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2019 Mission Grants Awarded

Each fall the Eastern Synod Mission Committee reviews numerous grant applications and then faces the difficult task of deciding how the funds will be distributed. Grants are awarded in 3 different categories; Long Term Partnership, Short Term Partnership and Compassionate Justice Initiatives.

This year there were 67 applications to review resulting in 51 grants being awarded totalling $302,996.

Grants awarded are as follows:

Compassionate Justice Initiatives

Edgewood's Ministry Continues Through its Legacy

For seven decades Edgewood Camp and Conference Centre carried out a much-loved ministry in Southwestern Ontario. Even though it is no longer financially viable for the synod to continue to provide outdoor ministry in this location, it is both reassuring and exciting to know that through its legacy, Edgewood’s long history of ministering to children, youth and young adults will continue in future years.

Synod Council Meets

The Eastern Synod council welcomed six new members when they met in early November. Elected at the 2018 Synod Assembly in Toronto the new members include laypersons Benjamin Bestvater and Judy von Wahl as well as pastors Anne Anderson, Janaki Bandara, Joanna Miller and Adam Snook. The remaining council members include Rev Dwight Biggs, Margaret Christenson, Anne Drouillard, Rev David Malina, Bonnie Weppler and David Wilk as well as the officers, Bishop Pryse, Laurie Knott, Wendell Caron Grahlman and Keith Myra.

Faith in Action:

I Was Lonely And...

Mount Zion Café in Waterloo opens its doors twice a month on Wednesdays at 10 am.
“It’s both good company and soup and bread,” say Karen Von Shilling and Esther Wilson laughing when asked why they like coming to the café.
   The Café ministry emerged from the congregation’s visioning process. “During the process we felt that one of our mission priorities should be reaching out to seniors in our community. The Health Council took up this task and started a café in May 2016”, says Mary Slethaug, a member of the Health Council.

Faith in Action:

Food Truck Frenzy

On a warm summer night in July four food trucks, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, perogies, crepes and other such “fun food” drove into the parking lot to set up. Anticipation mounted. It was the first time Christ Church was venturing into the “food truck business” and no one knew exactly what to expect.

Faith in Action:

Luther’s public face gets a lift

Hearing positive reactions to Martin Luther University College’s new logo, since it was unveiled in late June, has been gratifying. After all, its creation was more than two years in the making.
   But even more satisfying is when I see sparks of recognition wash over the faces of folks after they learn the meaning behind the Ringing Rose – the circular symbol forming the heart of the school’s new visual identity.
More often than not, sounds of “ooohhhhhh” signal their newfound enlightenment.