CCS of North Reading- Christian Community Service is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides food and temporary financial assistance for basic necessities to local residents in need.
The organization distributes Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets each year, and it also works with local churches, including Messiah Lutheran Church, to support various events and activities. Each year members of Messiah Lutheran Church joyfully participate in the CCS Take-a-Tag and Back-to-School programs.
Christian Community Service also sponsors the North Reading Food Pantry, which is located at the North Reading Town Hall. Messiah Lutheran Church routinely has collections of non-perishable food, as well as clothing and children’s items for CCS.
LWML Mite Box Collection - Freely given offerings for the purpose of reaching out to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1–4), the Mite Box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" — offerings above and beyond the support given to the church. Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program. Local districts retain 75% of mite offerings. National mites fund over $1 million in mission grants.
The Widow's Mite
"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41-43)
Haven from Hunger - Provides free, nutritious food to low-income families and individuals who struggle to put food on the table. The Haven’s hunger-relief programs include a food pantry, community suppers, and summer meals for low-income children. Guests include working families trying to make ends meet, homeless families, elders scraping by on limited incomes, and individuals trying to get their lives back on track.
Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child – Each year Messiah Lutheran Church distributes shoebox-sized containers throughout the congregation, which are then filled by parishioners with basic necessity items including soap, washcloths and toothbrushes, and also with small toys and other items suitable for children. The boxes are packaged up and shipped off to non-first world countries to be given out to children at Christmas time.
Everyone at Messiah Lutheran Church participates and enjoys filling the shoeboxes and seeing the stack of shoeboxes each year at the end of the drive that gets shipped off to the Samaritan's Purse distribution location.
Messiah Lutheran Church
708 Lowell St, Lynnfield, MA 01940
Phone: (781) 334-4111
North Boston Comfort - Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs are friends who bring a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help in times of need.
Lydia is the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog based here at Messiah Lutheran Church whose support team is North Boston Comfort. Lydia interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations.
"We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers." 1 Thessalonians 1:2
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
Messiah Lutheran Church Service and Outreach
At Messiah Lutheran Church we view social ministry and outreach as an essential part of our mission as a church. By reaching out to the local community and beyond, we are able to show the love and compassion of Jesus to a struggling world.
Going, Caring, Sharing Jesus.
The following are a few specifically highlighted Programs and Ministries which receive ongoing assistance and support by the members of Messiah Lutheran Church. These represent a small sample of the service and outreach programs to which are congregation regularly contributes.