Pastor Michael Beery—Community in Christ, Cornelius
On the week of July 24, 2022, a group of six high-school students and Pastor Michael Beery (who serves with his wife, Pastor Lisa Beery) from Community in Christ Lutheran Church, Cornelius, attended “Boundless Adventure” at Lutherock—the program was created specifically for groups and individuals who were originally hoping to attend the ELCA’s National Youth Gathering, which was unable to take place last summer.
In addition to offering the traditional fruits of outdoor ministry, Lutherock also made special adventures and service opportunities that participants explored. They rode bikes on the Virginia Creeper Trail, stretched their limits on Lutherock’s high-ropes courses, served onsite as well as at a local Humane Society, whitewater rafted on the Nolichucky River, and rock climbed!
They experienced God through those adventures as well as in the wonders of nature, creative worship opportunities, and within the relationships forged. The personal and spiritual growth that occurred throughout the week was palpable in all the participants, and they are grateful to the NC Synod’s Kaelke Grant for helping in the funding of such an impactful, faith-enriching experience for Community in Christ’s young adults.
Linda Kaelke served as Director of Christian Education for several congregations in the NC Synod and was the first advisor for LYO. Upon her death, she left the NC Synod with an endowment fund to support youth, used primarily to help fund mission trips. Grant awards are up to $800. Apply for a Kaelke Grant for your congregation. The 2023 deadline is Sunday, April 30. Questions? Contact Pastor Danielle DeNise, Director for Evangelical Mission.