The WBMD office serves as a central communication hub and resource center. We maintain a web site for WBMD congregations to find and/or advertise events or open positions. WBMD laptop computer and projector are available to borrow for special occasions. WMBD provides color copy service to our congregations at minimal cost.
Our eight Lutheran Pantries are feeding more than 4,300 people monthly! These pantries are located at Incarnation, St. Paul's, Hope, St. Luke's, St. John's Reading, Christ Glenside, and Bethany West Reading and Grace Shillington. They are supported through the benevolence of our 43 WBMD congregations. Many congregations also participate in their local community pantries as well.
About 45 youth and their advisors participated in the WBMD Youth Event held at Good Shepherd in February 2017.
127 people enjoyed our Lenten Prayer Breakfast a the Inn at Reading with guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Michael Bennethum of the PA Northeast Synod.
50 Parish Professionals from across the WBMD enjoyed an Appreciation Luncheon at the historic Reading Country Club.
Our 2016 summer programming for children, was held in July. It offered Bible stories, crafts, games and swimming at French Creek State Park.
36 children participated in the 4th annual Music Camp hosted by Christ Reading. The kids learned and performed "One World Our Home in Perfect Harmony'>
At our Fall Assembly, we heard personal stories from local undocumented youth who received help through GRIP Dreamer Scholarships to attend college. We raised $1500 in funds in support of the Hope's Table and Common Ground Recovery.
In October, over $35,000 was raised from the CROP Walk to feed the hungry, both worldwide and locally. Over 400 people participated.
WBMD Director attends meetings of the Clusters and retired Pastors to maintain communications with district Pastors. She also helps coordinate meetings of Rostered Leaders throughout the year.
WMBD newsletters are published throughout the year to let congregations know about WBMD activities and how their benevolence dollars are at work in our community.
Continued financial support to Family Promise of Berks County's Program for homeless families with children. Many of our congregations participate as hosts or partners in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, providing safe shelter and meals for the guest families in the program.
Provide bookkeeping service for the Hospital Visitor Program, for the Reading Lutheran Parish, and for the GRIP Summit.