Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        2-16-18

2018 English District 56th Convention

Please return the following by February 19, 2018:
  • Delegate Information Forms
  • Nomination Forms
  • Overtures & Memorials
President and Vice President nominations should be returned to District Secretary Rev. Luke Zimmerman.  All other nomination forms, delegate forms and overtures should be faxed (248-476-0188) or emailed ( to the District office.

All convention forms, with the e xception of the president and vice president nomination forms,  are available on the English District website  2018 Convention Page. Nomination forms for president and vice presidents were mailed to every congregation in late November. If you are unable to locate your president and vice president nomination forms, please contact  Rev. Luke Zimmerman as soon as possible  to receive another copy (  or 717-636-1545).

If you have questions, you may contact Rev. Luke Zimmerman, District Secretary, (  or  717-636-1545) or the District office ( or 800-755-9335).
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are looking for youth to attend our English District 56th Convention this summer as youth delegates. We are thankful to all our Circuit Visitors who brought this opportunity to the attention of our district pastors and Church workers.  
Our English District 2018 Convention is meeting at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI from June 19-21, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to select, encourage and support a high school youth to serve as one of your circuit's youth delegates. Travel, lodging and meals are covered for the youth delegates, so cost should not be an issue.
All high school aged youth (ages 14-18) are invited to apply to attend as youth delegates along with our voting delegates, advisory delegates, and guests. Students will be exposed to convention but not all of convention. They will be serving the greater Ann Arbor area, spending time getting to know the other youth from the English District, involved in fun activities at and around Ann Arbor, and developing a group devotion to share Thursday morning at convention. 

We are able to accommodate two youth per visitation circuit so this is a first come, first accepted basis.
Click here to find additional information from DCE Jim Bretthauer and a sign-up form for your youth delegate. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DCE Jim Bretthauer at Please send in your form as soon as possible as registration information will be sent March 1st.
Many thanks for your support of our youth and our English District.
Sincerely yours in the name of Jesus,
DCE Jim Bretthauer, Youth Delegate Leader
Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop/Mission Executive
#LoveThy Neighbor

Across the globe
The National Honors Society and high school students at Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, prepared candy and flower grams for Valentine's day. There were hundreds of orders to fill. Part of the proceeds will be sent to missionaries in the Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka.
In our churches

Buon Appetito
The fellowship hall at Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, was decorated to resemble an Italian restaurant for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The menu included handmade meatballs and sauce prepared by Mario Muratori. Diners enjoyed the delicious meal. Members of the youth group served as waiters and waitresses. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to future youth group activities.

Guest preacher
The Rev. Gary W. Bauch, an LCMS pastor of the mission/charity Food for the Poor, was the guest preacher at Grace, Wyoming, MI on a recent Mission Sunday. He preached a sermon and shared a children's message.

Valuable lessons
The Sunday school students at Hope, Hastings, MN, learned about the healing at Simon's house (Mark 1:29-39). As part of the lesson, the preschool class pretended to have broken arms that were healed.

In our schools

Talented artists
Congratulations to Rachel Hensley, Charlotte Loechner, and Daniel Adair, students at Emmanuel-St. Michael, Ft. Wayne, IN, for placing in the Indiana Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! Their work and the work of many other creative 7-12th grade students is on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Joyful noise
It was a very musical morning at the Sunset Campus Chapel, West Portal Lutheran, San Francisco, CA.



Black History Month
Second-grade students at Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, displayed projects for Black History Month.

Love and learning
Pre-K students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, were busy preparing for Valentine's Day. For two days, they worked on special valentines for their families and a mailbox to use in the classroom. They created valentines for their friends and delivered them to their mailboxes. Students also made a beautiful valentine painting and played outside in the snow.



Congratulations to the sixth-grade boys' basketball team at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, the champions of the Elm Grove Lutheran tourney.

Having a blast
Preschoolers at Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, thoroughly enjoy school. This week, they focused on Valentine's Day and had fun playing indoors with sand.
100 days!
Little ones at West Park Preschool, Cleveland, OH, celebrated 100 days of school with special projects.
To be, or not to be
Congratulations to the eighth graders from Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA who participated in the 2018 Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest at the O'Reilly Theater,  Pittsburgh, PA, under the direction of Mr. John Driscoll.
Fun snacks
Preschoolers at Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL, had fun making and eating "Cupid's Arrow" fruit snacks.



Mail call
Preschool students at Faith of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, donned their mail caps to deliver Valentine letters.

