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Legacy Grants Help: "Feed Others as we have been Fed by Christ"RH group


The lead article from the December 2015 edition of "Carings & Sharings", our Synod's e-newsletter, highlights recent grants given to congregations, including the one received here at Trinity for Ruth's Harvest, a backpack feeding ministry:


           Legacy Grants Help: "Feed Others as we have been Fed by Christ"


For the second year, our synod's World Hunger Committee accepted grant applications for World Hunger Legacy Grants ranging from a few hundred to $5,000 dollars. Legacy Fund


Hunger Grant funds help congregations and partner organizations strengthen existing and develop new programs that provide emergency food relief, maintain support for hungry families, and address root causes of hunger in the Lower Susquehanna region.


"$47,635.00 was distributed during the 2015 funding cycle, which shows both the great need within our region and that the Lower Susquehanna Synod is doing something about it," said Cheryl Burns, who chairs the World Hunger Committee. "These projects cover nearly every aspect of our food system, from growing and storing produce to infrastructure to support meal preparations and direct food distribution."


Trinity Lutheran Church in East Berlin submitted a grant application for the first time, and received $3,300 to help fund a new Ruth's Harvest backpack feeding program in the Bermudian Springs schools. Pictured above are some of the volunteers and 50 backpacks ready for delivery to Bermudian Springs Elementary School. Volunteers from six area churches helped pack the weekend's worth of nutritious food, including St. John (Abbottstown) and Trinity (East Berlin).


"Everyone has been amazed by our Synod's generous support for Ruth's Harvest and feel that these funds provide a foundation to enable this ministry to thrive not only this year but in years to come," said Pastor George Scott of Trinity. "We are grateful for such support to this cooperative ministry with other local congregations, and pray that it will bear fruit for Christ's efforts to end hunger throughout this community."


Other 2015 grant recipients are: Big Spring United (Newville), Christ (Duncannon), Concordia (Columbia), St. James (Gettysburg), St. John's (Fairfield), St. Paul's (Littlestown), Trindle Springs (Mechanicsburg), Trinity (Mount Joy), Zion (Boiling Springs), Zion (Dauphin), St. Mark's (Hanover), and LAMPa.

       "Working with neighbors that are the most like us gives us the courage to go out and meet those who look, live and even worship differently that we do," said Burns. "It is exciting to see that many of the projects we funded are collaborating with neighboring ELCA congregations, ecumenical groups and non-profits in leveraging their skills and resources to better meet the needs of their communities."


Sponsoring Young Adults in Global Mission

Trinity Lutheran Church in East Berlin had a history of sponsoring missionaries, but those efforts had dwindled in recent years. Pastor George Scott met the Rev. Lanny Westphal, former ELCA

Director for Global Church Sponsorship, last fall at Bishop's Convocation and discovered some of the ways the congregation might reconnect with their global missions roots. Westphal suggested sponsoring a missionary or a Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) to "build interest, awareness, and a personal connection."ELCA YAGMs 2014-15.00 jpg srz


Pastor Scott brought this idea back to Trinity, and over the course of several months, the congregation discussed the idea both at council meetings and in one-to-one conversations. The council was particularly intrigued by the idea of sponsoring a YAGM from Pennsylvania. "When they found out there were two, Becky and Hannah, serving this year, they decided to sponsor both of them with $1,000 each, using funds from our endowment," Scott said. "It is our congregation's way of sharing the abundance of God's gifts in support of God's work in the world."




LutheranHANDS: An Opportunity to Help Others Make a Real Difference


  LutheranHANDS has a major project under way to stock our tool trailer with tool kits so volunteers are better equipped to paint and dry wall. Over a period of years, we have led thousands of youth to rebuild and remodel in areas ravaged by natural disaster or simply in need due to a declining economy. Having the right tools at hand serves to make us productive immediately upon arrival at the job site.



This summer, several hundred Lutheran youth from our synod and beyond will travel with LutheranHANDS to Detroit, using their skills and these tools to make a difference. Some of our work in Detroit will target hungry families in need as well. Kits like the one pictured here can be sponsored for $75 each. These tools will remain in the LutheranHANDS inventory and equip our volunteers for this kind of work for years to come. Our goal is to be better prepared to do God's Work with Our Hands. 


If you, your organization or congregation are willing to sponsor one of these kits, please contact Kay Hinkle at khinkle@lutheranhands.org" shape="rect">khinkle@lutheranhands.org. For more information on LutheranHANDS and volunteer opportunities please see our website at www.lutheranhands.org, or call Kay directly at 717-495-7793. Kay is the Director of Outreach for LutheranHANDS. 

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