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Servant to Servant
Greetings!
April 5, 2019
Bishop's Visit
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Bishop Jamison Hardy had the honor of teaching Bible class and preaching the sermon at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The Rev. Randy Boelter was pleased Bishop Hardy was able to visit and spend time with the members of his congregation.
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 . The following items are available for you and your congregation to use in reaching out to your community this Lenten season. The items are designed to allow you to add your invitation and local details about your Holy Week and Easter services. You are invited to use these resources to advertise your congregation or simply to generate opportunities for  pastoral conversations in your community. Media Kit includes: How To Guide; Newspaper Opinion Editorial; Newspaper Advertisement; Social Media Advertisement; Post/Note Card.  
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. Daniel P. Murray has received a call to serve as the sole pastor of Holy Cross, Alsip, IL.
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 rosters.stats@lcms.org or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
1-1-1 for Missions
1-1-1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
After our delegates returned from the English District convention the end of June 2018, they came with word of a new initiative within the church: 1-1-1. The idea was presented to the church council and it turned out to be an easy sell. Everyone agreed that it seemed like a win – win – win situation.
Win number one: it presents a way for the congregation to support the mission of the larger church.
Win number two: it is a way for all of the members of the congregation to participate, regardless of economic standing or age.
Win number three : it presents a way to keep the mission needs of the church continually before members of the congregation so that we can all be participating in the great commission.
When we began the program, we showed the promotional video to the entire congregation one Sunday. Immediately there was great enthusiasm for the project.

Seldom is there a new project that is presented that has such widespread support. Later the superintendent of our Sunday school thought that the 1-1-1 program could be part of the Sunday school opening. A member of our congregation, Don Davidson, made a special receptacle for the children to deposit their loonies.
(In Canada we do not have dollar bills and so the receptacle is designed for our dollar coin which we call a loonie.)

It pleases us to be able to be involved in the support of missions. We hope that our story helps inspire your congregation to be part of it as well.
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.

Please pray with us:
Janet Stechholz – healing from surgery
In Our District
District Youth Update
Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) hosted teenagers for its annual leadership development training March 14-17, at the Pallottine Renewal Center in suburban St. Louis.

Attendees received training in connection to  Every One His Witness™, an evangelism program developed by LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry. Youth also learned how to write devotions and discussed how to ignite the youth in their districts and congregations.

Youth and adults will take what they learned and assist their districts. Our youth will serve on the English District Youth Advisory
Council. They will also share their new gifts with their churches.

Representing the district at the conference:
Nate - Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, Saint Louis, MO
Alex - Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, Saint Louis, MO
Megan - Church of Saint Luke Lutheran, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rod - DCE, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE.
New Parish Paper!
New Parish Paper! The April issue of The Parish Paper titled “ Building Your Community Ties with a Block Party " is available on the English District website home page under “What’s New."
Congregational Self-Assessment
Did you know that you can schedule a FREE congregational assessment? Watch this quick video, and then contact Rev. Mathers (248)476-0039 ext. 311 or Evelyn (248)476-0039 ext. 212 to find out how this tool can help your parish!
How to Make Congregational Videos
Videos and vlogging are great ways to show what your congregation is about and engage new people. Have you wondered how to make this work for your parish? Read about this exciting tool in this week's Concordia Technology Issue.
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
Missionary Updates: Jonathan & Cheryl Naumann
The Rev. Dr. Jonathan and Deaconess Cheryl Naumann are serving the Lord in Latin America. Please read about their work and how they are helping the church!
In Our Churches
Church of St. Mark-Lutheran, Mississauga, ON
Last Sunday Rev. Derek Mathers was honored to be with God's people of our South Sudanese - Nuer Fellowship of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mississauga, Ontario.
They wanted to hear more about 1-1-1 and how they can be part of something bigger than themselves.

Pastor Philip Gai serves and leads this community. They are the 58th group to commit to 1-1-1 (A Dollar for Missions) in the English District!
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Medina, OH
On March 17 Prince of Peace celebrated and confirmed four of their youth. Pictured here are Alex, Ryan, Matthew, and Megan along with Pastor Daniel Haberkost, DCE Jim Bretthauer, and Confirmation Instructor, Terry Leu.
Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MI
Baptism of Oliver. Welcome to God's family!
Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church, Sherman Oaks, CA

Happy 91st birthday to Sherman Oaks member Velma!
In Our Schools
Holy Cross Preschool, Cleveland, OH
Holy Cross had a fabulous mom’s (and grandma’s, and friend’s ...) day at preschool!
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Redeemer Lutheran School hosted a "Breakfast with Mary Poppins." The guests enjoyed a wonderful breakfast, meet and greet with the cast, a musical performance, crafts, and activities.

Some of the cast also performed later in the day for residents of Concordia Highpointe retirement village.
Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI
The children of Shepherd King Preschool celebrated a birthday with yummy orange cupcakes. Then talked about Zacchaeus climbing a tree so he could see Jesus. Jesus told him to come down so he could go to his house to help him understand how to be nice.
Faith Lutheran School, Watertown, WI
Chocolate chip pancakes day at school. The kids enjoyed a hot lunch of pancakes made with eggs and milk, fresh grapes and bananas, bacon and cottage cheese. 
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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