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Carroll Lutheran Village honors volunteer program Partners in Ministry cited for in-home work


The Carroll Lutheran Village Retirement Community in Westminster has honored the founders of Partners in Ministry, a volunteer program that provides in-home support and respite for more than a dozen families throughout Carroll County.

"Carroll Lutheran Village spotlighted Partners in Ministry because of its demonstrated cooperation among community, congregation and the village," said Lexi Schafer, volunteer coordinator at the village.

"The ministry's care teams volunteer their time to visit shut-ins, drive the sick and disabled to doctors, deliver groceries or prepare meals," she said.

An awards program honored the ministry, which is composed of members of the Westminster Conference of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The event was dedicated to the memory of Doris Christensen, a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster, who established Table of Grace, a soup-kitchen ministry.

Honored during the May 3 ceremony were:

The Rev. Richard Michael and Ruth Rabenold of St. James Lutheran Church in Union Bridge.

The Rev. John Douglas, Charles Barnhart, Carleen Skiles and Marcia Baker of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown.

The Rev. Darrell Layman and his wife, Mary; Kathleen Devilbiss, Steve Beall, Nancy Harter, Charles and Nancy Parrish, Lyndale Brandon and Betty Kestler of St. Luke Lutheran Church in New Windsor.

The Rev. Charles Marshall of St. Paul's Evangelical Church in Taneytown and Mount Joy Lutheran in Barlow, Pa.

"I have become much more aware of people who need us," said Nancy Parrish. "Our presence alone means a great deal to [others]."

While the churches provide volunteers, Carroll Lutheran Village trains them.

Also honored during the ceremony was Kathryn Sieverts, the "Quilt Lady" of St. Marks Lutheran Church in Hampstead, who makes quilts for those in need.

The village, which opened in 1980, has 48 cottages and 208 apartments for independent living, with a 99-bed health-care center. The complex is on 84 acres off Route 31 in Westminster.

The village was founded by 28 congregations of the Westminster Conference of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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