During the month of May we are collecting new underwear and socks for those in need. Donations are needed for all ages and may be left in the church narthex. Donations will be sent to the Orphan Grain Train which distributes the gifts throughout the U.S. and the world.
June Mission – Partnership 4 Hope Youth Mart is a non-profit organization located on the Omaha Home for Boys campus that serves former foster care youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Many of these youth have to set up a living space on their own for the first time, and some of them even have their own children. At the Youth Mart the youth may pick out items that they need for their living space along with clothing and hygiene items they might need for themselves and/or their children. This year there is a greater need because Partnership 4 Hope is working with another non-profit, Angels Share. Angels Share is in the process of remodeling dorm rooms into apartments at the former Dana College campus in Blair. Eventually there will be 60 units for a very reasonable monthly rent that will help these youth get started. Partnership 4 Hope will be helping Angels Share with furniture for the apartments. The list of needed items is on the table at the back of church.
Important Dates: Sunday, June 6 & June 13 – drop off items at the parsonage before or after church services. We will have the doors open until 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, June 17, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. bring your large items to church to load directly into the trailer. We will take the trailer to Partnership 4 Hope on the morning of Friday, June 18. Questions…contact Jon or Deb Pugh.
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.