The Florida-Bahamas Synod works closely in partnership with many agencies and institutions to carry-out the continued mission and work of the church throughout the world. Listed below are many of the relationships we share with other groups throughout the territory of the synod, the national church, and across the globe.
FAITH ALIVE! At Lutheridge
CAMPFIRMATION RETREATS FOR YOUTH in grades 5-10
Unique curriculum uses experiential learning to leave lasting lessons. Lutheridge staff provides supervision for campers, staying in cabins with them and sharing their unique and faithful witness. Campers can come alone or with a group. Lessons are geared to middle school, but 5th grade and high school youth are welcome to attend. (Campers will be placed in cabin groups by age so older/younger youth will be together.) Adult leaders welcome and encouraged to participate, but not required to attend. Each camper creates a “witness” to share learning back home. The program design and oversight are by Pastors Mary and Tim Canniff-Kuhn, with involvement from others.
February 3-5, 2012
Holy Baptism: This retreat teaches the centrality of sacrament in Lutheran worship. Youth will experience baptism as the sacrament of belonging. We are God’s forever! (Wilderness Cabins)
Holy Communion: The sacrament of Communion takes on deeper meaning as the meal of forgiveness, nourishment and community, central to Lutheran worship. (Lakeside Cottages)
April 20-22, 2012
Ten Commandments: Youth LEARN the Ten Commandments using pictures and stories that make their meaning relevant RIGHT NOW in an adolescent’s life. (Wilderness Cabins)
Reformation: Luther’s life and reformation principles inspire youth to continue the reforming tradition by asking questions and keeping faith alive today! (Lakeside Cottages)
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For more information about our retreat facilities, please visit www.lutheridge.com and www.lutherock.com.
"Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait." Psalm of Life ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“What about my guilt?”
This question was asked by a middle-aged Haitian man. He sat along with approximately 50 other Haitian faith leaders, attentively listening to a presentation on July 17th in southwest Orlando. The topic was “Learning to Live with Losses That Are Incomplete, Unclear, Unfolding.”
The backdrop of the event was the shattering earthquake that took hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated the Island of Haiti in January. The afternoon workshop was given by Lutheran Counseling Services, partnering with the Community Foundation of Central Florida, to provide emotional/spiritual education on a mental health subject that directly pertained to the congregations’ ministries. Most of those at the event had directly experienced losses with family members and friends from the earthquake, and nearly all were struggling with the effects of the economy.
“I was surprised by the turnout and grateful for how the leaders engaged,” Rev. Mel Jacob, LCS’ Executive Director, expressed. “The recovery of the heart from the earthquake with Haitians in Central Florida is just beginning,” Pr. Jacob exclaimed. He stated that he came to give the leaders information on ‘what helps’ and ‘what does not help’ around ambiguous losses and to lift up resources to assist them with resiliency that is so important with emotional recovery. Pr Jacob emphasized, “I learned from them. It was humbling and powerful.”
The middle-aged man, living with a heavy burden of guilt, described how he held off bringing family to live with him early in the year. “I should have planned it a month earlier. Some of them did not live!” he exclaimed. “The rest are still there; I feel so helpless.” Much of what unfolded from there was the group teaching and affirming what they had discovered was helpful or unhelpful. Although they did not use the word ‘resilience,’ they were living it with one another and defining clearer ways to build on it with their ministries. They asked me to say a prayer as we ended. “I heard a few ‘Amen’s, and my heart was warmed!” Pr Jacob concluded.
This was the second of such events that Lutheran Counseling Services has provided for Haitian faith leaders. The first was held on May 19th at LCS’ main office in Winter Park where nine leaders from the Haitian Coalition of Central Florida participated. Others events are being planned even as follow-up with the past participants is occurring. LCS is grateful to have a part in the recovery of the Haitian community and hear their ‘Amen’s.”
Foi more information about Lutheran Counseling Services and its programs and services, contact the Rev. Dr. Mel Jacobs, Executive Director at 407.644.4692 or visit www.lcsfl.com.