Peace continues to follow God’s call, to love our neighbor, as we find new expressions of outreach. This year, as a congregation, we are extending our reach to include three new initiatives and ask for your support.
Haitian Timoun Foundation – HELP Program - As a congregation we are committing $9000 this year to provide the opportunity for a young student to attend college through HELP. Only 1% of Haitians are able to attend college. Many that complete their degree, leave the country to find employment elsewhere. Students in the HELP Program, commit to putting their education to use in Haiti, helping bring sustainable change to the country.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary Internship Program – Through years of working with seminarians like Tony Katko, Anders Nilsen, and presently Kim Peterson, Peace has been identified by Trinity as a teaching congregation. Therefore they asked us as a congregation to help shape future pastors for ministry in the ever-changing landscape of the Christian faith and culture.
By now hopefully you have had the opportunity to meet Jared Howard, our newest seminarian. Jared will be with us for the next year and half. As a full-time intern Jared will learn about and participate in the breadth of ministries at Peace. We hope to send him out to be a dynamic leader for the future church. The internship program has added $33,000 to our 2017 budget.
Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN) has asked Peace to commit to $15,000 in support for the 2017 budget year. Over the past two years, our support has allowed GRIN to expand its outreach in incredible ways. Last year saw an increase in providing food boxes by almost 54%, with this year expected to grow another 35%. Due to increased student enrollment, the cost of The Summer Lunch Club Program has doubled. These numbers reflect the need within our community and how important GRIN’s role is in providing assistance. With our ongoing financial support, GRIN will continue to be a thriving force for good in Gahanna.
In the past two years we have been gifted by your support of the Soaked campaign and your care for our facility. Thank you. Now, God is opening up these opportunities to support our larger community, church, and world. We are being invited by our creator to co-create a more loving world.
The people of Peace have proven, over and over again, how generous we are in responding to God’s call.
That is why we are asking you to prayerfully consider supporting these, along with our existing ministries, by growing your financial commitment for 2017.
Peace, Pastor Doug
Contact Pat Rocca, Operations Director, for more information.