CONNECTEDNESS     

 

2019-2020 PARTNERSHIP MINISTRY CONNECTEDNESS GRANTS

The Connectedness Team of our synod, again offered Synod Ministry Connectedness Grants for 2019-2020. We awarded $24,000 in grants to the following projects: 

Grace Lutheran, Hockessin Church Education Ministry Team: Vacation Bible School 2020 Collaboration in Delaware connecting kids and partners to Jesus.

The Hunger Task Force of the Delaware-Maryland Synod: The Hunger Ministry Partnership will continue to support two very essential programs – The Mass Assembly Meal Project and the Congregational Mini-Grant Project.

Dreams and Vision & St. Marks Lutheran Church, Baltimore: A Kitchen Full of Dreams to bring St. Marks Lutheran Church on St. Paul Street’s kitchen up to code and become the home for Dreams and Visions’ Queer Supper meal program for food-insecure LGBTQ+ individuals.

St. Philip’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore: St. Philip’s Community Breakfast seeking to create an on-going community meal would be able to identity a method to address systemic issues of oppression that the community battles on daily basis, including: homelessness, poverty, drug trafficking, lack of equal access to sustainable nutrition.

 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Taneytown: Community Garden allowing this congregation to further expand and meet community needs in their neighborhood.

 Unity Lutheran Church, Wilmington: PROCLAIM creating an alternative service focused on table fellowship and sharing the gospel message using biblical storytelling, the narrative lectionary and inviting the assembly to share their testimony, prayer and questions to strengthen their faith and encourage others while sharing a noon meal on Sundays.

 Care for Creation of the Delaware-Maryland Synod: New Hope for Creation continuing to develop and grow care for creation initiatives and have congregations develop covenants for the future.

 

 

Connectedness Story: DAART

Today we lift up the connection we have with those who face physical, mental, or neurological struggles. Our Definitely Abled Advocacy and Resource Team (DAART), chaired by Pastor Sandra Carlson Alexis, seeks to offer online resources to congregations and members who...

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Connectedness Story: The Community of St. Dysmas

Several times each month, our Connectedness Team members will be sharing stories of how our synod works together with congregations, partner ministries, and synod teams. You'll find those stories right here on our blog. The Community of St. Dysmas is an important and...

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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 important 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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