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District’s “Coalition of the Willing” Honored by LCEF

Congratulating the Atlantic District’s Coalition of the Willing representatives District President Rev. Dr. David Benke (pictured on the left), and Disaster Relief Coordinator Vicar Tom Cusanelli, of St. Luke Lutheran, Dix Hills, N.Y., and Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy, are LCEF President/CEO Rich Robertson (second from left) and LCEF Board of Directors Chair Randy Peterson (right). LCEF honored the coalition with the 2013 Fred E. Lietz Mission Project Award on Nov. 22. The award totaled $14,230.

The link below will take you to the LCEF Awards Presentation video. At the 5 minute mark begins the AD Coalition of the Willing award.

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District's Task Force 7 Hosts Pastor's Wives Retreat

During a beautiful two days of perfect November weather, twenty pastor's wives enjoyed a retreat and the opportunity for fellowship at the Stony Point Retreat Center. The Health and Human Care Task Force, Chaired by Jessica Sauer, Our Saviour, The Bronx, hosted the event. This year the speaker was former LCMS "First Lady", Mrs. Terry Kieschnick, who spoke about 'having joy in the parsonage.' Amy Lecakes, Immanuel, Niskayuna, also offered a wonderful devotion on the same subject. Please see photos sent courtesy of Judy Benke.


Atlantic District TF 5 Hosts Youth Leader Retreat

Carol Mittlestaedt, Mission Society Coordinator, Task Force 5 Member

I felt so incredibly grateful to God to see so many young pastors and youth leaders get so excited and pumped up during the 2-day Youth Leader Retreat at Stony Point.

Rev. Matt Popovits, Pastor of OSNY, Rego Park was terrific, as were all the leaders. The fellowship was great and the feelings of those who came were that we are proud to be Lutherans and we want to work together for the Kingdom. Our youth leaders are all keen to do it again. We were incredibly blessed! The Holy Spirit was so with us, it was really moving. I believe it was a real home run in terms of supporting our workers!

It was amazing and a great answer to prayer for me.



Sandy Recovery volunteers are still mucking and gutting. Construction work on homes, from Long Beach to Mastic Beach , is really slow even though our volunteers are working six days a week (Mondays off).

New volunteers are always needed. We need able-bodied servants to help with these Long Island projects. Volunteers coming from a distant location who require a place to stay can stay at Risen Christ in Brooklyn . There are dorms and a full kitchen, however, meals are not provided. There is no charge for staying in the rooms but we do request a free-will offering to the Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Fund.

The Sandy Recovery team is working through the volunteer management component of Long Island Long Term Recovery Volunteer Organizations Assisting Disasters. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tom Cusanelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put the phrase "Sandy Recovery Volunteer" in the subject portion of your email.

New District Congregational News

District's 'Crossroads' Challenge Stimulates Outreach

Congregations have been reporting on how they used the initial $250 "Congregations at the Crossroads" Challenge Grant they received at the March Festival of Workshops. A selection from the reports we received so far reveal interesting and creative approaches that have grown out of the challenge and we are pleased to share them with you.

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