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The Sower’s Project is an initiative of Lutheran churches in the Metropolitan New York Synod to seed grassroots ministries in our communities, and encourage them to grow and thrive. Anyone may nominate a community where they think a new ministry is needed or a leader equipped to "sow" a new ministry. And if you’ve got an idea for a ministry idea that you want to try, you can nominate yourself! What matters is finding ways to share the gospel with people who aren’t currently hearing it. Initial "Seed" grants of up to $10,000 will be given for pilot projects with a scope of 6-12 months.

For more information, visit www.sowersproject.mnys.org.

Current Seeds

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Hudson Valley Cooperative

This Sower's Grant will create a ministry of Word in Action focused on faith, food, and community. The Hudson Valley Cooperative intends to create a regional gathering of people from multiple worshipping communities, including people without a regular worshipping community, for Word in Action events, including food-based advocacy, environmental and land-use activism, food and faith pilgrimages, and service projects.  

Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis' letter on Climate Change

This is a four week educational resource that is intended for adult education in churches fro HVC: 

Week 1: Introduction: climate change and faith

Week 2: Claimed by God, claiming our calling

Week 3: Gathered into an integral ecology

Week 4: Sent: Eco-reformation

sowersproject"Yes" Faith Community at Clash House

This Sower's Grant is looking to create a group of worshippers of diverse faith who come together in Jesus’ name to share in the healing of improvisation and fellowship. It is located at Clash House, a space in Prospect Heights where the arts and creativity gather to celebrate the convergence of multiple styles. This includes a vision of weekly faith gatherings, both structured and free-form; monthly spirit meetings focused on both spiritual nourishment and group encouragement; seasonal tent-pole festivals to draw on partnerships and member contributions; healing arcades as holistic, art-based therapeutic events; and paint nights topromote the creative craft of visual arts collaboratively.

sowersprojectAfter School Bible Club

Pairing with Grace, Uniondale, this Sower's project is creating an after-school Bible club, Monday through Friday. Uniondale boasts significant Latino and Haitian populations, some with limited English skills. This program will provide children with homework help, musical and art activities, and Bible study. 

sowersprojectRejoicing Spirits

Grace, Uniondale is creating a monthly worship service and fellowship time for children and young adults with special needs, and their families. It works to provide meaningful, inclusive worship in a loving and supportive

community. Attendees are free to bethemselves while actively participating as contributing members in a faith community.

sowersprojectLong Island Latino Ministry

Ascension Lutheran Church in Deer Park, Long Island, maintains a thriving Latino ministry. This Sower's Grant looks to pair with Trinity Lutheran Church in Wyandanch, Long Island, to expand the current ministry to meet the rapidly growing Latino population near Trinity. Before the grant was awarded, this project began with Pastor Rainis conducting a Spanish-language liturgy Sunday afternoons, assisted by Deacon Avila and musician Leo Avila.

sowersprojectChildren's Theatre Program

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Bronx is creating a children's theatre program to serve English and Spanish speaking youth in the South Bronx. The theatre aims to teach reading and public speaking while building confidence. Youth will perform Bible stories, empowering them to take charge of their future and be leaders in the community with a Christian conscience. 

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After School and Vacation Program

Through St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the Bronx, Lambert Joseph will be creating an after school and vacation music program in Parkchester, Bronx. The goal is to provide a creative outlet for children and teenagers with lessons in guitar, piano, clarinet, steel drum, voice, and other instruments. High school and college students will be involved in providing homework help throughout. 

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Expressive Art Nights

Expressive Art Nights will be in a newly formed art gallery with neutral community space. The project will aim to reconnect participants with their own faith roots, or to establish new roots, through the practice of mandalas, along with brief teaching, group conversation and support, and readings from Scripture, poets, and musicians. These Expressive Art Nights newsowersgrantin16will incorproate the faith and traditions of the Lutheran Church in order to help participants mark their own spiritual journeys. 

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Arts Based Summer Camp

Working in conjunction with Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz, and its congregational leaders, this arts based summer camp will begin with a week-long pilot in the summer of 2016. The camp will be targeted at the "spiritual but not religious" populations of the Hudson Valley, and more specifically the greater New Paltz area. Although it will not require specific adherence to dogma or long-term commitment, the camp will nevertheless newsowersgrantin16incorporate exploration of faith and God. It will seek to use the arts actively as a zone in which to convene for faith exploration.

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Immigration and Community Resource Center

newsowersgrantin16Christ/Cristo, Freeport will provide assistance with immigration issues and community resources a new center. This center will provide assistance to the low-income and English-limited immigrant community, who are often underserved and/or marginalized. The ministry is envisioned to help with immigration issues, ESL, and securing community resources, including housing and employment. Christ Lutheran in Freeport will house this ministry, which will encompass and build upon Christ Lutheran’s existing ESL program.

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Art of Life, St. John's Presents, and Theatre 2017

newsowersgrantin16This is a performance-related outreach ministry, tentatively encompassing St. John’s Presents (a concert series featuring emerging artists with their won following); Art of Life (a liturgy that seeks to reach out to artists of various media, to community members who may feel stifled by traditional liturgy, and, in conjunction with The Vine, to NYU students); and Theatre 2017 (which will work with theatre professionals to produce events that invite patrons and fellow artists to encounter Lutheran theology in a new way).