At the 2023 Annual Meeting, four special mission projects were chosen for our support. 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.
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.
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.
DODGE COUNTY FOOD BACKPACK PROGRAM (Food Bank for the Heartland) -- The BackPack Program, a partnership with area schools, offers packs of weekend breakfasts and lunches to children. Each week during the school year, bags of easy-to-prepare or ready-to-eat nutritious food are distributed to children in 112 school districts in Nebraska and western Iowa. Each BackPack bag is assembled by Food Bank volunteers. The bags are delivered to Dodge County schools. The food is packed in bags which are then distributed to the students to carry home in their own backpacks.
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.