Partnership 4 Hope is a non-profit organization that serves approximately 300 former foster youth each year who have aged out of the foster care program. Many of these youth are now having to set up a living space on their own and some of them have their own children. Donations will go to the Partnership 4 Hope Youth Mart where the youth can pick out items that they need. Items may be collected in your home for now; announcements will be made when drop off times are set for the parsonage garage.
Items we will be collecting:
Furniture including couches, chairs, recliners, kitchen tables and chairs, lamps, coffee tables, end tables, dressers, TV stands, and baby cribs.
Clothing for young adults ages 19-26, baby and toddler clothes, and winter coats, hats, gloves, jackets.
Kitchenware which can include plates, silverware, glasses, pots and pans, toasters, countertop microwaves, small kitchen appliances, bakeware, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, etc.
Hygiene supplies such as diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, body wash, bar soaps, hand soap, etc.
Household items such as curtains, blankets, comforters for beds, sheets, crib sheets, towels.
Pantry items and non-perishable food items.
Items should be clean and in good working order.
Each Sunday, the children collect “Noisy Offering” during the worship offering time. The collection of coins from churchgoers and the clinking sound made in the large metal bowl as the children drop what they’ve gathered bring smiles to both the children and the adults. This year the children of MLC Sunday School decided to begin sponsoring two children in need through the Compassion International Program with the funds collected thru the Noisy Offering.
Compassion International works in 25 countries around the world, partnering with local churches. At the Compassion Child Development Center ran by the local church and volunteers, a sponsored child is provided with Bible studies, health screenings, health and hygiene educations, games, community service opportunities, counseling, and school fees. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting education for the parents or guardians of the sponsored child.
Our Sunday School children are sponsoring Milkah from Kenya and Lawrence from Uganda. They look forward to the relationship they will be building and the encouragement they provide Milkah and Lawrence who are half-way around the world! The Sunday School children also remember Milkah and Lawrence in their prayers!
MLC has been a long time supporter of the local BackPack programs at Johnson-Brock Public School and Johnson County Central School. The BackPack Program’s mission is to help alleviate child hunger in southeast Nebraska by providing hungry children with nutritious and easy to prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Martin Luther Church regularly supports the BackPack Program at different times of the year by designated offerings, proceeds from our annual consignment sale, and special projects; as well as by members’ volunteer time.
The “Sewing Ladies” are another proud organization of the church. They meet weekly except during the summer to sew, tie and/or quilt pieces of fabric together into beautiful blankets that are then sent through Lutheran World Relief to people in need, to local charity organizations, and to local care homes. These past several years, the ladies have graced our young people graduating from high school with blankets to take with them wherever they may venture, remembering along the way the warm memories of growing up in the Martin Luther Church family.