in your congregation’s nominations packet. [Note: If a nominating ballot has been spoiled or lost, a duplicate ballot must be obtained from the Office of the Secretary in sufficient time to meet the Feb. 20 deadline.]

  • March 2, 2019  Overtures (proposed convention actions) are due to be received by the Office of the President signed by at least one officer of the congregation. Overtures received after the March 2 deadline are included in convention business only if judged to be a matter of overriding importance and urgency and not covered by overtures already submitted. [NOTE: An early deadline of Feb. 6 is recommended for inclusion in the 2019 Convention Workbook, due to printing timetable requirements.]

  • March 24, 2019  Registrations for each congregation’s (or multi-congregation parish’s) presidential election voters (pastor and lay) must be received by the LCMS Office of the Secretary. If previously registered voters need to be changed, this may be done until June 15, 2019, by filling out the Voter Update Form or the Substitute Voter Form located on the LCMS website.
PALS Update


New PALS resource aids transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry. Read more here .
In Our Churches
Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA
This past Sunday children invited seniors at Brickmont Assisted Living facility to listen to Bible stories read by the children, tie blankets with them, and enjoy root beer floats as a group! Twenty-five residents and nine families from Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church participated.
Ephaphatha Lutheran Church of the Deaf, Chicago, IL
Pictured l-r: Alasdair Joseph Rhoiney, a son of the congregation, Rev. Fred Allen, and Rev. Prentice Marsh, current pastor of the Ephaphatha.
Recently, Ephaphatha Lutheran Church of the Deaf, Chicago, IL, celebrated its 54 th anniversary. The Rev. Fred Allen, former pastor of the congregation, was pleased to be in attendance for this special occasion. 
Sherman Oaks Lutheran, Sherman Oaks, CA
Every Tuesday and Friday the church offers free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.
In Our Schools
Distinguished Early Childhood Administrator Award Given to English District Member!

Laurie Schneider has received the Distinguished Early Childhood Administrator Award from the LEA (Lutheran Education Association). Laurie leads the early childhood education ministry team at Ascension Lutheran Early Childhood Center, North Olmsted, OH.
Abounding Love Preschool, Lee's Summit, MO
Abounding Love, Lee’s Summit, MO had a great turnout for for its National Lutheran Schools Week Pancake Breakfast and worship.
Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool, Cleveland, OH
Another exciting community helpers week. The students visited the library and fire station and had a veterinarian come to their classroom.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
The school's annual Knowledge Bowl! Watch the video here.
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