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Servant to Servant
April 12, 2019
Bishop's Visits
It was a busy Sunday on April 7th when Bishop Jamison Hardy visited three churches in Akron, OH. The morning started with a visit to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and then to Grace Lutheran Church where he enjoyed being part of the Bible study with Rev. Peter Mills. Later he visited with Rev. Bob Tauscher and the members of Concordia Lutheran Church.
On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Rev. Rodney E. Zwonitzer was installed as the associate pastor of Our Savior, Hartland, MI. The Rev. Eric Forss, Circuit Visitor, officiated.
Bishop Jamison Hardy officiated at the installation of The Rev. Michael D. Scheer on Sunday, April 7, 2019, as the sole pastor of Holy Cross, Cleveland, OH.
Holy Week Congregational Media Kit
Easter is still popular. People might even consider coming to church. But most people don't know the full story. To help advertise and facilitate discussion surrounding Holy Week and Easter services, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, in coordination with LCMS Worship and LCMS Communications, has developed a  congregational media kit .

Divine Calls
Call Received and Accepted
The Rev. Steven A. De Santo has received and accepted a call to serve as the sole pastor of Celebration, St. John’s, FL.

Call Received and Returned
The Rev. Stephen Reynolds, Shepherd of the Coast, Fort Lauderdale, FL, has received and returned a call to serve Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Called to Glory
The Rev. David A. Beutel
The Rev. David A. Beutel was called to his eternal rest on Friday, April 5, 2019. Rev. Beutel was the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda, NY. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Read obituary.
Mrs. Valika Toth
Mrs. Valika Toth, wife of Rev. Dr. Dusan Toth, was called to her eternal rest on Friday, April 5, 2019. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00 AM, at The Church of St. Luke, 3200 Bayview, North York, ON, Canada M2M 3R7.

We pray the Lord’s blessings on the Beutel and Toth families.
Holiday Office Hours
The English District office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19 th through Easter Monday, April 22 nd in observation of the Easter holiday. The next Servant to Servant will be published on Friday, April 26 th.
2018 Congregation Statistics Report - Online
Deadline Extended
Based on current return rates and congregations’ increasingly busy Easter schedules, the deadline for congregation statistics reporting is being extended until April 30, 2019. The online entry system for congregations, LCMS Information Support Network (LISN), is open to all LCMS member congregations and new church starts. You should have received login information in February. If you have not received your login information or have questions, email or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
LCMS National Offering
Each Easter, we consider how we have been given the ultimate gift: forgiveness and salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  That gift is pure joy to us, bringing us peace and hope that just have to be shared.

The 2019–21 National Offering is your opportunity to share that joy, to bring that peace and hope into dark and lonely places.
Ferguson, MO, is one of the once dark and lonely places that has seen light and joy through the last triennium’s National Offering.  Gifts given during 2016–18 helped support The Hope Center, which offers tutoring, mentoring and character-building programs for 9– to 18-year-olds.
Church Technology Suggestions
What software and technology products are must haves for churches? Check out these suggestions from Concordia Technology and see if there's a way you can optimize your church work flow!
1-1-1 for Missions
Your 1-1-1 Dollars at Work!
We would like to thank you and all the members of the congregations who are supporting English District missions and for your participation in 1-1-1.  

We want to share with you stories from both missions to include in your weekly church bulletin or newsletter. Spread the word how your simple donation of one dollar per member per week has helped to grow these missions. Click  here  to download bulletin inserts.   

It’s never too late to join the fifty-eight congregations in sponsoring this program. The more congregations that participate the more lives we will be able to touch with the Gospel of Jesus.  
Here's the plan: $1/per baptized member/per week.

Simple, right? Self-explanatory almost. Easy to do. All can participate. Each baptized member is asked to give one dollar extra per week. $1/per member/per week. Thus, "1-1-1." 

Please contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor  Derek Mathers  or 
Pastor  Justin Laughridge,  Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions.
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 the month of May are now available.

Please pray with us:
Janet Stechholz – healing from surgery
In Our District
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, SMP pastors 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
Missionary Update: Ritzman Family
The Ritzman family is serving God in Papua New Guinea. They have a special need for a van when they do home service this summer and fall. Please keep them in your prayers, and if you can assist with this need, please email them!
New Devotion Site by English District Pastor
Rev. David Tannahill has created a devotional website called  Life This Side of Heaven .  It has audio devotions and a collection of handy devotions and links to videos. It includes useful articles as well.
Kaleidoscope Fund Grant Process Now Open!
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is proud to announce the
2019 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process is now open. The deadline for proposal submission is May 31.

Visit LCEF for full details and to submit your proposal
In Our Churches
Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ
Church block party and fellowship.
Church of St. Luke-Lutheran, Toronto, ON
Rev. Greg Lutz spoke to the congregation about the joys and challenges of ministry in serving the Canadian Forces as a chaplain.
Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN
Hope had a successful women's retreat on being "Anchored to Christ." Women aged 14–91 attended!
In Our Schools
Lambs of Faith Preschool, Naples, FL
Play time with shaving cream.
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI
More than 500 people gathered together for Hales Corners' Donut Day which was followed by chapel led by the 2nd graders.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Congratulations to the newest Kindergarten students! Redeemer had their first Kindergarten signing day for the Oakmont campus preschool students who have already registered for 2019/2020.
Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL
Hat day during Week of the Little Child.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN
"Soccer shots" soccer clinic to learn about the rules of soccer.
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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Please share your congregation's or school's unique ministries with the rest of the District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to  Holly Scheer  by Wednesday, 12:00 pm ET. We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those around you.
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