Many thanks to Dorothy Sorrell, Synod Malaria Coordinator for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, for gathering these photos and updates!
The Metropolitan Washington, DC Synod showed its support of World Malaria Week in a variety of ways. A few examples include:
– Pastor Gerry Johnson of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fairfax, VA, gathered children under a mosquito net to tell them about malaria. Pastor Michael Gutzler and the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, VA saw beautiful butterflies as a way of reminding everyone of the need to support the Malaria Campaign through the purchase of nets. Pastor Robert Lewis, Jr. and members of Messiah Lutheran, Alexandria, VA, made the mosquitoes disappear as nets were purchased. Pastor Margrethe Klieber and the members of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fairfax, VA, began their month-long congregational Malaria Campaign on Malaria Sunday.
– The Synod Global Mission Committee met on Malaria Sunday, and Pastor Robert Allard, Chair of the Committee, led the group in the ELCA Malaria Litany and Prayers.
– The Metro DC Synodical Women’s Organization listened to Dorothy Sorrell, Synod Malaria Campaign Coordinator, describe the people who are being helped as we accompany Lutheran Church bodies in Africa, and were provided resource materials.
The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod is committed to the work of the Malaria Campaign, and is on its way toward meeting its goal of $250,000 and 100% participation by Synod congregations.
We’d love to share updates from your synod, too! How did congregations in your synod celebrate World Malaria Week? How will you continue to support the work of the ELCA Malaria Campaign now that World Malaria Day is finished? Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some will be featured on our blog!