Each year caring and dedicated volunteers from across the country come together for Camp Noah, to support children who have been impacted by disaster. Liberty’s Lutheran Congregational Services works with Camp Noah, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, to raise volunteers and lead week-long day camps, which focus on recovery and building hope and resiliency for young survivors of disaster.
September’s National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to be ready for natural disasters and other emergencies.
Pennsylvania fared well this summer with no hurricane or tropical storm activity, which makes last winter’s harsh and devastating weather easy to forget. But the seasons are changing again, which provides new opportunities for damaging weather, not to mention man-made disaster situations. That’s why now is the time to prepare yourself, your family and your congregation.
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, nearly 10,000 congregations of the Lutheran Church will gather to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. It’s called “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Liberty’s Lutheran Congregational Services (LCS) builds capacity for congregations and communities to serve those in need. Join us and your fellow Lutherans in service projects on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 for “God’s work. Our hands.”
-By Marla Sell, Lead Case Manager, Lutheran Congregational Services
Refugees who were forced to flee their homeland because of violence and poverty, joined together in their new country to celebrate Christmas with help from Lutheran Congregational Services, a service of Liberty Lutheran. LCS Volunteers and staff also took part in the festivities of the Refugee Resettlement program’s annual Christmas party on December 7 at St. Stephen’s Outreach Center in Allentown.
Lutheran Congregational Services (LCS,) a member of the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services, is proud to participate in the annual Christmas Ingathering every December by providing support to congregations with coordinating, collecting and distributing products and gifts to those in need. This year, we’re asking for your help in that effort.
By Jennifer Ollikainen, Executive Director, Lutheran Congregational Services
After serving as Director of Ministries for 2 ½ years in the Philadelphia area with Lutheran Congregational Services, I am thrilled to accept the call as Executive Director effective October 1. I give thanks for Pastor Dennis Ritter’s leadership as Executive Director over the past 9 years and pray God’s blessings be upon him in the next chapter of his ministry.
This organization has a rich history of flexibility and service in response to the needs of our congregations and communities. Together, we will continue to follow God’s call to serve people in need with our ongoing programs and ministries along with new initiatives in cooperative service. I say “we” because our strength is in our community of supporters, congregations, volunteers, program instructors and staff. Together, we multiply our ability to serve and reach out to people in devastating or life-changing situations. Together, we make a tangible difference in the lives of those we are called to serve. Together, we can grow into new possibilities.
In the coming months, I look forward to listening and dreaming with you about what comes next for our shared social ministry. How can we use our collective gifts and resources to make a real difference in the world? I, along with our staff, am available to visit your congregation or organization for worship, supply preaching and presiding, adult forum or committee meeting. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to talking with you soon
Lutheran Congregational Services is a service of Liberty Lutheran, a social ministry organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Liberty Lutheran annually provides vital resources to more than 61,000 individuals from the earliest stages of life to the advanced stages of aging, through its family of services in Eastern Pennsylvania.
By Julia Menzo, Disaster Response Coordinator Southeastern PA, Liberty Lutheran
Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA(LDR-EPA) is always working to help families through a disaster. Preparedness is a key component to minimizing danger to life, home and property. That’s why LDR-EPA sponsored “How to Prepare your Family, Community and Church for Disaster,” a free workshop a St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Glenside, PA on Saturday, September 7th.
More than 70 golf enthusiasts hit the links on Monday, August 12th for the 15th annual Lutheran Classic golf outing to support Lutheran Congregational Services.
Golfers and volunteers enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. The day kicked off with a shotgun start at 11am with a four-person scramble format. The event also included a putting content, food and refreshments and a raffle.
The fourth annual Oktoberfest, benefiting Lutheran Disaster Response, will be held at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside, on September 29 from 12 – 6 p.m. Tickets are 20 dollars in advance or 25 dollars at the door, and include a German food platter and an Oktoberfest mug with a choice of beverage. Tickets for those ages 12-20 are 10 dollars and ages 2-11 are five dollars. Additional food and beverages, including German and microbrew beers will be available for purchase. Continue reading →