LCMC Blog [Service Project Topic] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Meals from the Heartland Service Project Update Thu, 19 Jul 18 00:00:00 +0000 At their last meeting, the LCMC Board of Trustees decided to cancel the meal packaging event scheduled for the Tuesday night of our upcoming Annual Gathering and Convention in Des Moines. 

To date, we have only received just over $11,000 of our $80,000 fundraising goal for this project.

We are grateful for everyone who has already contributed.  All of the funds donated, as well as any future contributions, will be given directly to Meals from the Heartland for their ongoing packaging events and they will be exceedingly grateful for our support. 

If you are still interested in making a donation, you may do so online by clicking here, or by mailing a check made payable to LCMC with an indication that your payment is intended for our "Meals from the Heartland Service Project" to the LCMC office at following address:

7000 North Sheldon Road
Canton, MI 48187

In lieu of the packaging event scheduled for Tuesday evening of the Annual Gathering, the Board is working on an alternative option.  Stay tuned! 

Our 18th Annual Gathering takes place October 7-10, 2018 in Des Moines, IA and features keynote speakers, opportunities for fellowship and networking, breakout sessions, dozens of vendors to explore, and more. 

If you plan on attending, early bird registration ends soon, so be sure to register by September 1 to secure the best possible rate.

18th Annual Gathering Registration is Open Tue, 03 Apr 18 00:00:00 +0000 "Growing Up" is the theme of our 18th Annual Gathering and Convention, and we've invited Dr. Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries to help us consider how congregations of all sizes can be focused on the Great Commission and develop a kingdom mindset. 

Jo Kinnard will be returning this year to serve as our Bible study leader as we reflect on the text of Ephesians 4

Mark Vander Tuig and Perry Fruhling will preach the opening and closing worship services respectively. 

For our service project this year, we will again be teaming up with Meals from the Heartland to help feed people in need.  Our goal for 2018 is to raise $100,000 for supplies and package 400,000 meals between the Annual Gathering and our Called 2 Follow youth event in July.  Participants can sign up to help assemble meal kits by checking off the apporpriate box on their registration form. 

For those who would like a chance to connect with other people in LCMC, we will again be offering a fellowship dinner in addition to several other fellowship meet-ups. 

New for 2018, participants at this year's event have the option to sing in a combined choir duing the closing worship service.  To sign up, simply check off the appropriate box on your registration form. 

The event also includes breakout sessions, vendors, and worship, plus time for fellowship, networking, and discussion. 

Registration is now open!  For the best rate, be sure to sign up by September 1. 

The LCMC 18th Annual Gathering takes place October 7-10 in Des Moines, IA. 

Click Here to Register

Lutheran World Relief Service Project Update Mon, 24 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0000 At our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, Colorado, we partnered with Lutheran World Relief to assemble 8,228 personal care kits for people in need. 

The staff of LCMC has received an update from Lutheran World Relief that the kits we packaged have been shipped to Angola on March 28, 2017 and should be arriving within the next four months. 

Lutheran World Relief will be working with Hope for Angola to ensure that the resources will be distributed to people in need once they arrive.  The organization is a partnership between several Christian denominations in Angola serving a population who lives on an estimated $1/day (US dollars) per family.


From Lutheran World Relief:

Dear Friends at Lutheran Congregations in  Mission for Christ,

Greetings from Lutheran World Relief! We're so thankful for your partnership, and for your energy and enthusiasm for this ministry.

I'm excited to be able to share some details about where some of your items traveled in the last year. You may already have spotted in your online Tracker record that your Personal Care Kits have gone to Angola. Your donations departed our warehouse on March 28, 2017.

LWR's partner in Angola is Hope for Angola {HFA}. Founded in 2006 by Angolans living in the United States, the organization seeks to advocate and support sustainable community based development for the vulnerable people of Angola to ensure that all have equal access to basic human needs. This distribution of Mission Quilts, Personal Care Kits, School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Fabric Kits will reach an estimated 20,147 people in Luanda, the capital city of Angola.
These precious gifts will support refugee, asylum-seeking and internally displaced families as they work to establish sustainable lives in Luanda.

