Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                         3-23-18

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
Now all the vault of
heav'n resounds
In praise of love that
 still abounds:
"Christ has triumphed!
He is living!"
Sing, choirs of angels,
loud and clear!
Repeat their song of
glory here:
"Christ has triumphed!
Christ has triumphed!"
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds   LSB 465
Adoring praises
now we bring
And with the heavn'ly
bless├Ęd sing:
"Christ has triumphed!
Be to the Father and
our Lord,
To Spirit blest,
most holy God,
All the glory,
never ending!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The English District office will be closed on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. The office will reopen on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Blessed Holy Week and Easter!

56th Regular Convention of the
English District LCMS
June 19-21, 2018
Concordia University
Ann Arbor, MI
Convention registration - Due April 20, 2018
Registration information and forms were emailed to all congregations, rostered church workers and certified voting delegates on March 6th.  If you have not received your forms check your spam folder or contact the district office: or 800-755-9335.  Registration information and forms are also available on our website or you may register online.
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, business sessions, 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!
Divine Call

Call Accepted
The Rev. Michael Brown, Redeemer, Lincoln, NE, has accepted the call to serve St. Matthew, Barrington, IL.
English District Blog
On Sunday, March 18, 2018, twenty-two individuals were baptized into the family of God at the Church of St. Luke - Lutheran in Toronto, Ontario. The individuals are Persians from Iran and they are facing the altar so they cannot be identified outside the congregation, which shares their concern for family members still living in Iran who might be in danger because they have converted to Christianity. To read more about these new members to the Body of Christ, click here.

If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at
Prepping for mission
Members of Ascension, Tucson, AZ, gather in prayer before their mission team leaves for Houston.
Prepping for delivery
Several members gathered at Epic, Shelby Township, MI, to pack groceries that will be delivered to people in need.
Giving through the fiber arts
Hooks & Needles is the Prayer Shawl Ministry of Grace, Elyria, OH. They have been quietly working on creating and delivering over 450 prayer shawls over many years. The shawls are available, free of charge, to give to family and friends who are ill or going through a difficult time. Yarn donations have been made possible through a Thrivent Financial Action Team Grant, as well as fundraising activities by the group.
In our churches
Installation of officers
Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Board of Elders and Church Council were installed at Ascension of Christ, Beverly Hills, MI.
Board of Elders
Top row, left to right: Matt Carmona, Ralph Cook, Ken Broderdorf, Dillon Blanski
Bottom row, left to right: Michael Florio, Jim Slater, Dave Lambert.
Church Council 
Top row, left to right: Jim Slater , Jim Wright, Dave Lambert
Bottom row, left to right: Denise Bowman, Jan Wright, Sara Hermanson
For the past two years, members of Peace, McMurray, PA, have been secret Prayer Partners for the confirmation students. The nine confirmands enjoyed receiving letters and small gifts as a reminder that they were in someone's prayers. A fiesta-themed banquet was held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 for the big reveal. The Rite of Confirmation will be on Palm Sunday.

Statements of faith
Congratulations and God's blessings to Nicholas and Ryan, who professed their faith at Grace, Wyoming, MI.
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH welcomed Bryce, son of Ryan and Angel Reynolds, into the kingdom of God through the holy waters of Baptism.
Lenten study
Members of Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, met for their weekly study of "40 Days in the Word."
Garden dedicated
On Sunday, March 4, 2018, four generations of the first family to attend Chapel of the Cross, Mission Hills, CA, gathered with current members to dedicate a patio garden in memory of pioneers Al and Marie Johnson.  The dedication was led by The Rev. Bill Naumann and The Rev. Manuel De La Rosa.

Derby day!
Scouts from Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL, were excited for the Pinewood Derby.
The youth group from West Portal Lutheran Church and School, San Francisco, CA, sponsored a "Roll Your Own Burrito" and "Slime Night." The burritos were a hit with everyone. Students participated in Ms. Greinke's fun and thoughtful devotion activity. And finally, everyone got to Slime the Fellowship Hall with their creatively colorful slime-filled Styrofoam balls, confetti, fishbowl beads, and fruit slices.
Preschool Sunday
Redeemer Lutheran School, Verona, PA, celebrated Preschool Sunday. Preschoolers sang during the worship service and got to meet their preschool pen pals afterward. In addition, they had lunch and posed for pictures. Congregation members 'adopt' a preschool lamb at the beginning of the school year, and the pen pals pray for the preschoolers and correspond with them all year long.





Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, celebrated Preschool Sunday with students from the preschool singing, "Jesus Loves Me." 

In our schools

Acting out 
The "Pre 3" class presented the three pigs and the big bad wolf at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ.
Jumping for a cause
Students at Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School's Getz Road campus, had the opportunity to take part in Jump Rope for Heart, a program where children learn jump rope skills, how their heart works, and raise money to help kids with special hearts. Recognized during chapel were the top ten students raising money for this wonderful cause.
Sweet moments
Preschool students at Fairlawn Lutheran Church and School, Fairlawn, OH, loved having their dads at school for "Donuts and Dads."
Special visitors
Dad's Day was a huge hit at Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL.
Easter story
Preschoolers at Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI, learned about Easter and Jesus' love.

St. Patrick's Day fun!
Several schools observed St. Patrick's Day with surprises, shenanigans and snacks.
Grace English, Chicago, IL
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN
Shop Amazon?
Three times the impact! From March 12-31, 2018, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase! Click here to sign in or create your own Amazon account. Make a purchase and Amazon will donate a percentage of the price to the English District LCMS.
April Visual Faith Bulletins are Now Available
My Worship Notes (for kids) and Sermon Notes (for adults) for April 2018 are ready and available to download
here . They include Easter Sunrise and Easter Celebration Service bulletins. These FREE bulletins are designed to engage children (preschool and up) through the entire service. Because they are listening for words spoken, they are learning the liturgy and biblical accounts. This resource also provides opportunities for family conversations and prayer requests throughout the week. Both of these resources are following the Lectionary and will be available for download each month. They are created by Visual Faith ministry team members.
Save the dates!
Call Day will be here soon! Look for links to livestream the events in upcoming issues of Servant to Servant. Call Day for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, is Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Call Day for Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, is Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 

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.

Scholarships 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 Director of Schools
Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop/Mission Executive
June 17-30, 2018
June 17-24, 2018
Interested in ministry?
Christ and Phoebe Academies are summer programs held at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, IN for high school students potentially interested in ministry or interested in theology. Their time at CTS 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.
Vocatio - For High School Men and Women
June 23-28, 2018

Vocatio is a fun opportunity for high school students entering grades 9 through 12 to participate in Bible study, worship, a discussion about vocation, a servant event and some St. Louis fun. A Concordia University System college fair is also included.

This five-day retreat held on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO encourages participants to find God's calling for their lives through studying theology, learning from Seminary professors and engaging in thoughtful conversation. If you have q uestions, please call the office of Ministerial Recruitment and Admissions at 800-822-9545 or use the link below.

Youth Workers Conference | July 8-11, 2018
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. Questions? Contact Terry Leu at  
For more information and to register online, click here.
Laborers For Christ - An ideal ministry for those who want to build for eternity
Laborers for Christ (LFC) is a service to help LCMS ministries save money on building projects by utilizing laborers. LFC can use as many as 100 new people to help congregations throughout the country tackle building projects. The laborers are retired carpenters, handy people, farmers, school teachers and other willing workers. They are committed to working at minimum wage for LCMS ministries who desire to undertake the construction and improvement of their own facilities.  We've attached a brochure for you to pass along to anyone who might be interested or is looking for a way to serve the Church in their retirement.
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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