2021/22 Hearts for Jesus

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The Hearts for Jesus project is moving to Fall 2021!

Ohio District Congregations and Schools,

The 2021-2022 Hearts for Jesus project will be an exciting opportunity to work together with the Indiana District and the Michigan District to support a mission as a part of our Connections Conference, a fall educator’s conference in November 2021. This year we are going to support the work of the King’s Community Outreach in Fort Wayne, IN.

Rev. Lewis A. King and the King’s Community Outreach serve the inner city of Fort Wayne. Feeding low-income families is a part of his ministry as Urban Outreach Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Rev. King believes this is a way to show the love of Christ to our community. As a Kingdom builder, Rev. King’s work impacts many organizations and churches in the Fort Wayne community (Northeast Indiana Neighborhood Engagement, Fort Wayne UNITED Ten Point Coalition, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church). His work started over 20 years ago in the barbershop he owned and operated. Today, it has grown to be a much broader community outreach.

At the Connections Conference this November, teachers will be assembling food boxes and care bags as our service project. $30 will provide a family a box of food that includes: green beans, corn, rice, noodles, cereal bars, oatmeal, and etc. $15 will provide essentials and snacks for an individual. Each teacher may wish to share with their class this video from a few years ago when Rev. King and community volunteers were preparing Thanksgiving food baskets: https://www.wane.com/news/local-news/kings-community-outreach-baskets-are-positively-fort-wayne/.

While we will be accepting offerings at any time during the 2021-2022 school year, we are asking that you consider collecting your offerings in August and/or September. The King’s Community Outreach will be using the funds to buy supplies so that teachers can assemble food boxes and care bags at the conference. Please submit any funds raised this year to The Ohio District with ‘Hearts for Jesus’ in the memo line.  Do not send any funds directly to Kings’ Community Outreach.  We will combine all the funds collected/submitted by October 15th and present them with a check.  (Any funds received after the deadline will be sent to King’s Community Outreach directly rather than being used to assemble bags at the conference)

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Creutz (creutzk@oh.lcms.org) or Sara Krek (kreks@oh.lcms.org) in our district office. God’s blessings on your ministry!

Connections Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/view/connectionsconference/home

Service Project Info: https://sites.google.com/view/connectionsconference/service-project


Serving Him,

Kevin Creutz

Education Executive

LCMS Ohio District