Two mission projects, the presentation of Bibles and the installation of Sunday School teachers made Sunday, August 19th a significant day at Martin Luther Church. Presentation of Beginner’s Bibles to the very youngest Sunday School Children – Milo, Graham, Kinsley, and Garret; an ESV Bible to Maverick, a confirmation student; and the installation of the numerous dedicated Sunday School teachers for the upcoming year were all part of the morning worship service.
After the worship service, a lunch of smoked pork sandwiches, chips, desserts, pie and homemade ice cream was enjoyed in the church basement. The first Mission project was a generous free will offering in conjunction with lunch to the Backpack Programs at Johnson-Brock Public School and Johnson County Central Public School.
We weren’t finished yet though! A second mission project was tackled after the lunch. It was time to pack school kits!
On each table where lunch was enjoyed, there was a box filled with school supplies. One table may have had pens, while another may have had crayons, and so on. The Sunday School children started at the first table with a backpack drawstring bag and then proceeded from table to table where the adults helped by giving the children whatever school supply item was on their table to be put into the backpack drawstring bag.
For each bag, school items that went into the bags were 4 notebooks, 5 pens, 5 pencils, an eraser, a ruler, a pencil sharpener, a pair of scissors, and a box of crayons. All of the items were collected through the month of July and half of August by the MLC members and their visitors.
Over 100 bags were packed on this particular Sunday with many more backpack bags yet to go. On this packing day, we concentrated on the school kits that will be shipped through Lutheran World Relief. The school kits that are shipped through Orphan Grain Train have a few additional items in them such as construction paper, glue sticks and markers. These will be prepared in the very near future. Read about Lutheran World Relief School Kits:https://lwr.org/get-involved/build-kits-of-care/school-kits and Orphan Grain Grain School Kits: http://www.ogt.org/help/projects/kits.html
Later this fall, the school kits will be shipped world-wide by Lutheran World Relief and Orphan Grain Train. In many parts of the world children who don’t have school supplies cannot go to school and the school kits packed today will be appreciated by those in need.
As an extra local mission, MLC also likes to take extra school supplies to our local schools.
The final count for both LWR and OGT is anticipated to be over 200.
The Sunday School children as well as the adults enjoyed helping with the Mission Project!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16
MLC – This little light of mine …. we’re letting it shine!