Who Are Lutherans For Life?

Lutherans For Life (LFL) is so much more than an organization that produces facts and figures and keeps people informed on the latest life related news and political maneuvers. LFL is about speaking the truth of life - about Bringing Good News to Life. LFL applies the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the life issues, making Jesus known as the Son of God and Savior of all who can help and make a difference in people's lives.

The focus of Lutherans For Life is two-fold. First, we desire to say very clearly that death is not an acceptable, God-pleasing way to deal with the problems of life. Second, we desire to say very clearly that there is a better way. We ground both of these in the truth of God's holy Word. His Word defines what is not acceptable. His Word points to a better way, He who is The Way, Jesus Christ.

Who are Lutherans For Life? Here are a few basics:

Our Mission: Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.

Our Vision: Every Lutheran congregation upholding the God-given value of human life and influencing society to do the same.

Lutherans For Life believes that every human life - from conception to natural death regardless of physical or mental challenges or condition of dependence - is precious in God's sight.


Rev. Charles and Cheryl Ferry serve on behalf of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Southeast Asia and are based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In this role, Charles seeks to build and maintain relationships between the LCMS and local church bodies. He facilitates fellowship talks, provides educational development for pastors and other church leaders, and manages projects which provide resources and relief. In addition, Charles provides Word and Sacrament ministry, especially to geographically separated Lutherans.

Please pray for Charles and Cheryl as they serve in Southeast Asia. Please pray for their family as they continue learning a different language and culture in Indonesia. Pray they are used daily to lovingly minister to the local people with whom they serve and live. Please pray specifically that Charles is spiritually guided as he strives to teach, serve & provide support. Let us give thanks that Charles, Cheryl and their family are serving in this part of the world.


Our Mission: 
In loving response to Christ, the Servant, the Orphan Grain Train movement encourages and enables God's people to share personal and material resources in bringing Christ's name and character to needy people both far and near. Sometimes that character expresses itself as a word well-spoken, sometimes as a bandage well-applied, and sometimes as a child well-fed.

What is Orphan Grain Train?
Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ's example as a servant and His love for us.

Sharing Christ's Love Through Ministry and Media Since 1980

Producing for 28 years in Fort Wayne, IN, "Worship for Shut-ins" begins broadcasting throughout the nation and around the world!

Since Easter, March 23, 2008, "Worship for Shut-ins" has been broadcasting on the Total Christian Television (TCT) network. Besides Lutheran Ministries Media's (LMM) existing network of 24 stations, TCT has 20 local stations in addition to being on satellite.

"Worship for Shut-ins" is a Lutheran television 30 minute worship service. It includes the Propers for the day, prayers, and a LCMS pastor delivering a message that is one-on-one to the viewer. Also included are up to four choir selections. There are no commercials or repeats.

It is not a tape of a Sunday morning service, but a special taping done just for the viewer at home, who is shut-in or who doesn't attend church for whatever reason.

Adding the TCT network means that "Worship for Shut-ins" can be seen throughout the nation. For those having DIRECTV, you can tune in now at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time (8:30 a.m. Pacific) on Channel 377 every Sunday. Around the world, DIRECTV is the satellite as well as Sky Angel on IPTV 133 (internet).

Emanuel's Food Pantry is a service the church does for the members of the community. Pastor and Sharon Roloff started the food pantry here at the church after they joined and it has been a blessing to so many families here in our community. Pastor and Sharon will go shopping and purchase items for the food pantry and they will make up bags with enough food for a family of four.

The food pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. We hand out one bag per family. Over the years we have had a lot of items donated to the food pantry by church members and businesses in the community. The LYF will make multiple "food runs" as a community service project and the kids will be given a dollar amount and a list of items to purchase. They really enjoy shopping for families in need. Our daycare, ABC & Me @ Emanuel also does a food drive in January as a service project for the kids in the daycare and they donate the items collected to our food pantry. The Emanuel Food Pantry has been a great ministry for our community. Pastor has talked with several of the families who have come in for assistance and he has handed out Bibles and devotions to them. If you have any questions or would like to help with the food pantry, please contact Pastor Roloff.

The Tipton County Mustard Seed, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization serving the residents of Tipton County. Our primary purpose is to offer assistance to those in need. We are not a "quick fix" or "band-aid" program, but rather a program providing goal directed services to families or individuals. Goals are set and through life learning skills including money-management, relationship building, nutritional classes, educational information, stress management, spiritual help, parenting classes, support groups, and more these goals are met. Reaching these goals, one can become self-sufficient.

The Mustard Seed, also, offers its recipients friendship, and guiding advocacy. Although Partnering Families or Individuals are not required to make any religious commitments to receive any assistance from us, Jesus and His teachings remain a foundation of our mission.

How is the Mustard Seed Funded?
The Mustard Seed is funded by several local churches, state and federal grants, trusts, donations and fundraising events. Emanuel is now a Partnering Church of the Mustard Seed, and Cathy Wolfe and Jim Dashiell are our representatives to this organization.

