Our prayers are with Pastor Craig Moorman and all those who are providing leadership for and participating in City Mission 2023, a multi-generational, multi-denominational outreach effort into the inner city of Baltimore organized and hosted by River’s Edge Ministries (REM) of Mt. Airy, Maryland. Craig is an NALC/LCMC pastor and also a member of the board of Lutheran CORE.
Since 2014 REM has been coordinating these outreach ministries into the inner city. One of the participants has described them as “a raw and unfiltered experience of what it means to be the church.” River’s Edge describes them as “calling on the Church to be His Church” and giving the people of God an opportunity to live “a Christ-centered life through meaningful worship, community building, and missional outreach.”
River’s Edge has been coordinating another kind of mission effort – Cross Country Mission – since 2005, when a group of followers of Jesus traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Since then Cross Country Mission groups have traveled to various parts of the country to bring relief, help, and encouragement to people whose lives and livelihoods have been battered by hurricanes, floods, and the other storms of life. This past January a group went to Pine Island, Florida to help the victims of Hurricane Ian rebuild their lives. It was a great privilege for Lutheran CORE to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Cross Country Mission. Here is a link to the articles in the March issue of CORE Voice, which told about this effort.
The dates for City Mission 2023 Baltimore and Beyond are May 17-21; service days (excluding set-up) are May 18-20. Please be praying for this effort. Here is a link to a video that will tell you more. For more information you can also go to the website for River’s Edge Ministries. We encourage you to gather a group from your church to go next year.