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Joy in the journey

“I am looking forward to this weekend,” I said to my husband back in late May. Before he got a chance to ask the question I read on his face – or at least I thought I did – I answered: “These events are well planned, I want to be with other women, and I like the theme of the retreat.”

Faith in Action:

Grace Rankin Picnic

On a sunny Sunday morning in August, Grace church on Green Lake Road hosted an outdoor service and picnic.  Notices had been placed in mail boxes across the community to invite families in the neighbourhood to join in on a special gathering.
   
   Arrangements were made to have “The Intermittents”, a Pembroke area men’s choir on hand who opened the event with songs from memory lane and to lead with hymns during the service.

Faith in Action:

Building Relationships

The Eastern Synod Mission committee meets twice a year under the leadership of Bishop Michael Pryse. At their fall meeting, the committee reviews grant applications and decides which ministries will get financial support for the following year. This year over $300,000. has been granted to support 52 missions and projects. The spring meeting is generally more educational and the agenda often includes a visit to learn more about the projects that are funded.

Faith in Action:

Welcome to Peace, Pickering

“We have new people almost every Sunday in the worship service. Some of them start coming regularly, some occasionally and some may come only once,” says Hilla Lahtinen, who serves the congregation together with her husband Ronnie Smith as a ministry team.
   One of our growing congregations, if not in membership but in worship attendance, at the moment is Peace Lutheran in Pickering On.

Faith in Action:

Stained Glass Windows of St Peters Fellowship Hall

Eastern Synod Council member Bonnie Weppler took these pictures of the baby sweaters that the women of St. Peter’s Lutheran in Ottawa made for the baby bundles which will be packed up on Mothers’ Day for CLWR distribution.
“This is the first time that I have seen the women hang the sweaters on the windows and I thought it was a great - and brightening - idea in what has been a very long and hard winter in Ottawa.”

 

Faith in Action:

Breakfast is Ready

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener gathers around 70 school children for breakfast every school day. The breakfast program began eleven years ago when Karin Meilke, a member of St. Luke’s heard of the community program offered to schools by an organization called Nutrition for Learning. The people of St. Luke’s decided to respond to the need of the community and started the program in partnership with a neighbouring school and Nutrition for Learning.

Faith in Action:

Working with the community for the community

When the Rhenish church began in the mid 1980’s, it focused heavily on new settlers. Then during the 90’s they broadened their mission to include campus ministry, focusing on students in the community. By the mid 2000’s they turned to helping families, providing programs such as marriage and parenting courses as well as toddler play groups.
   At this time they also moved to their new permanent location in Markham, ON. The move was funded in part with the help of the Eastern Synod who were able to access Canadian Mission funding.

Faith in Action:

Building Bridges Across Age and Cognitive Barriers Through Art

For those with dementia in Long Term Care, choices are often made for them – when they get up, what they eat, what they wear. With the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program at Trinity Village Care Center, Kitchener, they can again make their own choices – where they place the paint on the paper, what colours they choose and what they name their art work. This creates autonomy and dignity through creative expression for those with dementia.

Faith in Action:

Rev. Hilla Lahtinen, newly appointed Director of Worship Ministries


Rev. Hilla Lahtinen was appointed as the Director of Worship Ministries for the Eastern Synod. She will serve as a resource person and consultant to the congregations and Ministry Areas and serve as coordinator for synodically sponsored services of worship. She succeeds Debbie-Lou Ludolph who has served in this role, with great distinction, since 2008,

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