Since the beginning of COVID-19, Eastern Synod congregations have committed to praying for our front line workers whose ministry it has been to provide loving care and gospel service to those most vulnerable among us.
As an expression of our collective gratitude for their exceptional service, and on behalf of our entire synodical family, the Eastern Synod council voted to donate $30,000 to Lutheran Homes Kitchener-Waterloo. These resources, drawn from the income earned by the Lutheran Home Fund, were allocated to provide a $100 Christmas gift card to each LHKW full-time and part-time employee.
A gift, as LHKW Chief Operating Officer Debbie Riepert reflected, that was greatly appreciated, heartfelt, and built strength among the staff by gladdening their hearts. HR Manager, Beth Jones also shared that at a time of the year when it would be easy to feel alone given the current context, “the Bishop and Eastern Synod made sure that we were reminded we are supported through prayer, not alone, and that God holds us.”
In an accompanying letter, Bishop Michael Pryse gave thanks for those who have given so freely of themselves to these labours. “I want you to know that our church sees the care you provide to the frail elderly, as holy and sacred work. It is ministry. It is God’s work! On behalf of our church, and on behalf of the wider community that you serve, I want to say thank-you. Thank-you for your faithful and self-sacrificial service. Thank-you for your dedicated and unwavering service to bless and accompany the dear people for whom you care, regardless of circumstances.”
Please continue to pray for our LHKW family, and for all those throughout our Synod whose ‘holy and sacred work” it is to love and serve the frail and elderly. May they be encouraged by the promise that their labours are precious in our sight…and in the sight of God!