Serving the human needs of the community.
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing
Human Needs Committee continues to collect good furniture for distribution to our refugee families when we are matched. The storage shed will be open Saturday, August 4 from 10 AM until noon to bring your donations by for storage. Most needed furniture donations are dining table and chairs. dressers, lamps and light bulbs, couches and stock pots. Anticipate that before we accept the donation that we will check it over to make certain it is in good condition. No used mattresses are accepted. If you need a vehicle to assist in moving the furniture contact Forrest. A thank you “shout out” for Donn and Deborah Bischoff who made this storage area available and to Mike Lechner (Waste Link) who provided a truck for removal of unusable items. Interested in visiting a refugee family (membership in Christ Lutheran is not required)? Applications are available on the opportunity table. Questions – talk with Forrest Ehmke or Pastor Chad.
Family Promise continues to move forward. They need three more congregations to have enough congregations to begin their second rotation. They anticipate having additional congregation partners after October, 2018. Questions, talk with Elaine Miller
Thank you for contributions to the Filling the Gap program. Snack items were delivered on Friday, July 13. Thank you to all our Christ Lutheran family who will be distributing the Filling the Gap lunches throughout Wichita at the end of summer school.
Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 are busy days for Christ Lutheran Church. We will work with both Sandwich Saturday and our St. Paul’s Breakfast. Come and enjoy having busy hands and enjoyable company while preparing or distributing food to the hungry.
The August Human Needs collection will be for Lutheran W orld Relief with draw string sacks and school supplies. We will need both draw string sacks made as well as school supplies donated. This is a link to instructions for sewing school packs; http://windsweptlady.blogspot.com/2012/10/school-kits-for-lutheran-world-relief . This is a link to items needed for the school bags;https://lwr.org/get-involved/build-kits-of-care/school-kits . The mission of Lutheran World Relief is “Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering. “
September our collection project will be for CROP Walk. All are welcome to walk or to be a donor to a walker. The walk will be onSunday, October 7 from 1 PM – 3 PM. Please check with Forrest Ehmke in order to get a packet to begin collecting for the walk. You can also sign-up for the Christ Lutheran Team on line at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/wichitaks/Account/Register. “Spirit”walkers (those who are unable to walk the distance) are welcomed to the team as well. CROP Walker Emeritus, Elmer Hoyer, will again sponsor any walker from Christ Lutheran. 25% of funds raised go to support four local programs including St. Paul’s Breakfast. Our youth are especially encouraged to participate.
Ministries Throughout the Year
Family Promise with whom Christ Lutheran has agreed to become a host congregation in the Rotation Program. Elaine Miller coordinates our involvement with Family Promise. We will begin serving people one week/quarter once a new group of twelve churches are obtained. The mission of Family Promise of Greater Wichita is to unite hearts and hands to provide compassionate hospitality and empower homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence. They provide customized case management which allows them to walk beside families in life, partnering with them to achieve their goals.
There are three phases to their Sustainable Independence Program (SIP):
Phase 1: Support Services Families are assisted with urgent/crisis needs for homelessness prevention, as we have resources.
Phase 2: Hospitality/Lodging Our Rotation Program, to work towards sustainability. Other programs revolve around this.
Phase 3: Mentoring/Aftercare For families who have participated in/graduated from our Rotation Program.
Family Promise wishlist is below. Contact Elaine, Forrest, or Pastor Chad if you can contribute: Diapers, especially newborn and 2T pull-ups, 20x25x1 furnace filters, Nitrile gloves, Roll paper towels, Printer paper, Sunscreen, Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, outdoor activities, Children’s swimsuits, Hand soap, Laundry soap (All Free brand), Baby wipes, Trash bags, Super and super plus tampons, Gift cards to Walmart, Gas cards, Bus passes (can be purchased at Dillons)
The Christmas Family
THE WICHITA CHILDREN’S HOME. These items were delivered after December 21.
Souper Bowl of Caring
January’s donations were for Souper Bowl.
Members of Christ Lutheran Church were asked to bring food for sack lunches being bagged and served by our youth to Wichita citizens in poverty. The Soup Pot money collected will go for supplies St. Paul’s Breakfast.
Bags of Blessings
Human Needs collection for February will be the Bags of Blessings program through Partners forWichita.
Food 4 Kids Foodbags
Human Needs collection for March was Food 4 Kids. In the Wichita School District, on Fridays, many children on the free/reduced lunch plans are sent home with a backpack full of food that will help feed them throughout the weekend. . This is a link to a short video (1.5 minutes) about the program; http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/2008/11/05/kids-helping-kids/
Family Life Center Safehouse
Human Needs collection for April, items were collected for the Family Life Center Safehouse in El Dorado. The Family Life Center Safehouse provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault/abuse. They provide special attention to each client’s individual needs.
Baby Care Kits
Members were asked to bring items for Baby Care Kits. Flat fold cloth diapers are the most needed item for baby layette kits for LWR. LWR requests that we do NOT send onesies.
Members were asked to bring items items are being collected for refugees. They will come here with nothing. We are asked to provide anything they might need to set up a home in an apartment.
This organization helps international refugees relocate to Wichita by helping with housing, language, and transitional assistance. We have helped welcome refugees from Burma/Myanmar, Congo, and Ethiopia.
“Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids”
Partners for Wichita is reaching out with lunches for hungry kids before school starts. We are collecting healthy snacks to go with the meals. Here’s how you can help. Please help hungry children now. Your check, written to Partners for Wichita and designated for “Filling the Gap,” may be mailed to Partners for Wichita, 925 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67203; or you may give securely online at www.partnersforwichita.org.
The Wichita CROP Hunger Walk seeks to educate, inspire and empower the Wichita community to be agents of change in the fight against poverty and hunger through fundraising events with local and international impact. The Walk is an opportunity for Wichita residents of all ages, faiths, cultures and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard. 1/4 of funds raised stay local (Free Community Breakfast-St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church; Breakfast and Neighborhood Fellowship – City Life Church; Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita – food ministries and United Methodist Open Door Ministries – Food Ministry). 3/4 of the funds raised assist the hungry around the world through Church World Service. For more information about what CROP Walk does review these two videos:
StepStone is a transitional living program for survivors of domestic violence. One survivor/ mother had this to say about StepStone; “They take you in, wrap you in their arms and keep you safe and secure.” Needs for StepStone are typically laundry detergent, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies.
Dear Neighbor Ministries Food Pantry serves the entire community and has struggled with maintaining adequate food to distribute to people in need. They distribute not only food items but also personal care items. People utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition program (SNAP – formerly called food stamps) are unable to purchase non-food items with these benefits. People receiving food stamps typically run out of food by the 23rd of the month.
Union Rescue Mission
Gathering items for the Union Rescue Mission at 2800 N. Hillside (http://urmwichita.org/programs-services) Some of the items collected were: Winter gloves, Water Bottles, Insulated cups (for coffee or cold), Disposable Hand Warmers, Chapstick, and Food.
There are many programs assisting with holidays as well as people in need. A resource for you to give to people or to consider for donations can be found on the Kansas Food Bank web page; http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/finding-help/