We are collecting items that will be assembled into School Kits for Orphan Grain Train (OGT). Any combinations and amounts of needed items can be donated as we will sort and pack bags. To the children who receive school kits these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. In places where OGT works, even a few required supplies like pens and paper may be more than many families can afford. In addition, some of the school items we collect are given to our local schools to be distributed by the teachers to students in need. Back to School sales are going on now so it’s a great time to buy items to donate! This is also a great time to stock up for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes so plan ahead and buy now! Donated items for School Kits may be left in the designated box in the church narthex.
Items needed for School Kits include: Notebooks (spiral 70 pages wire or college rule), Ruler (with inches and centimeters), Pencil Sharpener, Safety Scissors (blunt tip), Pencils (#2 unsharpened with erasers), Pens (blue or black ink; but NO gel ink), Crayons (box of 24), Eraser 2-1/2 inch, Glue Sticks, Washable Markers (box of 8 or 10), and Construction Paper. Optional: Backpack (drawstring or otherwise).
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.