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Special Offering

Thank you to all who contributed. The offering at the Fall Gathering 2016 was $3309.37 plus matching $500 from FL-BA SWO and $500 from Global Missions for a total of $4309.37. Additional contributions may be made directly to FL-BA Synod rather than FL-BA SWO marked for Hurricane Matthew.


Our Sisters in Haiti, Cuba, and Freeport Bahamas need our help!!!


Hurricane Matthew left a path of devastation as it traveled across the Caribbean and then hit the eastern United States.  Our Companion Churches suffered devastating losses as you can see by the photos of Jerusalem Church in Poste Droit, Les Cayes, Haiti.  Rev. Livenson Lavanus head of the Lutheran Churched in Haiti estimates 500 lives lost in the devastated areas served by Lutheran Churches. 


So how can you help??  This year's Fall Gathering will be highlighting our Global Mission Work in our companion churches highlighted by a Saturday Night Fair.  During that event we will be collecting a special offering to go 100% to our sisters in Haiti, Cuba, and Freeport, Bahamas.  And - your donations will be matched up to $500.00 by both the Florida Bahamas SWO and the Synod Global Mission Committee!  So bring your loose change, paper money, and checks - and ask your WELCA groups at home to join in the effort.  If we raise $1000.00 that evening it will become $2000.00 to help those in the most need.


Funds will be dispersed by the Synod Global Mission Committee in early December based on needs identified by our Global Mission's Team, Companion Church Leaders, and the ELCA.  100% of funds will go directly to those in need through already established channels - even to Cuba!


Please consider helping our sisters in Freeport, Haiti, and Cuba! Bring your offering and that of your church unit to Fall Gathering. Share the pdf flyer below with your congregation. Just download with the arrow on the far right and print.   
Elaine Heine,
Oct 14, 2016, 12:28 PM