MOM Mission Statement

Grateful for the greatest gift given to us

through Jesus' death and resurrection,

MOM is an opportunity for us to respond each month

to give to our neighbors near-by and far-away

March 2018 Mission of the Month

Mercy Medical Teams


Since 2006, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Mercy Medical Teams(MMTs)have provided desperately needed health care to thousands of patients in underserved regions around the globe.


This short-term volunteer program offers medical professionals opportunities to volunteer abroad in a variety of clinical and health-related settings.  Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other types of medical professionals, pastors and hard-working laity are coordinated and trained into specific Mercy Medical Teams, which work in conjunction with LCMS partner churches and international clinics to address needs of both body and soul.


There are two types of MMTs-primary care teams and community health education teams.  Primary care teams work in severely underserved areas to meet ongoing health needs in remote areas with little or no access to any other primary care services in the area.  These teams usually operate mobile, primary-care clinics for two to six days per location.  At primary care clinics, MMTs serve some of the world's most vulnerable people suffering with malnutrition, parasites, dysentary, HIV or AIDS, traumatic wounds, infections, malaria and other tropical diseases and illnesses associated with unhealthy drinking water and sanitation.


Community Health Education(CHE) teams are deployed to urban and rural areas to teach positive health habits to people in some of the poorest places in the world while emphasizing preventative, over curative care.  In community practice, this is done by concentrating efforts on long-term solutions that break the cycle of poverty and disease.  By incorporating local leaders to serve as catalysts for change, the CHE paradigm focuses on development rather than relief, and disease prevention rather than cure.  CHE teams are comprised of volunteers with specialties specific to each unique situation.


Upcomng opportunities to participate on a MMTs short term service in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Gambia.  Teams have deployed domestically in the wake of major catastrophies.


Our financial support will enable teams to travel, purchase medical supplies and pay for educational materials.  To learn more about LCMS Mercy Medical Teams please go to





February 2018 Mission of the Month

Committee on Temporary Shelter


 Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

BRRRRRRRRR............its cold outside this time of year!  Can you imagine being homeless or in fear of losing your housing?  The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont.  COTS offers emergency shelter, prevention assistance, support services, and transitional and permanent housing for those who are homeless or marginally housed.  We believe: in the value and dignity of every human life; that housing is a fundamental human right; and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness.


COTS began in 1982 when a group of concerned community members and organizations joined to address the needs of the growing homeless population in Burlington.  Today, COTS, operates multiple programs and facilities in the Burlington area, including two family shelters in Chittenden County, an overnight shelter for single adults, a daytime drop-in shelter, and permanent and transitional housing for people moving out of shelter, veterans, the disabled, and the elderly.  The COTS Housing Resource Center is a homelessness prevention program dedicated to helping households in financial crisis avert homelessness or move more quickly into housing.


Please see the display in the narthex for more information.  Your generous donations will go a long way toward supporting "the least of these brothers and sisters" in our community who are in need.  May God continue to use us as an instrument of His peace and love.


Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.





                                                 January 2018 Mission of the Month

The Duke's Serving in Peru

Pastor Cullen Duke and Deaconess Jackie Duke are LCMS Missionaries sharing the Gospel in Lima, Peru through mercy and witness.  They are primarily focused on increasing the church's presence in the Chorrilos neighbhorhood, working with the Castille Fuerte mercy house there.  God-willing, a new congregation will be formed through the Gospel spread throughout that neighborhood.  The Duke's keep an active Facebook page.  In their most recent newsletter they speak of children memorizing scripture, youth and adult confirmations, and adult Bible studies they're leading.  For more information, please visit

December 2017 Mission of the Month

Veterans of the Cross


Each December, it seems fitting that we remember with gratitude the retired Lutheran pastors, deaconesses and teachers who faithfully served our church people and brought us the wonderful news of the Word made flesh.

Many of these pastors, teachers and their spouses have difficulties meeting even basic needs due to staggering medical expenses.

Why, you ask?  Because of a lifetime of service in small or struggling congregations that were unable to afford full-time salaries, these workers received a lower benefits contribution into their Concordia Plan Services retirement account.

Faithful donors and an endowment provide the funding so that Concordia can provide monthly benefits of $500 to $1,000 making it possible for retirees and widows to afford the cost of necessities like medication, food and electricity.  Generous giving enables these stipends to continue as long as needed.

Please give generously to the Veterans of the Cross, as a token of gratitude for their service to us.

"If one member suffers, all suffer together, if one member is honored, all rejoice together." 1 Cor. 12:26

November Mission of the Month

Lutherans for Life

We will have a gifted guest speaker about Lutherans for Life, Deaconess Tiffany Manor.  She has been called by the New England District as the Deaconess for Human Care.  She will speak in Bible Class on November 19th.


Who are Lutherans for Life?  Here are a few basics:

The mission of Lutherans for Life is to equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for Life.


*They teach that the Gospel transforms us to live and think differently in the face of problems and afflictions in our lives.  Things are never hopeless, and we do not have to turn to death as the solution to the problems of life.

*Lutherans for Life believes that every human life-from conception to natural death regardless of physical or mental challenges or condition of dependence-is precious in God's sight.

