Our Rejoicing Spirits team at Grace Lutheran Church in Hockessin, Delaware has been together for about six years, and during that time we’ve seen positive changes in the people who come to worship with us. Most of our guests are residents of Mosaic homes, but there are a few who live at home with their families. Everyone is welcome, and I do want to emphasize “everyone.”


Rejoicing Spirits services in San Angelo, Texas are always special, but the monthly service in December provided a glimpse of the original vision the founders likely had for the ministry.


Greetings, Rejoicers!

As you are reading this letter, we are probably well into the New Year. Christmas will be a warm memory, and maybe already a bit of a blur. New Year’s resolutions will have been made, and perhaps some of them already discarded.

So, instead – let’s think about Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day? Yes; the day goes back to German settlers in Pennsylvania who thought it would make a fine observance of their Candlemas tradition.


Thank you for expressing concern for the spiritual life of all people.

Thank you for modeling community that welcomes and does not exclude.

Thank you for being the body of Christ for the sake of the world.

Thank you for being a Rejoicing Spirits church.

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities during the recent legislative health care debates.

Because it makes a great difference!


October is Clergy Appreciation Month. This is a great opportunity to recognize the ministry of local clergy and the difference they make in the lives of people with disabilities. Below are some suggested activities:

  • Appreciation lunch or dinner
  • Card shower
  • Flowers or chocolates
  • Offer to clean their office
  • Letter to local newspaper
  • Letter to church council or bulletin announcement
  • Gifts of time and resources

Because of your calls, messages, prayers and efforts, Medicaid for people with disabilities remains safe.

Early this summer, the U.S. Senate failed to advance legislation that would have repealed provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which would have negatively impacted people with disabilities.

Your voice was heard. Your voice matters. You made a positive difference.


By Pam Abbott

My sister Laurie was born with Down Syndrome and has an intellectual disability. Laurie and I are 15 months apart in age; we have lived apart for most of our lives so we never attended church or had the opportunity to worship together. That is until four years ago, when we went to our first Rejoicing Spirits Service at the Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester.

As the Medicaid debates are waged in legislative chambers, Mosaic and Rejoicing Spirits call congregations and faith communities to prayer. We seek God’s guidance for our leaders so that decisions made do not damage people with disabilities. We ask that God would awaken our commitment for the good of all and that we, as a society, would pursue justice.

This is a season of light. As the days get longer and the sun rises almost imperceptibly earlier in our daily routines, we celebrate the Great Light seen by the people who walked in darkness, the Light that lightens  the nations.

Our Sunday morning Gospel lessons reflect that theme, and all the new beginnings that accompany it—John crying out in the wilderness, baptism, temptations in the wilderness, and ultimately calling the disciples.


March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to recognize and celebrate people with disabilities as valuable, contributing members of our community and who have much to offer.

People with developmental disabilities have proven to be reliable workers and excellent volunteers, capable of meeting or exceeding expectations and standards. Thanks to organizations like Mosaic, people with disabilities are leading richer, more fulfilling lives.