FARMINGTON — The Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry honored Lisa Park Laflin on Thursday with its 2013 Salt and Light Award.

The award was given during FAEM’s annual meeting at Trinity United Methodist Church.  

Laflin, director of the United Way of  the Tri-Valley Area, was acknowledged for being a community partner who helps the group of area churches do ministry, the Rev. Susan Crane said while presenting the award.

“Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” Crane said of the good works done to glorify the Father.

Six years ago, when she first joined the United Way, she presented the United Way Community Impact Award to Crane, Laflin told the group.

Inspired by the members of FAEM, not only in her personal faith journey but her professional work, Laflin nurtured the relationship with FAEM. 

Now, the United Way helps support two FAEM programs: the Care and Share Food Closet and the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund.

The partnership is also one of communication, she said.

“We share similar challenges and difficulties,” she said. “But I believe if we collaborate, then more can be done.”

Representatives from area churches work together on programs and worship services to minister to people in Franklin County. Along with the United Way, they partner with Western Maine Community Action.

“Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry is a community of Christian Churches gathered to respond to Jesus Christ’s call to take the good news of God’s love into all of society,” its website states. “FAEM offers several ecumenical worship experiences each year and four unique ministries to respond to the social, physical and spiritual needs of the people of Franklin County.”

The ecumenical group was started in 1980 to foster a cooperative religious spirit in the community, according to the website.

The group now focuses on four main ministries, the Care and Share Food Closet, the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund, a Housing Assistance Fund and the Farmington Warming Center.

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