The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Taking the 'Plunge'

Teens from First Lutheran Church, Blair, Neb., package food at Mission for All Nations, a South Omaha pantry that serves 25,000 people annually—more than any other in the state.

Gabrielle Mommsen (left), Morgan Skeen, Sarah Finken, Mercedes Weise and Erin Ellis did this work earlier in 2008 as part of a three-day immersion in inner-city Omaha life and ministries called Urban Plunge. For many teens and adults, it’s a first-step experience out of their “comfort zones,” said Jill Adams of Christ for the City International, the sponsoring organization. “Also, they learn about their giftedness and passion.” First is one of seven ELCA congregations that have participated in Urban Plunge since 2007.


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