Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
February 22, 2019
Bishop Jamison Hardy visited with Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse, Vicar Issac Wirtz, and the members of Catalina, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, February 17, 2019. The Rev. Nicholas Wirtz, Faith, Overgaard, AZ, had the honor of baptizing his grandson, who is the son of Vicar Wirtz, that same day.

On Sunday, February 17, 2019, Candidate Douglas Duy, Sr. was ordained at Ascension, Tucson, AZ. Following the ordination, Rev. Duy was installed at Ascension as a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP). Bishop Jamison Hardy officiated the ordination/installation service.
Pastor Ted Laesch (pictured left) installed Ellory Glenn (pictured right) as vicar at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran in St. Louis. Ellory has begun the SMP program of study for the pastoral ministry.
Board of Directors Meeting
The English District Board of Directors met February 19-20, 2019 at Catalina Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ.
2018 Congregation Statistics Report - Online
The congregation online entry system, LCMS Information Support Network (LISN) for congregations, is now open to all LCMS member congregations and new church starts. This past week, LCMS Rosters and Statistics mailed login information to each congregation, noting the adjusted deadline of Friday, March 29, 2019. Initially, only the statistics module will be available for congregations to submit their 2018 year-end statistics. Enhancements to the new statistics entry tool include the following:

  • Submitted data is instantly available to LCMS district offices via District Access to LISN.
  • Congregations may access and download submitted records year-round.
  • Field-level edits assist the user with proper data entry.
  • Instant feedback to users regarding statistics that may need to be reviewed due to extreme changes from prior reports, with options to correct and/or verify.
  • Every field includes a definition of the data being requested.
  • Video tutorials that demonstrate how to use the features of the system and submit data are available.

Please be sure the login information is given to the person in your congregation who is responsible for completing this report. If you have not received your login 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. 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! 
Free Chancel Furnishings
Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ currently has wood chancel furnishings and a few other items they no longer need. They are available for pick-up at no cost. There are photos and a list of the furnishings on our website .

If you are interested please contact:
Eternal Life Lutheran Church
Rev. Steven J. H. Resner, Em., Vacancy Pastor
Church office: 480-985-0224
Pastor’s cell: 574-780-0924
Loving God: Heart, Mind, Body and Relationships
Professional Church Workers Conference
Information on the 2019 Professional Church Workers Conference (PCWC) was emailed to all pastors and rostered church workers earlier this week. The informational letter, schedule and link to register are also available on our website.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the District office:
Exhibitors Welcome!
From the Professional Church Workers Conference:
We would like to extend an invitation for organizations to serve as exhibitors at this conference. As an exhibitor, you will receive a table space to display information about your organization. Also as an exhibitor, there is an opportunity to be a sponsor for this event. By partnering with us to underwrite a time of hospitality, you will make an even greater impact on those you serve. Please consider sponsoring a refreshment break, reception, entertainment, or speaker. If you would like additional information on this opportunity, please contact  Evelyn Jentzen .
1-1-1 for Missions
Trinity, San Dimas, CA

As one of the newest congregations in the English District, we have been truly blessed by our participation in its mission efforts, especially the 1-1-1 giving. Though we are a very small church, all our members have joyfully responded to the effort, especially our young. We are overjoyed in the stewardship catechesis this provides for them and all our people. We may be tiny, but quite a bit has been raised so far. We are so thankful to have this opportunity to contribute to the greater mission of the church. To God be the glory!

Pastor Payne 
Trinity – San Dimas, CA
National Youth Gathering
All youth and leaders from the English District
are invited to the
English District Event
Sunday, July 14, 2019
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.
Parish Nurse Conference
Please see the District website for registration and information forms for the annual Parish Nurse conference in Mequon (Milwaukee), Wisconsin. Please note that there are scholarships available to assist with registration costs.

Other upcoming events:
       October 3-9, 2019 is the annual study tour to Singapore.
       2020 study tour is to Central Australia on July 8-14.
       2021 study tour will be held in the Washington, D.C, area.

Each of these study tours are full of experiences and networking among international parish nurses. These tours show how parish nurses work in the host country and also teach about the history of Lutheranism in the country.

For more information contact Sue Neff .
Advice on Managing A Church Facebook Page
Does your church use social media to connect with members and to share information? If you have a social media page, it's important to keep it updated and easy to find! Concordia Technology Solutions offers some tips.
LCMS President Election Voter Registration
Each congregation and parish has already received an  LCMS President Election Voter Registration  form with which to register a pastoral and a lay voter for each congregation or parish. 

Attendance at the District Convention is no longer required for a pastor or layperson to serve as an LCMS President Election Voter, since the 2016 Synod Convention eliminated that requirement.

Voter registration forms can only be accepted by the Office of the Synod Secretary until Sunday,  March 24, 2019

If your congregation has lost its registration form, please contact the Office of the Synod Secretary    or phone 314-996-1417 as soon as possible to obtain a replacement form. 
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 March are now available on our website. Please join us in prayer.
In Our District
Prestigious Award For English District Educator
Laurie Schneider, Director at Ascension Lutheran Early Childhood Center, North Olmsted, OH, received the Lutheran Education Association Distinguished Early Childhood Administrator Award. Congratulations, Laurie!
Contact Information Update
The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, no longer has a United States phone number. If using your cell or landline phone to contact him in Canada will be a long distance charge to you, you may call the District office. If Rev. Mathers is not available, you can leave a message on his voice mail and he will return your call.

Rev. J. Derek Mathers
Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive
33100 Freedom Road
Farmington, MI 48336

District Office: 248-476-0039 Ext. 311
Toll Free: 800-755-9335
Cell and Text: 416-320-6366
Fax: 248-476-0188
Financial Aid Offering!
Dear Future Church Worker,

Below are links to important information about the 2019-2020 English District financial aid applications. Please read the information carefully and note that the deadline for submission is Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Please note that the  first time you apply for aid, there are two forms to complete . They are the Financial Aid Information Form and the District Financial Aid Application.

In subsequent years, you only need to complete the application unless your financial or personal situation has changed. Grants are not given to interns, vicars, or graduate students.

The following information and forms can be found on the English District  website :

Financial Aid Instructions
Financial Aid Information Form
District Financial Aid Application
Colloquy Financial Aid Application

In Christ,

Gail Holzer , Executive Directors of Schools
Rev. J. Derek Mathers , Assistant to the Bishop/Mission Executive
National Administrators Conference (NAC)
Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, speaking at the NAC in Washington D.C.
Dr. Ben Carson presenting at the NAC.
In Our Churches
Four Baptisms at St. Mark, Janesville, WI
St. Mark welcomes Mayson, Rainey, Jackson, and Mavrik into the family of Christ.
Grace Lutheran Church, Wyoming, MI
Congregational Valentine exchange.
In Our Schools
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Middle school girls advanced to round two of playoffs.
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Valentine's Day party.
Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool, Cleveland, OH
Valentine's Day science experiments.
Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI
Valentine's party with the preschoolers' families.
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.
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