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2018 Summer Friendship Gathering Season Finishes with Two Events

2018 Summer Friendship Gathering Season Finishes with Two Events

The Summer Friendship Gathering season has come to an end with two more Spirit filled events, one at Cornerstone Lutheran with College Park Church, and a second at Spirit of Joy Church. On the third day of each Gathering we learned how we are empowered by the Holy...

Cross of Grace and LifePoint turns out for their Gathering

Cross of Grace and LifePoint turns out for their Gathering

These Gatherings are an important time for our friends with intellectual disabilities, but also for their friends from church.  The church member turnout has been overwhelming at all the Gatherings, including this Gathering with the Friendship groups from Cross of...

Messiah hosts one of two Gatherings last week!

Messiah hosts one of two Gatherings last week!

What a great week with a Gathering with Messiah and St Andrews Lutheran Churches, and a second Gathering with Cross of Grace Lutheran and LifePoint Churches! The video link below shows photos from the Gathering with Messiah and St. Andrews, and it will be the first of...

Gathering Video that Spans Decades

Gathering Video that Spans Decades

Three churches came together this past week for their first Summer Friendship Gathering. Chuck has been leading his Friendship Group from Christ the Savior for more than 27 years. Brandywine also started their group during the 1990’s and the Friendship Group at...

Great Friendship Selfie Tips

Great Friendship Selfie Tips

    Adults with intellectual disabilities, families, and caregivers: matter to God, and therefore matter to the Church. have relationships which include them in Sunday worship, church activities, and beyond. are bonded together as co-laborers with God. (1 Cor. 3:9)...

Is a Summer Friendship Gathering Necessary?

Is a Summer Friendship Gathering Necessary?

This week, King of Glory hosted their first Gathering. Liz, one of our friends who is blind, said over and over, “Praise God.” Together we learned about how we have been recreated in Christ and motivated to be the light of Jesus in our hurting world. Liz demonstrated...

Was the Summer Friendship Gathering at Trinity too Short?

Was the Summer Friendship Gathering at Trinity too Short?

We all had a great time at the Trinity Summer Friendship Gathering learning that we are God's Masterpiece when we live "in Christ."  We sang and worshiped together, studied the Bible and had great fellowship; our friends with disabilities, their families, caregivers,...

Summer Friendship Gathering Season Starts at Living Hope!

Summer Friendship Gathering Season Starts at Living Hope!

Our first Summer Friendship Gathering at Living Hope Christian Church in Gaston is complete and God was moving. Following the worship service on the third day, our friends with disabilities and caregivers stood up and shared their thoughts with the volunteers at the...

Ted Baer has gone to be with the Lord

Ted Baer has gone to be with the Lord

Ted Baer, a dear friend and co-laborer in this ministry, passed away this morning.  Ted and his wife Marsha have been part of this ministry in many capacities for more than 20 years.  Most of us knew Ted through his commitment to the woodcrafts where he was as much a...

T-Shirts are Folded and Ready!

T-Shirts are Folded and Ready!

The T-shirts are in and we held our annual t-shirt folding party.  It was fun to share stories and imagine the sea of Caribbean blue shirts while we folded and packed 528 shirts in tubs for the eight Summer Friendship Gatherings! So many great stories have come from...