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He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

Mark 16:15


| LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR)


Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. In 2013 LWR reached 7,759,262 people in 35 countries with 185 Projects. LWR's development projects focus on issues at the root causes of poverty.

These debilitating causes tend to domino into more and more problems that trap people in poverty. By the same token, attacking just one of these issues can help break the cycle, making people's lives better and freeing them from suffering in many ways. LWR' Program areas include: water, emergencies, agriculture, climate, health and livelihoods, and civic participation.

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| ELCA WORLD HUNGER


ELCA World Hunger responds to global hunger and poverty by addressing its root causes. Through a comprehensive program of relief, development, education and advocacy, people are connected to the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Between 70-75 percent of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally; 20-25 percent are spent domestically.

From health clinics to micro-loans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions.

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| FOOD PANTRY


RLC's Volunteer Team Date to help at the Food Pantry is Thursday, October 9, 2014. Arrive at St. Johns by 7:50 a.m.
Contact Jeff Becker (989-792-7135) or the Church Office for more information.


| BREAKFAST FOR THE HUNGRY


4TH Saturday Breakfast at St. John's Lutheran Church 915 Federal Saginaw is an excellent outreach from Matthew 25:37.

Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8am to assist with the cooking and serving of the breakfast from 9-10:30am.

150-200 persons are fed at each session. Thirteen congregations, other organizations, individuals from the community and visitors provide the needed 18 individuals to make and serve the breakfast for hungry individuals.

The program is funded through grants and private donations.

For questions call St. John's Lutheran Church 989-754-0489 or click here.


| CHESTER MILLER SCHOOL


More information coming soon.


| STEPHEN MINISTRY (Saginaw Metro Ministries)


Stephen Ministry is a cooperative ministry of Saginaw Metro Ministry, a group of 9 area ELCA churches working together. Stephen Ministry is an interdenominational and international ministry that was first organized in 1975 in St. Louis, MO by Dr. Kenneth Hougk, a pastor and clinical psychologist. Today there are more than a half million people from over 10,000 congregations representing more than 150 denominations around the world who have been trained as Stephen Ministers.

Stephen Ministers are lay people who receive 50 hours of Christian care giving training-and then provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to hurting people. Each Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week for about an hour. The Stephen Ministers also meet with their Stephen Minister Leaders twice a month for ongoing support and continuing education.

Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing a variety of crises or life challenges-people who are experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, financial difficulties, hospitalization, chronic illness, loss of job, disabilities, loneliness, a spiritual crisis, or other life struggles. Stephen Ministers provide care to members of Saginaw Metro Ministry congregations & to non-members, providing a powerful outreach ministry in the Saginaw area.

Stephen Ministers listen, accept, care, and walk with a person going through a difficult time. They provide support, prayer, Scripture, unconditional acceptance in appropriate ways to meet the needs of the care receiver. Through active listening, the Stephen Minister allows God to work through the relationship-"The Stephen Minister is the Caregiver; God is the Curegiver". If you enjoy listening to and encouraging hurting people & want to practice Christian care-giving skills, Stephen Ministry may be an area to become involved in.

Someone may also come to your mind who would benefit from having a Stephen Minister. Someone who has been struggling with the trials of life & may not have a good support system, could benefit dramatically from a Stephen Minister. The person must give their consent to see a Stephen Minister & then the individual's concerns are reviewed to assign the most appropriate Stephen Minister available. See Nancy Scott or Tim Bender for more information.


| MISSIONS


Global Mission nurtures the ELCA's world engagement through the theology and practice of accompaniment by walking together with our global companions. Our work together has a multi-faceted approach to mission, from sending missionaries and personnel, to offering grants and scholarships designed to strengthen global church leadership and to support the ministries of companions.

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Companion Synods:

Companion Synods are church-to-church relationships between the ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in countries throughout the world. There are over 120 such relationships in the ELCA Companion Synods Program which connect thousands of Lutherans, who share joys and sorrows, pray together, and collaborate on mutually beneficial ministries. The North West Lower Michigan Synod has Companion Synod Relationships with Honduras, Latvia, and Papua New Guinea.

In Honduras, the Companion Program between Iglesia Cristiana Luterana de Honduras (ICLH) and the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the ELCA has developed into a yearly trip to Honduras where Synod members serve as ambassadors for Christ while promoting healthy living by educating health volunteers and by increasing access to life's basic needs.

Three programs that have developed include Health for Life-training volunteers to go into the community addressing holistic health concerns, clean water-distributing water filters nearly eliminating contaminated water diseases where being used, kindergarten snack program-providing the main food for the day for kindergarteners. For information how you can help contact Nancy Scott.


| HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need all over the world. The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope".

Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit. Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since its founding in 1976, making Habitat the largest not-for-profit builder in the world.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity visit habitat.org or call 989-401-0904 for the Habitat for Humanity in Saginaw.


| LSSM (LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF MICHIGAN)


The work of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan focuses on children and families, persons with disabilities and seniors, reaching across Michigan's Lower Peninsula to focus on adoption, foster care, refugee services, home care, senior housing, group homes and more. Information can be found at www.lssm.org.

Neighborhood House, 3145 Russell Street, Saginaw, run by LSSM, provides a safe haven for children by offering educational and recreational activities for children and a hot dinner program for families. Call 989-752-5805 to find out how you can help.

Luther Manor, 3161 Davenport Saginaw, run by LSSM, is a skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation as well as long term care with many unique services and amenities. Call (989) 799-1902 for more details.

Action Thrift Store, 2114 N. Michigan Saginaw is run by volunteers to support the ministries of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. The Store offers high quality merchandise at affordable prices. Used merchandise includes clothing, household items, toys, greeting cards, and knick knacks as well as a wide selection of furniture and appliances, high quality vintage clothing and antiques. Donations are picked up by the Action Van from all over the state. At the end of each calendar year the Action Board of Directories uses the profits from the Thrift Store to fund grant requests from the agencies of LSSM. More information can be found at Actionthrift.com


| FORMS


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