Growing Project at Wittel Farm

Join volunteers at the Wittel Farm, just outside Elizabethtown, PA, in the spring and summerr of 2018. This ministry partnership between the Lutheran Camping Corporation and Hunger-Free Lancaster County, the Growing Project reclaims a portion of the acreage gifted to the Camping Corporation for its original use, farming. The crops harvested are donated to assist individuals and families in need through the partnership with Hunger-Free Lancaster County. To volunteer as an individual, or a multi-generational group, youth group or family, contact project director, Pastor Matt Lenahan at, or check out the project on the Lutheran Camping website at:

In addition, the Wittel Farm has dinner worship experiences periodically throughout the summer season, where congregational groups can join locals and other volunteers, to break bread and gather at the table for a meal and Holy Communion.

In 2017, four acres of farmed land yielded thousands of pounds of fresh food for local hunger programs, and in 2018, project organizers are planting additional acres of land. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer and into the harvest season, well beyond planting day.

Hip Hop for Haiti Concert

agape1Seating for this concert, scheduled for Sunday, October 23, at 2:00 PM, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hershey (212 Cocoa Ave, Hershey, PA)  is limited, so we ask that you at least register the approximate number of guests you will be bringing by scanning and emailing or simply emailing a list to our office, at Names are not as important as an approximate count! This is an all-age show, featuring David Scherer and spoken-word artist Joe Davis. Even aging members have found they can relate to David’s scripturally-inspired lyrics.

Our partners in Haiti at “Institution Univers” (IU), will assist in getting monies directly to hurricane victims, with the help of Marie Claire Charles, a young woman who is an alumni of IU, who attended college here in the U.S. while living on the territory of Lower Susquehanna Synod. Marie Claire’s brother, Pere (Father) Joseph Charles, serves as a priest at Church Saint-Michel and primary school,.in the city of Les Cayes, one of the cities hardest hit by the hurricane. haitichurchFamilies of his parish who lost property and loved ones, will benefit directly from your contributions. One-half of all ticket sales will go directly to Haiti, along with any donations above and beyond ticket sales on the day of the event. Please prayerfully consider giving generously, or even taking a special offering at your church!
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If you’d like to donate, but cannot attend the show, please forward checks to our office at Lower Susquehanna Synod, Office for Children, Youth & Family Ministry, 900 S. Arlington Ave, Room 220B, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Please make checks payable to Lower Susquehanna Synod, and put Haiti Hurricane Relief on the MEMO line.

Rise Up Together: York

Home repair and clean up at an ELCA Youth Gathering

Home repair and clean up at an ELCA Youth Gathering

What would it be like to serve, learn, and grow in relationship with people in our own neighborhoods, communities, or synod, who deal with the daily realities of poverty? In a synod where LutheranHANDS and Hope in Haiti have taken service learning and service travel to a whole new level of accessibility, comes a ministry that focuses our attention on the needs that are emerging in our own neighborhoods and cities. “Rise Up Together: York,” is a weekend where participants can look forward to serving alongside neighbors at local feeding ministries, a local youth center, and local shelter on the west side of York city. Scheduled for October 9-11, 2015, we are partnering with existing ministries who come alongside people living with poverty, so we can learn from one another and grow in relationship with one another. Designed to be an affordable alternative to the week-long mission/service trips, and priced at $30, this event is being subsidized by a generous grant from the Lower Susquehanna Synod. We are encouraging congregations to consider sending an adult with one or two youth or young adults to this “pilot” event, with the hope that this event can be replicated by congregations looking for a weekend service learning experience for their own youth ministries or for a multi-generational group. To learn more about this ministry, to help us promote it, or to register, please read and post the attached poster, flyer and registration form, or visit our website at:

LutheranHANDS promoting their 2015 Trips

LHinNJLutheranHANDS continues to offer trips of various lengths for cross-generational groups, designed to serve others in need. While many trips involve disaster response, they have expanded their menu to include international service trips to Lantern Hill in Ensenada, Mexico, and Institution Univers in Haiti. Planning and registration is underway for the ELCA Youth Gathering pre-trip, scheduled for July 12-15, 2015. Included in the trip is transportation to and from the Gathering, plus meals and lodging during the pre-trip phase. Visit LutheranHANDS on the web at:, or on Facebook at: [Read more…]