In November a group of individuals interested in world and local concerns met to determine how Good Shepherd’s FY 2018 benevolence funds would be distributed. After prayer, discernment and discussion the group recommended (and Council approved at their November meeting) that $80,500 be distributed among the following groups:
Local and Regional Groups receiving a total of $21,250 include:
Pizza klatch, Community Youth Services, Safeplace, CIELO, Salvation Army Community Kitchen, Sidewalk, M Powerment, The Family Support Center/Shelter, Interfaith Works Shelter, Homes First, Interfaith Works, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM), Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), Faith Action Network (FAN) and Livingstones Prison Ministry.
New to the list this year is ELM, a organization that lifts up, advocates for and supports the LGBTQIA+ leaders in our church (www.elm.org) and Mpowerment Washington whose mission is to promote lasting sexual health and strong communities through outreach, education and community wellness amongst those most affected by HIV/AIDS and their allies (www.mpowerwa.org).
World Concerns groups receiving $59,200 include:
LWR shipping fund, ELCA Hunger Appeal, Transform International, LWR, Lutheran Disaster Relief-AMMPARO, Crop Walk, ELCA-Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), Bread for the World, Earth Ministry, Apopo, Huru International, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) and Hope Opens Doors.
New to the list this year is Huru International whose global mission is to provide at-risk girls in Africa with reusable sanitary pads combined with sexual and reproductive health and life skills so that they can stay in school and remain healthy. Learn more at https://huruinternational.org/
Also new is Apopo. Their mission is to develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change. The APOPO scent detection rats, nicknamed ‘HeroRATs’, help to rid the world of landmines and tuberculosis –returning safe land back to communities for development, and freeing people from serious illness so they can get back on their feet. Seriously, you need to read about this organization at https://www.apopo.org/en.
Special Offerings Designations
Special offerings are collected on Thankgiving, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Traditionally these offerings were put in blue envelopes, but due to cost, those envelopes are no longer available. If you would like to designate a special offering during the holiday period, please make your check payable to Good Shepherd and write the special designation in the memo line. This year’s designations are as follows:
Thanksgiving – Grub, Christmas – Providence Community Care Center, Easter – OSD Principals Checkbook Fund, and Pentecost – Local Concerns Ministry Investment Fund
Other special donations
Advent Soup Suppers (2) – Providence Community Care Center, Cookie Walk – Prison Mission and Lenten Soup Suppers (4) – Providence Community Care Center.
Thanks to everyone who attended. Funds from the Mission Investment Funds have been requested and checks will be disbursed as funds become available.
The document below is a detailed worksheet of the benevolence gifts.