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"It was hard to watch Hurricane Fiona ravage the islands this last week, knowing personally so many of our siblings after these last five years of Building Punetes. Still, I took courage knowing that we would be ready to respond again with our time, talent and treasure."

- Bishop Gohl

 

Dear Friends in Ministry,
 
There currently is a special need for our siblings in Christ and our partners in ministry.
 
Like what we did at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending our Annual Synod Ministry Fund Effort for half of the autumn season. We will focus generosity efforts on this special need in its stead.
 
Directed by Bishop Gohl and unanimously approved by our synod council, from September 22nd – October 30th (Reformation Sunday) we are inviting individuals and congregations to make a special gift to support relief in Puerto Rico through our Building Puentes (Buidling Bridges) ministry fund.
 
Building Puentes is a partnership with the Metropolitan-Washington, D.C. Synod, and the Caribbean Synod, to give support, aid, and relief to the churches and pastors who need financial support now more than ever.
 
We will not keep a penny of this appeal in our synod but will give every bit of the total gifts collected to the Building Puentes ministry fund.
 
Please join, Bishop Gohl, our synod council, and me with a gift today to support this critical need.
 
Thank you again for your consideration and continual generosity,




The Reverend David C. Shank, CFRE
Assistant to the Bishops for Generosity
Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA
Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, ELCA

When making your online gift, please choose Building Puentes 2022 - Puerto Rico Relief as the place to direct your gift. 


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