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Servant to Servant
September 13, 2019
Bishop's Visitations

Bishop Hardy had the opportunity to spend time with Rev. Joseph Robb of LINC ministries and Living Hope Lutheran Church, Racine, WI.

Vicar Jay Dass of Voice of Faith Ministry , a ministry to Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, met with Bishop Hardy and presented him with a traditional head covering.
1-1-1 for Missions
“There is power and strength in many giving a little!” 

September 1, 2018- September 1, 2019. A year that hopefully will be remembered! Why? This was the first “model year” of “A Dollar for Missions!” The English District is showing what can be done when our congregations, YOU our people, are encouraged to gather a little for a GREAT/unified* goal. So how did we do after one year? $54,578.73 extra was gathered! Praise God for this! The two missions (Concordia Lutheran Mission in Myerstown, PA and the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission) selected  to receive funds from 1-1-1 will each receive approximately $27,275.

Dear people of God, what the English District is doing is still only a “model.” We were to show the others this could be done. From the very beginning it was our hope that other districts of the LCMS would follow the “model.” The LCMS in National Convention passed the resolution from our English District to encourage others to do the same! The “model” is growing! As more participate the dollars also grow. Thanks to all of our congregations and people giving that extra $1 a week! Join us! It matters!

Where will this “model” go? We SHOULD DREAM BIG! What if, while praying for workers, we earnestly recruit and fully fund the training and education of seminarians, teachers, missionaries, and then send workers into the harvest field that our Lord is preparing? Seeking the lost! Rejoicing over the found! You know what that means? More believers! More churches! More joy, here on earth and in Heaven! From this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says, “I tell you, there is joy before  the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Please contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor  Derek Mathers   or 
Pastor  Justin Laughridge , Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions.
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 .
RE:Vitality Visit
Several of our English District congregations are taking advantage of the Re:Vitality Congregational Self-Assessment tool offered by the Synod’s Office of National Mission through our District Mission Executive. It is three weeks of promotion followed by three weeks for members and attenders of the congregation to participate in the online inventory. In support of our congregations who select to make use of this tool, Pastor Derek Mathers will come to meet with the leadership and help them understand the report they receive.

Group Picture: Leaders of West Portal Lutheran meet with Pastor Derek to receive their Congregational Self-assessment report.
Pictured above: Rev. Derek Mathers with West Portal staff, senior pastor Rev. Curtis Binz, Rev. Wayne Kerr and Principal Mickey Angerman.
Camp Restore Detroit
What is Camp Restore Detroit?
Camp Restore was originally started in New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2016, Camp Restore began looking at options for expanding to Detroit. They found Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and Camp Restore Detroit welcomed their first group of campers in 2017. Since then, we have been hosting camper groups of all ages, year-round!

The work accomplished at Camp Restore Detroit is divided into three categories: human care, environmental, and construction. Something super important to us at Camp Restore Detroit is operating from an asset-based ministry approach in all our work and ministry. After a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, the appropriate response is often needs-based because the people need food, clothing, and shelter to survive. The devastation that occurred in Detroit didn't happen overnight and doesn't have a simple solution. Providing our community with things will not truly "fix" the problem. Instead, we strive to build relationships with our community and partner with community leaders to address underlying problems and create a long-lasting difference. We want to expand on and encourage the good already happening in the community and take our lead from the amazing community leaders and partners. This is the model we strive to use for all our projects and outreach. If you want to be part of restoring hope in Detroit visit our website!
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.

Our monthly prayers for October are available . We invite you to pray daily with us.
In Our Churches
Apostolic Lutheran Church, Moses Lake, WA
Florence Carlisle, a member of Apostolic Lutheran Church, turned 102 years old on August 9, 2019. She is the oldest member of their church family!  The youngest member pictured right is Annabelle, Pastor Grieser's daughter. 
Ascension of Christ Lutheran Church, Beverly Hills, MI
Two new families were received into membership at Ascension of Christ on September 8.
St. John's Lutheran Church, Pembroke, ON
Installation of Sunday school teachers for the upcoming year.
Prince of Peace, Medina, OH
Fun was had by all at an outdoor worship service and annual picnic on Sunday. The lovely chapel was built by Matthew Leu as an Eagle Scout project a few years ago.
Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ
Rhoda of Risen Savior was honored as one of the most “Influential People” in the AZ I-19 corridor for her work in the S.O.U.L. (Sharing Our Unconditional Love) community lunches. Congratulations Rhoda!
In Our Schools
2019-2020 LCMS School Statistics Online Report 

Please help reach the goal of 100% of English District Schools participating in completing the online report by the due date of November 1, 2019!

The LCMS Early Childhood and School Statistical Reports login information is currently being sent out to schools via email . For more information and to report statistics click here . If you have any questions please contact Gail Holzer or Evelyn Jentzen for assistance. 
Fairlawn Lutheran School, Fairlawn, OH
Back to school welcome for the children.
Ascension Lutheran Church and School, North Olmsted, OH
This weekend Ascension Lutheran Church installed their incredible staff during service. After worship the congregation gathered in the preschool to ask God to bless their school, staff, students, and families.
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI
8th grade class trip to the Badlands, SD.
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