CONNECTEDNESS     

So we, being many, are one body, in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5 

 

2020-2021 PARTNERSHIP MINISTRY CONNECTEDNESS GRANTS

The Connectedness Team of our synod, again is pleased to have awarded $24,500 to six exceptional projects through the Synod Ministry Connectedness Grants.  

Delaware-Maryland Synod Hunger Task Force: The Hunger Ministry Partnership continues to support the many feeding ministries across our synod with either funding especially targeting roots causes of hunger and connecting through giving out at least 10 $500 matching grants. 

St. Philip’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore: COVID-19 Care Kit Community Outreach a program started during the pandemic seeking to provide at least 500 folks each week in the neighborhood with masks, hand sanitizer, other necessary PPE as well as a welcoming connection. 

Delaware-Maryland Synod Creation Care Team: New Hope for Creation continuing to develop and grow care for creation initiatives across our synod in areas of energy efficiency, recycling, enhancing green spaces, planting trees and other unique ways to engage congregations.

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center: Bread Ministry started during the pandemic when the camp could not run business as usual. They looked at their assets and with an expert baker and full kitchen decided to partner with feeding and homeless programs to provide fresh baked bread. Each week 250 families at three congregational feeding ministries get rolls baked with love. 

Community of St. DysmasMinistry by Mail was started when COVID-19 made it impossible to offer services and bible study in the Maryland prisons.  For the last 10 months and into the future, 50-80 inmates are receiving letters and bible study packets to continue to grow in their spirituality and to be connected with other congregations across our synod.    

Lutheran Community Services of Delaware: Food as Medicine to Address Healthcare Inequities is a new program in partnership with LCS and ChristianaCare that combines a mobile Food FARMacy model with comprehensive clinical care. At least 50 individuals and their families will receive weekly healthy food matched to specific personal health needs as well as individuals will meet with specialists including pharmacists, nurse practioners, nutritionists, therapists and others to offer equitable healthcare and control chronic health conditions. This wholistic healthcare model is one to watch! 

2020 CONNECTED IN CHRIST EVENT A WONDERFUL SUCCESS!

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, nearly 150 participants from throughout the Delaware-Maryland Synod came together at Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville to share in fellowship, learning and worship. Connected in Christ was the event sponsored by the Connectedness Team as an opportunity for folks across our synod to share and learn more about the programs and ministries within the synod. Each of the Vision Teams led workshop sessions that ranged from topics such as-Creation Care, Digital Tools for Ministry, Mission, Leading in Times of Change, Listening, Equipping for Ministry, Story Telling, Inclusion and Advocacy. There was also an exhibit area, which highlighted additional ministries and programs. Attendees came as teams from congregations, as congregation councils, and as interested members eager to learn new ideas and share best practices. Folks enjoyed a day that started with a visual exercise in being connected and moved into three workshop opportunities.  The day ended with an interactive worship experience led by the Generosity Team. There was lots of time for fellowship at lunch and during breaks and transitions.

 Hear the testimonies from participants!

“That we are connected…to our church, our community, our synod, and the national church. Bishop Gohl’s message about change, risk, and loss was excellent, and so on point.” (from a member of Trinity Lutheran, Taneytown) ; “To be able to connect with other congregations that are having the same issues you are having in your congregation.  It makes you feel like you are not alone.” (from a member of Ascension Lutheran, Towson) ; “The workshops were very good. I also really appreciated the time at the end of the day to meet with our congregation members to debrief and plan.” (from a Pastor in Westminster Conference);  “I learned a lot about how I can be a better instrument of God by listening better, sharing my Love, and making sure my congregation is open, safe, and caring for ALL.” (from one of our Order of St Stephen’s Deacons);  “There are many many ministries in the synod that people need to know about.” (from a member of St. Philips Lutheran, Wilmington)

Please plan to join us in SEPTEMBER 2021 for the next event!

PARTNER PROGRAMS AND MINISTRIES OF THE DE-MD SYNOD
Throughout our synod there are many good ministries going on serving God’s kingdom. All these ministries are being done with our brothers and sisters in Christ to make up the one body in Christ and the one work in Christ…sharing the Good News! 

To learn about the many exciting program and ministry partners please review this comprehensive list here.

We have developed a Connectedness Devotion that we HOPE you will use at council, bible study, worship, team meetings, and even as a personal devotion.  Please check out this devotion.

The following is a sample of some of our most active ministries throughout the synod.

AFRICAN DESCENT LUTHERAN ASSOCIATION

African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) develops and promotes connections plus support for initiatives of special interest to those within the African, African American, and African descent community.
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CELEBRATION OF LAY MINISTRY

The Celebration of Lay Ministry is a celebratory dinner event, featuring a keynote speaker, to recognize and award those people who participate in lay ministry.
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COALITION OF LUTHERANS ADVANCING IN MISSION

CLAIM provides a much-needed, essential forum for congregations in metro Baltimore, many of which deal with isolation and missed opportunities for shared ministry and resources.
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CREATION CARE MINISTRY

Are you interested in the ways that caring for creation can be an expression of your faith life? Get in touch with Deacon Laura Heller to learn how you can get involved with the Creation Care Team.
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DEFINITELY ABLED ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE TEAM

We aim to improve accessibility and encourage full participation in our faith communities by working to reduce the stigma associated with disability through prayer, education, and advocacy.
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GLOBAL MISSION

The Delaware-Maryland Synod has shared a companion synod relationship with members of the Estonian Lutheran Church and the Tampere Diocese of the Finnish Lutheran Church for two decades.
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HUNGER TASK FORCE

The Hunger Task Force is committed to educating our congregations about this persistent and devastating problem throughout the world. Hunger is also very real for many living in our area.
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LUTHERAN DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE

Alice Benson, MBA, CFRE, is our ELCA Foundation Regional Gift Planner, working with our Synod, congregations, and other Lutheran ministries in our area.
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MAR-LU-RIDGE

February is I Love Mar-Lu-Ridge Month here in the Delaware-Maryland Synod! Here, you’ll find several resources to help your congregation…
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Opioid AND ADDICTION AWARENESS TEAM

The Synod Opioid and Addiction Team has created a worship resource (click for PDF) to be used in all congregations for this special day.  This is an expansive resource with something to be used in all congregations including hymn and song selections, suggested readings and sermon preparation, a children’s sermon, interactive worship activities, prayers, and specialized liturgy elements.  If you have any questions, please contact team members, the Rev. Sara Yotter (Joy Reigns, Edgewater) or the Rev. Melissa Lemons (Unity, Wilmington).

SYNODICAL WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION

OUR MISSION IS TO MOBILIZE WOMEN TO ACT BOLDLY ON THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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YOUNG ADULTS

In the Delaware-Maryland Synod, Young Adults practice their call to discipleship in a supportive, inclusive and sustainable community made in the image of God.
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YOUTH + FAMILY MINISTRY

The DE-MD Synod Youth + Family Ministry is committed to helping young people and families practice their faith at home as well as within their community.
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