To learn more about this shipment, visit and click on the country to view a report. We will provide updates as we receive information from our partner. Thank you so much for your partner ship 'in bringing hope to our neighbors in around the world. We thank God for you!

Continued blessings on your ministry!

Melanie W. Gibbons
Quilt & Kit Ministry Manager

Annual Gathering and MFTH Project Statistics Announced! Wed, 29 Oct 14 00:00:00 +0000 Earlier this month, 1,012 people from around the world came together in Des Moines, IA for LCMC’s 14th Annual Gathering.  

Throughout the year, the 833 congregations that make up LCMC came together to raise a total of $91,005.40 for our service project with Meals from the Heartland (13.75% more than our goal of $80,000).  On the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, many of the people who attended the gathering met up at the convention center and assembled a total of 291,168 meals[Watch Video]

During the Business Session of the gathering, Pastors Christopher Miller (Area 2) and Kenneth “Corky” Spitler (Area 5) were elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Pastors Nathan Hanson and Stephan Turnbull were appointed to serve on the Ministry Board.  

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced the launch of the LCMC Prayer Chain, an opportunity for people to sign up to pray for all of the congregations in LCMC on a weekly basis.  Click Here to learn more and sign up.

It was also announced that our 15th Annual Gathering will take place from October 4-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco, TX. 

Photo galleries from the Annual Gathering, downloadable copies of our 2014 Book, and presentation notes from our Keynote Speakers are now available at our website.  To view any of these materials, Click Here

Videos of our speakers will not be available until later this winter.  We will announce via E-Newsletter, blog, Facebook and Twitter when these videos have been posted.  

WE DID IT! Mon, 08 Sep 14 00:00:00 +0000 Last year, we announced to all of our congregations that one of our goals as an association for 2014 was to raise $80,000 for our 14th Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland.  Today, we reached that goal! 

100% of the donations that we have received will be used to purchase enough food, packaging supplies and shipping to feed 400,000 people in need, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

The food packages will be assembled on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. by LCMC-ers from around the globe. 

The process of assembling and packaging the meals will require the help of about 1,000 people, so if you plan to attend the Annual Gathering this year, we need your help!  If you haven't already, please consider signing up to help package meals for an hour or two.  All you've got to do is check off one or both of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes when you Register for the Annual Gathering

If you have already registered for the Annual Gathering, but did not sign up to package meals and would like to, you can also notify our staff that you are interested via email at

See you in Des Moines! 

Annual Gathering Lodging Update Mon, 28 Jul 14 00:00:00 +0000 Accommodations at the The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel have sold out for the week of the Annual Gathering

For your convenience, the Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus and the Des Moines Marriot Downtown are also offering reduced rates to LCMC-ers who are traveling to Des Moines for the Annual Gathering.  Be sure to mention that you are part of the LCMC group while making your hotel reservations to receive the discount. 

Of course, there are other hotels located in the Des Moines area that you are welcome to check with, as well. 

More detailed information on lodging and transportation for the Annual Gathering can be found by clicking here

Can We Really Feed 400,000 People? Wed, 11 Jun 14 00:00:00 +0000 One of LCMC's goals for 2014 is to help fight hunger in the U.S. and abroad by preparing 400,000 meals together with Meals from the Heartland this fall.  As an association made up of over 800 congregations worldwide, this is something that we can accomplish, but only if we work together! 
To make our service project happen, we are going to need two things: volunteers and supplies. 

We will be packaging the meals on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. as part of our 14th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, IA. 

In order to package all of the meals within our two hour time frame, we are going to need at least 1,000 volunteers to help out.  Those who are interested in participating may sign up to do so by checking off one (or both!) of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes on their Annual Gathering Registration Form

To date, there are 61 volunteers signed up to help package meals in the 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. time slot and 32 volunteers signed up to package meals from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 
This winter, we also began raising the funds needed to purchase food, packaging supplies and postage for the project. 
As of May 31, 2014, our association has collectively raised $40,750 towards the $80,000 we will need in order to reach our goal of packaging 400,000 meals.  We've made it past the halfway point, but if we're going to raise enough money in the next three and a half months to purchase the supplies we need, we still have our work cut out for us.

