Ministries in Need
St. Matthew’s Comedor San Mateo Soup Kitchen Needs Sleeper Sofa
Pastor Cesar Sifuentes of “Comedor San Mateo” Soup Kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois is in need of a twin size sleeper sofa for the gentleman who serves as their maintenance person for their ministry.
Please contact Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466 if you have a twin size sleeper sofa to donate.
Phil’s Friends Needs Items for Care Package
Salam Christian Fellowship Needs Financial Assistance for Ministry Administrative Assistant
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thanks for your partnership in the mission.
Today, we took a step of faith and hired an administrative assistant. The ministry is growing, and needs an assistant who would take care of details and logistics, and speaks Arabic. The Salam board found in Amir
Chehab, 35, a very much needed and promising worker. Amir is a computer wiz who is fluent in both Arabic and English, drives, and could help Pastor Hesham with social services, like moving furniture to needy immigrant families and translation Arabic/ English. Amir went to college in Livonia, Michigan, and Hibbing, Minnesota.
The funds needed for this year are $13,000. We hope that Salam would be able, in the future, to hire Amir full-time.
Please prayerfully consider donating to this part-time position in order that we could focus more on sharing the Gospel with more Muslims and properly administer the sacraments.
Rev Hesham Shehab
Salam Christian Fellowship
St. Matthew’s Comedor San Mateo Soup Kitchen Needs Supplies
Pastor Cesar Sifuentes of “Comedor San Mateo” Soup Kitchen at St Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, requests your assistance with the following resources that are consumed in large quantities on a weekly basis:
Please help St. Matthew’s to be the hands of feet of Jesus reaching out and feeding the hungry and homeless of their community.
Voice of Hope Prison Ministry
LCC received the following request on Friday, October 12, from Rev. Matthew Troester of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Matteson, Illinois:
Lori Wilbert, the Deaconess for Voice of Hope Prison Ministry, continues to serve at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois. She raises 100% of her support for this work and is out often telling about her work and encouraging the support of that work in the prisons.
Attached is an article titled “Why Go To Prison,” written by Deaconess Lori.
St. Paul's has supported Lori for many years now, and she is such a blessing to us as she shares her ministry with us, and encourages us to get involved, as we should. Please consider donating to help Deaconess Lori continue this important ministry.
Rev. Matthew Troester
St. Paul Lutheran Church
CLICK HERE to read the article titled “Why Go To Prison"
Christian Friends of New Americans Needs Church Pews
The following request was received from Rev. Dr. Steven Schave, LCMS Director of Urban & Inner City Mission & Director of Church Planting:
Rev. Al Buckman with Christian Friends of New Americans in St Louis, Missouri, is doing wonderful work with immigrants and refugees. This has led to an outstanding outreach to the Nepalese who are being welcomed by Rev. Matt Clark to Ascension Lutheran Church for sacraments. With an increase in worship service attendance, the church is now in need of three 6 ft. pews. Having started with 20 to 25 Nepalese members, they now number over 70. Their expectation is to exceed 100 members within the next year or so and to be sure, Ascension has been a wonderful home for them.
Please email Rev. Dr. Steven Schave at Steven.Schave@lcms.org if you have pews to donate.
Centre lumiÉRE Sewing school in haiti
The current mission team leaders for the Centre Lumière in Haiti are taking a mandatory sabbatical after over 10 years of service to this ministry. Beginning in December 2018, they will take a year to rest, recharge and plan for the future of Centre Lumière. During this time, Natalie Columbus will relocate to Haiti to serve as the mission team leader. Natalie has served on various mission trips to Haiti since 2012. Since mission team leaders do not take a salary from Centre Lumière, Natalie is in need of sponsors to cover her $1600/month expenses while serving in Haiti. She will arrive in Haiti in September 2018 to transition into her role.
Please prayerfully consider donating to support Natalie in her mission leader role in helping women at Centre Lumière provide for their families.
About Centre Lumière
Centre Lumière, located in Simon, just outside of Les Cayes, is a holistic ministry in Haiti that focuses on equipping women with the gospel, vocational training, and skills to care for their families. The Centre has about 30 on site employees, 40 students, and a network of artisans who work from home. Centre Lumière is a non-profit with a vocational school and business. The school offers a three-year program with classes in domestic economics, cooking, baking, crochet, embroidery, sewing, hospitality, bookkeeping, health, English, and Bible. Graduates are prepared to work as handcraft artisans, teach home economics, or work at local hotels, restaurants, or other businesses. The business side of Centre Lumière offers employment for graduates of the school. There is an on-site sewing room and a work-from-home Needlework Artisan Program. The line of products includes many useful items for the home and kitchen, ladies’ accessories, and doll clothes.
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
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