This week the EMC welcomed groups from the Diocese of Virginia and Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, MD (Diocese of Washington)! This session was especially unique because these groups have been coming to the EMC for our summer experience for five years! They have built special relationships with each other and with us, and we were excited to welcome them back!
This group of 27 youth and 6 adult leaders blew us away this week with their passion for missional living and eagerness share and experience God's love with all whom they met. From projects as huge as packing 8,500 pounds of meat at a food bank to simple acts like coloring with children at day camp, our missioners opened themselves up in ways that laid foundations for new relationships and strengthened old ones. We experienced their outpouring of compassion and understanding, and we're excited to see how they expand their missional living beyond their time with the EMC.
It has been an amazing summer so far, and each of our groups have brought so many unique talents and perspectives to our summer experience. Next week we will wrap up with our final group for the summer, and we look forward to celebrating the blessings of the past several weeks and praying for the year ahead!
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you for your radical hospitality!
Gwynedd Mercy University
Thank you for your hospitality in hosting students from Gwynedd Mercy and Alvernia University during their Alternative Break with the Interfaith Center. The facility was wonderful. We held several of our workshops there in your comfortable space. What an ideal setting! The students especially appreciated participating in your mass as getting a personal orientation from Rev Morris and such a warm welcome from your parishioners.
With much appreciation for all you do,
“Right now, my group is rating our experience as the best mission they've ever been a part of. The orientation and subsequent building of relationships with kids in the community broke down their racial and urban stereotypes. Most importantly, every one of them experienced a deepening of their faith in God, and tangible understanding of how that faith works itself out in mission and issues of social justice. We will definitely be coming back!”
— Rev. Jane Cornman, St. Mary’s Church, Wayne, PA