missions

Missions Ministry

Charter Statement:

The Missions Ministry Team is chartered to extend God's love into our community, region and world in practical ways of applying labor and congregational benevolence giving. The team coordinates First Evangelical Lutheran Church support for and contact between FELC and individual missionaries, churches and ministries locally and globally.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate benevolence missions and service opportunities to the community, region and world at large as approved by the congregation and council. Work with the FELC Council to review requests and apportion First Lutheran's benevolence budget toward designated nonprofit charitable agencies and services.
  • Research local needs and determine how best to respond as a Christian church. Conduct council-approved fundraisers for special needs or outreach ministry, and administer activities or programs that fulfill identified needs. Provide support for:
    • Missionaries
    • FELC students seeking Christian and Lutheran higher education and seminaries, and students studying for full- or part-time ordained or rostered ministry
    • Luther Heights Bible camp and other council-approved Christian outdoor camps
    • LCMC startup churches and LCMC national operation
  • Support other FELC ministry teams conducting benevolence outreach ministry and service.
Authorities:
Control expenditures in accordance with annual approved budget. Missions Team co-chairs and council liaison have authority to approve expense vouchers in line with budget.

Structure:
The Missions Ministry Team is structured to meet current and emerging benevolence outreach. The team has a local missions sub-function for outreach to the community, and a global missions sub-function for extended outreach.

Reporting Requirements:
The Missions Ministry Team shall provide the Church Council with an annual budget request for use in developing the overall congregational budget for the next calendar year. The budget request shall identify anticipated cost items exceeding $100.

The following are examples of the missions that First Lutheran participates in outside of our local community of Idaho Falls and Ammon, ID:

10,000 Villages
Each fall First Lutheran Church hosts the Ten Thousand Villages craft bazaar. Items sold at this event come from countries around the world and provide a fair income for the people who produce the crafts.
Luther Heights Bible Camp
First Lutheran Church provides budgeted financial support to Luther Heights Bible Camp located on Lake Alturas. Also, each Spring FELC conducts a garage sale that provides camperships for over sixty youth to attend camp at Luther Heights. Visit the website for Luther Heights here.

First Lutheran also has connection with these nation and world-wide missions organizations:

  • Global Health Ministries
  • Lutheran Bible Translators
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lutheran World Hunger
  • Lutheran World Relief
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The following are examples of the missions that First Lutheran participates in our local community of Idaho Falls and Ammon, ID:

Idaho Falls Food Bank
Food distribution center; Open M-F 4-5pm. No cost, but need referral from participating agency or church. Limited to 6 box/6mo. Each box 3 meals/day for 4 days. Small box 1-2, Med box 3-4, Large box 5-6 persons (but tailored to family size). Currently feeding 600-700 families/month. Food can be dropped off at 245 N. Placer, M-F 4-5pm or Wed 8-11. Money can be sent to Idaho Falls Food Bank, P.O. Box 2236.
Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen
Provides hot meal, salad, desserts at no cost 7 days/week. Serving time is from 12-1pm. Average 97 people/day. FELC serves on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, every month of the year. The Soup Kitchen is located at the Community Outreach Center, 301 N. Boulevard. It is owned by St. Luke Episcopal Church.
Contact: Jane Skaar (FELC) for serving at (208) 523-6635.
FISH (Friends In Service Here)
Distributes wide variety of items such as school supplies, large and small appliances, and small and large hygiene products. It also distributes things food stamps won't buy, such as dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, lice shampoo and treatment recommendations, Clorox, gasoline and tickets. They can do house payments (excluding rent) and Free Med pay for senior prescriptions. FISH is located at the Community Outreach Center, 301 N. Boulevard. It is run under auspices of the Regional Council.
Contact: Bev Kemp (Trinity United Methodist Church) at (208) 524-4321.
Free Med
Provides help, prescriptions to seniors without health insurance. Open M-Th. Free Med is located at the Community Outreach Center, 301 N. Boulevard
Contact: Adrian Hill at (208) 528-6337.
Salvation Army
Social services not handled by others. After school programs. Rental and utility assistance. Prescription assistance and gas vouchers. Emergency food boxes. Local Salvation Army offices are located at 605 N. Boulevard.
Contact: Suzy Hersh at (208) 522-7200.
City of Refuge
Men only; short term shelter in dorm. Served dinner and breakfast only (expect men to work during the day). Cap at 18. Dinner is also served to all in need. $13/nite (often paid by local churches). City of Refuge is located at 840 Park Ave. It receives funding through Community Action Agency and is run by Family Care Counseling (non-profit).
Contact: David McKinney (Director) at (208) 522-5575.
Good Samaritan Center
ELCA supported skilled nursing home and Idaho Falls Village-assisted living. Good Samaritan Center is located at 840 E. Elva
The Ruth House
Run by Family Care Center, The Ruth House is a safe and sober transitional housing facility for single women. It helps chronically homeless women find freedom and health while they are in transition. Centers around spiritual development, case management, Christian life skills counseling, literacy education and family leadership. The Ruth House is located at 3130 S. Yellowstone Hwy.
Contact: Jayme Macfarlane at (208) 522-1751.
The Haven Shelter
Provides emergency shelter, short term transitional housing and supportive services to homeless families and single women. Work with people to develop a plan that leads to self-sufficiency. Offers GED program and Family literacy program. The Haven is located at 2480 S. Yellowstone Highway
Contact: Ann Johnson at (208) 523-6413.
Shepherd's Inn
The Shepherd's Inn Maternity Home is a safe and caring home for single women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. Provide essential skills (opting for parenting or adoption).
Senior Citizen Community Center
Programs and activities geared toward senior citizens. 2600 members. Offer one healthy meal each week day at the Community Center, also offer home delivery. Deliver 200-250 meals/day. The Senior Citizen Community Center is located at 535 W. 21st Street.
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Missions Ministry Goals

  • Support benevolence needs that include World Hunger, Global Health Ministries, Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Bible Translators, LCMC national operations, and a startup LCMC mission church.
  • Support Luther Heights through benevolence funding and the garage sale that raises funds for campers or family day.
  • Support Cornerstone Learning Center in Ashton and its Christian ministry to preschool students.
  • Increase support to Christian/Lutheran higher education scholarships in line with increasing student enrollment.
  • Continue support of missionaries Barbara Robertson in Tanzania, and Scott Ryll in Hungary. Provide information to congregation about Barbara and Scott and their work.
  • Support 10,000 Villages - annual event.
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