In 2014, the ELCA announced a new four year campaign that would provide financial resources to both Synods and the Global ELCA to inspire and support renewal. Generated funds would be split between local and a more worldwide, greater Church focus.
The Campaign so far…
Year Campaign Focus Funds Received
ELCA Renewing and New Congregations $10,265. 24
Synod Fortune Lake Camp/ Barrier Free efforts $10,265. 25
ELCA Global Hunger $7071.90
Synod Local Hunger Grants to Congregations $7571.91
ELCA Global Church/ Tanzanian missionaries
Synod Companion Congregations with ELCT
ELCA Leadership: Fund for Leaders, Young Adults
Synod Campus Minister in the NGLS
We are currently accepting applications for Hunger Grants. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. Applications for Companion Congregations will be accepted until February 15, 2018. Please scroll down for reports from congregations who received and implemented a Barrier-Free Grant. Reports will be added as they are submitted.
Barrier Free Grant Report – January 2017 – For hands free doors at Bethany, Ishpeming
Forward thinking people back in the 1960’s and 70’s did much to make Bethany, Ishpeming handicapped accessible with the worship space, fellowship hall, kitchen and classrooms all being on one level, no steps or stairs. One thing lacking though was easy entrance for anyone with mobility issues. Heavy, difficult to open doors at the main entrance were a major obstacle. The possibility of receiving grant money from the synod helped to move us forward on the installation of automatic doors.
Now, with the project completed, for anyone using a walker or wheelchair, or just someone carrying things, entrance is much easier.
Siloa Lutheran has become Barrier-Free
Harold S. Riter, Reporting
Several years ago, the Church Council of the Siloa Lutheran Church made the decision to replace the old front steps of the Church building with a barrier-free ramp design to make the worship space accessible to those with mobility problems. This innovative design resulted in incorporating a wide ramp combined with a larger and more welcoming entry solved one problem, but the Church was not yet fully accessible, especially the restrooms and fellowship hall in the basement.
Thanks to a donation of an Acorn chair lift from Tina Aho, the craftsmanship of Allan Kaikko and his crew, and a grant from the Always Being Made New initiative of the Northern Great Lakes Synod, the chair lift was put in place some weeks ago.
In order to install the lift, the stairs to the basement area had to be widened, and the donated chair-lift had to be reconfigured to run on the opposite side of a stair well than it had been originally made for. Al Kaikko saw the way to adapt the lift to run on the space available and now it is possible for those who have problems negotiating stairs to access the restrooms, kitchen area, and fellowship hall.
Siloa, the “Little Church on the Corner” has taken a major step to becoming more inclusive and welcoming to all in the community. This is in keeping with the motto, “God’s Work, Our Hands.”