At the 2019 Annual Meeting, five special mission projects were chosen for our support ($1,000 each). These projects are supported by special thank-offerings given by members on the occasion of birthdays, anniversaries, or other special blessings received in life. You may use the envelopes found in the pew racks or your own envelope designated for the project(s) you chose.
JEFFERSON HOUSE (Heartland Family Service) – The Jefferson House in Fremont was established in 1999 to provide emergency shelter care services for youth aged birth to 18 who have been abused in their homes and whose safety is a concern. It provides 30 day temporary placement for such children and also operates a group home program that works on socially appropriate behavior.
SAUNDERS COUNTY FOOD BACKPACK PROGRAM -- A program coordinated by the Saunders County Ministerial Association helping local children in families experiencing food insecurities. Every Friday children bring home healthy snacks and easy-to-prepare foods in their backpacks to help offset any food shortages they might face over a weekend. Proteins, fruits, and vegetables are staples in the bags every week. The food items in the bags rotate on a four-week basis. The bags are delivered to Saunders County schools. The food is packed in grocery bags so the students receiving the food don't stand out. The school staff then distributes the bag for students to carry home in their own backpacks.
DR. HASKINS / DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS -- Dr. Gregory Haskins is an ophthalmologist in Fremont, Nebraska and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Alegent Creighton Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Alegent Creighton Immanuel Medical Center. Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org) help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.
CAMPUS MINISTRY AT MIDLAND UNIVERSITY -- Campus Ministry works through a partnership between Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry (NeLCM), local area congregations, and Midland University. We devote our time to becoming humble servants by growing "Closer to God. Closer to each other." We provide students, faculty and staff, and those in the community a place to grow and live out their faith. We encourage students to not only be involved on campus, but to become connected in ministry centers in the community.
HELP AT HOME -- A bag of groceries, a gas card, new clothes and toiletries can be a big help to a struggling family in this country especially in the months and years after losing their homes to a natural disaster. Long after the dust settles and media coverage fades, your gifts through this ELCA program connects families with the supplies they need most, ensuring that they no longer must make the difficult choice between paying the bills and meeting their basic needs.