(9 May 2021)
Emanuel Nine (5/9/21)
Resources for local observance of the Commemoration of
the Emanuel Nine can be accessed from the Racial Justice Team page.
Scouting Conference for Lutherans (3/4/21)
NLAS announces a conference focusing on Scouting in the
Lutheran Church. Click here for
New Page for Social Ministry (2/27/21)
There is certainly enough happening on the social
ministry front to justify a page dedicated to that work.
Check out the page contents to the right. Ministries are
listed according to the chronological order in which they
Hunger programs, housing & shelter ministries,
disaster response, orphanages and foster care, nursing
homes and hospitals, and immigrant and refugee services
are all social ministries engaged in by church's,
agencies, and individuals. The boundaries can be
expansive, including advocacy and community organizing, or
they can narrow, referring only to Social Ministry
Organizations. At present, "social ministry" will be
broadly defined for this page's purposes.
Freeze: Disaster Response (2/27/21)
Our southern synods weren't built for cold weather. The
recent winter storm did a number on churches and private
residences, one of the biggest problems being water damage
from burst pipes. Lutheran Disaster Response has set up a
donation line. You can donate to the relief effort by following
You can also read a first hand account of its impact on
the Gulf Coast Synod by Bp. Michael Rinehart. He also
provides an extensive photo journal. Click
Other giving options can be found on the Community
Lutheran Partners, Inc., Facebook
Community Lutheran Partners, Inc., Has New Website
Community Lutheran Partners, Inc., has set up a new
website at https://clpwvwmd.org/.
Check it out.
Community Lutheran Partners, Inc.
Flood recovery is a long and and difficult process.
Community Lutheran Partners, Inc. is in it for the long
haul. To give through Community Lutheran Partners, visit its
website. You can also learn about
volunteer opportunities at there. Disaster response
teams should coordinate with Sherri Schafer at
Community Lutheran Partners prior to making plans to
enter the affected area.
You can visit Community
Lutheran Partners, Inc., at its website and also
Lutheran Association on Scouting
The National Lutheran
Association on Scouting. describes itself as "a
resource for youth and adults who wish to know more about
the religious emblems program, endorsed by the Lutheran
Churches for members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts
USA, American Heritage Girls, 4H and Camp Fire USA." It
also coordinates Lutheran chaplaincy services during
The NLAS Facebook
page featuring news of particular interest to Lutheran
scouts and leaders.
The Rev. Rick Egtvedt, pastor of Shepherd of the Hills
Lutheran Church, McHenry, MD, serves as the Standing Chair
of Chaplaincy. He is also the NLAS Lead Chaplain.
Conference: Scouting in the Lutheran Church
The National Lutheran Association on Scouting is holding
a conference at Philmont for those who want to learn about
using Scouting as an outreach ministry to boys and girls
in your community. See how Scouting becomes part of a
congregation’s youth ministry and contributes to reaching
young families and building and sustaining membership. Our
course will include:
- Duty to God
(National, Council and congregation levels);
- P.R.A.Y. and Religious Emblems Programs;
- Unit and Adult Recognitions;
- Sharing our Faith with Scouts;
- Organizing Scouting Units;
- Selecting Quality Leaders;
- Duty to God in Advancement; and more.
There are fun programs for attendee family members from
infants through teens as well as spouses. Bring your
family and make this a vacation to remember! This will be
of special interest to
- Lutheran chartered organization representatives,
- youth ministers,
- congregational leaders, and
- Lutheran Scouters
For more information visit https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/ptc/ptc-conferences/.
The conference will be held 11-17 July 2021.
The Rev. Rick Egtvedt was recruiting chaplains
for the Boy Scout Jamboree to be held the summer of 2021
at the Bechtel Summit Reserve. COVID-19 has forced the
cancellation of that Jamboree, but there is already talk
of future Jamborees. So, drop Egtvedt a line regardless if
you want to learn more. The ad (at right) is for the now
cancelled Jamboree, but we'll leave it up for now as it
provides some useful information.
A page centering on military ministry can be found here. It includes
resources for Veterans Day and information on COVID. As
new resources become available, they will be added to the
The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod Assembly
endorsed work with Centurion Connection, an ELCA ministry
to military personnel and Partners in Care, an initiative
of the WV National Guard to provide support to military
personnel and their families.
We've had a page dedicated to COVID-19 since mid-March
2020. You will find there a variety of resources and
information, including material related to reopening
churches and worship. Click
Organized by the synod DEM, a Racial Justice Team has been
at work for roughly nine-months. A dedicated page for the
racism-related, under the title, "Racial Justice Team," is
now up. You can visit at http://wv-wmd.org/socmin/racism.html.