Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                    4-13-2018

Bishop's visits
Epiphany, Dorr, MI
Bishop Jamison Hardy had a wonderful visit on Sunday, April 8, 2018 with The Rev. Ryan Beffrey and the members of Epiphany, Dorr, MI.
Risen Christ, Plymouth, MI
On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Bishop Hardy paid a visit to The Rev. Reinald Kaufmann at Risen Christ, Plymouth, MI.
Calls Received
The Rev. Steven Okpisz, Faith, Geneva, IL, has received a call to serve Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL.
The Rev. Jeffrey N. Webb, Candidate Status, Ponte Vedra, FL, has received a call to serve Trinity, Savannah, GA.

The Rev. Kent R. Schaaf, Grace, Grass Valley, CA, has received a call to serve Peace, McMurray, PA as the Senior Pastor.
The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, Bishop/President, English District, LCMS, has received a call to serve Peace, McMurray, PA as the Assistant Pastor.
Call Accepted
The Rev. Dr. Dusan Tillinger, First, Kingsville, ON, Canada (LCC) has accepted the call to serve as an Associate Pastor of St. Luke, North York, ON, Canada .
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!
Convention "Field Trip"
Convention participants are invited to tour the Papyrus Collection at the University of Michigan Library, located in Ann Arbor, MI, at 10;00 AM on Friday, June 22, 2018. The collection contains 30 leaves of the P46 codex, one of the oldest extant New Testament manuscripts in Greek, dating from around AD 200. The tour will be led by collection archivist Dr. Brendan Haug, who will speak to us about the codex and other early Christian documents. Reservations are required. If you would like to attend or to receive more information, please email the Rev. Martin Erhardt, pastor at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Princeton, NJ.  
Convention Hymn Winners
Thank you to the following seven individuals for each submitting an original hymn to be considered as the Convention Hymn at the 56th Regular Convention of the English District LCMS. 
  • Glorianne Earley, Mount Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH
  • The Rev. Jonathan Gruen, Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO
  • Paula Knight, Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ
  • The Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse, Catalina, Tucson, AZ
  • The Rev. George Schaetzle, Emeritus, Sheboygan, WI
  • The Rev. Christopher Thoma, Our Savior, Hartland, MI
  • The Rev. Robert Voelker, Gethsemane, Windsor, ON, Canada
Bishop Hardy decided to pick two hymns. One to be sung during the Opening Service and the second to be sung during the Closing Service.

Opening Service:     Christ on the Cross Brings to Us         
Tune: LSB #722         Lyrics by The Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse         

Closing Service:     Love Your Neighbor As Yourself          
Tune: LSB #680        Lyrics by The Rev. Robert Voelker   
Congratulations to Rev Dr. Michael Morehouse and Rev. Robert Voelker!              
Comforting strangers
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Shepherd of the Coast, Palm Coast, FL, shared hand-made comfort with Alpha Women's Center. The donated crocheted baby blankets were given to expecting and new moms and dads actively participating in Alpha's Love Grows Parenting Support Classes.

In our churches
Confirmand retreat
The confirmation crew from Hope, Hastings, MN, spent a weekend at Camp Omega for a retreat of fun and learning. It was colder than past spring retreats and a first with a snow-covered ball field and 32 inches of ice on Horseshoe Lake, which they made the best of with competitive broom ball, hatchet throwing, archery, and Gaga Ball.

Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, welcomed new member in Christ, Elliott Lange.
Brayden Warner, of Grace, Elyria, OH, received his medal and patch for his Religious Emblem for Cub Scouts. Way to go, Brayden!
Trinity, New Lenox, IL, recently welcomed Steven Stermin through the Rite of Holy Baptism.
The joy of two baptisms on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Trinity, Erie, PA.

New members
Celebration, St. John's, FL, received five new members on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Easter beauty
Churches looked beautiful for Easter.
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH
Redeemer, Ft. Wayne, IN
Trinity, New Lenox, IL
Spring Break Servant Events
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, coordinated two Spring Break Servant Events the week of March 3-10, 2018. One group of ten traveled to Rockport, TX while another group of ten traveled to El Paso, TX. Click on links for a recap of each event.
In our schools
Fun with food
Pre-K classes at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, enjoyed making and eating zucchini bread for "Z" week.
Fun with physics
The AP Physics students at Redeemer, Verona, PA, calculated the period of reaction of a conical pendulum... better known as "When Pigs Fly."
Meeting new friends
"Nature on Wheels" brought the field trip indoors to Lambs of Faith, Naples, FL. Students enjoyed dressing for seasons and meeting cute and cuddly creatures.
Hands-on learning
Fifth graders at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, assembled electromagnets hoping to reinvent a telegraph and use Morse code to communicate.

Chapel time
Little ones at Beautiful Savior's Abounding Love Preschool in Lee's Summit, MO, learn about Jesus during chapel time. 

