Here We Stand – October 2019 Update

Community Care Day

The Community Care Day partnership between Trinity and Redeemer Lutheran churches in Jackson began as a Community Event challenge to congregations in the Michigan District through its Here We Stand campaign upon the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The initial event was such a success that it has continued over the past three years. This partnership to stand for those in need in Jackson has served well over 1,200 individuals since 2017.

This past August, over 100 volunteers from Trinity and Redeemer said thank you to God by serving their neighbors. Their combined efforts and resources once again gifted the community with much needed back-to-school items for 150 families (over 500 individuals!).

Trinity is uniquely situated within the city limits of Jackson and is easily accessed by its neighbors. The 2019 event opened with registration and a pancake breakfast in Trinity’s church parking lot. Because each family has to register, the congregations can keep in touch with them and invite them to worship and to special events throughout the year.

Inside the church building, people were able to get haircuts or to pick up hygiene items, school supplies, family devotional supplies, and socks and underwear. Fun projects and games kept restless children occupied during the distribution of supplies.  All items provided were new and donated or purchased through monies collected by Trinity and Redeemer members and area businesses and groups. Thrivent Financial was again a significant contributor, providing grants for several areas.

This event was the culmination of months of planning and preparation. A point person from each congregation was chosen. They organized volunteers, arranged for media coverage, and planned the step-by-step process needed to get to “D-day” with procedures and people all intact. Each person who headed up a specific area was responsible for things like getting licensed hairstylists and ordering or shopping for supplies to be packaged and displayed.

Over 100 volunteers stepped forward from the two congregations—young, old, and in-between. What a wonderful way for God’s people to say thank you to Him by serving the less fortunate.

Campaign Progress

Over $6.18 million in gifts, pledges, and congregational goals to date.

October Newsletter 2019