|New Lutheran Campus Ministry Staff from around the United States|
Middle row, stage left, that's me, with a crazy assortment of new friends. They are ordained, lay, diaconal, young, old, male, female, gay, straight, married, divorced, widowed, rich, poor, intellectual, average, thin, fat, bald or bearded people, however you might think to categorize and describe us. All of us feel called by God into ministry with students as they journey through the life-changing years of higher education.
This ministry is new to me, and yet not new to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA has been on college campuses for over a hundred years. At Family of Grace, we have been ministering to students at Green River [Community] College in a hit and miss, see who shows up on Sunday morning way, for all of our years as a congregation. In addition we have been involved with international students, hosting and supporting language development. This September we are raising the bar and doing a new thing.
On the first Monday of classes September 19th and every Monday morning of the quarter, campus ministry will happen in a tent by our parking lot (used by commuter students), offering coffee, chocolate, tea and conversation from 7-10. On Tuesday nights from 4:30-6:30 we will offer a meal, activity and conversation calling it a party with a purpose. And we will continue our Friday night international events, hosting 5 of them throughout the quarter.
Our hope is to come alongside students and support them on their journey, helping them know God's mercy and love are with them. Our hope is to be a place where commuter students and international students and the members of this congregation can walk together and play together and learn from one another. Our hope is to lift the voice of a grace filled theology of the cross to be recognizable alongside all the other voices they will hear. We have high hopes for this new thing.
You can be part of this new mission by taking some time to walk with students or by supporting this ministry financially or with your other gifts. The calling and mission of Family of Grace Lutheran Church is to "Share the love and grace of Christ in community." Come, let us do this new thing together.