Learn about New Journey’s Outreach.
Blessing Bags provide some basic necessities to those in need, whether they’re homeless or for any reason. More than providing necessities, the bags “bless” their recipients with dignity offered to them by loving hearts and without judgment. During April 2018, items were collected for the bags (protein bars, water, chap stick, hand wipes, trail mix, and beef jerky). Blessing Bags are available at the church. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40
Seeding Compassion to the World
New Journey member, Aken Tong, is leading an initiative in Africa to build a community which is sustainability empowered to turn their lives around as they take charge of their own future. This initiative includes cooperative micro-financing, entrepreneurial leadership, the production of non-toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and solar-powered pumps for irrigation.
Young Adults in Global Missions (YAGM) – Madagascar
New Journey Lutheran gave over $600 to the ELCA Global Missions to support Pr. Kirsten Laderach’s coordination of the YAGM program of the ELCA in Madagascar. The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a year of service where they are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. You can learn more by visiting Pr. Kirsten’s Facebook page: YAGM Madagascar. Pr. Kirsten shares the following Malagasy Proverb: All who live under the sky are woven together in one big mat
Celtic Spirituality and Taize Concert
This year, New Journey invited the community to a concert by Stefan Andre Waligur that incorporated a Celtic Christian spirituality, a Taize form of music, and a blend of poetry, prayer, and storytelling. Stefan also provided leadership for a day-long workshop for pastors and musicians. He is a contemplative musician, composer, retreat leader, and leader of new chant around the world. Stefan is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality. He recently spent six years living and studying in Ireland.