Centurion Connectors stormed the halls of 28 ELCA Synod assemblies this year with great success. Met with warm welcomes, a variety of activities highlighted current and emerging support efforts across the country.
Southeast Iowa Synod (Connector Randy Kasch): hosted a Centurion Project booth displaying the Armed Forces Prayer Book selling many. Congregations were invited to provide troops with prayer books by purchasing them through Augsburg/Fortress for distribution to ELCA chaplains. Their Bishop, Michael Burk, showed the ELCA military chaplain video to the entire Assembly and told of his experience of attending a military base worship service.
Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod (Connector Laura Olsen): Conducted a workshop with overview of Federal Chaplaincies and emphasized opportunities for clergy contacts via Dept of VA, Community Clergy Training Program.
Northwest Lower Michigan Synod (Connector Christopher Laughlin) Bishop introduced the prayer book and launching a congregation “cookie outreach” to Ft Leonard Wood Basic Training (See article “Congregations, Cookies, and Christ’s Grace” on this website for details of this amazing ministry that continues to expand and reach soldiers and staff.)
Southeast Minnesota Synod (Connectors Paul Baker and Jeff Franko): At April assembly set up a booth, with a team of Steve Ronigen, Chaplain Scott Hagen and Paul Baker highlighting Federal Chaplaincy scholarships and prayer books with a strong promotion of an October VA Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP) opportunity for all clergy.
Southwest Synod Texas (Connectors Gary Goodson and Brady Eggleston): Made prayer books available through an impact grant from Thrivent to purchase books and had an active duty Lutheran chaplain speak from the podium presenting “a Ministry of Presence”
Virginia Synod (Connectors Harry Griffith and Aaron Fuller): Had an active duty military chaplain as the assembly chaplain, spotlighted the “Vets and Faith” initiative in Suffolk, VA, and urged clergy to be present in October during a planned clergy ministerial meeting on a Navy carrier. Plans for 2018 includes access to VA Chaplain Center in Hampton, VA.
Pacifica Synod (Connector Scottie Lloyd): Addressed the assembly on current opportunities to support veterans and chaplains besides having an Army Chaplain present. A display offered a variety of material and historic chaplain kit displays.
Northeast Minnesota Synod (Connector John Sippola): Set up booth as an exhibitor at synod assembly tapping into support by 8 pastors and lay representatives. Also presented info on the “Vets & Friends” Retreat ministry. (See more about this growing program with other opportunities of ministry by John Sippola by looking under the sidebar Highlights for “Vets and Friends”.)
West Virginia/Maryland Synod (Connector Team Carl Ames, Richard Egtvedt, John Unger, and Ron Kreiensieck.) Arranged presentation from National Guard “Partners in Care” initiative. Exploring the possibility of conducting 2019 synod assembly at National Guard Camp Dawson, and surfaced opportunities with the National Boy Scout Jamboree and WV University.
Metro Chicago Synod (Connector Paul Pfeffer): Reported connections related to healthcare advocacy.
LaCrosse Area Synod (Connector Mark Jolivette): Mark described his retirement 11 months ago from the military to the assembly on reentry to civilian life.
Assembly reports are still coming in and connectors are assisting congregations in making ministry happen in support of veterans, active military, VA Hospital work, and Federal Prison outreach. If you would like your synod to have a centurion connector, please contact Paul Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.