Grants already approved from the ELCA to our Harrisburg Sudanese Worshipping Community and Word of Life Deaf Lutheran Church are contingent upon matching gifts from congregations and individuals of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Please use the Mission Partners Commitment form.
Harrisburg Sudanese Worshipping Community – This will be our synod’s first Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community. Led by Del Akech Del, currently in his first year at Gettysburg Seminary, this growing community of mostly young adults gathers for worship at Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Harrisburg on most Sunday afternoons. They worship primarily in the Dinka language. In order to receive a grant of $10,000 for 2011 from the ELCA Churchwide Organization, $7,000 in gifts from synodical congregations and individuals is needed.
Word of Life Deaf Lutheran Church – This unique congregation in our synod was organized in 1994 and met at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lancaster in their early years. Now worshipping at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Lancaster, they are growing in faith and are wonderfully hospitable and inviting. Our synod’s Deaf Missioner, Pastor Russ Rockwell, serves as their pastor. He also leads worship monthly for the Deaf community at Zion Lutheran Church in Penbrook (Harrisburg). Because of the growth and potential for more in this ministry, additional funds were requested from the ELCA Churchwide Organization. In order to receive an additional $5,000, an additional $5,000 is needed from synodical congregations and individuals.
Other Special Benevolence Opportunites for Congregations and Individuals
St. Barnabas Center for Ministry – This cooperative outreach of Lutheran and Episcopal congregations is directed toward elementary age children in the city of Harrisburg, particularly the uptown area. Currently it involves a summer day camp and an after school program at one location. There is demonstrated need for offering a second site.
Ministry with Mexican Americans and migrant workers in Adams County – Though this mission is in its early stages and is currently a joint effort of Gettysburg Conference ELCA congregations supported with a synod mission grant, it is growing. Sharon Kaya is the part time missioner working with the conference mission table. There are other areas in our synod and other Spanish-speaking groups where this can expand.
Christ Lutheran, Harrisburg, Medical Ministry – This ministry of healing to the poor and homeless is supported by ELCA congregations and ecumenical partners. A recent grant of $25,000 from Lower Susquehanna Synod restitution funds is supporting the work of the new dental clinic.
Ecumenical Campus Ministries at Shippensburg and Millersville Universities and Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State University Main Campus, Lutheran Camping Corporation, Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, Philadelphia and Gettysburg Seminaries, Diakon, Luthercare, LSS Southcentral PA, Konde Diocese, York Conference Tutoring Program, Bishop’s Congregational Mission Fund.