Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                    4-27-2018

56th Regular Convention of the
English District LCMS
June 19-21, 2018
Concordia University
Ann Arbor, MI

Thanks to all who have signed up to be a 
Prayer Partner for the upcoming 56th English District, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Convention, June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. There are still many time slots available. We are asking for prayer 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! Sign up for a time slot  here . Thank you!

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 want more information, please email the Rev. Martin Erhardt , pastor at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Princeton, NJ.  
Convention offering
The Love Your Neighbor as Yourself 2018 Convention offering will provide financial support for Concordia Lutheran Mission.  Concordia Lutheran Mission is a fresh outreach of Mount Calvary, Lititz, PA to share the gospel of Jesus with the 185,000 people who live in Lebanon County, PA, where there is no LCMS congregation. We're convinced the best way to reach as many people as possible with the gospel is for churches to plant churches. With members from Mount Calvary and Calvary, Mechanicsburg, we are building community awareness and engaging in gospel conversations for a public launch this October. Would you join us in reaching the lost for Christ right here in America? Find out more at , and consider sharing through your prayers and your gifts in this mission to bring light into the darkness!
Please let your members know about this new mission of the English District and how they can support it by offering prayer and financial support for this new church plant. Financial donations can be brought for offering at the English District Convention worship service - or donations can be made payable and mailed directly to the English District-LCMS, 33100 Freedom Road, Farmington, MI 48336. Online donations are also accepted on the English District's website, .
For families looking for an option for their children grades 5-8 while they are at the upcoming 56th English District Convention
Camp Concordia is the year-round staffed LCMS children's residential summer camp in Michigan just two hours west of Ann Arbor. Consider sending your 5-8th grader to overnight camp while you attend the English District Convention. Check-in begins on Sunday, June 17, 2018 and check-out is on Friday, June 22, 2018. For sixty summers, hundreds of parents have trusted Camp Concordia with their children.  They'll bring home a growing Christian faith, new-found friends, increased self-confidence and skills, lived-out values, and a suitcase full of lifelong memories!  Check out the opportunities available for families as well as grades K-12 at or call 616-754-3785.
Divine Calls
Call Accepted
The Rev. Jeffrey N. Webb, Candidate Status, Ponte Vedra, FL, has accepted the call to serve Trinity, Savannah, GA.

Calls Received
The Rev. Chad D. Kendall,Trinity, Lowell, IN, has received a call to serve Peace, McMurray, PA as the Senior Pastor.
The Rev. Daniel W. Pezzica, Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA, has received a call to serve Our Savior, Chelsea, MI.
Call Day 2018
Welcome to the English District! Below are the names of the seminarians who received either their vicarage assignments or divine calls. They will soon be serving in the English District.

Vicarage Assignments
  • Vicar Elect Christian Einertson, Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Philadelphia, PA
  • Vicar Elect James Marriott, Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, MO
  • Vicar Elect Sawyer Meyers, Mount Calvary, Lititz, PA
  • Vicar Elect Jonathan Olson, Messiah, Danville, CA
  • Vicar Elect Isaac Wirtz, Catalina, Tucson, AZ 
Divine Calls
  • Candidate Amadeus Gandy, Faith, Butler, PA - Pastor
  • Candidate Aaron Sterling, Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA - Associate Pastor
  • Candidate Joshua Ulm, Ascension, North Olmsted, OH - Pastor
  • Candidate Daniel Warner, Shepherd of the Mountains, Pinetop, AZ - Pastor





Divine Call

God's blessings to Joshua Schmidt, son of The Rev. Travis and Jennifer Schmidt, Trinity, Erie, PA, on receiving his first call to Messiah, Grand Junction, CO.

