News from Region 8

Region 8 includes:  Northwestern and Southwestern Pennsylvania/Allegheny, Upper and Lower Susquehanna, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and West Virginia

Region 8 Representatives are Ruth Manchester, Silver Spring, MD,, and Marilee Tollefson, Silve Spring, MD,

Grants are available for churches starting a new Parish Nurse Ministry.  Contact the above Representatives for information.

Saint Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring is a Recipient of an ELCA Hunger Grant

Each year, the ELCA offers institutions and congregations a chance to apply for a “hunger grant” to continue the work of empowering groups in their efforts to provide sustenance, training, and materials. I just heard that Saint Luke was the recipient of a $3,000 grant for 2017. I filled out the application as part of my position as Social Ministry liaison.

Earlier this fall, under the auspices of the University of Maryland Extension service, an educator came to Saint Luke to work with some of our food pantry recipients to learn new food shopping and preparation tips. Nutritional components of foods were stressed as well as how and where to shop economically. The grant will enable us to further this program and provide ingredients and foods to clients who attend the workshops. The course is usually five or six sessions. Last fall, participants gathered in the Bieber Hall kitchen to listen and learn—and have fun. With this grant, we hope to educate more recipients from our food ministry.