Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                    5-25-2018

The Rev. Donald Treglown, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, and The Rev. Samuel Maconachy
Bishop's visit to Florida
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy visited with The Rev. Donald Treglown and The Rev. Samuel Maconachy, Faith, Naples, FL, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The bishop conducted a Pre-seminary Interview with Andrew & Bethany Weiss in the morning and Jawed & Julianna Dass in the afternoon. Andrew and Jawed hope to attend Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, beginning next month. Both couples are members of Faith, Naples. Following the interviews, Bishop Hardy met with the Voice of Faith Board of Directors. 
Bethany Weiss, Andrew Weiss and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy
Jawed Dass, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and Julianna Dass
Voice of Faith Board of Directors and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy
Memorial Day
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 (ESV)
The English District office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.
56th Regular Convention of the
English District LCMS
June 19-21, 2018
Concordia University
Ann Arbor, MI
  IMPORTANT reminder from Bishop Jamison Hardy
Time is running out to register for the English District Convention. If you plan to attend and have not registered yet, please do so today.

NOTE: We must have a signed "Delegate Information Sheet" on file for all voting delegates in order for them to receive a voting keypad at convention.

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 for 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. 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 an 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 . Many of these will be shared with those attending our English District Convention in June this summer.
Divine Call
Calls Accepted
Candidate Amadeus L. Gandy, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, has accepted the call to serve Faith, Butler, PA
Candidate Aaron D. Sterling, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, has accepted the call to serve as Associate pastor of Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA.
Candidate Daniel M. Warner, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, has accepted the call to serve Shepherd of the Mountains, Pinetop, AZ.
Sharing their talents
The Hooks & Needles Group at Grace, Elyria, OH, gather to knit and fellowship. They have over 10 years of ministry and have made more than 500 prayer shawls & baby blankets for local hospitals in addition to Guidepost sweaters.
Filling a need
Packages4Patriots , a mission of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, needed a little help. They were running low on needed supplies for our service members. DecisionOne Dental stepped in and donated over 350 pounds of items to ship.
Walking for Life
A team from Messiah, Danville, CA, participated in the Valley Pregnancy Center Walk for Life.
Sharing space
Grace, Redford, MI, welcomed the Redford Civic Symphony into their sanctuary for the Symphony's annual spring concert. This is the fourth year that Grace has hosted this event. Music from Star Wars and Star Trek was enjoyed, along with the symphony's rendition of "Finlandia," by Sebelius.
Nourishing body and soul
The ServeLocal team of Epic, Shelby Township, MI, headed out to spread joy by delivering groceries, building relationships, and praying with families. Additionally, Epic's Ladies In Faith Together (LIFT) and one young gentleman had a great time learning how to show others the love of Christ by assembling activity kits for patients at Beaumont Medical Center.
In our churches
Pentecost Sunday was a great day of celebration at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, with First Communion and new members being welcomed.
New Members
A very warm welcome to all of the new members at St. Michael, Ft. Wayne, IN.

On Pentecost Sunday, new members were welcomed and received into membership at Grace, Redford. One new member also received the sacrament of adult baptism, two received the rite of adult confirmation, and two families were welcomed in through letters of transfer.
On Sunday, May 6, these confirmands proclaimed their baptismal vows and were confirmed in the Lord at Grace, Redford, MI.

Congratulations to Anthony Jeleniewski on his confirmation day at Concordia, Berwyn IL.
On Sunday, May 13, 2018, Chloe and Carter Cheng were baptized at West Portal, San Francisco, CA.
Ten youth were confirmed at Greenfield Park, West Allis, WI on Pentecost Sunday.

What a wonderful Feast of Pentecost at Markham, Markham, IL. Balloons and ribbon streamers added to the celebratory spirit for the uplifting service and the confirmation & affirmation of baptism of Isabella and Joseph.
Milestone birthday!
Immanuel, Howell, MI helped Sylvea Niemi celebrate her 100th birthday. Birthday cake, ice cream, and a light lunch were enjoyed by all following the Sunday Divine Service. In the photo, Sylvea appears in the center, with her daughter, Sandra Decheim (right) and Rev. Eric Forss, pastor of Immanuel (left).
Candles of Pentecost
Trinity, Villa Park, IL, celebrated Pentecost by pausing in the middle of the reading from Acts to have hand-held candles lit. After the reading, the congregation processed forward and placed their burning candles in a container and the candles burned brightly throughout the service. The Rev. Robert Rogers and Kantor Stahlke seek to elevate Pentecost to a high Church festival and involve the congregation actively in worship.
Special event
Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI, hosted "Ties and Tiaras," a special time of dance and fellowship for girls and the special men in their lives: dads, uncles and/or grandpas.

End-of-year fun
Students who attended Sunday school at Faith, Naples, FL, finished the year with messages made in chalk, games, fellowship, food and other fun activities.
Guys and grills
Trinity, Villa Park, IL, celebrated World Bourbon Day by hosting a men's' "Beef and Bourbon" night. Over 75 men from the congregation and the community came together in the parking lot and sampled high-end bourbon and grilled their own two-inch, hand-cut steaks.
Scouting scouts
The Webelos Scouts from Concordia, Berwyn, IL, enjoy being outdoors for a photo scavenger hunt.
In our schools
Little grads
It was graduation day for the four- and five-year-old preschoolers at Lambs of Faith Preschool, Naples, FL.
Ascension, North Olmsted, OH, celebrated Pre-K graduation day.  

Moving to the music
The three-year-old class at Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, loved learning about the violin and even got to try out a few notes themselves.
Fresh air
Little ones at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, enjoy the sunshine and outdoor play.
Sweet lesson
Preschoolers at Faith of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, spelled out letters using sprinkles

Art and animals
Students at Holy Cross Preschool, Cleveland, OH, had a great time finishing up their animal unit by making paper collage homes for animals they printed with paint and shaving cream.
Congratulations to the student athletes from Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School, Ft. Wayne, IN. The boys team placed first, and the girls team placed second in the First Annual JV City Meet!
Several students from Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI, were recognized for their outstanding academic effort and achievement by the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation.

Keeping track
Recently 75 students, grades three through eight, from West Portal, San Francisco, CA, participated in a track meet at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School. The students did very well, especially with the relay races. Events included the 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, and 1600 meter running events as well as the field events of long jump and ball throw. Many students were rewarded with first through fifth place finishes.
New Spanish resources for Hispanic ministry
The Lutheran Heritage Foundation ( ) has translated and published two new resources for you: A Child's Garden of Bible Stories and the Bible with Small Catechism, both in the Spanish language. Donations to help cover the printing and shipping costs are gratefully accepted, but both of these books are free of charge to those who need them. Call the LHF office at 800- 554-0723 or email
with your order (number of copies, hardcover or paperback).
Continuing education
Continuing Education  courses taught by Concordia Theological Seminary faculty, theologians and pastors in the LCMS will begin in June and run through November at sites across the country.

To view a full schedule of the continuing education opportunities sponsored by CTSFW this summer, click here.

Courses are open to both laypeople and pastors and are worth 1.5 or 3.0 CEU and cost $100 - $150 and $150 - $225, respectively.
Reformation 500
The latest Reformation 500 Anniversary profile, "Free in Christ: Hans Sachs and Katie Schuermann," written by Dr. Roni Grad and Rev. Jonathan Sachs, is available on our website. Click here to read it.
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.
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 |
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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