Ministries in Need
Salam Christian Fellowship Needs Financial Assistance to Help a Candidate at Concordia Seminary
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Salam Christian Fellowship is a Word and Sacrament ministry that shares the love of Jesus Christ with people from the Middle East in Chicagoland. Salam is in need of an additional ordained LCMS minister who knows the people to help in administering the sacraments when I’m unavailable.
Christopher Kolupa, 47, has been an LCMS member all his life, and has been helping Salam with social services for more than one year. Chris is a talented musician and holds two degrees from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. After meeting with President Gilbert of Northern Illinois District, Pastor Gilbert agreed to send Christopher Kolupa to the Specific Ministry Program (SMP) at Concordia Seminary. The district president has the final word for a candidate for joining the program, but it needs two years of study for ordination, and costs $20,000.
One member of an LCMS church who is impressed by Chris's service and dedication offered to donate $11,000 to the SMP if someone could match her gift. Hopefully, from now until September 2018, we can find gifts to match 1 to 1, or 2 to 1, in smaller gift giving totals that can surpass that.
Please prayerfully consider donating generously to help Salam raise a total of $20,000 for seminary for the first two years.
Rev. Hesham Shehab
Salam Christian Fellowship
Help St. MattheW's Soup Kitchen Serve
HOt meals to homeless, unemployed,
seniors and Poor families
For more than 27 years, St. Matthew Lutheran Church (LCMS) located at 2108 West 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois, has developed a unique ministry in the Pilsen Community to reach the growing number of homeless and unemployed people. St. Matthew is the only Lutheran church in the community with a Gospel-oriented mission to all the homeless and unemployed. The Comedor San Mateo Soup Kitchen provides hot meals to feed the hungry and shares devotions to feed their souls. At the same time, it provides services in English and Spanish in a poverty stricken community of mostly Latino families. During frigid winter temperatures, the soup kitchen's volunteers continue to cook and serve hot meals to the homeless, unemployed, seniors and poor families. The soup kitchen serves 200+ meals twice a week even though donations are down. Please consider supporting the important work of St. Matthew as they continue to reach out and serve those in need in their community.
In the Name of Jesus,
Pastor Sifuentes and Pastor Matthew Troester
Comeback Kids! You can make a difference!
The building cornerstone says A.D. 1925. The facility is still operating in its original capacity as an LCMS church named St. Paul’s. But we need your help! The I/SPY Program (Instruction for St. Paul’s Youth) is in its fourth year, so we have a pretty good track of how much it costs to continue. It takes about $19.25 per child per week to fund the program.
As we continue to reach out to the neighborhood, we are seeing kids coming back to the church. In the past, we have had as many as 8 baptized on a single Sunday and up to 14 in 14 months. This year, though, we are struggling to continue that work. We have 8 students who attend regularly, 3 who were baptized previously.
The neighborhood is in the process of a comeback. See the local news story here
Can you help? We have 5 more attending now whom we would like to take through the program from 1st grade and up. That means 7 years of going from 1st grade through 8th grade – Baptism to Confirmation. It just takes $19.25 a week. You can make a difference!
Your donations will help fund the ministry that is working with these Comeback Kids!
Pastor James Kirschenmann
Immanuel Lutheran Chapel and
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - College Hill
To donate, visit the top of the page and click "Comeback Kids – St. Paul’s College Hill- St. Louis, MO" as the designation
Salam’s Rev. Hesham Shehab Needs Financial Assistance
Salam’s Rev. Hesham Shehab Needs Financial Assistance :
Salam's missionary, Rev. Hesham Shehab, needs dental work that costs thousands of dollars. A Lutheran dentist is willing to donate his work on condition that the lab work is covered. The lab work costs $2,000. Please donate generously to help Rev. Shehab so that he can continue to help others. Thanks.Salam’s Rev. Hesham Shehab Needs Financial Assistance.
To donate, visit the top of the page and click "CLMMA Syrian Refugee Assistance - August 2017" as the designation
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