Michigan District Deaf Ministry

Michigan District Deaf Ministry got together 25 Deaf Lutherans and friends from around the state for a Deaf Christmas weekend December 10-12. It began at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth with dinner and then evening prayer at St Lorenz Lutheran school chapel.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City welcomed all of us to join their Deaf members for Sunday service and Bible Study. A great highlight was the Deaf Christmas wine tasting and food pairing hosted by Soul Squeeze Cellars and Good Friend Ministries at the Grey Hare Inn on Old Mission Peninsula. What a wonderful weekend full of Wine and the Word! What a great way to welcome the Christ Child who came to dwell among us as God our Savior!


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St Lorenz, Mission Festival 2021

Michigan District Lutherans have joined St Lorenz, Frankenmuth for their annual Mission Festival and outdoor worship for 19 years. This year was the most well attended. Nearly 50 Deaf Lutherans and friends came out for the event.

Each year Ephphatha hosts the Mission Festival in Frankenmuth for the deaf community.  The festival consists of outside worship at the St Lorenz, Frankenmuth Church Grove, followed by a BBQ  Lunch.  After lunch there is a special presentation. This is a great opportunity which provides resources and community-building for those working with the Deaf.


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  • This year was the most well attended. Nearly 50 Deaf Lutherans and friends came out for the event

Family Matters Workshop in Lansing

Family Matters Workshop

On Saturday March 16, 2019 Deaconess Diana Rice from St. Martin and ELMS, attended the Family Matters Workshop at Lansing Community College (sponsored by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Hand and Voices) . This one-day workshop was created for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families. What a great event for all who attended.

Tutoring Program

This past summer Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society started a tutoring center for children in the Deaf community that will give them an opportunity for one on one teaching in American Sign Language throughout the year. So far there are 4 children and two lead teachers, one Deaf Education Certified teacher and one ASL Teacher who is part of the Deaf community herself. It is our hope to build this program and spread it further into the Detroit area in order to assist the Detroit public school system currently serving the Deaf community. Our tutoring center is located inside Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School 800 S Military St, Dearborn, MI.