Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                      7-27-2018

Divine Call
Call Returned
The Rev. C. Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope, Aurora, CO, has returned the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Advent, Zionsville, IN.
Called to Glory
The Rev. Dr. Charles T. Knippel was called to his eternal rest on Monday, July 23, 2018. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Paynic Home for Funerals, 618 East Airline Drive, East Alton, IL 62024. There will also be a visitation from 9:30 AM until time of the funeral service at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL.

Mrs. Lynne Cobb has been the Communications/Media Facilitator for the English District since November 2013. She  is a metro Detroit writer, blogger and journalist, and she has had several articles and essays published in local papers and national magazines. Lynne has recently accepted a position as the director of a local chamber of commerce. Her last day with the district is Friday, August 3, 2018. We ask the Lord's blessings be upon Lynne as she travels down this new path before her. Congratulations, Lynne! 
Position Available
English District Communications/Media Facilitator
This information is being published in the hope that you may know of someone in your congregation or ministry who would be interested in applying for the position. We would very much appreciate your putting a notice in your bulletins or newsletters.Thank you.
The English District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is seeking a part-time (approximately 10 hours per week) Communications/Media Facilitator. This position is available immediately.
Qualifications required: Experience in communicating through all forms of media. Knowledge and ability to work with others throughout the District and in the print, social networks, and communications field to reach an end product. Must be self-motivated, well-organized and team-oriented.
Duties include: Responsibility for public relations and communications for the purpose of disseminating information and mission and ministry awareness of the English District - LCMS.
Anyone interested in learning more about this position can contact Bishop Jamison J. Hardy at the English District office: 1-248-476-0039 (or toll-free at 1-800-755-9335).
Please submit a resume and cover letter which includes compensation requirements and availability to Bishop Jamison J. Hardy at, fax 724-941-9442.

Lutheran Federal Credit Union
Serving the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Community
Lutheran Federal Credit Union (LFCU) is a nationwide financial institution with banking and lending solutions for all levels of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
LFCU offers a number of loan products to meet your financial needs, from auto loans, to home loans, to credit cards, to whatever loans--loans to use for whatever your need may be.
With Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), LFCU offers a special mortgage program for rostered church workers (RCWs) in nearly all states with no private mortgage insurance, competitive rates and underwriting that understands RCW realities.
In addition to providing the standard credit union products and services, LFCU has partnered with leading organizations to provide you with additional opportunities, such as insurance, college planning resources, and auto research services.
LFCU is part of a co-op network of shared branches and shared ATM's. This means that you have over 5,000 branch locations to conduct your personal LFCU transactions in person, as well as 30,000 ATM's throughout the U.S. for your own personal use.
LFCU offers 24-hour banking by phone for free! Call 1-855-726-9021 and make transfers, get balances, and pay loans by using the touch pad on your phone.
Lastly, LCFU has actual employees, too! Call Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM (CT) at 314-394-2790 and someone will be happy to assist you.
Feeding the hungry
Epic, Shelby Township, MI, hosted a food
pantry on July 23, 2018 which featured fresh meat and produce.
Christmas in July
Packages4Patriots , a mission of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, shipped 50 boxes - weighing 695 pounds of wrapped gifts in Christmas paper - to deployed service members for "Operation Christmas in July."
In our churches
Jing Wang was baptized at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI. She is pictured with her husband, Sanjun (David) Wu and her daughter, Ella.
Special recognition
Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Decker, organist at Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ. At the recent American Guild of Organists (AGO) Convention held in Kansas City, Pamela was named the AGO National Distinguished Composer and had a 40-minute piece of music premiered.
Youth leadership
The following people attended the leadership program for the National Youth Gathering. Ground: Rod Lane and Kristi K. Bauer
Standing L-R: Chris Gore, The Rev. Rob Rogers, The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Jim Bretthauer, Judy Bruschuk, and Terry Leu

Youth gathering
Fairlawn Lutheran Youth, Fairlawn, OH, attended the Higher Things Youth Gathering at Southern Illinois University, July 10-13, 2018. The theme of the conference was "Sanctified." The youth took a closer look at the Ten Commandments and how God has called all of us to be His own people in Christ.
J oyful noise
Trinity, Erie, PA, held its first-ever Music Camp, complete with ukuleles and percussion. What a fun learning experience for the children and a few of the adult volunteers!


Students had a blast during Vacation Bible School at Fairlawn Lutheran Church and School, Fairlawn, OH.
Catalina, Tucson, AZ had Family VBS week. The theme was "Make a Joyful Noise," and the theme hymn was the Venite (LSB 220). Pictured is The Rev. Joshua Palmer teaching the hymn to the adults and children.
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  

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.
The LCMS School Ministry office will once again be working with Discovery Education Streaming
to provide a deeply discounted rate for our Lutheran schools. Please submit the form at the link below no later than Monday, August 27, 2018 if you would like to subscribe for the 2018-2019 school year. You will receive an invoice in September to submit with payment for your services at your discounted rate. Please do not submit payment to the School Ministry office until you have received this invoice.
Discovery Education Discounted Pricing for 2018-2019
  • Discovery Education Streaming: $4.75/student w/$525 minimum and $1,100 per school max
  • Discovery Education Streaming Plus:  $7.25/student w/$625 per school minimum and $2,175 per school max
If you have any questions please contact Matthew Bergholt in the LCMS School Ministry office at 314-996-1285 or via e-mail at
English District National Youth Gathering T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all artists! The English District is in need of a t-shirt for the 2019 National Youth Gathering and your design could be the winner! Deadline for submission is August 26, 2018. Click here for official rules and guidelines on design.
Save the Date
St. Peter's, Columbus, IN, is once again hosting "Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland" in October. This free conference will be held October 10-12, 2018.

Lake Erie Regional Church Workers Conference
Plan on attending the Lake Erie Regional Church Workers Conference from October 16-18, 2018, at Epiphany, Dorr, MI. Featured speakers include Dr. Peter Scaer and Rev. David Petersen. For more information, contact Jeff Miskus at  and download forms here.
Concordia Disability and Survivor Plan
Is changing the name of its LifeSuite Services to Lifestyle Benefits 
Securian Financial, which administers the survivor benefits and supplemental life insurance for the Concordia Disability and Survivor Plan (CDSP), is changing the name of its LifeSuite Services to "Lifestyle Benefits." There are no changes to the existing benefits, which are automatically available at no cost to all members enrolled in the CDSP, their spouses and eligible children. 
Through Lifestyle Benefits, members have access to legal, financial wellness and grief resources, travel assistance and emergency services, and legacy planning resources. Click here for more information about the services available and how to access the website.
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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