Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Outreach

How You Can Help Nepal.

When a tragic earthquake struck in Nepal, Lutheran World Relief was already on the scene. Thousands of people have died. but hundreds of thousands are in dire need of help.

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Angel Tree Update

Angel Tree Update

The Circle of Inspiration and I would like to thank all who helped make Christmas brighter for 46 women and children this year through the Angel Tree Outreach Program. A special thanks to Pastor Josh, Trinity’s Naomi Circle Women’s Ministry and Outreach Team, and the many individual volunteers who helped make this event special for our families recovering from abuse. Thank you and God bless you for your generosity and compassion. In His Service, Vernetta Eddleman

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LCMS responds to Philippine Disaster

Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines Nov. 8 killing thousands, is one of the strongest storms in recorded history. It is an unbelievable crisis for the people there. In response to a request from our partner church, the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP), the LCMS is providing assistance. Three LCP congregations are located in the hardest-hit area. At least one of those congregations and its parsonage suffered significant damage, as did the homes of its members. Area Lutherans have lost crops, livestock and livelihoods. We have committed up to $100,000 for immediate aid for those affected and extended a $50,000 challenge grant to our partner churches in the International Lutheran Council for additional gifts. Our disaster-response team will soon be on-site to meet with LCP leaders, assess the situation and determine a long-term plan for walking together with LCP and helping its congregations to share the mercy and love of God with their neighbors affected by this devastating storm. You can help support the LCMS relief effort in the Philippines most by contributing to LCMS Disaster Response over and above your year-end gift. You can respond through a gift of help and hope: make an online gift at www.lcms.org/givenow/disaster. mail checks payable to The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (with a memo line or note designating LCMS Disaster Relief) to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861. call toll-free 888-930-4438 (8:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday). You can keep up with information about

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LCMS Disaster Response Stands Ready For Any Need.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laurelton, NY., recently celebrated the Baptism of an entire family affected by Superstorm Sandy. The family was looking for spiritual care and a church home in the wake of the disaster, and God placed the LCMS disaster response team in their lives. “Even if we only affected one family like this for eternal purposes,” said Tom Cusanelli, Sandy recovery coordinator for the LCMS Atlantic District, “then we have done what the Lord wanted us to do.” LCMS Disaster Response is a ministry of presence, a presence rich with God’s mercy and Word of life. It serves the thousands of individuals and families all over the world who are suffering from loss in the wake of disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes. But it also provides an opportunity for the church to be visibly active in reaching out in mercy to serve the hurting and homeless with physical and spiritual care. “In times of tragedy,” said the Rev. Glenn Merritt, director of LCMS Disaster Response, “there is nothing more important than spiritual care.” Disaster preparedness is a priority of Disaster Response, which offers two major training programs. Mercy in Action is a program designed to help train congregations to respond when tragedy strikes while Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training equips individual volunteers. To date, LERT has trained more than 12,500 Lutheran volunteers in disaster relief and response. Recovering from any natural disaster is an ongoing task. Money and people resources go a long

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Your Help Needed In Fighting Malaria.

Africa is the fastest growing Christian mission in the world. Every year, thousands upon thousands come to know Christ as their savior. From The Gambia to Ethiopia, Sudan to South Africa, the Word is being preached from door to door, house to hours, village to village and region to region. From a political perspective, the transition to Christianity also means that it becomes harder for Muslim factions to gain a position of influence in this region. As has historically been the custom, Christian missions also bring with them education, counseling, and medical care. It’s hard to fathom, but more than 1400 children die each day in Africa from Malaria. That is one child every sixty seconds. Most of these children are under the age of three. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has named Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) as one of the named recipients of the 2013 National Offering. Gifts to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) empower LCMS mercy teams to join in a coordinated battle to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015, and in ways that shine the light and hope of the Gospel on afflicted homes and communities. Focusing on education, prevention and effective, affordable treatments for malaria, LMI reaches communities at the last mile of the longest road. As mercy work is conducted, teams are telling affected households and communities of the hope found only in Jesus, opening avenues for continued evangelism and instruction in the Christian faith. LMI works closely with Lutheran partner churches in Africa to

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600 Lutherans Flock to Redbird Stadium

Last Saturday night was Thrivent for Lutherans night at Autozone Park. Many from Trinity joined other area Lutherans for a night at the ballgame. Thrivent Financial made tickets available for just $4 for Thrivent members, their friends, and guests. The six hundred or so tickets sold by Thrivant helped fill the park to a season-high attendance of 13,637. The Trinity delegation, which was seated directly behind the beer stand, saw the Memphis Redbirds beat the Iowa Cubs 6-2.  This closes the gap between the first place Cubs and the second place Redbirds to just 1 game in league standings. Redbirds Brock Peterson And Jamie Romak each hit home runs. After the game, fans were treated to an outstanding fireworks show. Be sure to watch next year for your chance to join in on the fun.  

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Worship Services Designed To Reach Out

Trinity Lutheran Church has recently launched three separate but related outreach programs aimed at all those in need of God’s loving touch. The first,  Gather In The Garden,  consists of short worship services  held  in Trinity’s Meditation Garden and is designed for those who have lost loved ones through domestic violence.  During this service of prayer and meditation, Trinity’s bell tolls once for each victim as the names of those lost are read aloud. The second service of outreach is our new Liturgy of Wholeness and Healing to be held several times throughout the church year. This service offers the opportunity for those who so desire to be anointed with oil as prescribed in James 5:14:  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  Time is also set aside for participants to place their individual petitions before the Lord.   This non-liturgical worship service takes place in a more casual setting aimed at making both traditional Lutherans and non-Lutherans comfortable.  The next Liturgy of Wholeness and Healing is scheduled for January, 2013. The third new outreach service brings us back to the Meditation Garden, this time at 12:15 pm every Thursday for Prayer in the Garden. This unique service consists of scripture readings, prayers, and a short meditation. It is designed primarily as a “spiritual break”  for those who work in the Downtown area. All of these services

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Feed My Sheep

In these difficult economic times, is is estimated that more than 400,000 people in the Mid-South area worry about where their next meal is coming from at least once during the year. There are many complex social issues involved in why so many are hungry, but while various agencies study the problem, the people remain hungry. Trinity is joining with others to help reduce the suffering and assist those in the greatest need. The second Sunday of each month has be designated Feed My Sheep Sunday. As a part of our weekly offering to the Lord, we’ll gather non-perishable food items and canned goods in a barrel before worship, and afterward take them down to the Mid-South Food Bank to help feed our local community.

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Victims to Victory

Anyone interested in training to serve Victims of Violent Crime while they sit and pray in our sacred space during jury deliberation, please email Vernetta Eddleman at eddleman2@aol.com.

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