The Local Emergency Fund is a ministry of the LUMC Mission Committee. The main goal is to help people overcome a financial crisis - food, rent, electricity, heat, water, transportation, clothing or medical costs. In 2018 we assisted 9 families (10 adults, 14 children). Our 2018 budget was $2000.00. We used over $7000.00 to meet the needs of these families. We were also able to partner with Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, area churches, area food shelves, WIC, landlords, energy companies, city water, Women’s Resources, and Social Services to meet these needs.
The procedure to receive assistance begins when an individual contacts the church secretary or the pastor. The need is identified and the individual is interviewed to determine the extent of need, family members impacted, and permission to contact the source of the need (such as landlord or business). Two mission committee members confer and decide on what assistance will be provided or not. All information is kept confidential.
A small group was formed in October, 2018 with some families who have received emergency funds. This group decided to call themselves “God’s Investment Group” because we are investing our time, talents, and treasures to encourage, teach, and support each other. We meet every week in a home for prayer, Bible study, and financial advice. Other challenges are addressed as needed such as: addiction, depression and anxiety, relationships, parenting.
Donations may be made with checks to LUMC – Emergency Fund and placed in the offering, in the Joash Chest in the Narthex during April, or taken to the office. If you have any questions please contact the mission committee members – Peter Bell, Jeff Court, Sandy Hinders, Carole Plenge or Linda Thrune (firstname.lastname@example.org).