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.
Our six Lutheran Pantries in Reading are feeding more than 4,000 people monthly! These pantries are located at Incarnation, St. Paul's, Hope, St. John's Reading, Christ Glenside, and Bethany West Reading. They are supported through the benevolence of our WBMD congregations. Many congregations also participate in their local community pantries as well.
About 20 youth and their advisors participated in the WBMD Youth Event held at Robeson Lutheran in February 2018.
The spring Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser provided a fun activity for folks of all ages and the money raise supports WBMD youth ministry programs. 14 churches participated and raised over $1,900.
101 people enjoyed our Lenten Prayer Breakfast a the Inn at Reading with guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Michael Bennethum of the PA Northeast Synod.
44 Parish Professionals from across the WBMD enjoyed an Appreciation Luncheon at the historic Buca di Beppo.
WBMD again partnered with Bear Creek Camp to provide a week of Summer Day Camp in 2018 for 46 children. The youth thoroughly enjoyed their time there.
23 children participated in the 4th annual Music Camp hosted by Trinity Lutheran in Wernersville. The kids learned and performed ""the Power of Love".
Facilitated the resettling of the Johnson-Agiri family from Nigeria after their release from the local Detention Center, the family is in the asylum process and with a hearing scheduled for Oct. 8, 2018. The father is now working full time at DEKA.
WBMD is the sponsoring organization of the Reading Berks CROP Walk which has raised over a million dollars in our 37 year history to fight hunger locally and around the world. We raised $25,972 in 2018.
Table Talk III was offered in October as a learning opportunity for our members. 2018 speaker was G. Travis Woodfield on the topic, Embracing Fractured Stained Glass: Death and Life in Churches, which focused on using a hospice model to help struggling churches.
WBMD continued our partnership with the Greater Reading Immigration Project to provide education about immigration issues through an annual Immigration Summit and raised money for the Dreamer Scholarship Fund for DACA and undocumented students.
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, Camp Noah and for the GRIP Summit.