7th Seafarers Collection

Members in 43 synod congregations and three individuals filled a total of 564 Christmas At Sea gift bags for the ministry of Seafarers’ International House.  The bags are given to merchant seamen who come into port to off-load their cargoes during the Advent/Christmas season.  This is a ministry of the ELCA whose port chaplains go aboard ships to distribute the gift bags, conduct worship services, and to offer other forms of assistance and hospitality to the crews.  Thanks to all those who supported our efforts this year!  This is the largest number of bags collected in the seven years the synod has been participating in this program.