Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
March 22, 2019
DEADLINE: March 29, 2019
 Professional Church Workers Conference
Loving God: Heart, Mind, Body and Relationships
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. Registration deadline is March 29th.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the District office: info@englishdistrict.org.
Website Redesign- HELP NEEDED
The English District is updating their website! Please consider taking a quick survey about how or if 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.
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: Sunday March 24, 2019
LCMS President Election Voter Registration
  LCMS President Election Voter Registration forms are due to the Office of the Synod Secretary this 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. 
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. You should have received login information in February. Statistics are due Friday, March 29, 2019.

If you have not received your login information or have questions, email rosters.stats@lcms.org or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
Protecting Your Church Members' Online Privacy
Online privacy is big news right now. Does your church have a policy to help protect member privacy? Concordia Technology has tips to help.
1-1-1 for Missions

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior in Green Valley, Arizona, began the Dollar for Missions collection in September of 2018.

By the middle of January 2019 (less than 5 months), $1444 had been collected over and above regular missions giving.

It’s a fun, easy way to support the spread of the Gospel.
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.

Please pray with us:
Jarrett Suydam – Prayers for healing
In Our District
Extraordinary Generosity Through
TRANSFER THE BLESSINGS
The LCMS Foundation's Transfer the Blessings ministry is a two-tiered ministry where leaders of a congregation help members practice good stewardship with the assets that will be a part of their estate when they are called home to heaven. Transfer the Blessings assists families and individuals through the spiritual stewardship process of planning how best to distribute earthly blessings. Transfer the Blessings will also aid the recipients of that generosity, whether family or ministry, to responsibly receive these gifts.
For ministry, that means having policies and procedures in place that address the proper receipt, management, and distribution of gifts. This gives the faithful giver confidence that the ministry will properly handle their gifts.

Many congregations currently have a Transfer the Blessings ministry partnership with the Foundation. The results are extraordinary!

Please Contact Ron Grimm, English District Gift Planning Counselor, at 412-584-7039 or email to learn more about our Transfer the Blessings ministry. 
Every One His Witness (E1HW)
Did you know that 900 E1HW kits have been sold, and that means there could be up to 12,000 individuals who have E1HW workbooks?

Did you know that 600 of those 12,000 individuals have signed up at  www.everyonehiswitness.org  to watch and learn more about witnessing through the additional context modules available. More are being developed.

Every One His Witness can be led by church staff or a layperson. There is a guide for whoever leads it, and it is easy to follow.

The desired end is, of course, that individuals currently outside the
Kingdom of God hear about God’s love through Jesus so that the Holy Spirit can draw them into the Kingdom of God.

We plant and water, God causes the growth.

Consider purchasing an Every One His Witness Kit from CPH and see what doors God might open to you to share His love.
In Our Churches
Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA
T he youth of Messiah Lutheran Church recently cheered the San Jose Barracuda to a thrilling 5-4 victory. The Barracuda were losing 4-1 before tying the game with three third-period goals and winning in a shootout.
Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL
Sunday March 17 th  Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit welcomed into the Body of Christ Grace and Julianne. 
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Southeast Michigan-Detroit "Women of the Year" honored at a Lutheran Council luncheon with Betty Gade from Christ the King Lutheran Church among the honorees.

Founded in 1964, the Council of Lutheran Women is the official auxiliary of The Lutheran Center Association. The Council hosts an annual luncheon to honor Lutheran Women of the Year chosen by member organizations/churches.
Grace Lutheran Church, Wyoming, MI
Handbell choir video.
In Our Schools
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI
Last Friday, the eighth graders presented their first grade buddies with their “Buddy Books”. This is a month-long project where the eighth graders interview their buddies and then write an illustrated children’s book about them.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
The first grade art class "traveled" to Hawaii this week!
Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL
The children are learning about the artist and sculptor Alexander Calder. He is known for his colorful circle paintings, whimsical abstract public sculptures and his innovative mobiles and stabiles. They made beautiful circle paintings using a salad spinner!
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN
Preschoolers or unicorns?
Christ the King Preschool, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Practice for Preschool Sunday!
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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