LWML Grant #12 - Food Pantry of Bethlehem
Bethlehem Lutheran Church has operated an in-house food pantry for at least 12 years. The pantry was established to assist members of the congregation, as well as people in the community. The ministry team establishes and builds a relationship with every person who comes through the church pantry doors. Stapled to each bag are the church business cards and Sunday worship times, and inside are Gospel outreach materials. The ministry refers to these materials and encourages people to read them and attend the church programs. The grant request is to purchase Portals of Prayer, Lutheran Hour Miniseries tracts, and personal hygiene supplies.
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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).