Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
May 17, 2019
“Loving God: Heart, Mind, Body and Relationships” 
The English District Professional Church Workers Conference was held this week, May 14–16. Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman (pictured right), VP of Programs for Grace Place Wellness Ministries, led the conference in considering three categories of wellness: Life with God, Life in Community, and Life in Ministry. Many thanks to Rev. Rennie Kaufmann, Risen Christ, Plymouth, MI for hosting the event.
Thanks to Rev. David Rutter and members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, MI, for hosting the English District Board of Directors meeting prior to the conference.
Bishop Jamison Hardy
Rev. Charles Ferry Regional Director for Office of International Mission
Rev. Justin Laughridge, Chair of the District Missions Council
Deadline Approaching
2018 Congregation Statistics Report - Online
The deadline for congregation statistics reporting is  May 31, 2019. Only 55% of English District congregations have completed their forms. If you have not received your login information or have questions, email or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267. Otherwise, please report this information as soon as possible. Thank you!
In Our District
National Youth Gathering

English District Sky Zone Event is Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Deadline has been extended to May 19 th  to register for the Sky Zone event and to order t-shirts.

If you have questions please contact  Jim Bretthaue r  or  Kristi Bauer.
Mission Grant Application

The English District is excited and honored to share in the mission of Jesus with you as part of our district. We celebrate and give thanks to God for your mission and ministry which is one of the many ways we love our neighbor.
Download the Mission Grant Application 2020–2021 to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. Mission grant applications are due by  August 1, 2019 . Please return the application to the district office by mail, fax (248-476-0188) or email it to Rev.  Derek Mathers
1-1-1 for Missions
1-1-1 Welcome!
 Welcome to the four newest congregations to join 1-1-1:
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Clarksburg, WV (Circuit 6), Rev. James Oester;   
Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN (Circuit 17), Rev. Kenneth Boudreau; South Sudanese - Nuer Fellowship of
St. Mark Lutheran Church (satellite in Circuit 7), Mississauga, ON, Rev. Jeffrey Miskus; and Markham Lutheran Church, Markham, IL (Circuit 16), Rev. Dr. Larry Schneekloth.

This brings us to 59 congregations participating in 1-1-1.

Won’t you consider joining us as we support the DRLM and Concordia Lutheran Mission in Myerstown, PA? YOU can support them through your prayers for their ministries to grow as they evangelize to the community around them. Joining 1-1-1 will help our two missions as they continue to witness and share their heartfelt faith in Christ.

Currently the Midwest Region, with Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN and Markham Lutheran Church, Markham, IL joining in, brings them up to 47% of their congregations participating. The Eastern Region, having St. John’s Lutheran Church, Clarksburg, WV join in, is at 44%. The Lake Erie Region is at 34% with South Sudanese - Nuer Fellowship of St. Mark Lutheran Church joining in and the Western Region has 26% of their congregations participating.

Visit our 1-1-1 page for a current list of participating congregations and to see what congregations in your regions are supporting 1-1-1.

Please contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor  Derek Mathers  or 
Pastor  Justin Laughridge,  Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions.
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.

June prayers are now available ! We invite you to join in prayer with us.

In our prayers:

First Vice President Rev. Herb Mueller, health concerns
The Ritzman family, for their upcoming travels
LCMS National Offering
We have been given the ultimate gift: forgiveness and salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. That gift is pure joy to us, bringing us peace and hope that just have to be shared. The 2019–21 National Offering is your opportunity to share that joy, to bring that peace and hope into dark and lonely places. This triennium, the National Offering will bring joy to even more people and places, and you can help bring that "joy to the world! "

Watch this video to learn more about the 2019 National Offering.

We are encouraging all our LCMS congregations to commemorate this triennial effort with a special door offering designated for the 2019 National Offering on  National Offering Sunday : June 9, 2019 .
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, 2019.

Visit LCEF for full details and to submit your proposal.
Ritzmans in Papau New Guinea

The Ritzman family is serving God in Papau New Guinea. Read about their important work and how to support them.
Convention Workbook Available
Interested in the materials for the upcoming LCMS Convention? You can view or download them here.
Websites for Church and School Relationships
Does your church website maximize its potential? Learn how to create a web presence that will help both church and school flourish.
In Our Churches
West Portal Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA

The confirmands from West Portal were confirmed and had their First Communions on May 5th.
Grace Lutheran Church, Redford Township, MI
On Sunday, May 12 new members were welcomed into the fellowship of Grace Lutheran Church. 

One was received by letter of transfer. The other new member was received through adult baptism, adult catechism and the rite of adult confirmation. 

May the Lord bless these Christian men. 
Lutheran Church of the Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI
Mother's Day worship and special coffee hour.
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI
Celebrated the baptism of Maeve Estella.
Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA
The "OWLS" group celebrated mothers.
In Our Schools
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
End of the year party.
Hope Christian Preschool, Hastings, MN
Farm field trip.
Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI
Having fun and learning about construction.
Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI
End of the year.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN
Outdoor exploration.
Winter Hospitality For Pastor or Deaconess

Concordia Lutheran Church, Sarasota, FL prayerfully seeks a winter pastor or deaconess. Following Jesus, lead us by welcoming worship guests, following up on guests and those drifting from worship, and discipling Concordia leaders in these tasks. Little or no preaching required. Serve November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, 15 to 30 hours per week. Visit for details about this ministry, compensation and housing options, or email or call Concordia at 941-365-0844.  
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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