2020 Mission and Outreach Team Annual Report
Our congregation has a heartfelt understanding of ministry beyond our church walls. We support a variety of local and global ministries. Good Shepherd members realize that our brothers and sisters are not just the people we meet every day, but also people we may never meet.
Following is a review of our ministries in 2020.
Feed My Starving Children: GSLC is a church partner for FMSC for the seventh year. While we were not able to host a MobilePack here in Green Bay this year due to COVID-19, we established a goal of fundraising $120,000 so that a half-million meals could be packed by machine at the permanent sites in Minnesota and shipped all over the world to those that truly need it. We were thrilled to announce that we not only met that goal, but exceeded it by over $30,000! In a year that was so difficult for so many, donations continued to flood in up until the very last day of the campaign, for a grand total of $152,411. GSLC provided $2,416.00 through generous donations. Thank you again for your donations and prayers! For 2021, we hope to be back in the MobilePack room to pack 1 million meals!
Operation Christmas Child: This year, due to COVID-19, shoeboxes were not given out for members of GSLC to fill with gifts for children around the world. Instead, monetary donations to Operation Christmas Child or online purchasing of a shoebox of gifts through the OCC website were the options. A total of $725.00 was collected from our members and was donated to OCC. This was our sixth year of participating in this ministry.
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing: GSLC is responsible for managing and maintaining The Matthew House, a home purchased through the area’s Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH) which provides a home for a homeless family. This was our sixth year for being involved in EPH. During 2020 there was a family (mother and her two sons) living in the Matthew House from December 2019 to June, followed by a new family (mother and daughter) who lives there currently. Shirley and Ron Kocha continue to maintain the home, along with help from Steve and Brenda Berend, and other volunteers from church when extra help is needed. Sheila Hamilton’s six-year term on the EPH board ended in June and Tarra Gallagher is now the board member representing GSLC.
Salvation Army: For the sixth year, GSLC members volunteered and baked desserts for a noon meal at Salvation Army, but only during the months of January and March. Serving at Salvation Army was then put on hold and discontinued for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19.
Soup Sunday: This was the sixth year of our Soup Sunday Sale, held on January 26, 2020. Members donated 52 quarts of homemade soup for others to purchase between church services. Quarts were sold for $10 each and the total collected was $630. This amount was donated to our EPH Matthew House fund for the purchase of supplies and making repairs.
Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive: GSLC collected two large boxes of hygiene supplies during February & March. The drive is sponsored by “The Family” 91.9 FM radio station. Donations were all given to local crisis agencies. 2020 was our fifth year of participating with this ministry.
Days for Girls: This nonprofit organization sews feminine hygiene kits for young girls in countries who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods. GSLC has been involved in the local chapter for three years. During 2020, the local volunteers of Days for Girls did not meet as a group due to Covid19, but sewing continued in homes by individuals. Volunteers in the area sent sewn items to a central location to be assembled there. Some of the countries that were formerly receiving kits have become self-sustaining by making their own kits right in their communities. See the website www.daysforgirls.org for more information to donate and/or volunteer.
Thank you to all who have helped make these Mission & Outreach ministries possible by volunteering your time, donating, and praying. Your efforts have helped GSLC make a difference in the lives of many—young & old, near & far, all of God’s children.
The 2020 Mission & Outreach Team – Lois Appel, Sara Fielder, Sheila Hamilton, Sadie Johnsen, Irma Knopf, Shirley Kocha, Diane Lenz, Sue Metzger, Sue Riemer, Tammy Rusch, Kelly Waeghe, Carolyn Zimmer