In response to God's love and grace in Jesus Christ, the SEED Program assesses our children's spirituality and engages children, staff and volunteers in developing spirit-filled lives, bringing healing and growth according to His grace. Lutheran Child and Family Services seeks to provide each of our clients, as well as staff and volunteers, with the resources they require to deepen their religious and spiritual lives and to discover who they are. Upon arrival, each child is assessed to gauge their interest or relationship with whichever higher power they revere. Though we are a faith-based organization, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, we believe in and are committed to the freedom of expression and worship for each and every one with and for whom we work.
In the past forty years or so, a substantial amount of research has shown that there exists an empirical link between religion and mental and physical health. In fact, multiple studies have suggested that people who perceive closeness to a just and benevolent God experience less depression and higher self-esteem, less loneliness and greater relational maturity, as well as greater capacity for dealing with stress. The SEED program seeks to deepen our children's spiritual experience and to use spirituality as a tool and avenue for healing.
Since the seventh century, stained glass has been used in church windows to illustrate Biblical themes and to teach Bible stories to new generations, the way Veggietales teaches Biblical themes and Bible stories to kids today. If you, like me, grew up in an old church, then you may remember gazing up at stained glass windows during long sermons on hot summer Sunday mornings. In our efforts to engage the children of Lutherwood in the Word of God, we have to give them something which brought wonder and intrigue to so many people who grew up in the Church. The SEED Committee worked with The Center for Liturgical Arts at Concordia University, Nebraska to design a Stained Glass installation for the Lutherwood Chapel. For an inside look at all of their projects, check out the Center for Liturgical Arts on Facebook and Instagram! On April 13th, 2019, we celebrated and dedicated the installation during a special service. Check out photos from the process from start to finish below!
In His Service,
Brady Gurganious, Spiritual Life Leader