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January 2018 Mission Service Activity:

nullThe Mission Service Activity for January is actually a year's worth of simple mission service activities, laid out in one document for ease of use. Print and display the calendar of activities, and mark them off as you do them.

Sharing Jesus' Love Through Action — A Year's Worth of Mission Service Activities PDF 

Get Started with the January Ideas

Nurturing Faith in Christ

Start off the year in a positive way so you can be a blessing to others. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and spend it alone reading inspirational material and praying. Set a goal to increase by 5 minutes every three months.

nullMaking Our Faith Meaningful

At church, collect canned soup and boxed crackers in a large soup kettle. Then give the “Souper Bowl of Caring” to a local food pantry or soup kitchen. EXTRA CREDIT: Volunteer at the food pantry or soup kitchen! 

Sharing Encouragement

Start a “secret pal” prayer partner program for the ladies in your congregation. Ask ladies to commit to praying daily for their partner and suggest small acts of kindness to do throughout the year.

View and print the flyer to share!

The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission service activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

View past Mission Service Activities

Baby Shower for a Pro-Life Pregnancy Resource Center Blessing Bags Diana’s Angels® Project
Spring Nursing Home Projects Feminine Hygiene Kits for “Days for Girls” Recycling Pill Bottles
“Pack the Pantry 5k” Sponsor a No-Cost Garage Sale! Breast Cancer Survival Kit
Making Clothing Protectors for Bethesda Make the Reverse Advent Calendar Cancelled Stamps Program
Send Valentines to Your Church Members That Are "Shut-In" Knit a Stocking Cap for those in Need Fill a Backpack Full of Nutritious Food for “Feeding America”!
Share Your Easter Joy! Support Our Military Personnel, Chaplains and Our Veterans! Bake a Birthday Cake for Someone Who Otherwise Won’t Be Able to Celebrate their Special Day!
Make Pillowcase Dresses for Africa Fill a Backpack with School Supplies for the Children that Use Your Local Food Pantry! Make Christmas Cards for Refugees
Honor Our Military Families    

Thanks for the Gifts from the Heart!

nullGifts from the Heart ingathering

More than five boxes of books, magazines, crossword and word search puzzles, and toiletry items were donated to Lutheran Senior Services through a Gifts from the Heart ingathering at the October Interdepartmental Meeting.

Read the article from Lutheran Senior Services.

Caring for the Needy

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1, NIV)

One of the most common excuses for not giving to the needy is: ‘I had to work hard for what I’ve got; so should they.’ True, the Bible teaches that if you’re not willing to work you’re not entitled to support (2 Thessalonians 3:1). But did you know: 1) Six million children under five die every year of starvation? 2) One out of seven people goes to bed hungry every night? 3) The three richest people on the planet have more collective wealth than the combined gross national product of the world’s forty-eight poorest countries? General Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, said,How can you convince a man of the love of God if his feet are perishing with the cold? If your prayers aren’t being answered, here’s something to consider. The Israelites fasted and prayed, then complained that God wasn’t answering their prayers. That’s when He told them: ‘This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice … get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts … I’m interested in seeing you … sharing your food with the hungry … putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then, when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, “Here I am”’ (Isaiah 58:6-9, MSG). When you care for the needy, the Lord promises to ‘deliver [you] in times of trouble’ (Psalm 41:1, NIV) — and you can take that to the bank.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me to live simply so others can simply live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, November 16, 2015.

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