Outreach at Emmanuel Lutheran
Throughout the year, Emmanuel organizes and sponsors various activities that benefit people in our community, region, and nation, and throughout the world. We invite you to join our committee and help us with one project or many, some of which are detailed below. For more information, you can contact Ginger Boone or the Church Office.
Summer 2018 - Food Shopping Time!
Manna Food Summer Collection - Give Beyond Emmanuel's Walls
This year, because the need is so high, we are starting the “summer” Manna Food drive in May. Many of our area students in schools qualify for free or reduced-price meals (FARMS) at school. So when school is out, families turn to places like the MANNA Food Center to make up the difference. Not surprisingly, MANNA’s shelves need to be stocked for their high demand.
MANNA relys on churches like Emmanuel to keep the shelves full. You can help each Sunday. PLEASE shop the grocery sales and bring some items from the list below to church with you each week this summer as part of your offering. Let’s make a goal of over 600 pounds of food! Yes, last summer, we gave over 400 pounds of food to Manna.. Let’s see if we can increase it to 600 pounds as we did back in 2015! Our February donations were over 250 pounds!! Let’s keep this coming.
Your MANNA Shopping List:
• Foods that are low in sugar and salt • Canned Meats/Tuna Fish • Spaghetti Sauce
• Breakfast Cereal • Rice – Beans - Pasta • Canned Fruit and Vegetables • Shelf-Stable Milk
• Baby Formula/Baby Food • Peanut Butter/Nut Butters • Quinoa • Snack sizes for children
MANNA especially requests: Nut butters, Canned fruits in juice, canned vegetables low sodium, dried or canned beans, tuna, salmon or chicken in water, Whole-grain pasta, whole grain crackers, instant oatmeal packages, cream of wheat, Quinoa, brown rice, infant formula and baby food.
THANK YOU - CBS SHELTER
For all of your donations to the Homeless Shelter – soaps, towels, sheets, cleaning supplies and other supplies! The staff and the ladies of the shelter were truly grateful!
To the 65 volunteers who cooked, made lunches and breakfasts and served, THANK YOU!!! To the leaders who guided Sunday school children in making soup, Thank you! To the leaders who guided confirmation students in making dinner and serving, Thank you! Your smiles serving, the warmth of your food was so very much appreciated by all who received. Pastor Derek, in his sermons talks about living Christ’s Gospel. You folks did that so strongly this week!!!
CBS had some new things this year – the working together of Emmanuel and the German Lutheran Church. What a pleasure this was! The GLC generously made soup for one night, lunches, salad and dessert for another, served our guests at the new shelter. It was a pleasure to work together on Christ’s mission! Another new item is the shelter building at 2 Taft Court!! The women moved into the new shelter in February. This is an open, more cheerful environment in which they can work hard to make the changes in their lives. They are doing just that. Thank you for helping to enable their changes. See some of the pictures below!!
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: OUTREACH PROJECT THROUGHOUT 2017
Emmanuel is currently resettling a family of four from Afghanistan to the United States. It is truly amazing what they (with a little help!) have accomplished in 3 short months. Now that the father has his driver’s license, the generosity of Emmanuel has enabled them to purchase a car, insurance, and cover minor repairs for up to a year. He has been working for 2 months in building security and is looking to add additional work. Lutheran Social Services has paid their rent for 3 months and with donations from Emmanuel, we have been able to pay their rent and electricity for another few months. When we found out that his wife likes to sew, Emmanuel once again stepped up and donated a sewing machine. We've been told she's an excellent cook and bakes delicious naan!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Currently, all financial donations for the family are going towards continuing to pay their rent to allow them to get comfortable financially. To contribute, simply make a check out "Emmanuel Lutheran Church" and note that it is for "Refugee Rent" in the subject line.