Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                       4-6-2018

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 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, at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22. 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.  
Divine Calls
Call Received
The Rev. Dr. Dusan Tillinger, First, Kingsville, ON, Canada (LCC) has received a call to serve as an Associate Pastor of St. Luke, North York, ON, Canada.

Calls Accepted
The Rev. Kenneth Boudreau, Trinity, Meridian, MS has accepted the call to serve Hope, Hastings, MN.

The Rev. Ronald G. Millard, Jr, Immanuel, St. Charles, MO, has accepted the call to serve Peace, O'Fallon, MO.

Calls Returned
The Rev. Christopher R. Gillespie, Candidate Status, Dyer, IN, has returned the call to serve Mount Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH.

The Rev. Jared M. Raebel, Faith, DeMotte, IN has returned the call to serve Crosspoint, Sahuarita, AZ.

The Rev. Jeffrey N. Webb, Candidate Status, Ponte Verda, FL, has returned the call to serve Zion, North Highlands, CA.

Sharing the Message
Hundreds of families gathered at Hales Corners Park to participate in Hales Corners Lutheran Church's Community Easter Egg Hunt and hear the message of God's great love.
Sharing food
The ServeLocal team at Epic, Shelby Township, MI, had its largest group ever delivering groceries and praying with 21 families.
Sharing the Good News
The Sunday school students from Hales Corners, Hales Corners WI, brought Easter joy to the 20 children at Hope Street Ministry. Their offerings this month provided the kids with these fun Easter baskets.

Sharing with service members
Operation Shamrock was a success.  Packages4Patriots, a ministry of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, packed 34 boxes with goodies for a total of 526 pounds. The boxes are on their way overseas to deployed military members.
In our churches
Judy Mobius-Panizzoli was recently named "Woman of the Year" at Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Plymouth MI.
Taye and Elle Arikawa were baptized on March 28, 2018 at West Portal, San Francisco, CA. They are pictured with their parents, Soomee and Terry Arikawa, and The Rev. Curtis A. Binz.
Congratulations and God's blessings to the newly confirmed.
Grace, Eyria, OH
Gail, Patrick, Brooklyn, Sarah, Becka, Caitlyn and Marissa
Messiah, Danville, CA
Nick, Paul and Nick

Bishop Jamison Hardy had the honor of confirming nine confirmands at Peace, McMurray, PA on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Palm Sunday events
Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI, hosted a Journey to the Cross.
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, hosted an Easter Egg Hunt with crafts, candy and more.
Scouting fun
Cub Scouts at Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL, learned about first aid, then enjoyed s'mores.

Easter fun
Grace, Redford, MI, hosted their annual Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. Kids searched high and low for candy-filled eggs around the perimeters of the church building. They also had Easter fun with games out in the field and in the warmth of Fellowship Hall.
In our schools
Science Amusement
Before Spring Break, the 8th grade classes at West Portal, San Francisco, CA, studied simple machines and how they work. All machines reduce the amount of work needed for people to perform tasks. To expand their knowledge of how they work in real life, the students were assigned to work in groups of two to four to create their very own mini amusement parks. It gave them the opportunity to be creative and look at machines in a whole new perspective. There were drop towers to explain fixed pulleys, boat rides to display levers, Ferris wheels to show wheel and axles, and ramps for inclined planes. Thanks to this project, the eighth graders better understand how simple machines work.
After the final game of the Lutheran National Basketball Tournament at Valparaiso University, IN, there was one more award to give. For only the third time in national tournament history, the Lutheran Basketball Association of America gave out the prestigious Tom Schultze Award. This award recognizes leadership and excellence amongst the fantastic coaches that are present in our Lutheran schools. This year, the Tom Schultze Coaching Leadership Award was presented to Mr. Patrick Doherty, of Hales Corners Lutheran Schools, Hales Corners, WI. The school is so proud of all the time and effort he has always put into coaching and teaching his players, not just about the game of basketball, but teaching them to be strong young men in their faith and lives as well. Congratulations, Mr. Doherty!
Preparing for Easter
Students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, learned about the history of Palm Sunday and created their own palm branches to hold a parade welcoming Jesus. Additionally, they began work on a beautiful art project to depict the cross.

