Please set aside Sunday September 8th, 2019 for our ELCA Day of Service. This year our work will be focused on supporting our men and women in the military.
The first effort will be to prepare and distribute ‘Welcome Home’ bags for single Marines returning to Camp Pendleton from deployment. These young men and women live on base in enlisted housing and generally have no family near. The bags may contain snacks, Gatorade or powdered drink mix, thank you notes, wash cloths, etc. Anything that will make them feel comfortable after being overseas for 6 months or more (for a full list of suggested items see below)
The second effort will be in the support of military chaplains. A generation ago our predecessor Lutheran church bodies had more than 650 Federal Chaplains. Today we have 152 ELCA chaplains ministering to more than 1.3 million service women and men in uniform, 826,000 reservists and National Guard. Federal Chaplains may also minister to the D.O.D., the VA Medical facilities, and the 18 million civilians in Federal prisons.
To make a donation to the fund for ELCA Federal Chaplaincy Scholarships click the "Give Online" button below
Suggested Items to donate for "Welcome Home" Bags
Food and Drink Items
Bedding and Towels