Umbrella of Care-Journey with Grief Offerings
new dates tbd
Following our gathering of folks the end of January to listen and learn how we can best support one another as we journey through periods of grief in our lives, feedback from the group saw value in coming together for more conversation and learning. This offering will be looking at some videos by Grief facilitator Doug Manning followed by conversation facilitated by Pastor Steve Talmage.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2021 DATE
8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the CoC
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PROJECTS
We need YOU!! We are planning our God’s Work Our Hands and we need leaders and projects!!
Do you have a special organization that you would like us to help out? Contact Heather Parker to set up details or (224) 402-2050.
We have projects for every age group and skill level – everyone can participate!!
Child Care will be provided for young children (if necessary).
Here are the projects (so far):
Exterior House Painting for The House of Refuge
Sack Lunch Preparation (here at LOC and transport to Men’s Shelter)
Elementary School project(s) – clean playground, rake sand, clean/sanitize lunchroom tables, painting lines on playground, etc.
During the months of November and December, we invite our members and friends to consider giving to God’s Global Barnyard through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Ornaments for Good Gifts are available today at the ministry tables.
What is the difference between ELCA Good Gifts and similar organizations?
Many other organizations are doing wonderful work around the world, and some do work in similar ways. A main difference between the ELCA and other programs is that this church receives almost all of the money to fund its work directly through its congregations and members, and almost all of the money that we distribute goes to support the work being carried out by our congregations, global companion churches and ecumenical partners. This is unique because the church is our delivery system. It is successful because the church is present in far corners of the world and already connected and trusted in communities. And finally, it is sustainable. Our churches and partners are the ones who identify local needs and solutions; we just help make those dreams a reality.
Throughout the New Testament, the early Church grew and expressed their identity as the Body of Christ by the way they cared for one another and loved their neighbor. Currently under our Umbrella of Care we have the following ministries taking place:
1X1 Caregiving by members trained in Christian Caregiving- as Care-Givers are available and Care-Receivers are open for assignment
Homebound Members receive Monthly Communion through trained Agape Callers
Women volunteers provide support during our twice a month I-Help ministry to homeless women
Prayer Ministry (Prayer Chapel host, prayer list, card ministry)
Volunteer Pastoral Care phone calling to those on our weekly Prayer List
Compassionate Cooks gather periodically to prepare in our CoC kitchen ready to eat meals that can be stored in our LoC freezers and given to families in need
Member Assistance Fund-donations to this fund are made available as financial assistance support to LoC households going through crisis or facing an immediate need
Transitional Assistance Fund-donations to this fund are used to purchase gas cards, meal cards and bus passes for non-members in transition
If you are interested in using your time, talents or treasure to support one of these ministries, or if you are in need of assistance from one of these ministry areas, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dianne Oien, or Pastor Steve or Pastor Nanette.
In October, 2014 the church board established a bylaw resolution to implement the Love of Christ Endowment Fund. This was conceived as an extension of the LOC Mission statement "As people of God we are called, gathered and sent to proclaim the grace and love of Jesus Christ.".
Some initial work was done and many households indicated they were planning to leave a legacy gift or bequest to the fund. Over the course of pastoral transitions, the fund went on hiatus and initial committee members were unable to continue to serve.
Fast forward to February, 2019 when new Endowment Committee members were elected to re-introduce endowment to the congregation. Our vision is to "provide a vehicle to receive, manage and distribute enduring gifts to nurture faith among current and future generations, both locally and globally." Our desire is to encourage and enable participation in this fund by the Love of Christ family.
You will be hearing more about endowment, why it is important and how you can become involved in the coming months. Information will be available through bulletins, email, a brochure and planned meetings later this year.
The Endowment Committee looks forward to your participation to invest in a perpetual, proactive way to further the church's mission now and in the future.
LoC Endowment Fund Information sessions:
As individuals and couples consider estate, end-of-life planning, and legacy giving options, the Endowment Fund Committee would like to provide the most current information on how each of us can help support the mission of Christ through Love of Christ Lutheran Church through intentional planning.
Watch for new date.