Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                      6-29-2018

Convention highlights
Convention links
Here's a link to last week's Servant to Servant, featuring the elections .  The convention minutes  are available on our website.
The wonderful convention photos, taken by Allyson Robinson, are posted on the English District's Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view them. If the Facebook "Log In" pop up appears, click on "Not now" under the "Create New Account" box. Click here  for convention photos.
Youth delegates
The youth delegates representing the English District did some sighseeing around Ann Arbor, MI and served at  MOST Ministries .
Lumen Christi Award
Congratulations to Terry Leu of Prince of Peace, Medina, OH, who was awarded the English District Lumen Christi Award at the English District Convention. He was recognized as the District Volunteer Educator of the Year. The award is presented to publicly recognize the service of educators, to promote and encourage all professional and volunteer teachers, and to recognize the use of their talents and abilities in service to our Lord. It represents a lifetime of outstanding service to God.
Special recognition
Pastor Emeritus Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick was given a Certificate of Appreciation for his years of service to the English District. He served as the Mission Executive, and on the Board of Directors, (nine years as Secretary and three years as Voting/Pastor-Eastern/Lake Erie Region).
Gift Card Winner
The Rev Jonathan Gruen was the winner of the LCEF Convention $50 gift card contest. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the LCEF display at the convention. Please fill out the applications you took home with you. Your partnership with LCEF helps congregations and professional church workers. The more investors the English District has, the more we can accomplish. Let's become the leading district in the LCMS with the highest percentage of investors.
The Rev. Gordon Naumann and The Rev. William Naumann
Convention - The Notes of a First-Timer
by The Rev. Gordon Naumann
First of all, it was very warming to note how important Convention was to so many of us, especially as fellow pastors and laymen who need to travel from all across the USA. There was such a mutual atmosphere and feeling of encouragement as we came together to share and learn about our many and various avenues of ministry, both congregational and institutional. 

Canada Day - July 1st
Wishing our brothers and sisters in Canada a blessed and safe holiday!
Independence day
Happy Fourth of July! The English District office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. Have a blessed and safe holiday!
Note: Due to the English District office closure on July 4, 2018, please send Servant to Servant pictures and stories for consideration to  Lynne Cobb by Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 12:00 pm ET.
Thank you notes
Epic Explorers, a group of kids at Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, made cards to send to our service members.
Supporting life
The women of Risen Christ, Plymouth, MI, gathered for a baby shower to benefit Benjamin's Closet, a part of the Luke 52 Project at Family of God Church in Detroit. They collected several items for parents who need assistance.
Mission Trip
Members of Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Hales Corners, WI, are making a difference in Haiti. As of press time, they have baptized 19 people - 18 children. Additionally, they hosted VBS for 200-plus children (in a highly voo-doo community).

Helping others
Terry Leu and Jim Bretthauer took 18 of the youth members from Prince of Peace, Medina OH, to West Virginia for a Mission Trip, June 10-15, 2018. They worked incredibly hard making two houses more structurally sound and painting the exteriors.
Serving others
Members of Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, serve those in their local community with a food pantry and have a mission team serving in the Houston, TX area.

In our churches
Newly installed Associate Pastor Dusan Tillinger will serve the Slovak fellowship of the Church of St. Luke - Lutheran in Toronto, ON. Rev. Tillinger was installed on June 23, 2018. The Rev. J. Derek Mathers officiated the service.
An entire family was welcomed to Shepherd of the Coast, Palm Coast, FL - three baptisms and two adult confirmations!

A joyous Father's Day baptism at Peace, New Berlin, WI.

What a joy to celebrate the baptism of Skylar at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI.
Clara and her daughter, Tiffany, were baptized at West Portal, San Francisco, CA.
Miles, son of Bryant and Misha, was baptized at Abiding Faith, Florence, KY, by The Rev. Winston Grieser. Sponsors are Mariah and Matt, aunt and uncle of Miles.
The great wild ride of VBS at Trinity, New Lenox, IL! Every age has to learn how to maneuver through life's wild rides, and Splash Canyon gave the children just that, with Jesus, our Savior!
Students had a blast during VBS at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA.

Ascension, North Olmsted, OH, hosted the "Rolling River Rampage" for Vacation Bible School. The children learned about various adventures of Jesus: when Jesus called the Disciples; when Jesus accepted Mary and Martha; when Jesus walked with Zacchaeus; when Jesus shared a Special Meal and when Jesus makes a promise.

Shipwrecked was the theme for VBS at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Hales Corners, WI.
Making themed crafts during VBS at Peace, New Berlin, WI.

In our schools
Summer camp
Little ones at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, had fun using a beach ball on a parachute.
Summer fun
A hula-hoop competition was just one highlight of summer camp at Ascension, Tucson, AZ.
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 this form to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. Mission Grant Applications are due by August 1, 2018. Please return the application to the district office by mail, fax (248-476-0188) or email it to Rev. Derek Mathers.
Church Worker Debt Reduction Grants Available
The purpose of the English District Endowment Fund is to provide God's people with a unique opportunity to participate in a perpetual fund. This fund shall assist congregations in supporting Campus Ministries, Human Care & Disaster Relief, New Missions, Financial Aid Scholarships, Church Worker Debt Reduction, and Other Ministry. The Board of Directors has approved funds to be available for church worker debt reduction grants. The deadline for submitting applications is July 27, 2018.
If you have any questions, please email Rev. Derek Mathers or call the district office at 248-476-0039.
Free resources!
Several online resources, courses and webinars are available through Lutheran Hour Ministries. To learn more, click here.
FREE Congregational Treasurer's Manual
The LCMS Congregational Treasurer's Manual is a valuable resource for any church treasurer, no matter what their level of expertise. The manual, organized into two volumes, contains six major sections: Employment Issues; Federal and State Tax Matters; Establishing and Administering the Organization; Supporting Organizations; Accounting and Finance; and Insurance. The manual is available online free of charge at and is updated on a yearly basis. Printed copies are only available through the district office and must be ordered by July 20, 2018. There is a cost (approximately $10-15) for the printed manual (cost varies from year to year depending on postage, printing charges, etc.). If you would like to order a printed copy of the 2018 manual, due out later this fall, contact Peggy at 800-755-9335 ext. 210 or before July 20, 2018.


The Lake Erie Pastoral Conference will be held October 16-18, 2018 at Epiphany, Dorr, MI.

For sale
Bethlehem, Parma, OH has the following for sale:
  • Risers - Four sections: (2) 96" L x 36" D x 16" H; (2) 96" L x 36" D x 8" H. Very sturdy. Gray carpeted deck. Steel frame construction.
  • Choir robes - 41 choir robes w/stoles: All sizes. Price: $300.00.
If interested, please call 440-845-2230 or e-mail
A Dollar for Missions
One dollar, per member, per week = 1-1-1!

The English District has launched a new model for funding missions to which every congregation is invited to participate. It is completely voluntary, but we believe that as God's people see and hear what is being accomplished, specifically and directly in support and development of new missions and enhancing existing missions, more and more of us will want to be involved.
It's simple. Very simple. It is NOT burdensome, nor sacrificial. It involves every baptized member of the Body of Jesus in your congregation, from the newest baby baptized to the oldest member. It demonstrates the power of the beautiful body of Christ working together, prompted by faith. It shows how much can be accomplished by many, giving little.
Here's the plan: $1/per baptized member/per week. Simple, right? Self-explanatory almost. Not burdensome, nor sacrificial. All can participate.  Click here for more information.
Questions? Contact Rev. Derek Mathers, Mission Executive, , or Rev. Justin Laughridge, Chair, Missions Council, at
A Dollar for Missions Video
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