Help Keep God’s Light Shining in the Darkness
You can help provide joy and sustenance, along with sharing the Christ in Christmas, with an individual or family in
need. There are several ways you can participate in the LMS Miracle of Christmas project:
Adopt a Family
Buy and pack gifts for an individual or family in need on
Financial Donation for Food & Gifts
Fill out the Miracle of Christmas coupon below and mail
A Century of Healing. . . Committed to Compassion
LMS’s Miracle of Christmas list. You will be provided
with an Iron Mountain lidded box and with the gender
it, along with your check, in the enclosed envelope. Your
gift will be used to purchase food and gifts where needed Christmas 2010
and age information for each family member to be able to for recipient families.
buy appropriate gifts. The names of the families are con- Keep the Candle Burning
fidential, of course, but you may choose by family size to
Donate Food & Gift Items
Cars with Care Rev. David R. Maack, Executive Director
fit your budget. Remember, these are children and adults Non-perishable food items and new gifts may be deliv-
As I visit the LMS Compassion
who will receive few or no presents without your help. ered to any LMS Compassion Center or LMS headquar- For Joe Earnest, LMS Vehicle Donation Coordi- Centers during this busy
Fill out the coupon below and return it today to get started, ters. Particular needs are fresh hams and gifts for teens nator, it isn’t simply a car donation: it’s a chance season, I am reminded
or call Leslie Jaseph at 410-636-0123 or email and adult men. A list of donation centers and hours of to make a new friend and
at every turn that we
firstname.lastname@example.org. operations can be found on the inside of this newsletter. care for people.
are blessed. We have a com-
Please mark your donation bags “Miracle of Christmas.” “Our donors are tremendous passionate and wondrous God
people,” said Joe. “You just who guides our efforts in Jesus’ name. We have volun-
never know who’ll be on the
teers that are so faithfully committed – some have been
other end of the phone.
Sometimes it’s a person sharing their time and talents for over twenty years. We
with a long history of sup- have a hardworking and dedicated staff that give above-
porting the Mission Society, and-beyond. We have visitors and clients who come to
other times it may be a our centers for help, many of whom become friends. And
Mr. Joe Earnest, brand-new donor who found we have our wonderful donors and supporters, without
LMS Vehicle Donations our classified ad,” he said. whom this ministry would not be possible.
“In every case, I love getting
The Miracle of to know the person and making their donation an As a cherished donor, I know your heart is with the
easy and blessed process.” Lutheran Mission Society. Whether you contribute gifts
YES. . . I WANT TO HELP LMS MINISTER TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THIS SEASON!
“The car donation program is a great fundraiser of your time and talents (volunteer service, servant events,
$175 - Helps provide a Large Family Basket (Food & Gifts) I’d like to “Adopt a Family” for the Mission Society’s ministries,” said Rev. projects, professional services, etc.) or treasures (finances,
PLEASE CONTACT ME David Maack, LMS Executive Director, “but it’s food, clothing, automobile donations, etc.), you have a
$100 - Helps provide a Medium Family Basket (Food & Gifts) also a ministry in itself. Joe does an amazing job heart for the Lord, and you have a heart for feeding His
in both aspects.”
$250 - Helps provide a Small Family Basket (Food & Gifts) I’d like to make a Special Gift sheep. John 21:15-17
PLEASE CONTACT ME “Donating a car can be a very emotional time for
$___ - Helps provide Food & Gifts this Christmas folks,” Joe said. “I met with one woman who’s You have generously given to the Mission Society be-
husband had just passed on to the Lord,” he re- cause you support the mission to which we are commit-
Name ________________________________________ Email _____________________________________ called. “We talked and wept and prayed together ted:
Address _______________________________________________________ Phone ___________________ for most of an afternoon.” • the mission of saving souls;
City __________________________ State ______ Zip ___________ Email __________________________ Joe has been handling the Mission Society’s ve- • the mission of providing assistance and hope to
hicle donations for a little over two years now, those who are poor, those who are homeless;
Gift given in: Honor of Memory of _____________________________________________________ • the mission of helping heal those who struggle
and is always just a phone call away for donors.
“One of the great things about handling our own with problems in their lives.
Check enclosed. (Checks should be made payable to LMS and designated “Miracle of Christmas”
vehicle donations is that we’re always here should
Charge my: MasterCard VISA Discover our donors have a question or need any help. I thank you for your wonderful, generous support for the
Name on card _________________________________________________________________________ This is the Mission Society. We care about
Mission Society, and – to paraphrase Paul from Philippians
Account # ______________________________ Expiration Date ___/___/_____ 1:3 – “I thank God every time I think of you.”
If you are thinking of donating a car, truck or RV,
Amount of Gift $______________ Signature _________________________________________________ give Joe a call at 410-636-0123 or email Please know that your prayers and financial support for
email@example.com the Mission Society have never been more important. The
Please mail to: Lutheran Mission Society, PO Box 438, Linthicum, MD 21090
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Candle of Hope (cont.) 2010 Annual Dinner Features
Laughter, Tears and Inspiration LMS Compassion Centers
NEWS BRIEFS... current economic crisis has hit the world – and the Mis- with Donation
sion Society - hard. Financial support from churches is The LMS 2010 Annual Dinner on Sunday, and Family Thrift Centers
down 13%, funding by other organizations is down al- November 7th at Kurtz’s Beach in Pasadena,
Baltimore Lutheran School will once again Everyone welcome.
collect personal hygiene items, food, gifts most 50%, and individual giving is down 24%. MD was a great afternoon of song, spirit and
and books for the Mission Society during emotion. You can help by donating food and
their week-long “In the Spirit of Ser- The Mission Society is responding to these challenges goods. . . and shopping!
vice.” The students, faculty and staff operationally and strategically. We have been answering Michael Dausch III, J.D. was honored for 35
of Baltimore God’s call to minister to those in need for over a hundred years of service on the Lutheran Mission So- 230 West St.
