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Servant to Servant
Greetings!
August 30, 2019
Labor Day
The English District office will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. Have a blessed and safe holiday!
Divine Calls
Call Received and Accepted
The Rev. Richard J. Ungrodt, Chaplain, La Porte, IN, has received and accepted a call to serve Trinity, La Porte, IN.
 
Call Accepted
The Rev. Alfred R. Thiagarajan, Immanuel, Whitestone, NY, has accepted the call to serve Our Saviour, Valley Stream, NY.
1-1-1 for Missions
Project: Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission
The Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission (DRLM) is now 12 years old. Five missions have been planted in Santo Domingo and Santiago, which are the two largest cities, and five more are planned. Two Lutheran schools are functioning alongside those mission churches, with a growing number of students.  
 
Concordia the Reformer Seminary was established in the Dominican Republic in 2017 in order to raise up a new generation of Dominicans and other Latinos who might serve their church as pastors and deaconesses. The first graduating class, eight men from four countries, is beginning to serve across Latin America as pastors. One of those men, Yban Navarro, a Dominican, will bring the total number of Dominican pastors to three.
 
In June of this year, a program was implemented to provide continuing theological education for teachers through our seminary. In addition, twenty Dominican women are preparing to be deaconesses through the seminary’s deaconess program. The deaconess students are already serving people in and around local missions, through visitation, acts of mercy, and prayer. 

Read more about this important mission on the English District blog.

For a current list of participating congregations and to see what congregations in your region are supporting 1-1-1, click here .

Please contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor  Derek Mathers   or 
Pastor  Justin Laughridge , Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions.
Please be aware of a scam that is affecting English District pastors in Wisconsin, Ohio and other clergy. Someone is compromising church and pastor’s accounts to access their contacts. An email or text message is sent using the pastor or church name (but with a different email/phone number) asking people to buy eBay or other gift cards as a fundraiser to help a patient or familiar charity.
 
Please never follow someone’s instructions to purchase gift cards and send the PIN# by voice, text or any other means of communication without checking directly with the person you supposedly receive the written request from. (Do not reply to the email or message you received to confirm. Start a new text or email to the person requesting the funds.)
Enter to Win! LCEF’s 2019 Church Photo Contest
Celebrate your church! Submit high resolution photos of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod churches (interior or exterior) Wednesday, August 21 through Wednesday, September 4. Entrants will be eligible to win one of three Visa® gift cards. See complete details here .
Worker Wellness
The LCMS has weekly devotions for church workers focusing on wellness and encouragement. If you haven't been reading them, now is a good time to try them! This week's devotion can be found here.
Concordia Technology Blog
Church software 201: Assimilation. What does this mean? Come read and find out!
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.
In Our Churches
Saint Mark Lutheran Church, Janesville, WI



Saint Mark welcomes baby Carter Edward to the family of God through the waters of Holy Baptism.
Saint Mark supports LCMS missionary Cindy Zirbel Wrucke. After 18 months in the Czech Republic, she returned to the states to share what God is doing in the Eurasia area. Her home congregation in the Czech Republic is St. Michael's, and as a gift from them to St Mark for supporting Cindy, a plate with Luther's Seal and the words "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" written in English and Czech was presented this past weekend. After a short time in the states, Cindy will head back to the Czech Republic for another three years. What a blessing she is and the work God is doing through her to break down the atheistic barrier there! (80% of Czech declares atheism, 5% agnostic, and only 5% Christian).
Grace Lutheran Church, Mitchell, ON
On August 18, at Grace Cafe (fellowship after the worship service), Grace Lutheran congregation celebrated Pastor Ted Radke's 50th Anniversary of his ordination.

Pictured from left to right: Lucille (Lucy), Pastor Ted, Grace and Lori.
Calvary Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg, PA
The children of Calvary Lutheran Church, under the direction of Choir Director Elsa Quanbeck, attended a choir camp at the church. The theme was the Venite. Adult volunteers helped the older youth make a banner as a reminder of the things we all can do in worship. The children learned how to sing and play music with some fun techniques. The camp was well attended and the church looks forward to next year’s camp!
Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Kenmore, NY
The VBS week in August was a big success. The children & adults had a great time at “Camp Discovery” learning how Jesus works through us by giving us strength, wisdom, courage, faith & love. The Buffalo Zoo mobile came on the last day with exotic animals from around the world.
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Youth group picnic.
Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Hales Corners, WI
Celebration for Pastor Johnson's 80th birthday.
In Our Schools
Calvary Lutheran School, Mechanicsburg, PA
Calvary Lutheran Church and Early Childhood Center, Mechanicsburg, PA received a $1,000 expansion grant to grow their preschool.  They added 350 square feet to their early childhood classroom! This year's theme is Fish, as you can see in the photos. Well done Director Karissa Valora. Thank you for your hard work and determination. 
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
The middle school and high school students had a great time on their retreat at Camp Pioneer in New York! Lots of Bible study, team building, games and fun activities.
Donation Request
Redeemer Lutheran in Sarnia, ON is looking for church mailboxes if another congregation has any they no longer need.
Lutherland 2020 Tour
Ever wanted to tour Germany but you were afraid you'd miss important things? This tour is led by a pastor and his wife and promises to hit all the important sites! Read more here.
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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