"The Next 50 Years" Campaign

Dear friends,


Thank you for your continued support for Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland! On May 2nd, we celebrated Pastor's Elizabeth Platz's 50 years of ministry here at the University of Maryland. She has continued to faithfully serve this ministry since her retirement three years ago, and Chaplain Emerita Platz is eager to see campus ministry continue growing in the years ahead.

We're using this special opportunity to launch a new campaign for LCM @ UMD, titled “The Next 50 Years.”  Our goal is to raise $150,000 over the next three years to further strengthen campus ministry, as we continue our service to faculty, staff and students at the University. These funds will go toward three important  areas of our ministry:

    - Funding a young adult intern who works with the ministry,

- Building up the endowment, and

        - Supporting our current ministry and programs.

Let me share with you three numbers that illustrate recent mission and outreach activities of LCM @ UMD:

  • 427:   backpacks LCM collected this year, through the support of alumnae/i and area congregations, for children in need in the Langley Park, MD area;
  • 83:   university students who interact with our ministry in a typical week, including through our weekly dinner and worship, a student-led mid-week service, small groups,  graduate student Bible study, and tutoring and mentoring opportunities with elementary school students of the Children At Risk (CARing) Project and En Camino Con La Comunidad in Langley Park;
  • 8:   service learning mission trips undertaken since 2011, including those focused upon issues of race, poverty, homelessness, refugees, and Native American life.

“The Next 50 Years” campaign will enable us to further strengthen Lutheran Campus Ministry as we move into the future. As always, we grateful for your prayers, your continual support, and your generosity.


In Peace,

Pastor Ray Ranker

On behalf of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland, College Park

To join us in our campaign for the next 50 years of campus ministry at the University of Maryland, College Park, and make a secure one time donation, or a monthly or yearly pledge, please click here and follow the instructions. You do not need to create an account.