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By The Rev. Carol E.A. Fryer, Director of Spiritual Care and Church Relations, Wartburg; and Chair of MNYS Tanzania Companionship Committee  

Since April 5, 1998, the Metropolitan New York Synod has had a companion relationship with the North Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania.
Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS) began in 2001. The school had been given to the diocese by the government.

The MNYS commitment to the NWD is to support Christian Education. We established a Tanzanian Endowment Fund to provide money for projects in education, particularly sending teachers from the U.S. to teach at KEMPS. We have been sending teachers to KEMPS since 2001for 18 years now!

Other projects our synod has supported over the years include:

  • Rebuilding churches after they were set on fire
  • Providing funds to rebuild, after an earthquake did much damage in Bukoba
  • Awarding scholarships to children who would not otherwise be able to go to school
  • Replacing the bus that transported children to and from KEMPS
  • Building dormitories, classrooms and a dining hall at KEMPS
  • Providing support for HUYAWA—a program that cares for women and children affected by HIV-AIDS.
  • Raising money to fight Malaria and support the ELCA program to combat malaria in Africa

The covenant from 1998 states that the MNYS and the NWD commit themselves to:
  • Praying for, witnessing to, and encouraging one another, as both bodies seek to serve Christ in our localities
  • Learning more about one another, as friends, partners and fellow members of the one body of Christ
  • Sharing our struggles, challenges, joys and new possibilities for the mutual upbuilding of the People of God
  • Providing opportunities for mutual exchange of lay people, clergy and judicatory staff, in order for us to sincerely learn to know one another as friends and Christians.

And, especially, expand our understanding that the body of Christ has no geographical boundaries, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or socio-economic status, and seeks mutuality among partners.
2018 Mission Support
The mission support of our congregations makes it possible for us to walk together with others in the mission and ministry of the Metropolitan New York Synod and to support ministries of the ELCA. 

All mission support for the fiscal year 2018 (ending on January 31, 2019), should be received in the synod office by February 8, 2019.
By The Rev. Margay Jo Whitlock , member of our Tanzania Companionship Committee

August 2018. I am with the synod Delegation in Bukoba, Tanzania. We are there to see with our own eyes the ministry our Companionship Diocese is doing in the North Western Diocese. We are especially keen to visit Kibeta English Medium Primary School, KEMPS, for short. 

KEMPS is the school for which the Metro New York Synod created an endowment over a decade ago. The income from the endowment funds our Synod’s sponsorship of an English-speaking teacher. Several of the previous teachers we have sponsored now serve on our Tanzania Companionship Committee.  

As we arrived at the school, the students were lined up on both sides of the road, singing IN ENGLISH, “This is the day that the Lord has made.” After welcoming us in song, they toured us around the campus. We saw the dorms, the classrooms, and eventually all assembled in the auditorium. Each “standard” (we would say each “grade” or “class”) presented something to show their learning. It was heartwarming to see the level of accomplishment they achieve with so few resources. This was topped off with an excellent dinner.  

The high point for me was visiting with Melanie Nelson, our teacher whom I had recruited the summer before. I had met Teacher Melanie at a Fourth of July party. “ And what do you do?” I said, by way of conversation.  
"I’m a retired teacher,” she replied.  
Do you want to go to Tanzania?” I asked. (Our committee was looking for someone.)  
Melanie’s eyes got very wide. “ How did you know?” she said.  

It was a Holy Spirit moment.  
It was a Mission in Action moment.
Or as my Grandmother was fond of saying, “God moves in mysterious ways, their wonders to perform.”  
Make a Pledge!
In 2019 , the Metropolitan New York Synod will send 52% of what is received for mission support to the ELCA Churchwide administration in Chicago, which supports new congregations, missionaries, seminaries, colleges, universities, campus ministries, early childhood centers, elementary schools, outdoor ministries, social ministry organizations, advocacy, and community development on a national scale.
Partnership dollars come back to synods and congregations from the ELCA via grants, services, programs, staff, and resources. All mission support, including subsidized congregations, is a sign of our partnership in the Gospel.

In addition to helping us stay connected, completing this form makes your congregation eligible for synod grants.
Dear Pastor, Parish Officer or Parish Administrator:
In the coming days, your congregation will receive a number of our new “2018 Stories from Our Synod” magazine. We invite you to include them in your worship bulletins and talk about the wonderful things happening in our synod. If you need more units, please let us know by sending an email to info@mnys.org .  

God bless you for your help in allowing us to be Church Together!
The Meaning of Christmas 
MNYS' very own Pastor Heidi Neumark, along with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Michael Curry, will be discussing the meaning of Christmas with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, on their Christmas morning show.

An edition not to be missed!!
TODAY! Trinity Lutheran Church
Astoria/ Long Island City
Saturday, December 22
11:00 am

Experience a traditional Christmas service that reflects the origins of our church, in German. Preached and presided by The Rev. Ulf Lunow. All are Welcome!
For more information, click here
St. Peter's Church, Manhattan
Monday, December 24
5:00 pm

Enjoy one of the highlights of the year! Hear the Saint Peter's Choir and Orchestra. Christmas carols and a luminous baroque ballet performance will be part of this Christmas celebration!
Reserve tickets in advance by making a small donation, here
Trinity Lutheran Church, Astoria/LIC
Sunday, January 6
10:30 am

A service reflecting the heritage of the Trinity Family with Día de los Tres Reyes Magos. Don't miss out on the fun—you are welcome to join in! Also, special Latin food during fellowship. For more information, click here
Jehu's Table, Brooklyn
Sunday, January 13
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You are cordially invited to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemoration. With fellowship afterward. Hosted by MNYS African Descent Lutheran Association.
For more information, click here
Calvary Lutheran Church
Monday, January 21
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Suffolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents Deanna Witkowski, an award-winning pianist/composer, who will be offering this workshop. For more information, click here
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, Manhattan
Friday, February 22

Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education's annual Trivia Night fundraiser for The Vine NYC Campus Ministry Network will be here before we know it! A fun, festive night and a great way to support campus ministry. For more information, click here
OUTREACH COORDINATOR: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Port Jefferson Station—more information here ▶︎
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rocky Point—more information here  ▶︎

––––– CALENDAR –––––
JANUARY 7: FMC Meeting —more information here ▶︎
JANUARY 10: MNYS Executive Committee Meeting—more information here ▶︎

The family and friends of The Rev. Mercedes Wantaug Browne, who died in Christ on December 10, 2018
Victims of the California wildfires
• The asylum seekers who are waiting to be processed at our southern border
 For our work toward shaping a more inclusive church, which welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our  LGBTQIA+ brothers, sisters, and siblings 
 For refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers, and those who come to their aid
 Those affected by violence in their schools, workplaces, and homes 
 The unity of this church and its mission
 Peace in our world
 Peace in our nation
 The care of God's creation 
 ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission, Jacon Shelor, serving in South Africa & Swaziland
ELCA missionary Mary Jo Maass, serving in Tanzania
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop Dr. S. John Roth, the staff, and the people of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod