A highlight of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly in August was the showing of some of the 224 entries in the ELCA video contest, building up to the winners: Prince of Peace Lutheran, La Crescent, Minn., for congregational video, and Eric Mennel, Largo, Fla., in the individual category.
Prince of Peace’s video featured its parish nurse ministry to an original song, “Someday Soon” by member Denine Rood. “It is pretty much the first video our church has ever made,” said Michael J. Woods, pastor.
Ironically, Prince of Peace is fairly “low tech. To show the video to our own congregation we hung a king-sized bed sheet on the wall ... and used a projector the local bank gave us when they upgraded since we borrowed theirs so much,” he said.
Prince of Peace, which will receive a $5,000 ministry grant for its winning video, is known for its community outreach. “One of the guiding questions we ask ourselves is: ‘If our church picked up and moved out of the community, would the community weep?’ ” he said.
Mennel’s “Unconventional” video featured Luther Springs, an ELCA outdoor ministries site in Hawthorne, Fla. The video tells about the week that some 30 foster children come to camp. It specifically mentions a boy who wasn’t into typical camp activities, yet he jumped at the chance to help the maintenance man take out the trash. After a day full of chores, he told the maintenance guy, “This is the best day of my life.”
Mennel receives $2,500.
Runners-up, who receive new camcorders, are Advent Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis., and Mary Fisher, Irvine, Calif.
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