The following stories and resources are some of the exciting
Mission Moments that are taking place throughout the Eastern District, LCMS.
These stories of God at work through the people and congregations of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The people and congregations involved in these stories covet your prayer and support!
Salem Lutheran (Buffalo, NY) Christmas Outreach
In the December 2016 Breaking New Ground, President Wicher asked congregations to submit information on their "Making It Real" outreach to their community. Salem Lutheran (Buffalo, NY) submitted the following:
"Salem has two annual community outreach activities in December. The first is Christmas Food Baskets. Our ChristCare Helping Hands and Book Club groups collect nonperishable food items, household products and cash donations from the congregation. Each year Christmas baskets, bags of groceries and gift cards are coordinated and distributed to about a dozen needy families in our area.
The other event is the Living Nativity. The outside activity includes a presentation of the Christmas story including costumed characters, the Biblical narration (this year by Pastor Ron Sprehe), animals from an area animal rescue sanctuary and seasonal music. We average about 100-200 in attendance from our congregation and the community. The attendees are welcomed inside the church to view our church decorated for Christmas and to participate in the activities in the lower social hall featuring refreshments and games, crafts and cookie decorating for the children. Many church members work together as a team to make this event a success."
EDMO Reports to the Eastern District President