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What Child is This in Our Backyard

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At the start of Advent, Bishop Maas presented us with an invitation to see Jesus in our daily lives. In Bishop Maas' own words, "To be met by him, to practice our faith and engage him - not because we ought or should or must, but because we can."

That is exactly what American Lutheran in Ashland aims to do through their ministry and work with their community "Closet" and "Kids Cupboard" . In the basement of their congregation they have organized a department store style clothes closet for those in need. Clothing is given for free to everyone who comes, including the poor, homeless, those struck by loss of employment or disaster, residents of the Ashland Care Center, and many others. The Closet accepts clean clothes in good condition during church hours and there is a bin located on the Southwest corner of the parking lot for drop off anytime.

Also, as part of an ecumenical effort with several Ashland churches, American Lutheran holds a weekly food pantr…

What child is this...Refugee Resettlement

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By Lacey Studnicka, Director of Advancement- Community Services at LFS

What Child is This...Jonathan

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By Marty Malley, Tanzania Ministries Coordinator

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!” – Galations 4:19-20

I’m pretty certain that if Paul was with us today, he would still be perplexed.I am sure he would be perplexed about me.But I want to tell you about a young Tanzanian man named Jonathan.Paul would rejoice about the formation of Christ in Jonathan.I am humbled to know him, because in spite of being born into enormous challenges, Jonathan is a teacher to all of us.I came to know of Jonathan through the Building a Caring Community (BCC) project that is a joint effort of Mosaic (a Nebraska Synod serving arm) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Northern Diocese – our partner diocese of 25 years. Children with intellectual disabilities come into the world at a huge disadvantage in Tanzania.They are often viewed as a curse, …