Sharing Hands Deaf Ministry
St. Matt's is committed to proclaiming God's grace and creating faith community with persons who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Sharing Hands, St. Matt's Deaf ministry, offers safe space, spiritual formation, worship and service to persons who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as family members, friends and allies. Our Deaf ministry is led by Pastor Don Rosenkjar, graduate of Gallaudet University, and long-time advocate for Deaf empowerment in the church and in the world.
The 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month, St. Matt's offers an All-ASL (American Sign Language) worship service for those using the language of the Deaf at 10:30 AM in the Mary Magdalene Chapel. The 1st and 3rd Sundays have ASL-interpreted worship services in the main Sanctuary. During the Spring, in the season of Lent, St. Matt's Deaf community takes "spiritual formation field trips" to different retreat centers, Deaf ministries, and Deaf events in the area. Contact Pastor Don Rosenkjar with questions about our Deaf ministry by e-mailing Donkhai99@aol.com. Please check the church calendar for special events and outings.
National Lutheran and Ecumenical Deaf Ministry
Sharing Hands Deaf Ministry and Pastor Don Rosenkjar are active leaders in the ELCA Lutheran national Deaf ministry, ELDA (Evangelical Lutheran Deaf Association) and founders of a new ecumenical Deaf ministry initiative called ELM--Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist--Deaf Ministry.
St. Matthew's and Sharing Hands will be hosting the next ELM Deaf conference scheduled for July 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about ELDA and ELM, contact Don Rosenkjar by emailing Donkhai99@aol.com.