This year will mark the 22nd year that our Delaware-Maryland Synod will recognize lay leaders who make significant contributions to ministry in congregations and social ministry organizations. In just over a week, on May 5th, we’ll gather for our 2019 Celebration of Lay Ministry award dinner.  We will recognize lay leaders who we know are the foundation of so many vital aspects of God’s mission among us. They inspire music ministry, kitchen fellowship, community service, social ministry, faith formation, and so much more.  This photo is a sample of the joyous gathering that occurs at our Celebration of Lay Ministry where last year, Community of St. Dysmas, our prison congregation, came in force to honor Viola Noffsinger, 30 year musician volunteer!

Congregations and our social ministry organizations select individuals, couples or small groups who extend, expand, and enhance ministry opportunities that are needed. The goal is to have nominations from across our synod representing each conference and a variety of social ministry organizations. Through these nominations, we learn about the nominee and the impact of the volunteer service and a team selects the worthy candidates. This year the recognition dinner will be held on Sunday, May 5th from 4:00-7:00 in the Krug Auditorium at Carroll Lutheran Village. The dinner is served and the keynote speaker this year will be The Rev. Dr. Martin Zimmann from the Gettysburg Campus of United Lutheran Seminary. This special celebration costs $35 to attend. Please consider joining and register by April 26th by completing the form here: https://demdsynod.org/connectedness/celebration-of-lay-ministry/. Help us tell the stories of the incredible ministry opportunities our lay leaders make happen across our great church!