Springfield Rescue Mission event this Sunday

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield invites congregation members and the public to join its School of Lay Ministry during their table talks on Sunday, January 22, 2012, as the kickoff for the Mission Education Series starts with special talk by the Springfield Rescue Mission.

Staff from the Springfield Rescue Mission will be here at 10:45 a.m. to talk about what it does in the greater Springfield area. Weather permitting, it will be followed by a tour of the Springfield Rescue Missions facilities on Bliss St. For carpooling reasons, please sign up in Jung Hall for this event and indicate if you would need a ride or if you are available to take people to the tour.

Please see Ryan Lynch, Carol Goulet or Karen Blanchard if you have any questions.

Grace celebrates three new Lay Ministry graduates

After two years of study, three members of Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield recently graduated from the New England Synod School of Lay Ministry.

2011 School of Lay Ministry graduates
From left, Karen Blanchard, Carol Goulet and Ryan Lynch

The graduates were Karen Blanchard, Carol Goulet and Ryan Lynch. The special graduation event and ceremony took place at the annual New England Synod Assembly of the ELCA, held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield June 3rd – June 5th.

 The School of Lay Ministry is an innovative program designed to give adult students an opportunity to grow in their faith for the purpose of personal spiritual development, biblical enrichment and life-long learning. This program seeks to assist those who have a desire to broaden their faith understanding and expand their skills for service in their local congregation. The first year of the two-year program included studies of the Old and New Testaments, and the second year of studies focused on theology, Lutheran Confessional Heritage and the American Religious Experience. The School of Lay Ministry, which is in it’s third year, had 33 graduates this year, the largest class ever.

Congratulations to Ryan, Carol and Karen, and all of this year’s graduates. Click here to learn more about the New England Synod School of Lay Ministry.

Register for the School of Lay Ministry

Interested in becoming a Lutheran lay minister? The School of Lay Ministry, sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church In America (ELCA) New England Synod, is designed “to educate and equip lay people for enhanced participation in congregational and synodical life through personal spiritual development, bible enhancement and life-long learning.”

The school celebrated its first graduation class of 19 at the New England Synod Assembly May 28. The two-year program begins the 2009-2010 academic year with a retreat weekend Sept. 25-27 at Calumet Lutheran Camp and Conference Center in West Ossipee, N.H.

For a brochure and application form, visit the ELCA New England Synod website or email office@nesynod.org. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.