Today we will share:-What is LMAC and why are they involved in this project-What is the Lutheran Community Outreach Center-Details about the project, and how you can be involved
What is LMAC? LMAC began in Evansville in 1928 when four local LCMS churches formed the Lutheran Inter-congregational Committee. LMAC has been instrumental in planting LCMS churches in the greater Evansville area since then. Present Officers are: Al Umbach – President Terry Lampton – Vice President Don Diekmann – Recording Secretary Jim Greenwell – Treasurer Rev. David Wiist – Pastoral Advisor Jim Kahre – Historian
LMAC MissionTo plant new churchesand sponsor educational, benevolent, and charitableactivities that promote Christian growth of the LutheranChurch Missouri Synod in the Evansville East & Westcircuits of the Indiana District in accord with the ideals,traditions and customs of the LCMS.
What is the Project? To build a Lutheran Community Outreach Center dedicated to unifying our churches in reaching out to all people in the Evansville area, and to provide specific services to meet the needs of these people in accordance with Christ’s command in Matthew 25:34-40 “ Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me.’…. “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Why is LMAC leading this effort?• To provide vision and leadership to our LCMS community.• To strengthen our LCMS community.• To provide opportunities for our LCMS community to fulfill Christ’s command in Matthew 25.• To make a difference in our community and thereby bring honor and glory to God• To care for the spiritual and temporal needs of our neighbors.• To improve organization and efficiency of our on-going outreach programs. (Food Pantry, Family Services, Bethesda)• To help unify our LCMS churches in carrying out these services.
Lutheran Community Outreach Center(“Lutherans in community in the community”) Building will be located at 16 East Michigan Street There will be space to house and operate the food pantry. Office space for both Lutheran Counseling Center and Bethesda Lutheran Communities will be provided. LCMS Activities Center available for all LCMS churches for various types of gatherings. Location is convenient for serving the needs of current clients and in a key area to provide these services in the future.
Food Pantry• Serving Evansville’s needy since 1981.• Serves 160-175 families twice monthly with food for 4 days.• Annual budget of $15,000.• Distributes over $350,000 worth of food per year.• Kool Smiles dental program for children.• Offers a bible study twice per month.• US Dept. of Ag Home Agent teaches food preparation, food safety, and nutrition.• Social worker & registered nurse are available for consultation• Personal counseling by a licensed counselor.• Distributes handicap equipment & supplies.
Bethesda Lutheran Communities Mission – To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Services: Respite Individual Community Habilitation Residential Services In-house support Spiritual Life Support
LCMS Activities Center(where we will) Walk together in Christ. Plan mission & ministry together. Train & Learn together Work & Play together. Hold joint board meetings together Attend seminars together Host speakers for our LCMS community Hold celebrations & other events
Lutheran Community Outreach CenterAs drawn by Morley &Associates. Building isapproximately 6200 sq ft.
Anticipated costs to Build the LCCCosts of Project:3 lots by St. Paul’s &demolition costs $ 160,0002 Lots by LMAC & demolition 120,000Erecting a 62x100 ft. Building 495,000Misc. (Furnishings, HVAC, 35,000 storage, appliances, etc.) Total Construction Cost est. $ 815,000Yearly Operating Expenses:Utilities , food, religious materials, $ 30,000 maint., misc.
Where will funds come from? Funds Supplied to date: LMAC (property purchase & demolition $ 120,000 St. Paul’s contribution (lots ) 160,000 Additional LMAC funds 50,000 Lutheran Trust Fund 85,000 Lutheran Foundation 70,000 Total Funds Committed to date $ 485,000 Additional Funds Needed for building $ 325,000
How you can be involved• Review the information about the plans for the LCOC.• Visit the website to learn more and keep informed of progress. (www.lmac.trinitydarmstadt.org)• Think & Pray about a monetary gift toward the LCOC.• Think & Pray about a gift of your time and talent to help erect the building.• Think & Pray about how you might volunteer your time on a longer term basis.• Fill out the “Commitment Form” indicating your level of support• Promote the LCOC with your fellow parishioners
Anticipated Next Steps Inform each congregation about the plans for the Lutheran Community Outreach Center. Create and promote opportunities for everyone in our congregations to get involved in the building and/or missions of the Lutheran Community Outreach Center. Provide regular updates about fundraising and building progress on our website. Break ground as soon as possible. Complete the building by early 2010.