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ELMS Welcomes Deaconess Kaitlin Jandereski

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It is with great joy that we welcome  Kaitlin Jandereski to Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society.

Kaitlin will be serving as a deaconess intern for us as she continues  her journey toward a lifetime of caring for God’s people with the love of Christ.

Kaitlin earned her bachelor's of science in journalism at Central Michigan University and continued her education as Master of Arts student in the deaconess program at Concordia Theological Seminary  in Fort Wayne Indiana.

Kaitlin will work closely with ELMS and continue to work with the deaf & hard of hearing in teaching, church interpreting and as a representative for the organization, and in other ways as needed.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’” (Isaiah 6:8 ESV).

 

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Our Savior Lutheran Church welcomes 5 new deaf members

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Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan has been serving Deaf people in their community for several decades. This past Advent, 5 new members completed their study of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, were confirmed and joined the church. Pictured are Pastor Christopher Thoma of Our Savior, 4 of the 5 new Deaf members and Pastor Thomas Dunseth. Dunseth serves as missionary to the Deaf community for the Michigan District, LCMS, but also supports English District congregations.

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CTSFW Interpreted Service

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As part of ELMS's outreach Pastor's Brant A. Engel and Thomas W. Dunseth take turns traveling monthly to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana. There they participate in daily chapel by assisting in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are deaf by interpreting the service.    Live streaming is available here.

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Deaf meet at Our Savior Church

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Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan has been serving God’s Deaf people with the Word of God for almost 3 decades. Like many hearing congregations that have a Deaf ministry,
Our Savior’s began when a deaf child was born to one of its families. When the child was young, her mother would interpret for her in church while sitting next to her. Later however, more Deaf people in the community discovered that Our Savior provided access to God’s Word in worship through American Sign Language. It soon became clear that having regular interpreted worship and Deaf Bible study would be necessary.

Currently Our Savior holds weekly Catechism Study and interpreted Lutheran Worship on Wednesday evenings. Pictured are Pastor Thomas Dunseth who is fluent in American Sign Language, and 7 of the 9 members of the Deaf group, among whom are several Lutherans, a few who are studying to become Lutheran, and some new friends.