In our district
Board of Directors meeting
English District Board of Directors met at Shepherd of the Coast, Palm Coast, FL on February 11-12, 2018. The Rev. William Douthwaite and the members of Shepherd of the Coast were happy to host and provide space for the board meeting.
English District Blog

Many times, we hear about how thankful students are for campus ministry. But what about their parents? This week, we share a note of thanks from a grateful mom. 
Reminding us it's worth it - Thank you, Robin!
By Augusta Mennell

What a wonderful, inspiring, encouraging letter. It came from Robin, who lives in Massachusetts. Her son Moses is a student at Grove City College and attends worship and student meals at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center, Slippery Rock, PA. Robin wrote saying how thankful she is that this LCMS campus ministry is here in Slippery Rock for her family. She wrote, "My husband still talks about the sermon Reverend Loree preached at the August service that (he) attended," when he brought his son Moses to Grove City College.

Augusta R. Mennell is the Campus Ministry Director at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center in Slippery Rock, PA. If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at

In early January LCMS Rosters and Statistics mailed each congregation instructions, along with a  congregation ID and password, to use in completing the 2017 statistics report online.  Please be sure this letter gets to the person in your congregation who is responsible for completing this report.  Due date for completing the form is February 28, 2018

If you have not received this letter yet or have questions, please email or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
This statistical information will be used to calculate congregational assessments for the 2018 District Convention. It also assists a wide variety of ministry efforts at the national level, as well as fulfilling the expectation of membership set forth in Bylaw 1.3.4.
Thank you for providing this information as soon as possible!
Every One His Witness™ kits available from CPH
The Every One His Witness core module kit is now available through Concordia Publishing House. The kit provides everything groups need to implement this evangelism program at their church, school, or organization.
What is Every One His Witness?
Every One His Witness  is a Lutheran evangelism program that teaches you to witness to your friends, coworkers, and any other nonchurched people you may know. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing.
What does this mean?  It means listening to those who are unsure about Christianity. It means asking questions that aren't accusatory. It means sharing the Good News about Jesus. Notice how there's no bashing, no judgment, and no forced imposition of beliefs. Instead, there's understanding, communication, and honesty between friends. And Every One His Witness teaches you how.
Each kit, which is designed for a group of 12, contains:
  • Every One His Witness workbooks (12)
  • DVD (1)
  • LASSIE journals (12)
  • Experience cards (6)
  • Pens (12)
The English District is offering a $40.00 rebate to the first 50 congregations (1 rebate per congregation) that purchase the Every One His Witness kit from CPH. To receive the rebate, email your receipt to Rev. Derek Mathers no later than February 28, 2018.

Click here to order Every One His Witness kit.
Best Practices for Ministry Conference 

The FREE Best Practices for Ministry Conference will be held February 22-24, 2018 at Christ Church-Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Questions? Contact Nancy Barton at
Interested in ministry?
Christ and Phoebe Academies are summer programs held at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN for high school students potentially interested in ministry or interested in theology. Their time there consists of confessional catechesis in classes taught by world-class professors, liturgical worship in beautiful Kramer chapel, and fun together as they build life-long friendships during activities and free time.
Christ Academy 2018 Information        June 17-30, 2018

Youth Workers Conference
The 2018 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (#National18) is scheduled for July 8-11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The conference is geared toward youth workers, and there will also be a youth track following the 2018 Lutheran Youth Fellowship Teen Leadership Training. The early bird (through March 1) registration rate is $325. Adult participants will receive complimentary registration to the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. Questions? Contact Terry Leu at
Visit the conference web page HERE or register  HERE.
Mr. Ben Shaprio will be the keynote speaker on  Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church and School (13667 W. Highland Road, Hartland, MI 48353) for the annual conference,  "The Body of Christ and the Public Square."
+ Doors will open at 5:00 PM for general seating.
+ A buffet-style meal will be served at 5:30 PM.
+ Speakers begin at 6:15 PM.
+ The cost is $55 per person to register. A special college/seminary student rate of $28 per person is available by calling 248-887-4300. Seating is limited.
Please register for the event by visiting  or by calling  248-887-4300.
Smart app for controlling device usage

There is a new LCMS School Ministry Premium Service Provider which may be of a benefit to schools, students and parents.

Parents looking for ideas to curb their children's excessive usage of mobile devices now have a new ally following the launch of the app, StudyLock. The StudyLock app is a cell phone/tablet application that offers parental control over excessive usage of devices by infusing technology into learning. The app locks computers, tablets and smartphones until the user answers a Common Core State Standard question in subjects such as Math, Science, History and Literature. To learn more, visit:

Schools and administrators, please continue to review the "Premium Services and Group Purchasing" page of for the complete listing of LCMS School Ministry Premium Service Providers.
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.
All are invited to subscribe to this weekly publication. Forward the newsletter to members of your church using the "Spread the Word" link at the bottom left of this newsletter. They can subscribe by clicking on the link at the bottom right titled, "Sign up for our emails." Thanks for spreading the word!
Please share your congregation's or school's unique ministries with the rest of the District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to  Lynne Cobb by Wednesday, 12:00 pm ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."

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