Support for the Mission of God at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
Our Shepherd participates in the mission of God through the ministry of Word and Sacrament both in our local congregation and around the world. This year our congregation has provided support for different mission ministries through our endowment and designated mission fund.
In July our endowment fund distributed $20,000 to mission needs. Some mission needs were in our school, but we are always looking for ways to support missions that we are able to have an ongoing relationship.
- $10,000 - OSLS Assist (tuition assistance) Fund
- $4,000 - To purchase a replacement Smartboard for OSLS (6 of 11 needed were already funded through fundraisers)
- $1,000 - Care Net Pregnancy Centers, Berkley and Detroit
- $1,000 - Family of God, Detroit
- $1,000 - Camp Restore, Detroit
- $1,000 - Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Detroit
- $1,000 - San Juan Lutheran Church, Mexicali
- $1,000 - Lighthouse of Oakland County (South Oakland Shelter)
Our endowment strives to give 25% of funds annually to organizations outside Our Shepherd. All six recipient organizations are served by Our Shepherd members through volunteerism in addition to this financial support.
Occasionally a new mission opportunity develops that has immediate needs that we are able to provide through our designated mission fund. This August, Pastor Tony Boos of Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, spoke to me about the needs of Bangladesh Living Word Lutheran Church. Elieo Boiragee, one of the pastors of this church, currently lives in the Detroit area. Pastor Boos has been providing continuing education to Pastor Elieo Boiragee and others back in Bangladesh. In 2021 I plan to become a part of this continuing education program. In August, we sent $1500, through Faith Lutheran Church, to provide immediate help. On November 6, 2020, we received a thank you note from Pastor Elieo’s wife who still lives in Bangladesh. Our gift, along with support from Faith and another congregation, provided food to 529 families. This congregatoin also provided emergency food to 185 children through their school.
In October our Church Council met and discussed how a portion of a recent estate gift would should support mission needs. The council chose to send $1000 to St. Paul Community Lutheran Church in Pontiac. Camp Restore Detroit received $2500. We also distributed $5000 to the Allwardt Seminarian Fund with recognition that this fund did not receive the benefit of a golf outing in 2020.