For sale:
Risers - 4 sections: (2) 96" L x 36" D x 16" H; (2) 96" L x 36" D x 8" H. Used with 17 chairs (chairs not included). Very sturdy. Grey carpeted deck. Steel frame construction. Price: $500.00. Contact: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 440-845-2230 or E-mail:

41 Choir Robes w/stoles: All sizes! Price: $500.00. Contact: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 440-845-2230 or E-mail:


In our Synod
LCMS adds Better Business Bureau Accreditation
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Inc. has earned status as a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Charity Seal Holder, after having met the BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Employment Opportunity

Preschool Director sought to serve the Lord by serving His little ones at St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool, located in the beautiful Los Altos community of east Long Beach, just one mile north of California State University Long Beach. This is a full-time position, with benefits, at a well-established, successful preschool, blessed with a loving, hardworking staff and supportive congregation. If, after prayerful consideration, you are interested in the position, please call retiring director, Nancy Bachman, at 562-598-4729.

Thank you!

April is "National Volunteer Month," and we'd like to say "Thank you!" to all who volunteer - especially in our English District congregations! Having an extra set of hands and support makes all tasks much easier. We give a special thanks to our district office volunteer, Jeanne W., who willingly gives of her time and talents to help with mailings and whatever else needs to be done.

"I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day."   2 Timothy 1:3 (ESV)



April 2018 - Week 3
April Visual Faith Bulletins
My Worship Notes (for kids) and Sermon Notes (for adults) for April 2018 are ready and available to download
here . 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. Website:
Call Day 2018
Call Day will be here soon! Look for links to livestream the events in future issues of Servant to Servant.
Concordia Seminary | St. Louis, MO
Call Day at Concordia Seminary is the day when second year students learn their vicarage church assignments (a one-year internship at an LCMS church anywhere in the U.S.) and fourth year students learn their first call assignments. Deaconess students learn their deaconess internship assignments or diaconal call assignments on this day as well. These assignments are announced and celebrated during two worship services on Call Day.

Share in the celebration by using hashtags #CallDay2018 and #CallDayWatchParty.

  • Assignment of Vicarages & Internships, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3 :00 PM. (CDT)
  • Assignment of Calls, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM. (CDT)
Concordia Theological Seminary | Ft. Wayne, IN
You are invited to celebrate the assignment of vicars and deaconess interns as well as the call of CTSFW candidates into the Office of the Holy Ministry.
  • Vicarage & Deaconess Internship Assignment Service, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM. (EDT)
  • Candidate Call Service, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM. (EDT)
English District Daily Prayer List - May
We encourage you to use the District prayer list for your daily prayers, both personal and corporate. Please feel free to publish this list in your weekend service folders, on your congregational website and in your newsletters. 

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
The Kaleidoscope Fund
The Kaleidoscope Fund is a granting program designed to help support eligible LCMS ministries as they make known the love of Christ. These grants help strengthen congregations, Lutheran schools, church workers and the communities they impact.
Qualified grant purposes are:
  • Ministry Outreach and Expansion
  • Education (K-12 Lutheran Schools)
  • Church Worker Wellness
Your grant proposal summary must be submitted by June 15, 2018. Visit
to learn more. Click here  to read about past grant recipients.
If you have any questions contact David Thiele at  or (517) 980-2857.
Get Excited! A Whole New CPS Benefits Experience is Coming! 
On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, an email was sent to your ministry's primary contact (this is typically the Treasurer or Business Manager, though in small ministries it could be the Pastor or Secretary) from your Concordia Plan Services (CPS) Account Manager/Representative with the subject of "Your Action Needed Today." This email is regarding the introduction of the new benefits portal. CPS asks that you click on the "Learn How and Act Today!" button and insert your temporary Portal password which can be found in the email. In early June, you will be receiving a secondary email that will allow you to view current plans and new offerings for 2019.  However, in order to have access to this information, you are required to pre-register. If you are the primary contact person in your congregation and misplaced the email or did not receive an email, please  contact CPS Customer Care at 888-927-7526 and they can resend the information.Click here to watch a video from Concordia Plan Services.
Summer Workshop Series
Continuing Education Summer Workshops offered by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provide an opportunity for exploration of contemporary topics that influence the practice of ministry. They are designed for pastors, church workers and laypeople. Hosted by congregations across the country from May through August and led by Seminary faculty, the 10 workshops offer an opportunity to delve deeply into topics that include the right relationship between church and state, the responsibility of the church toward the surrounding culture, the role of the pastor in civil affairs, the ongoing creation debate, and the meaning and responsibilities of being confessional.

Registration:   $140 (unless otherwise noted)
Deadline: Two weeks before the beginning of each workshop
Click here
 for more information, including dates and locations, and to register.
Contact:  Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or
July 3-6, 2018
Carleton College
Northfield, MN
July 10-13, 2018
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL
July 24-27, 2018
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
July 31-August 3, 2018
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
Higher Things is pleased to announce the 2018 Conferences: "Sanctified." Join us this summer as we look at the Ten Commandments and how God has called us to be His own people in Christ. The conferences are planned for junior-high and high-school-age youth and will run Tuesday through Friday, with scheduled times for worship, learning and organized free-time activities. All will be "deaf-friendly," with sign-language interpreters. The all-inclusive registration fee of $385 includes three nights of on-campus housing, nine meals and all programming. Rates increase to $410 per person May 1, 2018. Click here  for more information and to register.
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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