500 Ways to Bless our Neighbors
2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We want to praise God for 500 years of blessings to our church by performing 500 Acts of Mercy for those in our "neighborhood" who are less fortunate than ourselves. With this in mind we are collecting items on a shopping list provided by Cyrus Center youth shelter and outreach program. We will also be assembling We Care Kits for refugee camps supported by Canadian Lutheran World Relief and we will support those who seek help from Ruth and Naomi's Street Mission and those who live in the Village supportive housing complex next to our church building.
Our partner organization, Most Ministries, operates eye glass clinics in third world countries. Volunteers take donated eyeglasses into the poorest areas and give the gift of sight. In many cases people are able to escape the slums simply by being able to see well enough to work. We collect all types of eye glasses and also make witness necklaces and finger puppets which the Most Ministry volunteers use to explain the Gospel to clients at the eye glass clinic. This is an ongoing project so bring your eyeglasses to the church at any time.
During 2017 we are also supporting missionary work in Costa Rica through the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society, which is the mission arm of Lutheran Church-Canada. We will be raising $2,000 to assist the missionaries this year with educational materials and a child feeding program.
Even the small things, given in love, can make a difference: Learn what you can do.