From the Pastor, William D. Leitch

We just returned from Servant Week at Camp Frederick.  This is the second year in a row that we did all our work at the Camp.  The work needed to be done in order to preserve the Camp and keep it safe for campers and others who use these facilities all year long.  Here are a couple things our youth and counselors did:

First, we pressure-washed and painted the Pavilion/Office/”Upper Room”.  Note the rust-red color on the upper eave.  That was the color before we painted.  The green tint blends the building into the beautiful wooded setting, seals it to preserve the siding, and we eliminated all wasp nests!

Chris McCrimmon and Brycen Prasky, along with our Camp Director’s son, Ben, did all the detail trim work on these stairs.  Thank you guys!!  I don’t like twisting and turning and squatting that one needed to do to get this done; consequently, my back feels just great!

West End View

East End View


Silly me!  I thought that with only eight youth, we could only do one building.  I should know better after working with these kids for nine years.  So, second, we painted the Cottage where Matt and Kristin Miller live with their three boys.

That’s not all they did!!  Ben, Makayla, and David from Prince of Peace led the improvement of  “Hemlock Trail”, a deer path that had been marked nine years ago, but never worked on to be negotiated safely.  They had three other volunteers help them and they got the entire trail done.

They painted the “Blue Bathroom” behind the “Upper Room”.  We always called it the “Blue Bathroom”, but that was going to be confusing now that it was green.  On Thursday, we voted to rename it “El Bano”.  It was a great discussion!  Seriously, ask me about it sometime.

Here are our 8 youth, plus Terry Wentworth and I

We were not alone!  We had 7 Camp Counselors helping

Finally, there was still time to do some zip lining, archery, and capture the flag.  By the way, we finished this work by the end of Thursday, before I departed for the Synod Assembly.  On Friday, they cleaned up the lodge and got everything ready for the next campers to come on Sunday.

I highly recommend sending youth to Servant Week where we get things done, build team work, and have FUN!!

Better Yet:  I highly recommend that you plan to come as an adult leader.  Our youth do not have drivers’ licenses.  They know how to work…BUT they need your help to get there.  It has been a blessing to work with these young folks.


Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly…Raymond Boothe, Nancy Walters, and I attended the 2019 Synod Assembly on June 14 and 15.  The worship was powerful and the music was awesome.  Worship music was led by “Glocal”.  We sang in several languages, and everyone put their hearts into singing.  Even though we did not know exactly what we were singing sometimes – we did know who we were singing to!!

The workshops were valuable.  I attended the Opioid Epidemic and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service workshops.  Learning how we enable folks with addiction is very important so we can stop it.  Understanding the terms like immigration, refugee, and alien are essential in caring for and prioritizing our help.  If you want to know more, ask me.  Raymond Boothe attended the Telling the Story and the Language that Speaks Volumes workshops.  Ask him any questions.  Nancy Walters attended the Advocacy workshop and has handouts that are very helpful.  We will copy them and make them available.

What is the status of ministers in the Synod?  We have 167 congregations.  Currently, there are 86 called pastors, 5 associate pastors, and 12 interim pastors.  The rest of the congregations have no called pastor.  In other words, more than 67 congregations do not have called pastors.  We had 20 pastors retire, transfer to other synods, or resign this year.   However, we received 4 pastors from other synods, and we ordained 2 new pastors.

Where are we financially?  We continue to support the church-wide ministries with over 50% of our mission support dollars from our congregations in the Synod.  The budget/cash flows are fragile.  Of the 167 congregations in the Synod, 18 do not give any mission support to the Synod.  Living Lord gave $8,285.00 to Mission Support; it is called benevolence in our budget.  Total Mission support received was $1,334,786.37.  Congregations also gave designated offerings of $206,277.51.  The average of the giving congregations was $8,395.00 toward mission support.  If we had 100% participation at that average, we would receive another $151,108.00.  That would make a huge difference.

Our Lutheran Youth hosted an intergenerational service work of packaging diapers and health items.  They received twice as many donations than they expected.  Those attending the Assembly would not quit packaging the items until they were all done.  Our youth were very grateful for the help.

Our youth also led worship and made themselves available for a Q & A.  What can we do to encourage youth to participate in church? (was the first question)  Answer: (Prefaced with a grin and an apology, “This might convict you.”) Jasmine responded with, “Treat us like adults.  We know how to do most everything in the church and are capable of being trained up like everyone else.  You must sit with us, speak to us, empower us, teach us, work side-by-side with us.  We want to belong with you!!!!  We want to be you!!”


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