Missions and Outreach


EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (ELCA)

GLC provides prayer support and financial support to the worldwide ministries of the ELCA and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Gilbert Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Pastor Elizabeth A. Eaton serves as the presiding bishop of the ELCA whose headquarters is in Chicago. For more information about the ELCA and links to other Churchwide ministries, please go to www.elca.org. The ELCA is divided into nine regions and 65 synods. GLC is a congregation of the Southeastern Iowa Synod (region five) of the ELCA. Bishop Michael Burk serves as the bishop for our synod whose headquarters is located in Iowa City. For more information about the Southeastern Iowa Synod, please go to www.seiasynod.org.

BACKPACK BUDDIES2013 Backpack Buddies

The Friends of Gilbert have made a base at the church for their Backpack Buddies program, which provides food to children from families suffering from food insecurity. Over weekends and holidays, when they might otherwise have to be concerned where their next meal is coming from, these families are provided with good, nourishing food from our community.

MISSIONARY SPONSORSHIP

GLC also provides prayer support and financial support to our missionaries. Our new family we are supporting are Christine & Brian Palmer, serving in Liberia.

BETHANY LIFE COMMUNITIES

We are one of twenty-four congregations that own Bethany Life Communities, which consist of a nursing home (Bethany Manor), skilled transitional care in the Lifebridge Unit, and independent and assisted living units (Timberland Village). Al and Connie Bergman are our ambassadors to Bethany Life Communities. Over the years, several of our members have benefited from the services of the Bethany Life Community.  We provide prayer support, financial support, and pushing wheel chairs so those in Bethany Manor can get to Sunday morning worship.

GOOD NEIGHBOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

In cooperation with several churches in Ames, we provide financial support to those in need. Good Neighbor provides the coordination of resources for all who are in need.

LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD PANTRY

GLC is in partnership with several congregations in the Story City area providing food to those in need. We collect food items continually. Carol Peterson is our representative on the coordinating committee. Loaves and Fishes is located in Story City.

COMMUNITY AND WORLD OUTREACH

Each month GLC identifies one ministry which its supports with its prayers and financial support. Each Sunday the first $35 of loose change and other designated funds will go towards that ministry. In addition to those listed above we have provided funding to: ACCESS, Lutheran World Relief, ELCA’s Hunger Appeal, Prison Fellowship, Faith Fellowship, Friendship Ark, Arc of Story County, The Church of the Damascus Way Prison Ministry, CROP Church World Service, Heifer Project International, Emergency Residence Project, Lutheran Campus Ministry – ISU, and Bread for the World

LUTHERAN SERVICES IN IOWA

GLC provides prayer support, financial support, and in-kind support for this statewide agency of the three Iowa synods of the ELCA. We also collect caps and mittens and other items for the children each year.

RIVERSIDE LUTHERAN BIBLE CAMP

We are part of the RLBC association. Riverside provides summer counselors who help us in our annual Vacation Bible School. We also support them with our prayers and financial support. GLC also provides financial camperships to everyone from GLC attending summer camping. Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp is located just a couple of miles north of Story City.