Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                    5-11-2018

Happy Mother's Day!
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."  Proverbs 31:28-29
Thank you!
A sincere thank you to all of the nurses and teachers who serve in the English District and in our communities. Your selfless works are truly appreciated. May God bless you as you continue to nurture others in your respective vocations.
Bishop's visits
Bishop Jamison Hardy officiated the installation of Kenneth Boudreau at Hope, Hastings MN, on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Bishop Jamison Hardy stopped to talk to newly commissioned deaconesses while visiting the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, last month.
Bishop Hardy had a wonderful visit with The Rev.Greg Musolf and the people of Messiah, Forest Lake, MN on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. Larry R. Sipe, Jr., Immanuel, Janesville, MN and Trinity, Waseca, MN, has received a call to serve Mount Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH.
56th Regular Convention of the
English District LCMS
June 19-21, 2018
Concordia University
Ann Arbor, MI
Important reminder from Bishop Jamison Hardy
If you have not registered for the English District Convention, please do so today. In addition, if your congregation hasn't chosen a delegate to attend the convention, please select someone promptly.

The 2018 Convention Workbook is available on the English District website. Click the link below to download the full workbook or specific sections of the workbook.

Thanks to all who have signed up to be a 
Prayer Partner for the upcoming 56th English District 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.  

Musicians are needed to play during the worship services at the English District Convention. If you sing or play an instrument and would be willing to lend your talents, please contact The Rev. Ryan Beffrey at Rehearsal time is limited, so you will need to be able to read music well. 

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 . Be sure to indicate "convention offering" in the space provided.
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.
Looking for "Every One His Witness" Workshop Testimonials
Our English District Evangelization Team is seeking 2-3 sentence testimonials from individuals who attended one of the many Every One His Witness workshops held across our District. Tell us about your experience with the workshop, how it may have changed your view and understanding of Evangelism, and any possible new awareness it brought into your thoughts and life. Please forward these to Rev. John Diener, Chair of our Evangelization Team at . Many of these will be shared with those attending our English District Convention in June this summer.

Soles for Souls
There were 2,119 pairs of shoes donated to the Soles for Jesus shoe drive. Twenty people from Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI, served during their workday at the warehouse, sorting and packing shoes for shipment to Africa.
Sharing with others
Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, packed 150 Promise Packs filled with school supplies and hygiene products. They are ready to be shipped to 150 children in Zambia.
Serving in the community
Thirteen youth and adults from Prince of Peace, Medina, OH, joined 200 participants at Lutheran West recently for City Serve 2018, serving the greater Cleveland area. Prince of Peace helped with yard work at Bessie's Angels, a Christian non-profit that seeks to provide housing for young-adult females who are aging out of foster care.
Senior projects benefit many
The Senior Class of 2018 at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA, shared projects that will benefit many. Each year, the seniors are required to do a "Senior Project." The planning and development begins in their junior year. This year, the projects range from student programs to building projects:
  • Lizzy developed a book campaign to supply children's books to Children's Hospital by developing multiple events to collect the books. The third grade class celebrated collecting the most books school-wide and received a pizza party provided by Lizzy.
  • Zach planned and designed a Gaga Ball pit for the school, and the students love it.
  • Geno and Shane worked together to hold multiple fundraisers for the high school mission trip this summer, raising thousands of dollars to fund the trip for 18 students to travel to Texas for hurricane relief.
  • Megan and Elizabeth worked together to bring informational speakers to the high school to speak to the students about mental health.
  • Lauren developed a program to welcome new students to Redeemer. She held multiple events to integrate new and returning students.
  • Sam designed and built an outdoor fire-pit area complete with benches. The area can also be used as an outdoor classroom, a lunch area, and a devotional space.
  • Suni planned a career fair for medical vocations.
  • Ellie sponsored an event to raise funds for children's cancer research.
  • Cullen is working on creating a marketing video for Redeemer Lutheran School.
Connor Gerdez was baptized recently at Markham Lutheran Church, Markham, IL. He is pictured with his parents Scott and Beth and godparents, Emelia Kocka, Terri Kocka, Stephen Gerdez, and The Rev. Larry Schneekloth.
Jim and Mary Wolf, Peace, McMurray, PA, celebrated the baptism of their two granddaughters, Maisie Hwang and Violet Hwang, with their daughter Katherine and son-in-law Victor Hwang. Bishop Jamison Hardy officiated the baptisms.
Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI
Confirmation celebrations!
May God bless all the confirmands.
Ascension, Tucson, AZ
Hope, Hastings, MN
Redeemer, Ft. Wayne, IN
Trinity, New Lenox, IL
Stephen Ministers
On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, commissioned eight new Stephen Ministers: Mira Edgerton, Laura Hohnstadt, Tim Lane, Lauren Martin, Jillian Matasovsky, Sheila Nash, Judah Pemble, and Susan Waltersdorf. They have been through 50 hours of specialized training in Christian caregiving and join a team of 19 Stephen Ministers and Leaders at Martin Luther Chapel. Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for around an hour to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for the person.
Special recognition
Grace, Wyoming, MI, honored their Children's Choir director, Jill Reyers. She was presented with a beautiful, music-inspired quilt made by the Grace Lutheran Church Quilters.
Guest singers
Little music makers from Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well sang during worship at Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN.
In our schools
Fun with food
The Cooking Club at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, enjoyed eating the cupcakes they made in their recent class.
The first graders at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, had a great time celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta. They learned about the holiday, had tacos, danced the Mexican Hat Dance, and broke a piƱata.
Flower power
Students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, "sell" and "purchase" flowers during spring-themed lessons.
Mom and me
Holy Cross Preschool, Cleveland, OH, had a special time of fellowship and fun during "Muffins with Mom."

Touring D.C.
The seventh and eighth grade students from West Portal School, San Francisco, CA, returned home safely from their Washington D.C. trip. Everyone had a wonderful and informative experience. One of the highlights was the laying of the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.
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
Knowledge is Power
Now, a new, free tool to increase your financial knowledge!

Because we know you care for those you serve in ministry, we invite you to share the new LutheranFCU Financial Education Center so that they can learn more about everyday and extraordinary financial decisions.  The  LutheranFCU Financial Education Center provides short, online education modules on nearly 40 different financial topics that can be taken at your convenience and pace.  Each topic fits into one of the following "playlists": Financial Basics, Major Life Transactions, Paying for College and Planning for Retirement.
English District Daily Prayer List - June
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
CUEnet recently received a significant scholarship grant and they are very excited to share it with students. This gift, combined with those from many other donors who support teachers in colloquy, is going to allow CUEnet to provide each new student who enrolls in the next round of colloquy classes (starting in June or July) with an Old Testament Scholarship of $769.00 for the first class in colloquy, as well as the Borland Scholarship of $275.00 for each subsequent class in the program. For Old Testament, the "Total Due" on the invoice to the student will read $0.00. For the other seven courses in the program, the "Total Due" on the invoice will read just $494.00.
More information at | 1-800-238-3037 |
Communications Workshop - Less Chaos. Less Noise.
There will be a workshop hosted by Kem Meyer and the Michigan District, LCMS, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9 AM to 4 PM, at Concordia University, North Building, Ann Arbor, MI. Tickets are $75/person. For more information and to register, click  here.
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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