We are very active in our mission to serve as Christ served. We partner with several local, national, and world organizations to serve those in need. If you don't find a project that interests you, share your ideas with the Outreach Committee.
" I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. "
Welcome the Stranger is the recipient for our Green Envelope offering for May.
This month our service project is to help Rejuvenating Women! Click below for their shopping wish list items. Rejuvenating Women provides hope and restoration to those enslaved in human trafficking in Nebraska and throughout the country.
They empower survivors of human trafficking to lead healthy, independent lives. Rejuvenating Women assists in the prevention of future human trafficking by providing a short and long-term term housing recovery program while helping to restore their physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Together, we can put an end to human trafficking in Omaha!
Morning Star Lutheran Church is part of a 15-church coalition working together to build a new home each year with Habitat.
Nearly 75% of Omaha families earning less than $40k a year are paying more than they can afford for housing, not leaving enough for other necessities like good nutrition, health care, transportation, savings or education. Habitat Omaha works with families to help them successfully become homeowners.
We have opportunities to offer hands-on help throughout the summer as well as at our God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday in September. More info to come soon!
Remember...you can volunteer for our build at any time. You don't need to wait for God's Work, Our Hands Sunday!
MAY - Welcome the Stranger
Jesus tells us to welcome the stranger. As a major outreach initiative, we are partnering with Lutheran Family Services to host a refugee families and help homeless vets. Join us as we provide continuing support and encouragement in this program.
Join the prayer shawls knitters and crocheters on Sundays. Please take a prayer shawl if you know someone in need of comfort and prayer.
The LFL is stocked with a variety of good, quality books that we hope will interest you and our neighbors. Stop by and take whatever interests you. You can return the book when you’re finished or contribute a book you no longer need. The LFL books are always free!
All community outreach meetings have been suspended for now. Thank you!
The Nebraska Wander Freunde Trailblazers (NWFT) was formed in March 1979 as one of the first clubs in the American Volkssport Association (AVA). The Trailblazers meet at Morning Star Lutheran Church on the first Monday of the month except January, July and August. If the first Monday is a holiday, we then meet on the 2nd Monday of the month. The meetings are open to the public. We have a short program followed by a business meeting. Then it’s time for coffee, treats and fellowship!
AA meets at Morning Star weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Click on the link for more informaton.
This Depression BiPolar Support Group meets weekly at Morning Star on Thursday nights at 7 pm. Click on the link or call 402-502-HOPE (4673) for more information.
A friendly competition ran through the month of January between Team Flakes (last name begins with A-L) and Team Puffs (last name beings with M-Z). Participants increased the donation from the cereal collected last year. In 2019 we donated a total of 2,249.9 oz. This year we donated a total of 3,023 oz. from this fun competition was donated to the Kountze Commons Food Pantry. The Flakes were victorious this year with a total of 1,955.4 oz over the Puffs donation of 1,067.85 oz. of cereal. Thanks everyone for participating!
The first 20 gifts were delivered Dec. 18 with more delivered Dec. 19. Thanks to all who helped with this project. Gifts for 40 children, ages 22 months to 17 years, were shared through our partners at Lutheran Family Services and Boys & Girls Westside Club. You also donated gift cards totaling $190 to help support families through Restored Hope. Thank you all for making Christmas merrier for those children and families.
Food For Friends started about 20 years ago by a member of Morning Star, Bob Donovan, who saw a need to feed his "working poor" brothers and sisters a Thanksgiving meal. These were individuals, some he knew and some he didn't know, who worked hard every day but never seemed to earn enough around the Holidays to have those special meals. A Green Envelope offering started with the first few years seeing approximately 50 families with Thanksgiving meals delivered by Morning Star volunteers.
In 2018, 158 families received Thanksgiving meals from donations by our Green Envelope offering. After Bob relocated to another church, different individuals assumed leadership over the years. Currently the Dan and Laurel Mooney family lead this volunteer project.
The apartment is set up and the kids are in school. See video walk-though below.
Volunteers are serving with transportation support four days a week to help the mother of our family to get to English class. She is doing great as her English skills are improving. Please contact the Outreach team if you are available to support this need.
Morning Star welcomed our Afghan refugee family in mid- October.
Try to imagine traveling thousands of miles with four young children? The generosity of our Morning Star family provided the contents of their 2 bedroom apartment. A childhood friend from Afghanistan, living in Omaha, helped the family purchase a van.
Mohammad, the father, quickly secured a $11/hour job. It seems necessary to begin at this level to create a work history. The three girls are enrolled in elementary school and love school. Muzghan, the mother, is enrolled in ESL classes and 2 year old Ahmad attends also. Muzghan is determined to learn English and eventually get a driver’s license. Morning Star members drive her to her classes M-F.
Several members took the family on a zoo outing which they loved. Morning Star gifted the family a zoo membership. Prior to Valentines’s Day the girls came to Morning Star and made valentine cards and boxes for their valentines. The family invited those who have been assisting them to help celebrate Ahmad’s second birthday. The food and friendship were amazing. During Spring break, Morning Star members took the girls to the Joslyn Art Museum to experience the special children’s interactive exhibit. We are looking forward to having mom and the children participate in our Easter egg hunt.
Support from Lutheran Family Services is winding down. An internal MS grant will help assist with their rent for an additional six months. The family is so very grateful for all of Morning Star’s help help and caring.
Serving our community within: We will continue with our defined programs as previously mentioned in serving our community within and for future working toward more volunteer opportunities for us (our whole congregation) to play a more active role in the day to day lives of our Preschool children and staff.
Serving our community within the city: Again, we will continue programs previously mentioned with a goal in 2019 for supporting a new organization, Scatter Joy Acres, a volunteer organization that rescues, feeds, and cares for neglected animals training them to be therapy animals, who in turn support vulnerable individuals.
Serving our community within the world: We will continue our established programs. Our refugee program was new for this congregation in 2018. We started with the will to carry out this goal, and with major congregational support, we were successful in supporting a family of six from Afghanistan who arrived in Omaha mid-October 2018 with a fully furnished apartment and other necessities to start their new lives in this country. Our goal is to grow this program with continued support for our first family until they are fully self sufficient, and growing the program to support future refugees for years to come.
Stained-glass from our Welcome Center with the words "Welcome the Stranger"
Planning for specific monthly focus for 2019 is in place. Short-term volunteer opportunities are available as coordinators for each specific effort. This person will coordinate with the target organization for speakers, informational material, and delivery of the donation.
Monthly service activities vary from gathering specific items to lending help on a work site. These are often scheduled for specific days. The goal is to provide hands-on leadership and worker-bee opportunities to service on a specific project.
January - Cereal Bowl
February - Lutheran Campus Ministry Concert & Baking for New Visions
October - Trunk or Treat/Candy Drive
November - Food for Friends Delivery
December - Angel Tree Gifts