Lutheran Hour Ministries is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide. LHM produces Christian radio and TV programming for broadcast, as well as Internet and print communications, dramas, music, and outreach materials, to reach unchurched people in the United States and more than 30 other countries. LHM's flagship program, The Lutheran Hour, airs weekly on 1300 stations, as well as XM Satellite Radio and the American Forces Network. 

About Us
Lutheran Child & Family Services (LCFS) is a licensed, 501(c)3, non-profit organization committed to providing programs of compassionate care and counsel to enhance the dignity and quality of life. Founded as an orphanage by German Lutherans in 1883, LCFS has evolved and changed throughout the years, but one thing has remained constant...the commitment to help those in need.

In 1996, construction was completed on a 24-bed secure dormitory, gymnasium, kitchen, and dining hall that was designed to serve 60 children. In 2004, LCFS broke ground for a complete renovation and rebuilding of Lutherwood - the most ambitious building project in the history of the agency. In March 2008, the first phase of construction ended with complete state-of-the-art program centers (dormitories) and a chapel. These additions have increased the ability of Lutherwood to treat children in a modern, therapeutic, and safe environment. The Family Strengthening Center was completed in June 2009. Now that the project is complete, Lutherwood has the capability to treat 98 residential children and 60 additional therapeutic day school students.

About Us
Since the Civil War, LCMS pastors have served as military chaplains. Today, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces supports a total of 214 chaplains. Among these chaplains, 71 are active duty LCMS chaplains and 88 are serving Reserve and National Guard units. Currently, 15 of these Reserve/Guard chaplains are mobilized and serving in the United States, Iraq and Afghanistan. LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces also supports 25 Veterans Administration chaplains, 26 Civil Air Patrol and four chaplains for the Federal Bureau of Prison ministry.

Our active duty members usually work on a base or post, with a large support staff to care for their needs, such as financial counseling, baby sitting, health care, etc. However, our reserve community and their families are often located large distances from those support structures. Our hope is that our LCMS congregations can reach out to those families, especially when their loved ones are deployed, and help care for many of their needs.

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces initiated Operation Barnabas in 2007 as a response to the ever-increasing needs of returning servicemen and women. The program's goal is to equip and encourage LCMS congregations and their members, as well as local Operation Barnabas district counselors, for compassionate care and Gospel-sharing outreach.

Support Services
Bethseda supports people with developmental disabilities both in their own homes or in Bethseda-owned facilities. Support programs vary and are based on each person's needs. The people we support and their families take an active part in services by helping to create goals and objectives, in line with Person-Centered Planning.

Religious Education
From our inception, Bethseda's religious education programs have been the cornerstone of our ministry. Bethseda works with people with developmental disabilities to help them locate welcoming congregations in their community and provides Bible studies at its facilities and in the community as requested. We also work with people and congregations worldwide to help them educate others on the spiritual needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Bethseda's Mission
To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Bethseda's Vision
To be the foremost provider of support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bethseda's Values
Christ is preeminent in all that we do.
All people are inherently valuable to God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
People are empowered to realize their personal goals through the discovery, development and use of their skills and talents.
People direct decisions that affect their lives, positively impact the communities in which they live, and are supported in living life to the full.
Our Lutheran organizational identity guides our services and enriches our relationships.
Stakeholders contribute to the goals and priorities of the organization through open, honest communication.
We are flexible and responsive to needs; faithful in keeping promises; and timely, fair and honest in all dealings.
Christian stewardship of all our resources is expected of everyone.
Innovation, creativity, learning, and continuous quality improvement are integral to everything we do.
Fun and fellowship in the workplace are encouraged.

This group was created within our congregation by The Board of Directors to deal with emergencies confronting our members. This group also has the responsibility to determine the role of our congregation in any community activity of an emergency nature. In the past when such need has arisen, we have asked for donations. We still can do that, but this offering will provide for some funds to be able to act immediately when an emergency arises. The people who serve on this committee are the current: Pastor, Chairman of the Congregation, Vice Chairman of the Congregation, Treasurer, and Chairman of Elders. May the Lord bless our offerings as we seek to meet people's needs, especially those who are in the household of faith.

Concordia Theological Seminary is an institution of theological higher education of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod dedicated primarily to the preparation of pastors for the congregations and missions of the LCMS (and, when appropriate, of her partner churches). Its programs and services offer an understanding of the Christian faith which is Christ centered and Biblically based, confessionally Lutheran, and evangelically active.

This group was created within our congregation by The Board of Directors to deal with emergencies confronting our members. This group also has the responsibility to determine the role of our congregation in any community activity of an emergency nature. In the past when such need has arisen, we have asked for donations. We still can do that, but this offering will provide for some funds to be able to act immediately when an emergency arises. The people who serve on this committee are currently: Pastor, Chairman of the Congregation, Vice Chairman of the Congregation, Treasurer, and Chairman of Elders. May the Lord bless our offerings as we seek to meet people's needs, especially those who are in the household of faith.

Lutheran World Relief works to fight poverty and promote a more just and peaceful world by helping people help themselves. Your support provides the foundation for LWR's work.

Providing materials and leadership for communities among blind people to be planted, leaders to be equipped, and believers to be strengthened, so that blind and visually impaired people may read and share the light of salvation seen through the cross of Jesus.

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