Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
March 15, 2019
Candidates announced for LCMS President, Vice Presidents
LCMS Secretary Rev. Dr. John W. Sias has announced the names of the nominees for Synod president, first vice-president and five regional vice-presidents.

The three candidates for president, in the order of nominations received, are:
  • Matthew C. Harrison, the incumbent Synod president, 1181 nominations.
  • David P. E. Maier, president of the LCMS Michigan District, 947 nominations.
  • Timothy M. Klinkenberg, senior pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange, CA, 638 nominations.

Matthew C. Harrison
David. P. E. Maier
Timothy M. Klinkenberg
Call Process Reminders
For Commissioned Workers/Parish Professionals
All congregations and schools extending a divine call to a rostered commissioned minister must notify the English District office. Please contact the district office when a call has been extended,
accepted, returned or when you
are getting a new, non-rostered worker.

Please keep in mind that all rostered workers must be called, not contracted, even if the position is part-time.

For more information regarding the Call process, or to receive information on obtaining Call documents, please call the English District office at 800-755-9335 or email Evelyn Jentzen or Kathy Stanis.
To assist you in explaining the call process for all commissioned workers you can view the Call Rubrics for Commissioned Ministers . This document helps explain the call process, when to notify the District office, paperwork required to install workers, and many other items.

Links for additional information and to obtain call documents:


DEADLINE APPROACHING:
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. 

Vot er 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. 
Website Redesign- HELP NEEDED
The English District is updating their website! Please consider taking a quick survey about how you use the current website and how it can better serve you. Here's the link if you haven't taken it yet: English District website survey.
2018 Congregation Statistics Report - Online
The online entry system for congregations, LCMS Information Support Network (LISN), is now open to all LCMS member congregations and new church starts. Last month, 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 rosters.stats@lcms.org 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! 
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. Mark A. Steinke has received a call to serve as Sole Pastor of Tree of Life, Inverness, FL.
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 last month. 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: info@englishdistrict.org.
Registration Is Still Open!
Click “ Gathering Registration ”  to begin your registration process. You can use the link to edit your group’s information at any time. If you have questions, please re-visit the provided resources below, check the  FAQ page , or visit the  Adult Leader Facebook Group . The Gathering office is also available to answer questions at nygregistration@lcms.org  or 800-248-1930 (ext. 1155).  
 
English District Sky Zone Event is Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
May 1st is the deadline to register for the Sky Zone event and to order T-Shirts.

Click on link for registration form:   English District Event Registration and T-shirt Order Form
 
If you have questions please contact Jim Brettha uer or Kristi Bauer.
1-1-1 for Missions
Welcome to the newest member to join 1-1-1:
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI (Circuit 11), Rev. Randy Boelter.

This brings us to 55 congregations participating in 1-1-1.

Won’t you consider joining us as we support the DRLM and Concordia Lutheran Mission in Myerstown, PA? YOU can support them through your prayers for their ministries to grow as they evangelize to the community around them. Joining 1-1-1 will help our two missions as they continue to witness and as they share their heartfelt faith in Christ.

Currently, the Midwest Region is at 42% with the Eastern Region at 41%. Having Christ the King joining in brings the Lake Erie Region up to 30%. The Western Region has 26% of their congregations participating.

For a current list of participating congregations and to see what congregations in your regions are supporting 1-1-1, click here
When to Share News on Social Media
It's important to keep regular posts coming across church social media channels, because it keeps them active in member's feeds. How do you decide when to share news instead of just churchly matters? Concordia Technology is tackling this timely topic.
                            
Prayer Requests
Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. When you submit a prayer request, it will be posted in this weekly eNewsletter. 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 April are now available on our website. Please join us in prayer.
In Our District
Missionary Update: Ritzman Family
The Ritzmans are LCMS missionaries serving in Papua New Guinea. Their latest mission update is available here .
Campus Ministry Update: Slippery Rock, PA
How can food and fellowship bring people together, especially people who are very different? All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center hosts meals centered around the Gospel and food.
Missionary Update: Naumann Family
Jonathan and Cheryl Naumann are serving in the Dominican Republic. Read about their work in their latest newsletter.
English District LWML YWRs Chosen!
Meet our two Young Women Representatives (YWRs) who were chosen to represent the English District LWML in Mobile, AL! Go to the website and get to know Stephanie Ardnt and Emily Terry.
In Our Churches
First Lutheran Church, El Cajon, CA
First Lutheran Church will be starting a “Virtual” World Walk for Health on June 1 st  and continuing through December 31 st . Their goal is to start in San Diego, circle the globe, and end up in San Diego for an approximate total of 25,000 miles! Compiling weekly miles that are turned in, mapping progress on a world map, monthly hospitality snacks, and incentive drawings each month will contribute to an enthusiastic congregation-wide event. Can they do it? Matthew 19:26
Ascension and Catalina Lutheran Churches, Tucson, AZ
On March 9, members of Ascension Lutheran Church and Catalina Lutheran Church participated in the Oracle AZ March for Life.
First Lutheran Church, El Cajon, CA
On Sunday, March 10th, First Lutheran Church welcomed 19 new members.
Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA
The OWLS (Older, Wiser Lutherans) got an early start on St. Patrick's Day celebrations Tuesday, March 12 at Messiah Lutheran Church.

They also celebrated Pi Day in style with
spinach pie, pasty pie, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie and more!
Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MI
Welcome to Christ's family in Baptism, Kaeli!
In Our Schools
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI
On Saturday morning, the 8th grade Math Team competed in the 2nd Annual Martin Luther High School Math’Lympics! As a team, they solved various challenging problems and equations to become 2019 champions! Congratulations Wildcats!
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Congratulations to the Redeemer Robotic Rams team! The VEX IQ team competed in the Pennsylvania state robotics competition and tied for first in the skills driving and programming portion. They also took the "Amaze" award which is presented to the team that built a robot that clearly demonstrates overall quality.
Concordia Lutheran Church & Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL
Learning about different growing regions around the world and the plants that live there.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN
St. Patrick's Day alphabet bingo!
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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