What’s your mission? Have you considered what God has gifted you to do & calls you to do in response to His abundant grace? What might you support through your offerings? What activities can you give your time to? Is there something you can do together at your church? Is there something you can do from your home if it is harder for you to get to an activity at church? Do you like to visit people, bake, sew, build or do yard work? Some are good at shopping; fill your cart with items for NALC Disaster Response items, Lutheran World Relief, your local food pantry or crisis center. Could you give away some extra possessions? Find an organization to share your abundance with.
I serve on the Mission & Outreach committee in our congregation, Calvary Lutheran of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Each month we choose a different mission to support with a special offering. These missions are local, national & international. Our goal is to give people opportunities to respond to a variety of mission groups, knowing that different opportunities appeal to different people & we are pleased our congregation has an enthusiastic response to these choices.
Also, at Calvary, we designate the month of June as Mission Servant Month. During the month the focus for most of the activities is outreach beyond the walls of our church. This too has a good response from our members. Perhaps there are some outreach activities that your congregation does that you would like to share with our WNALC newsletter. I hope our list from Calvary gives you some ideas to inspire an outreach project in your congregation. Read 1 Corinthians 12. This chapter is a good teaching for us all.
“There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 (NIV)
Some examples of items from our June outreach from 2018 & 2019 are:
Sewing backpacks for LWR
Hunger Task Force food sort
Fleece blanket tying for
NALC Disaster Response
Meal serving opportunities for the
homeless & rehab center