Lutheran have ciety Board of Directors. Mr. Jack Webb, Jr., Annapolis, MD 21401
been a bless- years, and we will continue to answer that call for an- Open M-F 9:00-4:30 Sat 10:00-2:00
ing to the other hundred, by God’s grace. former Board Vice-Chairman, brought tears 410-269-5016
Mission Soci- Michael Dausch III, J.D. (l) listens as to the audience with his touching tribute. Cambridge
ety minis- Please prayerfully consider a generous response to God’s Mr. Jack Webb praises his service 415 Race St.
tries for call to serve your neighbors in need through continued Cambridge, MD 21613
many years. support for the Mission Society. Rev. Charles Minetree of Immanuel Open Mon-Sat 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
One of the 410-228-8437
Lutheran Church in Baltimore brought
highlights Help keep the warmth and humor to the afternoon as Essex
for the 6th, candle of hope 438 Eastern Blvd.
7th and 8th Master of Ceremonies, especially when Essex, MD 21221
grade stu- burning for those he teamed with Rev. David Maack, Open Mon-Sat 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
dents in past years was to try to fill the hit hardest by the 410-391-6877
LMS Executive Director, for a “not-
pricipal’s office with with packs of a economy. We ready-for-prime-time” rendition of the Fells Point
personal care “white good” (think snow share food and 1706 Eastern Ave.
forecast and it’s not milk or bread). classic Abbott & Costello Who’s on Baltimore, MD 21231
clothing with Rev. Charles Minetree (l) & Rev. David Maack
The event kicks off this year at BLS’s First routine. Open Mon-Sat 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
perform takeoff of Who’s on First 410-327-2220
Wednesday morning chapel on December 1st. them. . . and we
The Mission Society’s trucks will pick up also share Jesus. Rev. Dr. Jon Havre de Grace
the collected items on Friday morning, The Mission Soci- Diefenthaler, LCMS SED President, offered words of 531 Legion Dr.
December 10th. A hearty thank you and Clients at LMS Compassion Center hold praise for the work of the Mission Society in sharing Havre de Grace, MD 21078
God’s blessings for all those at Balti- candles during weekly chapel prayer
ety has eight Open Mon-Sat 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
more Lutheran School for their faithful Compassion Cen- the Gospel of Jesus. Ministry updates were presented 410-939-0879
“spirit of service.” More information on ters where people come for help. Lives are being forti- by Rev. David Maack and other LMS staff. Justin York
BLS is available online at fied; lives are being changed – because of your compas- Griepentrog MSW LSWA, Compassionate Grace 219 South George St.
www.baltimorelutheran.org. York, PA 17403
sion. Counseling Center Program Director, spoke of the mis- Open Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
sion and vision of the new LMS counseling program 717-846-0990
A big thank-you to Concordia Lutheran Please send your special gift today in the envelope pro-
School in Hyattsville, MD for their as- available at low-to-no cost. Southern MD Mobile Center
sistance with our Pumpkin Patch fundraiser! vided. Kneel with us in prayer, and stand with us in mis- Rev. Dr. Jon Diefenthaler (Main) 1200 Charles St.
sion. Light a Christmas candle, in unity with the Mission The St. La Plata, MD 20646
Thanks to their great efforts, the Patch Please see LMS website for
raised over $1300 to benefit both organi- Society and those we serve in Jesus’ name. Together, by Paul’s other locations,dates & times
zations. Since 1944, Concordia has been God’s grace, we can keep His light shining as a beacon (Glen Burnie) Praise Team pro- 410-636-0123
providing quality Christian education for vided an afternoon of beautiful
children, ages 3 through grade 8. Concordia for the world’s forgotten. Immanuel Compassion Center
and uplifting Christian music that 5701 Loch Raven Blvd.
offers a complete curriculum while also Baltimore, MD 21239
offering a varied elective program to the featured two songs written espe- Open Sat 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
middle school students, grades 5-8. To cially for the Mission Society by 410-435-6861
learn more about CLS or to schedule a DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK, RV Mrs. Maureen Griepentrog and
tour, call 301-927-0266 or visit their Your donation helps provide food, clothing, hope. The
Mrs. Gretchen Michaels. St. Paul’s Praise Team shares their gift of song
website at www.clsmd.org.
LUTHERAN MISSION SOCIETY Mission Society
601 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 Mrs. Anita Abel, representing Mr. Arnold Abel Newsletter
Thank you to St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Thrivent Financial’s Central Maryland is produced by the
in Glen Burnie, MD for graciously includ- 410-636-0123 Lutheran Mission Society
ing the Mission Society as a recipient Team, presented a Thrivent Financial for 601 Hammonds Lane
for funds raised from their “Bounty of MVA Licensed Lutherans’ check in the amount of $4,500 for Baltimore, MD 21225
the Chesapeake” event on October 31st. Tax Deductible the Annual Dinner and one for $5,000 from the 410-636-0123 1-877-737-8567
To learn more about St. Paul’s Lutheran www.LutheranMissionSociety.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Lutheran Day at the Park event held in August.
School, call 410-766-5790 or visit
www.stpaulslutheranschoolgb.org on the www.LutheranMissionSociety.org An additional Thrivent Care in Communities Executive Director:
grant of $600 from Thrivent East Baltimore Rev. David R. Maack
web. Donate before December 31 for a 2010 tax deduction.
Mrs. Anita Abel (l) presents County Chapter #30950 will also be provided. Editor: Alan Amrhine
Thrivent check to Rev. Maack