*  They comfort with the Gospel.  Women and men who are filled with sorrow and regret over an abortion decision need to hear about the forgiveness, hope, and healing that are found in Jesus.

*Lutherans for Life provides pastors and church members with Bible studies, brochures, booklets, DVD's, resource manuals, curricula, and Life Sunday worship materials.

I urge you to attend Deaconess Tiffany Manor's presentation and join me in learning about the application of these Gospel truths in a new and life-affirming way.

Please also consider supporting this strategic work.

God bless,

Phil Diesing, Mission-of-the-Month Chairperson

October Mission of the Month

LCMS Disaster Response for Hurricane Harvey and Irma


"Be merciful as your father in heaven is merciful" (Luke 6:36)


All of us want to do what we can to help the victims of the historically destructive flooding and high winds of these two back-to-back hurricanes.  I want to encourage you to consider giving to LCMS Disaster Response (which is part of LCMS World Relief and Human Care).  This organization has already sent tractor-trailer loads of equipment and supplies to help members of the LCMS and their neighbors.  They have trained 15,000 volunteers to respond to various disasters and already congregations in these areas are leading efforts to help clean out homes and protect against mold and rot.  The LCMS is committed to long term support in these areas, as it continued to do since Hurricane Katrina hit 12 years ago, rebuilding a total of 6,000 homes in New Orleans.  The Synod has committed that 96% of the donations will go to hurricane recovery, with only 6% or less going to fundraising.  This makes it an exceptionally efficient charitable organization.


"Christians serve their neighbors' physical needs and their spiritual needs," says the Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response.  Dr. Johnson is highlighting the uniqueness of LCMS mercy work: "We use our congregations as a center and hub of outreach and mercy.  The message shared with the mercy work nvites the community into the local congregation, where God's mercy of forgiveness and life is available in Word and Sacrament."


If you wish to continue to give to LCMS Disaster Relief in addition to the October Mission of the Month, simply go on-line to or or call 888-930-4438.  Or mail checks payable to The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and in the memo line write Disaster Response/Relief and mail to LCMS Disaster Relief( go through the Thrivent website).


LCMS Disaster Response will organize volunteers from throughout the Synod for the long term recovery effort of months and likely years.  If you are interested, go on-line to and look for a volunteer application.


You can also get written updates and video clips of the progress of the recovery efforts at or




From all the people with developmental disabilities across the countrt who are served by Bethesda's ministry, thank you to the members of Community Lutheran Church for your "Mission of the Month" gift of $400.00.  Your continued prayers and gifts of support are essential to our success and are greatly appreciaied.  For more informayion about how we are working together to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities visit us at:

Thanks again and blessings always,

Rev. Reuben Schmitz

Mission Support Counselor

Bethesda Lutheran Communities


Dear Pastor Rasmussen and members of Community Lutheran Church,

The LCMS just notified us of your generous donation of $375.00 on July 3 to support our mission work in Lima, Peru.  Thank you so very much.  We remember fondly our visit with you.  We can't believe that it has been over a year already!  Now that we have been out of the country for over six months and in Lima for over two months, we are very encouraged to know that you are thinking of us and praying for us and supporting us.  Your support helped us to get "into the field" on a timely basis and your latest donation will help keep us here as we have started a new fiscal year and a new funding goal.

We hope that you are enjoying reading our newsletters about our activities.  As we continue to improve our Spanish language skills and take on more missionary duties, we will have plenty to write about.  We are especially looking forward to some youth and adult confirmations before long and perhaps some baptisms as well.  The Kingdom continues to grow here through mercy work and the spread of the Gospel.  We are privileged to be God's instruments at work here.

God's richest blessings on your mission and ministry in South Burlington and beyond.

Cullen and Jackie

The Dukes Serving the Lord in Peru.

Mission of the Month-September 2017-Christmas Gifts for the Families of the Concordia Seminary Students:

Most pastoral and deaconess students live on a very limited income while preparing to serve the Church.  The Concordia Seminary Food and Clothing Co-op at Fort Wayne provides food and clothing, plus essentials such as diapers, at no charge to students and their families.  Many students receive 75 to 85 percent of their grocery needs there.  In the fall each year, the Co-op blesses the students in another way by providing them gift cards so they can buy Christmas gifts for their families.  The funds from the Mission of the Month in September will be sent to Concordia so that the Co-op can purchase the gift cards to distribute to the students.  Each year Community Lutheran receives grateful letters from seminarians for our support.

Let's express the giving spirit of the Christmas season a little early by showing our gratitude for the sacrifices these seminarians are making as they prepare to serve us.

August Mission of the Month 2017

August's Mission-of-the-Month is Lydia Comfort Dog of Lutheran Church Charities.  Lydia is an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog whose support team is North Boston Comfort.  She is based at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.  She interacts with people at churches and schools, during weekly nursing home visits, at hospitals, events, and in disaster response stituations.  Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs are friends who bring a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help in times of need.  Each dog as a Bible verse assigned to them.  Her verse is 1 Thessalonians 1:2 "We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers."  All of Lydia's work is without charge, so donations are used for vet bills, food, and travel with voluntees to communities stricken with recent traumatic events.

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