News from our missions in the United States and abroad.
Outreach Idea of the Month
“Christmas For Kids”
It’s not too early to plan!
Pastor Nick Proksch, currently serving River Heights Lutheran – East Grand Forks, MN, has helped plan and implement a number of outreach-minded events. One that seemed to be popular was “Christmas for Kids” (CFK). A few of the highlights of planning for this event follow.
- Set the date: Usually a Saturday or two before Christmas seems to work best. A two-hour time slot was the normal time scheduled. (Make sure many/most of your church families will be able to attend.)
- Publicity: Postcard invitations could be sent as a blanket mailing, to your prospect list, or both. Mail invites 1-2 weeks in advance.
- Web site: Make sure the church’s web site is updated with the CFK information.
- Activities: A mix of crafts/games and a Bible lesson or two should suffice. The crafts should connect somehow to the Bible lesson. Potential crafts: ornaments, making something Christmas-y out of candy, snow globes, and gingerbread churches.
- Volunteers: Make sure an ample number of volunteers are on hand to help! Volunteers can also assist in publicity and planning the crafts.
If you would like more details, or want to know what sort of CFK Pastor Proksch is planning for this year, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample postcard publicity for a Christmas for Kids event.
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World Outreach Update
Cyclone Hudhud Damages Churches in India
A hurricane (called “cyclone” in India) recently ravaged India. Pastor G.J. Ananda Raju sent the following message:
Cyclone Hudhud slammed into the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, tearing down tens of thousands of mud-and-thatch homes, and flattening rice, banana and sugarcane plantations. Hudhud underwent rapid deepening in the following days and was classified as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. Hudhud reached its peak strength of wind speeds at 175 km/h (109 mph)
We request you kindly to remember this great need in your prayers.
Help for Shalem
Last year, many throughout the United States donated funds to help a young boy named Shalem, a member of our mission in India, receive a liver transplant. While the transplant was successful, Shalem developed an infection recently which required an additional surgery. That surgery was performed and Shalem has again returned home to recover. His family does not have the funds to cover this most recent surgery, so Shalem had to return home for recovery immediately following the surgery. Please remember Shalem and his family in your prayers. If you would like to help with the new medical bills, please see the donation information at the bottom of this email.
Shalem praying with Pastor Solomon prior to his latest surgery.
After the surgery, Shalem had to leave the hospital because his family can’t afford to keep him there during his recovery.
Prayers for Ukraine
With the ongoing political unrest in Ukraine, we ask for your continued prayers for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Ukrainian Lutheran Church, as well as for Nick and Kerry Laper and the Gift of Life program.
Would you like to help with our home or world outreach? Donations are accepted online at: www.els.name/donate. You may also send your donation by mail to:
Evangelical Lutheran Synod
6 Browns Court
Mankato, MN 56001