Ministries in Need
YOUR DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP SUSTAIN IMMANUEL-HILLSIDE’S PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOOD MINISTRY THIS SUMMER
Last week marked the first anniversary of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillside, Illinois, inauguration of the Put Your Hands Together (PYHT) Food Ministry started in response to help families get through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many families are still in need. There are many LCMS churches and ministries that rely heavily on food donations to sustain their programming and begin new ones now that the pandemic is coming to a close.
Immanuel, Hillside seeks your financial support and prayers to help sustain their PYHT outreach in the summer months to come as their program funding for the year has ended. They wish to continue to supply much-needed food to church ministries and other food relief organizations. Funding is required to cover the transportation costs that are increasing rapidly due to gasoline and pallet shortages. Truck rentals are required for pickup, delivery, and staging of large food donations at the cost of $1,050 per month, enabling them to serve over a dozen ministries per week.
LCC appreciates your generous donations to help support this partner ministry. By putting our hands and feet together in the love of Jesus Christ, we can bring love to others in need.
DONATIONS NEEDED TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR VOICE OF HOPE MISSION TO CONTINUE TO REACH ARABIC SPEAKERS WITH THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST
Voice of Hope Mission, a mission for Arabic speakers in Chicagoland, is seeking $2,300 in monetary donations to purchase video recording equipment. Pastor Karim Yaghleji reached over 200,000 people worldwide with the good news of Christ, and the mission’s Facebook page has over 5,000 followers right now. Pastor Yaghleji used his cellphone to record some videos and other recording equipment that he no longer has access to. The mission does not have any funding as of now.
Your donations for this equipment will help the mission reach more people and give them the chance to know Jesus. The funds raised will purchase a tripod, lighting, a good quality microphone, and a camera.
Please prayerfully consider donating to help Pastor Yaghleji reach more Arabic speakers with the good news of Christ.
LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES IS PARTNERING WITH REDEEMING LIFE OUTREACH MINISTRIES, IMMANUEL LUTHERAN EAST DUNDEE, ILLINOIS, LCEF, AND THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS DISTRICT OF THE LCMS
Opening a home for UNWED MOTHERS in Carpentersville, Illinois
Faith Lutheran Church in Carpentersville, Illinois, is a small congregation with a huge heart for mothers and babies. God has blessed Faith Lutheran with a parsonage in a gorgeous setting contiguous to the church. With four bedrooms and three baths, this house will make a beautiful maternity home after some remodeling and updating.
Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries working with Faith on the terms of a purchase contract for this property.
Meet the Host Church Family
The official host congregation for the Carpentersville location will be Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, Illinois. Led by Pastor Bill Yonker, Immanuel is a thriving congregation with many opportunities for our residents to learn about Jesus and serve Him. We believe Immanuel will make a lovely and welcoming church family.
Immanuel’s role is to provide spiritual support through worship, Bible study, and instruction classes and to simply love and accept the residents as dearly loved children of God. (The host congregation has no operational role in the home.)
The home will be managed by local, full-time Redeeming Life staff under the supervision of Sheryl DeWitt, Executive Director. Financial support will come from the congregations and individuals who have a heart for preserving life through Redeeming Life’s maternity home programs.
Why it matters!
Stephen Williamson, one of the newest residents in Sanford, born on Christmas Eve. On the same day, Stephen was baptized, his mom was confirmed in the Christian faith. Now this precious family lives in the daily assurance of God's love. His mom is grateful for the support she receives from faithful servants like you through the ministry of Redeeming Life!
For more information, contact Lutheran Church Charities and speak with Tim Hetzner, President/CEO.
To make a donation, select Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries Carpentersville
LCC operates with a Dollar In – Dollar Out funding process where EVERY dollar given for a cause goes directly to that cause or need, with LCC acknowledging the gift and overseeing that the money is used as intended.
Your Donations Needed to Support St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas, Outreach Ministry to Ethiopian Refugees
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas, is surrounded by a sea of missional opportunities. Lutheran Church Charities was contacted by Sandi Grupe, Director of Christian Education (DCE), for financial assistance. They share the love of Jesus with a vulnerable group during these challenging times.
Near to its place of worship, a community of Ethiopian refugees has become a significant part of the church’s outreach to immigrants from across the globe. This, through a Gospel-focused ministry, has birthed within their apartment complex.
Through Bible study, prayer, English class, tutoring, and fellowship, many—including those from Muslim backgrounds—are experiencing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In a very real sense, this Ethiopian community is serving the spiritual needs of their neighborhood in an ongoing way.
With the recent catastrophic weather events impacting Texas, many need assistance. The cascading effects from an event of this magnitude negatively impact the vulnerable in both visible and invisible ways. From lost pay and jobs to property damage, the challenges become life-altering.
Thank you for partnering with LCC and St. Paul Lutheran Church in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable during this time. Your support directly impacts the ministry of the Gospel by strengthening those who are spiritually serving their community as they strive to recover.
Please prayerfully consider donating to help St. Paul’s outreach ministry to Ethiopian refugees.
YOUR CONTINUED GIFTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT CHRIST THE KING, CHICAGO
On Monday, December 21, LCC Ministry Director Nikki Deacon, and LCC staff member Jamie Miller visited Christ the King, Chicago, Illinois. Pastor John and Principal Geri Brazeal were presented with your generous donations to be used in support of their staff and community.
Pastor John and Geri are preparing food bags for their community. Continuing their efforts to serve the homeless of Chicago, they will be preparing and delivering hot Christmas dinner to people living in tent cities, who typically only receive canned goods.
Your support makes it possible for Christ the King to continue to answer the call, and serve all people in need.
CLICK HERE to watch a video.
FOOD DONATIONS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT NEEDED FOR FAMILY IN FAITH FOOD PANTRY THAT CONTINUES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY
Family in Faith Neighborhood Food Pantry in Glendale Heights, Illinois is a local food pantry that continues to operate following the necessary guidelines due to COVID-19. The pantry serves anyone living in DuPage County and is open one day a week providing essentials, non-perishable food items, and pet food.
The pantry is open on the following days in May:
Saturday, May 23; 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Wednesday, May 27; 3:00 – 6:00 pm
The coronavirus has brought a greater need for food because of the loss of income for families. Family in Faith asks and is grateful for food donations or financial support to continue to serve the community in the current times of greater need.
If you wish to donate food, there are some specific instructions to follow. Please contact the pantry at 630-903-8173 for instructions and to arrange delivery times.
CLICK HERE for a list of needed items.
Phil’s Friends Needs Items for Care Package
Voice of Hope Prison Ministry
LCC received the following request 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"
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
Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars Today!
Please consider designating your Choice Dollars to Lutheran Church Charities today! Your Choice Dollars will help us continue to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
Please follow these steps:
1. Visit www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice.
2. Scroll down and select the "Get Started now" button
3. Log in and enter your user ID and password. Click on "register" if you haven't yet registered.
4. Find the number of Choice Dollars available to direct on the right side of the screen.
5. Find Lutheran Church Charities in the catalog of organizations.
6. Click on "Direct Now" to direct designated Choice Dollars.
Thank you for considering directing your Thrivent Choice Dollars to LCC!