Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                           3-2-18

Bishop's Visits
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was happy to share a photo op with members from Hope, Hastings, MN at Best Practices for Ministry Conference in Phoenix, AZ, February 22-24, 2018.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy visited Christ, Aurora, ON, Canada.
The Rev. Dereck Pillay and church leaders welcomed Bishop Jamison J. Hardy to St. Matthew, Scarborough, ON, Canada on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
The Rev. David M. Burge was installed at Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Rev. J. Derek Mathers officiated the service.
On Sunday, February 25, 2018, The Rev. J. Derek Mathers officiated the installation of The Rev. Fred Gerlach at Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ.
Divine Calls
Calls Received
The Rev. Kenneth Boudreau, Trinity, Meridian, MS has received a call to serve Hope, Hastings, MN.
The Rev. Michael Brown, Redeemer, Lincoln, NE, has received a call to serve St. Matthew, Barrington, IL.
English District Board of Directors 
Click here to read the Board Bulletins from the February 2018 English District Board of Directors meeting.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are looking for youth to attend our English District 56th Convention this summer as youth delegates. 
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. Students will be exposed to a district convention but they will be serving the greater Ann Arbor area, spending time getting to know the other youth from the English District, participating in fun activities in 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 in early March.
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

Feeding the hungry
Members and friends of all ages met at Risen Christ, Plymouth MI, to prepare lunches and share with those who are hungry.
Food drive
The Upward Basketball league at Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO, proclaims Christ and teaches the young athletes what it means to love their neighbors. They gathered over 10,200 food items to help the hungry in their community.

Comfort Dog ministry
Luke, a Comfort Dog, is the only greater Atlanta, GA area comfort dog and is housed at Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, Georgia. Luke's team responded to the shooting fatalities of Parkland, Florida. Please pray for the Parkland community as well as the comfort dog teams as they bring comfort to those who desperately need it.
Comfort Dogs
In our churches

Family night
The love of Legos filled the room as everyone enjoyed the favorite building block-themed family night at Faith, Arlington Heights, IL.
Faith, Arlington Heights, IL, welcomed Benjamin Adams to the family of God through the waters of Baptism.

Milestone birthday
Harriet Diehm celebrated her 100th birthday among her loving family and friends at Grace, Wyoming, MI. Happy birthday, Harriet!
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry leaders were commissioned at Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ.
In our schools
Love of learning
Students at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, have a special love of learning. They are a diverse school with diverse projects and many smiling students.

Super students
Grace Beginnings Preschool students had some fun with photography as they were photographed "flying."
Congratulations to the Boys Middle School basketball team from Redeemer Lutheran School, Verona, PA. They won the SWCAL championship!

Leading Worship
Students at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, lead worship. Here are a few fun shots from "Danny & the Shacks!"
Fashion fun
"Fox in Socks" made a good excuse to wear crazy socks at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ.
Learning about cultures
Grace English School, Chicago, IL, along with two other schools, hosted a Night of Culture, featuring different foods, dances and learning about various cultures.
Special treats
Students at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, enjoyed eating "truffula trees," a special Dr. Seuss treat.
Counting the days
Preschoolers at Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL, celebrated 100 days of school on February 15, 2018 with special-themed treats and bags filled with 100 items.

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.  Please return as soon as possible!

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!
Prayer Partners wanted!
Please sign up to be a Prayer Partner for the upcoming 56th English District, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Convention, to be held June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. We are seeking prayers for all aspects of the convention: safe travel, the business of the English District, elections, activities, discussions, theological presentations, fellowship and to celebrate the English District's ministries and missions. Just choose a time slot and then lift the needs of our delegates, presenters, guests, staff, and convention in prayer. Choose as many time slots as you would like, and pray!
Click here to sign up for a time slot. Thank you!

Lenten Greetings from Indonesia
here to read our newsletter and about the month full of wonderful events.

Thank you for your prayers, your friendship, and the opportunities you give us to be your hands, feet, and voice to people here in Asia.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, Chloe, and Charlotte

Charlotte Grace Ferry, born on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, was baptized on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lenten Lord! 

We hope all is well where you are. We are very busy here getting ready to take our teaching to the villages. This newsletter will bring you up to date with what we are doing.  As always, we ask for your prayers for our work.

We also ask that you find room on your church bulletin board for our newsletter. We always like to keep you updated, and we like to have as many people as possible praying for us.
We commend you to our Lenten Lord,

Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your international workers in Ghana, West Africa
The Rev. Dale Kaster, an English District pastor serving in Ghana with LCMS's Office of International Mission, shared a baptism picture with the district. His congregation in Tamale, All Nations Lutheran Church, baptized a baby girl. Her name is Wassennin Yatan-Laar. We thank God that Christ has claimed her as His own through this precious Sacrament!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We pray that during this season of Lent you will be blessed by the contemplation of your mortal life and also what Jesus Christ has done for you through His atoning death and resurrection from the dead, leading to life everlasting. 

Please click  here t o read our newsletter.
Thank you for the messages you send us via email ( ) and write on our FaceBook page! Your encouragement, prayers, and financial support are appreciated!

Pastors and secretaries , please print copies of the newsletter for your congregation display board.

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit
March 14-17, 2018
This free of charge event allows men and women considering a vocation in church work to visit the campus of CTSFW to learn about these vocations. To learn more, click here or call (800)481-2155.
2018-2019 English District Financial Aid

Dear Future Church Worker,

Below are links to important information about the 2018-2019 English District Financial Aid Applications. Please read the information carefully and note that the deadline for submission is Friday, June 1, 2018.

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

Save the date!
First, El Cajon, CA will be hosting a Lutheran Early Response Training (LERT) on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For information, or to register, please contact Sue Neff, RN, Parish Nurse at 619-444-7444.

Concordia Center for the Family (CCF) Resource and Products Survey
Commissioned workers and lay volunteers, please take this short Family Life products and resources survey from the Concordia Center for the Family (CCF). CCF's goal is to find the "holes" that currently exist in Family Ministry resources. What have you been looking for, but can't find? What do you use that you'd recommend to anyone in Family Ministry because it is THAT good?
We're hopeful that by your completion of the following 4-minute survey we can gather the information we need to help locate or produce the resources Family Ministry leaders everywhere need in order to reach families with the Gospel. After you take the survey, please share it with other workers and volunteers that you know. Thank you for your time! Link to the survey is
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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