Serving our service members
Packages4Patriots , a mission of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, had 35 volunteers come out to pack 36 boxes, with a total weight of 524 pounds! Six lovely Girl Scouts from Algonquin, brought Girl Scout cookies along to ship to our military.
Serving others
Congratulations to the new Stephen Ministers at Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ: Jolene Miller, Frank Coppa, Judy Coppa and Jan Brown. They completed 50 hours of training and were commissioned Sunday, April 22, 2018  

In our churches
Trinity, New Lenox, IL, welcomed Laila Litke and Randy Casagrande into God's family through the Rite of Holy Baptism.
New members
Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, welcomed new members in Christ, Ernie and Lori Guevara.
Prom season
The youth group at Hope, Hastings, MN, held an innovative and very popular fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering - 2019 NYG. The first "Adult Prom" fundraiser was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and created a lot of memories! Adults of all ages enjoyed the event.
Confirmation celebration
Redeemer, Lincoln, NE, hosted a special confirmation breakfast. It was enjoyed by family and friends prior to the confirmation worship service.
Every One His Witness
The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, presented an Every One His Witness workshop at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA . The congregation
received a rebate from the English District after purchasing the Every One His Witness kit. Participants learned: What is witnessing? Why do we witness? And the "how-to" of witnessing using the LASSIE approach - Listen-Ask-Seek-Share-Invite-Encourage. Click here to purchase a kit.
In our schools

Wacky Wednesday
Crazy clothes and hair make for a fun day at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN.

Ecological fun
Little learners in the PreK program at Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI, talked about ways they can help the Earth. They discussed the three R's - reduce, reuse, recycle. They also made the planet Earth using a print making technique. The children loved reusing at the art table where they made "beautiful junk."
Breaking news!
Kiarra, a student from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI was featured as "Future Forecaster" on FOX6 News. Congratulations, Kiarra! To see the news clip, click  here.
Doggone good lessons
JK3 students from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, met service dog Caprice. Students learned about the many ways a service dog helps their owner. Caprice can pick up a dropped pencil, give support needed to be able to stand and even identify when medical help is needed. The students also learned there are three important things to know when approaching a service dog. 1. Don't feed them 2. Don't pet them and 3. Don't distract them, because they are working. Always talk to the owner before approaching a service dog.
Special responses
Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School sixth-graders wrote to some of their favorite businesses and have been receiving responses back. They love getting mail from all over the country.
Photo fun
The Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School, Ft. Wayne, IN, Lady Eagles JV and Varsity Soccer Teams, along with some members of the Ft. Wayne Fire Department, had some fun on picture day. Their seasons have started well, and they are wished much success - and warm weather - for the rest of the season.
Slimy fun
Smiles and slime memories were made at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI. Several teachers got "slimed" when the students met their reading challenge. It made for a fun way to end the week! Thanks to Mr. Mertz, Mrs. Peterson, Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Strohmeyer for being good sports!   
Winter camp
Students from Grace English, Chicago, IL, had a great time at Walcamp. From shared meals to gathering firewood and team activities, smiles abounded.  
Under the sea
Students from Holy Cross Preschool, Cleveland, OH, had an amazing trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
Communication Corner

Tag us, please!
Facebook has eliminated "interest lists," and in doing so, has made seeking our churches' and groups' Facebook feeds akin to a modern day "needle in a haystack." If you would like us to see your posts, please "tag" us. You can do this by posting your photos/status, typing @EnglishDistrictLCMS in the comment section, and then hitting "enter." Additionally, you can tag us on Twitter, @EngDistLCMS, as well as e-mailing us directly. Thanks so much for helping us keep the communication going in the English District!
Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator
Visual Faith Ministry May bulletins are now ready and available to download. It also includes an Ascension bulletin. Click here to download.
Church Interpreter Training Institute
Established in 1985, the Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) instructs interpreters, church members and professional church workers as they reach out to the deaf community, that they too may hear and believe. 

This year's program will take place at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, from June 25 to July 6. Courses include ASL linguistics; facial and body expression; religious vocabulary; Deaf culture; biblical studies; interpreting Scripture, liturgy, sermons, hymns and song; and other special interest topics. CITI offers a total of 5.1 continuing education units for Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) nationally certified interpreters.

Registration costs $1,500 for non-commuters (covering the cost of room and board), and $1,000 for commuters (includes lunch only). To register or to learn more about the program as well as available scholarships, go to For additional questions, contact Deaconess Heidi Sias at The deadline for registration is June 1,
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.
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  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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