Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                    4-20-2018

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 and you may register online.

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.  
Call Returned
The Rev. Kent R. Schaaf, Grace, Grass Valley, CA, has returned the call to serve Peace, McMurray, PA as the Senior Pastor.
Gift of warmth
Betty Gade, member of Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, with Thrivent Financial funding, is creating knit hats for every newborn at St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI.
Gift of music
The choristers of Joyful Sound, Redeemer, Elmhurst, IL, practiced loving their neighbor by visiting Lexington to share music with the residents there. It was a wonderful experience for all involved.
Gift of time
The residents of The Village at St. Edwards enjoy monthly visits from the Kindergarten class from Fairlawn, OH. The students enjoy showing off their reading skills to appreciative listeners!
In our churches
Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) officers were installed at Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ.

Treasures and talents
It's been a very busy time at Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ. They are loving their new pastor and hosting fun events such as a mother & son treasure hunt, a Book Fair, a talent night and more.  


On Sunday, April 15, 2018,  Kyrie was welcomed into the Kingdom of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Grace, Redford Twp., MI.  Mom, Dad, sister and cousin were present and served as baptismal sponsors.This was the 5th baptism at Grace Lutheran Church in 2018.  

Jakob was brought into God's family through the rite of Holy Baptism at Trinity, New Lenox, IL.
Madeline, a preschool student from Abounding Love, Lee's Summit, MO, was baptized along with her sister, Aven, at Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO.



Congratulations, Confirmands!
God's blessings to the confirmands from Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO.

Field trip
The Forever Young seniors group at Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, took a trip to the West Side Market.  Becky and Beverly Leu's family, members of the congregation, had a stand selling meat at the market for four generations. Attendees received some history and were told interesting inside stories from the family's years at the market.


Happy birthday!
Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, celebrated the birthday of their Comfort Dog, Rhoda. Special treats and sweets were enjoyed by humans and dogs.

In our schools

Reading challenge
Thirty-five students. Two librarians. Two teachers. One husky. A night of reading?? Challenge accepted! Goal achieved! I-DID-A-READ 2018 at Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School, Ft. Wayne, IN.

Field trip fun
The Kindergarten classes from Redeemer Lutheran School, Verona, PA, had a great field trip to the Children's Museum.
Special recognition
Congratulations to Redeemer Lutheran School, Verona, PA juniors, Alethea and Grace, who received the 2018 Valparaiso University Award for Excellence. This award is in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service. Alethea is a member of the National Honor Society. She also serves on the student council and participates in musical theater at Redeemer. Grace is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the Vice President of the student council and participates in sports and musical theater at Redeemer.
Student art
Stephanie Kwan, a middle-school student at West Portal, San Francisco, CA, received an Honorable Mention for one of her paintings submitted to the "Fabulous Works of Art" competition, an annual event for middle school students.
Walking for education
The first Walkathon for Education at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, was declared a success! Students and volunteers helped ensure a successful event.
History project
Second and third grade students from Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, presented their "Influential Women in History" Bottle People Project. From Ruby Bridges to Marie Curie, many important women were represented.   
Winter camp
Students from Grace English, Chicago, IL, along with students from Good Shepherd Christian Academy bundled up and loaded their belongings as they headed to Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center.
Royal subjects
Preschoolers at Concordia Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL enjoy a unit on castles and royalty.
Making a home
Preschoolers at Faith of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, made and painted bird houses for their feathered friends.
Just how many?
Students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, learned about size comparison during their unit on dinosaurs. By placing their shoes into a "dinosaur print," they learned how big the ancient creatures were.
PreK students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, had a "blast" with their space exploration unit.
After-school club
Students in the Learners' Club at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, learned about Bible Superheroes!
Called to Glory
Rev. Orlen W. Lapp (Pembroke, ON, Canada) was called to glory on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The funeral service was held on  Friday, April 20, 2018   at St. John's Lutheran Church, Pembroke, ON, Canada with interment at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Pembroke. We pray the Lord's blessings on the Lapp family.
Please pray for the family of Lam Diing, relative of Pastor William Chuol. Pray also for the entire Sudanese community in Southern Ontario.
In the very early hours of Sunday morning our brother in Christ, Lam Diing (age 23), was fatally stabbed in Kitchener, ON. Lam was a student at the University of Waterloo and played for the Warriors football team. UW president Feridun Hamdullahpur issued a statement: "Lam's passing will be felt by our entire campus community and most directly by the members of our football program."
Pray for his mother, Rebecca, and his siblings Dieng, Narwech, Sunday, Parnnath, Joseph and Gihon. May God surround and uphold them through the people of God and may God's Spirit grant them peace and comfort.
Share Hope: A Report on LYF Training
By Megan Uderian

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7

This is a passage that I continually thought about while at the Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) training in St. Louis, MO, March 15-18. I was blessed with the opportunity to go last year as I learned a lot about and grew in my faith. This year's training was called "Share Hope" and was based off of Ephesians 4:15: "Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ." I learned ways in which I can talk to others about my faith and share God's truth with gentleness and respect.

To read more, click here.

Megan Uderian is the representative for the English District for Lutheran Youth Fellowship. She is a member of St. Luke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at
Communication Corner

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Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator
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Call Day 2018
Concordia Seminary | St. Louis, MO
Share in the celebration by using hashtags #CallDay2018 and #CallDayWatchParty.

  • Assignment of Vicarages & Internships, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3 :00 PM. (CDT)         Service Program 
  • Assignment of Calls, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM. (CDT) Service Program 
Stream the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, services online:
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)
Stream the Concordia Theological Seminary call services online:
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.
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
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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We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."

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