Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
All Inclusive Congregation
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church makes every effort
possible to ensure that anyone who has a disability can be included in all
aspects of congregational life. We provide the resources and assistance
necessary to ensure that no disability hinders peoples ability to
experience all of the benefits and joy of participating in the church.
Pews modified for wheelchairs
Elevator to all floor levels
Braille worship materials
(please call the church office)
Church Newsletter* (please
call the church office)
Gluten Free Communion Host* (please
call the church office) , Wine and Grape
juice offered at communion at all Sunday services.
* With advanced notice. Please
call the Church Office (518 393-5031) to inquire about other adaptive needs.
Our Redeemer Wins Honorable Mention award
ELCA Congregations Win Accessibility
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Christ
Lutheran Church, Aptos, Calif., and Saron Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wis.,
are the winners of the 2006 Disability Ministries Accessibility Awards. The
award is given annually to congregations of the ELCA that display commitment
to providing care and concern among people who are living with disabilities.
This year two awards were given -- one to a church with more than 300 members
(Saron) and another to a church with less than 300 members (Christ).
Each winner received a grant of $1,000 from the ELCA Mission Investment Fund
and the National Organization on Disability, and a plaque from ELCA Disability
Ministries through ELCA Vocation and Education.
Four congregations -- two with 300 or less members and two with more than
300 members -- earned an "honorable mention" and received $250.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Garland, Texas, and Beckville Lutheran Church,
Litchfield, Minn., each with a membership of less than 300, received honorable
mentions. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Scotia, N.Y.,
and Augustana Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N.D., each with a membership of
more than 300, received honorable mentions.
Applications are judged by a selection committee made up of people from program
and service units in the churchwide organization. The congregations are judged
in three areas: physical accessibility, outreach in the community to people
with disabilities, and inclusion of people with disabilities in the life and
worship of the congregation, according to Jonathan Vehar, intern for Disability
Ministries, ELCA Vocation and Education.
"The award money was given by the ELCA Mission Investment Fund and the
National Organization on Disability through their Partnership Program sponsored
by Wal-Mart," said Vehar. For information about ELCA Disability Ministries
is at http://www.ELCA.org/disability
on the ELCA Web site.
For information contact:
John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or firstname.lastname@example.org