UNION — A local church has not only provided backpacks full of school supplies for impoverished children around the world they also conducted a special ceremony blessing them.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, the congregation of Augsburg Lutheran Church celebrated Homecoming with a very special service lead by Pastor Maria Miller.
In a statement released earlier this month, the church stated that Miller lead the congregation in “a Litany of Blessing for school kits. … The kits, backpacks containing essential school supplies, were filled by members of the Augsburg congregation as a project for Lutheran World Relief.”
The press release states that “founded in 1945, Lutheran World Relief is a non-profit international organization that sends aid and relief to people experiencing poverty, disasters, and human suffering. It also focuses on improving the lives of smallholder farmers through its agricultural programs.”
It further states that “one of the flagship programs” of Lutheran World Relief is “its Quilt and Kit Ministry. Each year Lutheran churches assemble mission quilts, as well as various types of kits such as baby kits, hygiene kits, and school kits, to shop to countries experiencing extreme hardships.”
The press release further states that “Lutheran World Relief receives high rankings from organizations like Charity Watch. It is a member of of the ACT Alliance, a global group of churches and related agencies which are committed to working together toward development and improvement of suffering communities.”
Augsburg Lutheran Church Pastor Maria Miller leads the church congregation in a "Litany of Blessing" for the school kits assembled by church members for Lutheran World Relief’s "Quilt and Kit Ministry." The ministry involves Lutheran churches assembling mission quilts as well as various types of kits including school supplies for those facing extreme hardships.