Little lambs
Preschool students at Lambs of Faith, Naples, FL, practiced sharing the Easter story with friends and family members. Each preschooler memorized words to tell the entire Gospel. They also enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt.

April showers
Spring is blooming at West Park Lutheran Preschool, Cleveland, OH.
Egg hunt
First-graders at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, enjoyed an egg hunt!
Little learners
From Chapel time to preparing for Easter, students at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, love to learn.
A joyful noise
Students at Grace English School, Chicago, IL sing during worship on Palm Sunday. 
Furry visitors
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School, Ft. Wayne, IN to share how their human care ministry is provided to people all over the United States. There was no shortage of love and attention from kids or dogs!
Called to Glory
Mrs. Marie Lucille Murray, wife of The Rev. Dr. James E. Murray, Emeritus, and a member of Prince of Peace, Mesquite, NV, was called to glory on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The Lord used her many abilities, talents, gifts, and monies, as well as her easy-going and congenial, uplifting spirit and friendliness, as she could talk with any person. Click  here  to read her obituary.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Please take a moment to read about what God is doing in the Dominican Republic through your prayers and financial support!
Please click here  to read our newsletter! Pastors and secretaries, please print copies of the newsletter for your congregation display board.

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann

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Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Alleluia!
We great in the name of Jesus, the risen Lord! Amen.

We wanted to send to you news of our Easter celebration here in Ghana. We pray your celebration is richly blessed as we continue to hold out the Life that is in Christ.

Please share this newsletter  with others at church. We would love a place on your bulletin board. But also feel free to share, plagiarize, and copy anything!

We commend you to the risen Lord!

Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Ghana, West Africa

Job 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 the English District! Having an extra set of hands and support makes all tasks much easier.


"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 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:
Reaching out to others
LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission's article, "Sharing the Gospel with Muslims," offers insight and steps on how to witness as Christians.  "We need to be confident that the power of the Gospel can change the hearts of Muslims as we preach God's Word." To read the complete article, click here.

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)
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
Are you looking for a satisfying next chapter in your life?
Laborers for Christ (LFC), an affiliate program of Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), is a service to help LCMS ministries save money on building projects by utilizing laborers. Laborers are retired carpenters, handy people, farmers, school teachers and other willing workers. They travel in their RV's to live on the property while working on a project. They are committed to working for minimum wage for LCMS ministries who desire to undertake the construction and improvement of their own facilities. You do not need to have a particular skill! Your desire to work with fellow Christians and to learn by doing is all you need.  It is called "on-the-job training with fellowship." Click here  for an application to join LFC and to see future projects. You can order LFC brochures for your members by contacting David Thiele at  or (517) 980-2857.
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.
June 17-30, 2018
June 17-24, 2018
Interested in ministry?
Christ and Phoebe Academies are summer programs held at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, IN for high school students potentially interested in ministry or interested in theology. Their time at CTS consists of confessional catechesis in classes taught by world-class professors, liturgical worship in beautiful Kramer chapel, and fun together as they build life-long friendships during activities and free time.
Vocatio - For High School Men and Women
June 23-28, 2018

Vocatio is a fun opportunity for high school students entering grades 9 through 12 to participate in Bible study, worship, a discussion about vocation, a servant event and some St. Louis fun. A Concordia University System college fair is also included.

This five-day retreat held on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO encourages participants to find God's calling for their lives through studying theology, learning from Seminary professors and engaging in thoughtful conversation. If you have q uestions, please call the office of Ministerial Recruitment and Admissions at 800-822-9545 or use the link below.

Youth Workers Conference | July 8-11, 2018
The 2018 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (#National18) is scheduled for July 8-11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The conference is geared toward youth workers, and there will also be a youth track following the 2018 Lutheran Youth Fellowship Teen Leadership Training. Questions? Contact Terry Leu.    For more information and to register online, click  here
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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