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Mission Partner 100

MP100 Appeal, Fall 2022: St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pompano Beach

St. Stephen in Pompano Beach will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2024 and is preparing to begin the next chapter with renewed passion and vision.  In the time immediately before COVID, the congregation reaffirmed our purpose of “Encouraging and strengthening faith in Jesus and sharing the joy of God’s love.”  We need to get out the word about what God is doing at St. Stephen Church!

  • The Holy Grill – A thriving ministry with the homeless and working poor of the community, in partnership with the local Episcopal church
  • Volunteers serve meals on Wednesdays along with providing a significant clothing pantry, mail services for about 45 individuals, and emergency assistance and bus passes.
  • Stephen hosts Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center, offering infant day care through afterschool programs in the education wing for community children.
  • In partnership with the Office of the Bishop and Broward-Bahamas Conference, six months ago the church began San Esteban—a Latino outreach, led by Pr. Oscar Restrepo, worshipping in the sanctuary each Friday evening.
  • Stephen is home to three large AA groups, a weekly community service quilting group called Threads of Love, and will sponsor community events this fall such as Yoga for Seniors.
  • Weekly bible study is open to the community.

The church is situated in a high visibility and traffic location on the 14th Street Causeway on the way to the barrier island and beach. The large street sign monument is now 47 years old and literally falling apart. St. Stephen’s mission plan includes replacing the aging sign with a contemporary new two-sided monument and LED sign. Such a sign will cost about $50,000 to fabricate and install.

Help us achieve the goal of getting this sign replaced to make a clear statement to the community that St. Stephen is a vital place engaged in God’s work in multiple ways in the Pompano Beach community.

Your Mission Partner 100 gift will help us announce in an eye-catching way that St Stephen is engaged vibrantly in encouraging God’s people, strengthening faith, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all as we strive to make a difference with the gospel in Pompano Beach.

Mission Partner 100 (MP100) FAQs

What is MP100?
MP100 is a synod campaign that invites donors to support specific projects for congregations designated by the Office of the Bishop.  MP100 recipients are often congregations that have a specific construction or facility need related to their ministry priorities and vision for mission.  The vision of MP100 is that if a large group of donors contribute $100 each, the funding available for specific projects increases.  MP100 is an example of how we can be ‘church together for the sake of the world’ as the Florida-Bahamas Synod.

How do I contribute?
You can send in a donation to the synod office designated for “MP100”.  You can also designate your electronic gift for MP100 through the “Give Now” link on the home page of the web site.

How are recipients chosen?
Each year, MP100 recipients are chosen in consultation between the Directors for Evangelical Mission and the Bishop.  The recipient (congregation) is invited to submit a brief description of the target project that is then shared with the donor list.

How do I get onto the donor list?
You may send a note to Yuliet Garcia, Administrative Assistant to the DEMs (yulietg@fbsynod.org), to request an MP100 letter.  When you make a donation to MP100, you are automatically added to the list for following years.

Over the years, Mission Partners 100 program has been able to make a difference in our congregations and new developments of the Florida-Bahamas Synod.  Over the last two years these congregations have benefitted from this wonderful program, and a total of $45,113.48 has been raised:

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pensacola – New church sign.
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Jacksonville – Repairing of the facilities & expansion of the food pantry.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tampa – Repair & renovation of main entrance and bathrooms.
  • The Community, ELCA, Babcock Ranch – Worshipping community building.

Many Ways to Give

First, please give your prayer support, and then select which option works best for you.

Over the years Mission Partners 100 has expanded to include opportunities to give in addition to the central and primary $100 gift for those looking to empower mission development further in special circumstances called Mission Partners Plus.

Through Mission Partners Plus you can provide a second $100 gift:

  • To the Mission Partner 100 current appeal!
  • Other Developing Ministries
  • For Multi-Cultural Development

Go to https://fbsynod.com/ and click “Give Now!”. Designate your gift to one of the 3 MP100 categories:

  1. MP100 Current Appeal (provides support for specific project identified)
  2. MP100 Multicultural Development (provides support for any multicultural development ministry)
  3. MP100 Mission Development (provides support for any mission development ministry)

SPREAD the word about MP100 in your congregation:  Speakers are available to come to your congregation and tell the Mission Partners 100 story and invite individuals from your congregation to become partners.  E-mail Yuliet Garcia at yulietg@fbsynod.org about your interest to schedule.