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Local Outreach

 

Breakfast at the Crossings

Every Saturday morning volunteers make and serve breakfast to homeless men & women at The Crossings Church in Costa Mesa. The organization that oversees this program, L.O.T.S (Life on the Streets), had been using several old, 2-slice toasters that had to be plugged into different outlets around the center to avoid blowing circuits. With the generous support of GSLC in addition to 2 other sponsors , The Crossings now has a shiny new commercial grade toaster and are able to make enough toast for everyone to enjoy at their Saturday breakfasts.

A big Thank you and Thumbs up to GSLC from The Crossings Crew!

If you would like to participate in this Outreach Ministry opportunity please contact Toby Albers @ 949/378-1001 or email him at TobyAlbers@cox.net.

Days for Girls Ministry

Volunteers at GSLC gather to sew and assemble feminine hygiene kits for girls and women in third world countries.  These items empower the recipients by allowing them to continue to participate in school, work, and everyday life during times that they would otherwise be indisposed. 

Dr. Summer Nguyen and Nurse, Fabienne Goutier explain how Days for Girls kits work to a group of Haitian Nurses:  

You do not need to know how to use a sewing machine in order to help with the “Days for Girls” kits.   For more information about the Irvine Chapter of Days for Girls, or to be placed on the e-mail list of this ministry, please contact Alicia Zubiri at irvineca@daysforgirls.org.  For more information about the Days for Girls ministry please go to: www.daysforgirls.org

Wednesday Night Street Ministry

After ending a 10-year partnership with Isaiah House, a Catholic organization in Santa Ana, we were unsure where God was leading us with our homeless ministry, until a new opportunity was presented to us. We were presented with a unique private/public three-way partnership between the city and county as a funding source, Midnight Mission as a Program Manager, and volunteer organizations which include Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This new partnership has provided Good Shepherd a way to continue our ministry of feeding the homeless and sharing the Gospel. We (Good Shepherd & Isaiah House) were feeding 200+ homeless in Santa Ana. But with the Courtyard Outreach, we now serve 350-400 meals every Wednesday under a secure, monitored outdoor space. Our volunteers feel very safe serving and enjoy sharing the love and care we feel for our Lord with this community. Jesus commands us to reach out to the poor and to strangers in need. Come and fulfill that command with us through this great opportunity.

Thank you and we welcome you to join us today! If you have any questions, please contact either Yuichi Suda (suda@ppw-us.com or 503.789.8908) or John Ingram (macjohnmi@gmail.com or 949.246.1652).

Click here if you would like to volunteer for this weekly ministry. If your heart urges you to donate meals, cash or in-kind, click here.

 

Shepherd’s Sandwich Ministry

GSLC’s Shepherd's Sandwich Ministry is an ongoing service project that has served the homeless for years. Volunteers meet the second Friday of each month in the church kitchen to make and bag sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. Hygiene kits are also created from donated items. The sandwiches and kits (and homemade cookies, when available) are delivered to the Salvation Army Home and to the Street Ministry both located in Santa Ana.

You can contribute to this ministry by joining other volunteers on designated Fridays, baking cookies and dropping them off at church, and donating travel size toiletries to be used in the hygiene kits.

***Families and young children are welcome (one of our 3-year old members participated by standing on a stool!). This is also an excellent “teen” and small group service opportunity.

For more information, contact Will and Anna Gronek at annamarie729@yahoo.com.

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to some of the poorest populations in Orange County. GSLC has supported the local Garden Grove chapter by conducting food drives, providing Christmas gifts and infant necessities through our “Shepherd’s Tree” program, donating gift cards for perishable food and prescription medications, and stocking the freezers of the emergency food pantry.  LSS was a recipient of the GSLC-Thrivent “Nourish the Needy” food donations in August of 2008.

“Your care for others is the measure of your greatness.” Luke 9:48

Families Forward

Families Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving low-income and homeless families in Orange County. It helps families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. Families Forward distributes donated food on a weekly basis from their food pantry warehouse. It also stores donated furniture for delivery as necessary.

GSLC has supported Families Forward for years through food drives and gifts from our “Shepherd’s Tree.” In 2007, GSLC members and our VBS children raised almost $10,000 to furnish a condominium donated to a family.

“The one who refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 22:25

For more information contact Teckla Morini at tjmorini@gmail.com.

Back Pack and School Supplies Drive for Franklin Elementary School

Franklin Elementary School in Santa Ana educates many children who start their school year without paper, pens, back packs, and other school supplies. GSLC has informally “adopted” this school to make sure its students have a better chance at succeeding. Every August, GSLC members donate supplies that are distributed to students by the school’s staff.  

For more information, contact Terry Fee at tdfee@cox.net.

Horizon Pregnancy ClinicHorizon Pregnancy Center

The Horizon Pregnancy Clinic in Huntington Beach (www.horizonpc.org)  is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. It provides counseling and education, abortion alternatives, childbirth classes and emotional support.

GSLC supports Horizon Pregnancy Clinic through financial gifts and special baby care drives. The baby items are used for their on-site baby store which allows new moms to earn points for attending weekly classes and redeem the points in the Baby Store.  

For more information, contact Jennie Samstag at dsamstag@aol.com.

Shepherd’s Tree

GSLC “Shepherd’s Tree” provides an opportunity for members of all ages to give “something extra” at Christmas to the needy in our community. Before Thanksgiving, a Christmas Tree is put in the church narthex decorated with paper ornaments that contain gift suggestions for the many community organizations GSLC serves. Our members select an ornament (or two or three!!) and return the gifts to the Shepherd’s Tree before Christmas. The Outreach Ministry gets to share the joy of Christmas with the recipients by delivering the gift items.

For more information, contact Terry Fee at tdfee@cox.net or Teckla Morini at tjmorini@gmail.com.

Whoever is kind to the needy honor God” Proverbs 14:31.