CNH Grant #21 - Social Ministries Outreach Expansion, LWML First, Yuba City
First Lutheran is located in an inner-city neighborhood and has several successful social ministries reaching the unchurched with the gospel. These ministries have grown, especially since Reuben, the LCC K-9 comfort Dog, joined the church staff. In particular there is a growing need for Reuben to expand the ministry to disasters and law enforcement personnel and their families. The ministry needs funds for Reuben’s transportation. The grant request is to expand current ministries that are needed for spreading the gospel.
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Mite Explanation and History
Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), the mite box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" - offerings above and beyond the support given to congregations and the LCMS. Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program.
Mite Boxes, available from the district, zone or LWML office, are distributed to every woman in a society, and often to each member of the congregation. Local groups submit mite box offerings to the appointed district officer.
The Widow's Mite
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4).