Million Dollar Life Match Grant @ Emmanuel-Kettering

The members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kettering, Ohio raised $13,000 for the Million Dollar Life Match Grant offered for LCMS congregations. The LCMS offered $7,500 in matching funds for a total donation of $20,500 to our Gospel-Motivated Community Bridges project.

The money raised will be used to purchase materials and equipment for our local pregnancy resource center, The Miami Valley Women’s Center.

The staff and client advocates of the Miami Valley Women’s Center are trained to share the Gospel with each of their clients. As clients come to faith, they are connected with local churches including Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Our support allows the center to reach more clients with the Gospel.

There are three categories for the Gospel-Motivated Community Bridges project: Medical, Student Outreach, and Evangelism & Discipleship. Research shows that about 9 out of 10 women who see their baby on an ultrasound choose life. We want to make sure that the center has the necessary medical equipment to continue to provide free ultrasounds to their clients, especially since volunteer and staff nurses share the Gospel with clients at their ultrasound appointments. Our congregation will assemble “Ultrasound Bags” for parents whose pregnancy is confirmed by ultrasound. The student outreach teams at the center work with at-risk youth. We will provide snacks and other materials for their meetings. Our congregation will also assemble “Pad Bags” for local school nurses. The school nurses and the youth involved in the outreach programs then have a connection to the center and the church. Our congregation will have the opportunity to participate in the student outreach celebration get-together. “Blessing Bags” are given to new believers to help them to grow in their faith. They may contain a Bible, devotion, and other materials to help the client as they begin their new life in Christ. The center is in need of not only adult Bibles but also children’s Bibles. Each Bible will contain a card to let the client know that Emmanuel Lutheran Church welcomes them. The center’s Adopt-A-Family program is specifically designed to be a time to share the Gospel with clients and their families during the Christmas season in addition to blessing the families with material donations.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is about 2.5 miles away from an abortion clinic. Just 4 miles down the road from the abortion clinic is The Miami Valley Women’s Center – a pregnancy resource center. The vision of the Miami Valley Women's Center is “that every person in the greater Miami Valley will experience gospel transformation that empowers them to choose life for their unborn children and God’s design for sexual purity.” Families facing an unplanned pregnancy are in need of the life-saving information and the Gospel hope that the Miami Valley Women’s Center provides. We want to partner with the center to deliver this hope to our community. We hope to help meet not just the physical needs of our community, but also the spiritual.

Our congregation will meet together for a Family Service Project Day on October 9, 2022 to assemble the Ultrasound Bags, Pad Bags, Jeremiah 29 Candy Bags, and Adopt-A-Family Bags. We will also be placing our church information into each Bible.