OUTREACH AT A GLANCEYou will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8
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Vision Statement for Outreach at CLC
When Jesus gave the marching orders to the church He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” and again in Acts 1:8 said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The picture Jesus painted is one of His grace rippling outwards from His cross. God begins the ripple in our own baptism as we are connected to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, but then it moves outward. As we grow in our faith, and are discipled by Jesus, we become His witnesses in our own “Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria” as we reach those in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, and the mission partners we have committed to as a congregation. Some of our outreach efforts have more to do with “works of mercy” (helping people in tangible ways with physical needs), while other outreach efforts have more to do with “witness and evangelism” (sharing the Gospel). CLC is doing outreach on various levels ranging from local to global…
"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea..." (Level 1 & 2)
- Equipping our members to be neighborhood and workplace missionaries, and to invite people into the ministries of CLC. This takes place through curriculum/events/programs such as Work as Worship, Missionaries Made, and blesseveryhome.com.
- Alpha: a 11 week course that gives you a safe place to invite an unchurched or seeking friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor. At Alpha, people learn the basics of Christianity, over a meal, and then are given the freedom to ask hard questions, to disagree, and to share their own current beliefs.
- REACH: partnering several times a year with almost 2000 homes in the neighborhood of CLC, by inviting them to help care for the least, the lost, and the lonely with donation collections towards our mission partners.
- Local Benevolence/Mission partners: we are investing our time and our treasures in the ministries of several local mission partners such as City Union Mission, Metro Lutheran Ministries, and New Hope Food Pantry.
- Partnering internally across ministries: outreach happens through many of our ministries (Care/Family, Children and Youth, Education).
- Occasional Outreach events such as the LEGO event held in August through which we invited people in the community of all ages to build a Biblically themed LEGO creation.
"You will be my witnesses in...Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Level 3 and 4)
- Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT): we have members trained and certified to respond to local and national emergency situations such as flooding, hurricane, and tornado relief.
- James Project of Latin America (JPLA): we send a team of people annually to Shadow of His Wings children’s home in Monjas, Guatemala
- Operation Christmas Child (OCC)/Samaritan’s Purse: we box several thousand shoe boxes each year that are deployed to children around the world. The show box consists of small toys, clothing, and show supplies.
How You Can Help With Our Mission Partners
Match your Spiritual Gifts or skills to the matrix on the left to find ways to help with our mission partners! If you don’t know what your Spiritual Gifts are and would like to know, complete the Spiritual Gifts Assessment, email the scoring sheet to email@example.com and someone on the Outreach team will email your top three Spiritual Gifts back to you.
MLM And Their Christmas Store Is Our Focus For November
You! Made Our Trunk or Treat Incredibly Successful!
Give to Hurricane Ian Relief Through The LC-MS
This is a current picture of Fort Myers Beach, a place where people live, work and play; someone’s mission field. This is just one image from a state that, as you know, has been devastated by Hurricane Ian. The LCMS is stepping up and providing many ways for you to help with relief efforts currently underway. Please consider giving, using one of the ways below:
- BY MAIL: make checks payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and write “Hurricane Relief” on the memo line. Send to:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
- BY PHONE: call 888.930.4438
- ONLINE: visit lcms.org/give/hurricane
- BY TEXT MESSAGE: type the keyword LCMSHURRICANES and send to the number 41-444 from your text-enabled smartphone or tablet
For additional assistance or to ask questions about donating, please call LCMS Mission Advancement’s Contributor Care Line at 888.930.4438.
MLM In Great Need of Sack Lunches
Did you know that MLM goes through more than 1,000 sack lunches per month? Please consider organizing a group or working with one you’re already a part of to do a service project of making sack lunches for MLM clients. Each sack lunch should contain the following:
- Primary Protein: ready-to-eat chicken or tuna salad lunch/snack kit
- Secondary Protein (optional but recommended): beef jerky, beanie weenies, “peanut butter to-go” kit
- Packaged Fruit: individual packaged fruit cups and spoon, GoGo Fruit Squeeze applesauce, all-fruit snacks, strips, etc.
- 2 to 3 Non-Perishable Items: additional protein item, granola/protein bars, individual bags of pretzels/popcorn/Chex-Mix, crackers, cookies, nuts, etc.
- Water bottle (16 oz.)
- While not on the “official” list, but nice to have: un-opened plasticware kits from to-go meals or a sandwich bag containing a plastic fork, spoon and napkin
Sack lunches can be taken to MLM during regular business hours (8am – 5pm, M-F) at 3031 Holmes, KC, MO 64109 or contact Lauren Kindig at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup. MLM will happily take the leftover items off your hands as well for their food pantry.
City Union Mission Is Still In Need
City Union Mission is currently in need of some items, both food and non-food items:
Find Out How Your Generosity Is Helping Our Mission Partners
Our mission partners have taken the tithes and offerings of our members and friends and turned them into life-changing services for the clients and guests they serve. Click on the links below to discover how your generosity is making a difference:
You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Christ Lutheran Church
11720 Nieman Road
Overland Park, KS 66210
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Care Needs: Call or Text 913-346-3454