(Congregational Outreach)


Gilead’s new “Caring Connections” committee regards all our members who may need spiritual uplifting at and celebration at one time or another. This service is available to be there for all of us. The Lord cares about each of us and holds us in the palm of his hand to protect us against all types of troubles or praise us for those precious actions one has been given.


A prayer shawl or lap robe ministry is also a part of staying connected to all needing the healing power when we are ill. Our Lord’s presence is there to surround us and keep us warm with the holding power his love and care given when we are in need. This gives the comforting touch when wrapped up with a shawl or a comforting lap robe that’s been made with prayer for individuals who are in need of special care. The Holy Spirit works through us when we use the tools and talents our Lord has given us.


Reaching out to our military veterans and our youth is also a focus of Caring Connections.


Gilead is truly blessed by our members who continually work through his Spirit to help anyone needing care or comfort. Do you care to give a hand? Join with us and stay connected with our members letting God’s work bring pleasure to others.  All members are welcomed as part of the “Caring Connections” where everyone may feel the power of faith move the Spirit from one to another - with love!



                 To our Gilead Military Veterans:


Gilead’s Caring Connections would like to reach out to members of the Gilead community who are veterans. If you’ve served in the U.S. or abroad, combat or non-combat, or have retired, we would like to recognize your service. We’re not asking that you be present at any service or appear before the congregation.   We would just like to know who you are, your branch of service, etc. so we could correspond with you at certain times of the year and just “keep in touch,” and create a list of those who have served in any way.

If you care to reach out to us, please either call or email Eleanor Bode (Chairperson) at 279-9901 or

Eleanor Bode, Chairperson                              

Glenn Hayner                                                                   

Marion Brown

Betty Britt

Sue Alderman

Thank you. And thank YOU for your service to America.

***Please see the "Prayer Shawl Ministry" and "Military Outreach" sub-tabs for details.***

Prayer Shawl/Lap Robe Ministry

What Is a Prayer Shawl?


A prayer shawl is a hand knitted or crocheted shawl or mantle that is given to a person who is ill or going through difficult times as a reminder of God’s constant presence, healing power and unending care and love.


As a shawl is being knitted or crocheted, the recipient is prayed for even though that person may be unknown to the knitter.


The shawls are also prayed over and blessed by the pastor of our church that they might bring warmth and comfort to the recipients, and that they might experience the warmth that comes from spending time with God in prayer.


There is never a charge for a prayer shawl: It is the ministry of Gilead Lutheran Church, Center Brunswick, NY


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