LCR Cares II

To our Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Family & Friends,

With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, hopefully the light at the end of the tunnel will begin shining on us within the next few months and “social distancing” will be a term for the history books!


Recent Federal support and a possible further stimulus package will provide much needed assistance for those who have suffered because they are out of work or their incomes have been reduced during this period. Meanwhile, many of us have been fortunate to work safely from home and have seen no reduction in income during this time and so any stimulus funds that we may receive appear to be a “windfall” for our families. However, there are many families in our local, national and global communities who will continue to need our assistance for some time to come.


As a congregation, we stepped up last year with the LCR CARES Response and provided significant assistance to six long-term ministry partners by contributing $45,000 to their programs. Our Outreach Committee has determined that these same ministries continue to see an increased demand for services combined with a reduction in fundraising opportunities. In faith, and out of compassion, we now invite you to participate in the LCR CARES II response. Please review the ministries listed below and give prayerful consideration to providing whatever support you can.


LCR cares about keeping our Church Family connected during this pandemic, so please be sure to join us on Facebook Live for Sunday services. If you have spiritual, financial or logistical needs, please let one of our pastors know. Hopefully this period of distancing and quarantining is almost over. We look forward to seeing each other in church again soon!

Dan Tandy

Stewardship Committee



Guatemala missionary support

(Doppenberg family and The Centre of Hope) Website: http://thedoppenbergs.com/

LCR contact: Mark Wegmeyer mwegmeyer@gmail.com Mark’s phone: 513-708-7457

Our LCR missionary family, the Doppenbergs, need assistance to support the Centre of Hope, which serves as the hub of the DIG Community Empowerment Program - providing families with access to clean water, solar lights, smokeless stoves, nutritious plants/trees & education opportunities. Due to COVID-19 and extensive destruction from several hurricanes and tropical storms in 2020, the DIG is in need of funds to supply much needed food packs to local residents and remote villages in their area.

Needs:

*Financial assistance to offset revenue loss of income due to travel restrictions and inability to host groups that bring physical and financial support. Items that would be supported: Food packs, smokeless stove production, salary for staff and family living expenses.


Immigration and Refugee Ministry

Website https://www.heartfelttidbits.com/ LCR contacts Sue and Mike Goldberg Sue’s phone: 513-205-6499 Email: skmgoldberg@gmail.com LCR works in partnership with Heartfelt Tidbits (a nonprofit) for our English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The Immigrant and Refugee Committee offers ESL, with 19 current participants attending weekly virtual classes. In addition to providing learning opportunities, strong relationships have been established between LCR teachers/mentors and immigrant families.

Needs:

*Rent assistance for ESL participants whose jobs have been eliminated due to COVID-19 * Food assistance (including infant formula and basic needs)


IPM (Inter Parish Ministry)

Website: www.InterParish.org LCR contact: Kathy Ray Phone: 513-305-4406 Email: KathleenRay2001@gmail.com

Inter Parish Ministries has been successful in providing food, clothing & communal support to those in need in eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County and empowers clients with information, support and services to improve their lives. Their Choice Food Pantry provides access to food and clothing at two pantries located in Newtown and Amelia. IPM has been successful in integrating food pantry, job assistance, food security for school children and elder ministry programs during the year.

Needs:

* Financial assistance to procure bulk purchasing of food items and items of greatest need

* To provide basics for personal care and COVID-19 cleaning


Manna from Heaven/Appalachia

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MannaFromHeavenInc/

LCR Contact: Cindy Zorn, Phone: 624-0892 Email: cindyzorn@gmail.com

Manna from Heaven is a rural food pantry located in southeastern Appalachian Kentucky serving the needs of two counties identified as the poorest counties in the nation. LCR success at Manna was exhibited at Christmas time, even during COVID, as we provided 800 boxes of food plus holiday gifts and provisions that ultimately impacted over 5,000 people. Each spring Manna receives from LCR 300 flats of vegetable seedlings and hundreds of pounds of seeds to support the goal of creating self-sufficiency. Monthly donations of food and clothing are delivered by an active group of LCR members and friends.

Needs:

* Continue to provide financial assistance so that items can be purchased from Master Provisions, our main provider of reclaimed food.

* Additional resources to coordinate food packing events through LCR.


Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy

Website: www.nelm.org

LCR Contact: Pat Hurr Phone: 513-752-5523 (home) Email: path1818@gmail.com

The Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy in Rock Point, Arizona has been an important ministry for LCR for a number of years. This year it has been more critical than ever to assist both the school and the Mission in ministering to the needs of their community. Unintended consequences of the pandemic and delayed arrival of CARES Act relief dollars have resulted in jobs lost, local business closures and a plummeting economy across the Navajo Nation. The Mission has been most appreciative of the assistance it has received from all its allies, including LCR, that have helped the Mission ease the pain and hardship of the community.

Needs:

* The Mission continues to provide students with scholarships, learning packets and Chromebooks.

* The Mission also assists the surrounding community with clean water, food drives and medical assistance in this very remote part of the Navajo Nation.


SEM (Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry)

Website: http://www.semcommunities.org/food_pantry.html

LCR contact: Jolie Prasser, Phone: 474-0530; Email: jolieprasser@gmail.com

As a founding partner in Southern Ecumenical Ministry (SEM) LCR has continued to partner with SEM through financial assistance and food donations. The Food Pantry operates with an all-volunteer staff & partners with the Freestore Foodbank. LCR has become very active in their Racetrack Ministry outreach, providing meals, personal care and medical assistance. Last racing season, LCR was able to provide meals and fellowship on two occasions. Located in the Mount Washington area, this food pantry serves our closest neighborhoods.

Needs:

* Financial assistance to procure bulk purchasing of food items and items of greatest need

* To provide basics for personal care and COVID-19 cleaning

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