Each month the CLC Mission Basket is designated for a specific purpose. During January and February the funds received benefit programs for CLC members. For the remainder of the year, the offerings are designated for a specific local or world-wide charity. We are most grateful to “Thrivent Financial for Lutherans” which usually provides a promised amount of matching funds and thus increases our support for each of these worthwhile services to those in need in our communities.
January - Goleta Boys & Girls Club
February - Grace Food Pantry
March - Grace Food Pantry
April - Domestic Violence Solutions
May - Casa Esperanza
June - Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
July - Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
August - Transition House
September - Grace Food Pantry
October - ELCA Safe Water
November - New Beginings Safe Parking
December - CLC Scholarship Fund
...Showers of Blessings is a Isla Vista, California based mobile hygiene ministry which offers showers to those of a critically low income. We help people with clean clothing and getting themselves clean.
Why is this ministry needed?
Humans at a base level need some amenities to feel like valuable people after a time. One of those needs is to be clean along with having clean clothing. At Showers of Blessing our goal is to provide both the clean clothing and the chance to get themselves clean. In doing this we are hopeful of helping them gain the stability to get employment and housing.
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Monday - Isla Vista
St. Michael's University Church
6586 Picasso Road
Showers: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Dinner by St. Brigid: 5:00pm
Wednesday - Goleta
St. Athanasius Orthodox Church
300 Sumida Gardens Lane, Goleta
Showers: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Thursday - Santa Barbara
423 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA
Showers: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Downtown Santa Barbara
1400 Santa Barbara St
Showers: 3:30PM - 6:30PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Friday - Isla Vista
St. Marks University Parish
6550 Picasso Road, Isla Vista
Showers: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
“Throughout scripture we find the instruction that we are to pray to God, and to pray unceasingly. Paul told the church at Ephesus to “Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints” The Apostle James told the Church “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”
Does prayer do any good? Absolutely! The Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament are full of answered prayers. Hannah prayed for a son, and Samuel was born. Elijah prayed that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. God answered Solomon’s prayer for wisdom.
When we pray we open a connection with God. Jesus promised his disciples (that’s us!) "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you." Martha told Jesus that she knew that God answers prayers, and her brother Lazarus was raised. St. Paul reminds us that we don't have to worry about praying "as we ought" because the Spirit intercedes for us beyond what we even know. C. S. Lewis wrote "I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God; it changes me."
We are a praying congregation with an active prayer tree ministry. Prayer requests to be shared within the prayer tree may be sent to Karen Tapphorn at email@example.com or the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish to respect your confidentiality. Please indicate what may be shared in the bulletin and what should be shared only within the prayer team. Private concerns and prayer requests may be sent to the Pastor at email@example.com. The office email is password protected and available only to the Pastor. May the peace of God be with you.
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