Special Offering for Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis

The Social Justice Committee asks the congregation to respond to the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis. A special offering will be collected this Sunday, September 27.


A record number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East are fleeing war and poverty and making a terrifying, life-threatening journey to find a safer, better way of life in Europe. Although they come from different countries, for various reasons, they share a common goal: hope for a brighter future. As conflicts continue, especially in Syria and Iraq, the number of people seeking safety and basic necessities is on the rise.

As a church, we are called to respond. Lutheran Disaster Response <www.ELCA.org/disaster> is committed to meeting basic humanitarian needs and upholding the rights of those fleeing war and crisis. We are working with our companion churches – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary and the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia – and The Lutheran World Federation to provide food, diapers, blankets, water, health kits, hygiene kits and psychosocial services to assist those who have fled their homes.  We are also in communication with our church companions in Germany as they receive tens of thousands of refugees.

Your prayers and support are needed now for immediate relief. Gifts designated for the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted.

Please make your check to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and write in the memo line, Refugee Crisis.