TRIBUTE DINNER FOR DR. BENKE, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
The dinner reservations page for the Rev. Dr. David H. Benke Celebration to be held at Lake Isle Country Club on Friday June 5th is available below for you to download. We have a limited number of seats and will sell tickets to Convention delegates first. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. We are certain that many people will wish to attend this tribute.
Special Retreat Edition
This past weekend, over 300 Atlantic District Youth and Leaders descended on Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center in Mount Bethel, PA. It was the culmination of a three year plan to have Youth Leader Training, Regional Gatherings and a District Wide Gathering. Next year will be the National Youth Gathering. It was an uplifting, exciting and joyful time. The Task Force brought in "Unpaved Ministries", an LCMS-trained group of speakers and actors to speak to the kids and encourage them to "Collide" with Jesus. They were accompanied by the Blake Flattely Band who led the youth in spirited worship music. A selection of breakout sessions were offered as well as organized games and a campfire. Everyone came back built up in their faith and excited to live their lives with Jesus.
Many thanks to the Lutheran Crusader Fund and Thrivent
for helping to sponsor this awesome event!
2015 Atlantic District Youth Gathering
New Grants Available for LCMS Congregations, Schools, and Districts:
$1 million available through innovative Stand With Your Community Grant Program
ST. LOUIS--April 13, 2015 The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod announced the Stand With Your Community Grant Program, in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
A total of $1 million is available for this synod-wide grant opportunity. A primary focus of the projects funded by these grants is to inspire and empower laity to actively engage in local witness and mercy outreach events and opportunities as a reflection of Martin Luther's unrelenting passion for all to know the true Gospel.
LCMS congregations, circuits, schools of any grade level, universities, districts and Recognized Service Organizations are eligible to participate. Grants will range in size from $1,000 up to $25,000 for projects spanning from a single event to a two-year program. A new project, outreach program or activity, a revision of a previous effort or strengthening of an ongoing effort also are eligible.
Grant awards will be announced by the end of January 2016. Depending on the initial response, the application period may be reopened at a later date. This grant program will temporarily replace the Synod's National Domestic grant program for about two years.
These funds are provided through a partnership between the LCMS, the Thrivent Financial Foundation and Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
More information on criteria, application procedures and related information is available at lcms.org/standgrants
The new Spring 2015 Engage is here. This issue honors Rev. Dr. David H. Benke who will be stepping down this fall after 24 years as District president.
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