Those interested in making a donation to the project may do so by clicking here.  100% of donations will be used to help purchase supplies.
Presently, LCMC is comprised of 714 congregations in the U.S. and a total of 820 congregations worldwide.  If each congregation were to give $100, we could achieve this goal in no time! 
To help fellow LCMC-ers get the word out about the project, the following resources are available:

If we can get 1,000 volunteers to help us package meals and raise $80,000 for supplies, we will be able to put together enough meals to feed 400,000 people in just two hours.  (According to the United States Census Bureau, that's more than the entire population of the city of Minneapolis!)

Annual Gathering Offers Fellowship Meet-Ups for Up-And-Coming Leaders Mon, 09 Jun 14 00:00:00 +0000 Building working relationships with friends and fellow colleagues in ministry is important.  That's why at this year's Annual Gathering, which is set to take place from October 5-8, 2014 in Des Moines, IA, we will be setting aside time for new or up-and-coming leaders in LCMC to do just that.  


In addition to our annual District Dinner Night, an opportunity for members of the various geographic and non-geographic districts of LCMC to come together for dinner, we will be hosting the following fellowship meet-ups:

  • Seminarians:  Join other seminary students for a dessert fellowship on Sunday evening after Opening Worship.  (See Also: Seminarian Retreat)
  • Young Adults:  Get to know other young adults in LCMC during a breakout session titled "20-30 Somethings" on Monday afternoon.  (See Also: LCMC: The Next Generation)
  • Church Planters:  Pr. Dan Clites will host a fellowship meet-up for church planters on Monday evening.  (See Also: New Ministry Workshop)

To learn more, click here.  

Register Now for LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering! Thu, 27 Mar 14 00:00:00 +0000 What do we say and how do we respond?  These are the questions that often face Christians and Lutherans in 2014 right here in America.  We are now living in a “post-denominational era”; the way we used to do church is no longer working.  Times have changed and we now need to be able to defend, explain and affirm our faith in Christ alone.  We have been given a great heritage of faith and theology through the Lutheran Reformation.  This theological framework is more than capable of helping us to proclaim the Gospel to our generation.  We just have to figure out how to do it, and then start.

From October 5-8, 2014, we will gather leaders, pastors, and church members from all over the world to celebrate our 14th Our Annual Gathering and Convention in Des Moines, IA. 

The focus of our gathering this year is “Reason for Hope”.  We have invited three keynote speakers who will each in their own way help us to consider how we might engage this culture with the Good News of Jesus Christ and his gracious love and atoning sacrifice:
  • Rev. Dr. Walter Sundburg, Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary
  • Rev. Margaret Manning, Speaker/Writer, RZIM
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology, Grand View University

Our gathering will also include two worship services, morning Bible studies and singing, over 75 vendors, more than 30 breakout sessions and opportunities for fellowship and networking.

This year we will also have a chance to serve the hungry of the world, both here and abroad by participating in a meal packaging event on the Tuesday evening of our gathering.  If we can raise $80,000, gather 1000 people for two hours, we could put together 400,000 meals, a part of what it means to be “in Mission for Christ”!
Registration is now open at our website.  
Register Now!  |  Learn More  |   Meal Packaging Project Info
Meal Packaging Project Update Thu, 27 Feb 14 00:00:00 +0000 Annual Gathering in October.  
As of January, we have collectively raised $8,940.67 to be used for obtaining food, packaging materials and postage for the project. 
Those wishing to make a donation to the project, or to download promotional flyers and posters to help promote the project, can do so by clicking here
We have also created a Facebook event page, titled "Two Hours. 1,000 People. 400,000 Meals.", to help make it easier for social media users to stay updated on the project and to share the event details with others.