Outreach Ministry News

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8

"Feed the Need" Food Drive 

Saturday, December 10th

Feed the Need Food Drive
Thanks to all who participated in our November "Feed the Need" drive! Thanks to your generous donations, we filled 250 Harvesters boxes, with food leftover that was delivered to Jewish Family Services. And thanks to our volunteers:
Lynn Bleck, Stephanie Christensen, Pat Bjuland, Jim Thorpe, Jennifer Thorpe, Sandy Boutelle, Bill and Linda Tidd.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 10th! 
Food pantries across our area continue to see high demand for food, personal hygiene and cleaning items - and thanks to your generous support, Atonement has been able to support them as they work to assist our neighbors. Bring your donations to the office entrance
Saturday, December 10th 9:00-11:00am.
Volunteers are needed
Saturday, December 10th 8:45-11:00am: to unload cars and sort items in the Sunshine Room.
Monday, December 12th 10:00-11:30am: to bag up items for delivery.
Wednesday, December 14th 12:45-2:30pm: to deliver items to food pantries.
If you are available to help, please email Pat Bjuland.

What's Up With The Good Faith Network?

Research Kick-off
Tuesday, November 29th 6:00pm
Location TBD

A Research Kick-Off will be held Tuesday, November 29th 6:00pm (location TBD). If you would have an interest in becoming a Network Member or hearing more about the research to be done, email Ros today! You ARE welcome!
Up to Now
Our Good Faith Network “Community Conversations” were well attended and well received! Across our Network, over 330 people participated in these conversations and shared areas of concern in our community.

On October 25th, we held our "Community Problems Assembly" where all network members were invited to attend and hear the progress made during the past year on the 2022 topics, Homelessness and Mental Health issues. Over 300 people were there to hear the updates, and voted to include Affordable Housing as our 3rd area to research in 2023; research on the two 2022 topics will continue, and new members are welcome to join the research teams for either of those as well.
Winter Witness Prayer Rally
With a brutal winter upon us, we gather on Project 1020's opening day for a communal lament that in the most affluent county in the state, we leave it to volunteer-led shelters to keep the most vulnerable alive and out of the deadly cold. This will be both a moment of spiritual reflection and a public call for action. Please join us for this call for action.

Project 1020 opens December 1st

Project 1020 Cold Weather Shelter
Project 1020 provides shelter, support, and compassion to all adults experiencing homelessness while helping them utilize community resources to achieve their goals. It is also the only cold-weather shelter in Johnson County and is open December 1st - March 31st.
Provide a Meal
They commit to provide their guests healthy, balanced, filling meals, and appreciate all so much for helping them do that! Bring your fully-prepared meals to feed 45 – 50 Guests and volunteers to the shelter (9400 Pflumm, around back to the Southeast corner) in disposable containers by 5:30 p.m. on your selected night. 
If you want to help serve your meal, you will need to sign up for a 6:00-9:00pm “Dining Room” shift for your night.
Staff the Shelter
Volunteers to staff the shelter are also welcome! 

MLM Christmas Store Volunteers Needed

Immanuel Lutheran Church: 1700 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO

Christmas Store Setup: December 4th-6th

Christmas Store Distribution: December 7th-10th

Our thanks to all of you who have so generously provided 353 gifts for families this Christmas! It's not too late - if you haven't yet had a chance to bring your new, unwrapped gift, bring your gift to Ros' office and we'll get it to MLM in time for the Christmas Store.
Most requested gifts: all sizes sweatpants (with pockets) and sweatshirts (generic, no writing); blankets (300 needed); pots/pans, silverware; blenders, griddles, electric skillets, rice cookers; underwear multipacks (6+ in pack), especially men’s.

Thanks! to all the volunteers who came to the church on November 1st to box up the Christmas Store gifts for delivery to MLM! They did an awesome job - we couldn't have done it without them! Bette Croes offers a heartfelt thank you to
Ruth Ahlrichs, Dennis Allerheiligen, Lynn Bleck,  Darlene Dworak, Dave Eleeson, Janice Fogt, Robert & Rebecca Kline, Barbara Mock, Bobbie Peterson, Scott & Lori Vollink, and Beth Wene.

Volunteers for MLM's Christmas Store will set up December 4th-6th at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd in KCMO. The distribution will be held Wednesday-Saturday, December 7th-10th, and relies on volunteers to make it happen. If you would like more information on how YOU can volunteer your time to help serve 1,000 families this Christmas, email Bette - or go to their link to sign up for one or more of the many shifts they have available!!