The Partners in Celebration Program provides an intentional way for interested individuals and Southeastern Synod congregations to support new church starts and redevelopment efforts through targeted financial contributions. It is a very realistic goal for 100 Partners in Celebration to each contribute $100+ - three or four times each year - to a featured ministry. We have the potential for these gifts to easily generate additional, unbudgeted income of $10,000 or more which would be an enormous blessing for any size ministry. Please share this information with your congregation, family and friends.
Our highlighted ministry for October – December 2021 is Good Samaritan Mission in Stone Mountain, GA, led by the Rev. Crispin Ilombe Wilondja.
Good Samaritan Lutheran Ministries has been focused on welcoming refugees newly arriving in the United States. Most of the families that they serve have single mothers. In addition, most members have been resistant to receive the vaccine. Therefore, the pandemic has really affected the life of the congregation. Currently, there are a few families whose members have had covid-19 and have lost their job. These families are going through hard times financially. With this, the congregation has been thinking a lot about how to make the Good News good amid the pandemic.
The congregation believes in being church together although it is very hard for them to not worship in person. Pastor Crispin has developed the worship on zoom. This has been a special time for people to gather, to pray, and to share what has been going on in their lives. With many technological issues, the congregation dreams to provide training to some youth who may be responsible for this. The congregation also has some needs for the youth. They would love to organize some outings with the youth. Finally, with this new administration, the congregation hopes to welcome new families. Therefore they would love to be able to welcome them and provide some basic needs as a welcoming outreach.
Your generous donations are greatly appreciated to meet the expenses of these outreach events.
Your tax-deductible PIC contribution should be mailed to: ELCA - Southeastern Synod, ATTN: Partners in Celebration, P.O. Box 400, Decatur, GA 30031.
Secure on-line donations may be made through the ELCA-Southeastern Synod website link here.