Scouts receive God and Church Awards

This article is taken from Savannah Now:

Brother Albert Hill presents God and Church Awards to Life Scout Alex Jonas and Life Scout Johnathan Collins.

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Two Boy Scouts from the Coastal Empire Council Troop 691 received their God and Church Award in a ceremony Nov. 15 at Faulkville Baptist Church.

Life Scout Alex Jonas and Life Scout Johnathan Collins, both of the Marlow area of Effingham County, received their certificates and medals from Brother Albert Hill, the preacher of Faulkville Baptist Church.

Troop 691 is in the Ogeechee District and meets at Zion Lutheran Church at Ga. 17 and Ga. 30 on Thursday nights.

Scoutmaster Norman Munthe explains: “A Scout is reverent, and all Scouts show this by being faithful in their duty to God. Some go further and give special service.”

Jonathan and Alex worked many weeks with Hill. They had to study the Bible, write essays and fulfill other requirements to qualify them for the religious emblem.

Alex has in the past earned his God and Me (Cub Scout) and God and Family (Webelo Scout) awards.

A variety of religious-emblems programs are used by the Boy Scouts to encourage youth to learn about their faith and to recognize adults who provide significant service to youth in a religious environment. These religious programs are created, administered and awarded by the various religious groups, not the Boy Scouts, but each program must be recognized by the Boy Scouts.

Since 1926, Boy Scouts have been earning these emblems. Today, there are more than 35 religious groups represented by more than 75 recognized emblems.


A Thank You from Bishop H. Julian Gordy

December 4, 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During my recent trip to Effingham County, I was very pleased to learn some of the details of your significant support of the Lutheran Mission of Abundant Life in Pooler, Georgia. Since the mission began, your support and partnership have been instrumental to the Gospel work of that developing congregation. …

Pr. Seth Bridger is convinced that Abundant Life would not have developed to the current point of health and vitality that it now embodies without your willingness to serve as the Sponsoring Congregation and Fiscal Agent. …

On behalf of our Southeastern Synod and the ELCA, I take this opportunity to express gratitude for your good work. I especially thank two persons who have served faithfully as liaisons with Abundant Life: Mr. Joe Studier, for his willingness in serving as the first Treasurer of the Pooler Mission and Mr. Thomas Kessler, Treasurer of Zion Lutheran, for his instrumental role and integrity.

Thanks to the entire Zion congregation for your active mission partnership with Abundant Life. May God continue to bless the good work you do in Jesus’ name.

Very sincerely,

+ H. Julian Gordy
ELCA Southeastern Synod