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New Lutheran community outreach center dedicated in Evansville

posted Dec 7, 2010, 7:45 PM by Neil Lampton   [ updated Dec 7, 2010, 8:01 PM ]
    More than five years ago, the board of governors of the Lutheran Mission Action Council (LMAC) of Evansville determined a single building was needed to house various ministries they supported, especially the food bank serving the people in the
near-downtown neighborhood around St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. 

   
The LMAC represents all 15 Evansville-area LCMS churches. Groundbreaking took place on Reformation Day 2009 for the Lutheran Community Outreach Center (LCOC) at 16 E. Michigan St., Evansville, Ind. Less than a year later, the building is complete. The dedication service was held on Sunday, Sept. 12.

    This new building is devoted to unifying the LCMS churches in the East and West Evansville circuits of the district in reaching out to the people in their community and to providing specific services to meet the need s of those people in accordance with Christ’s command in Matt. 25:34-40.

    The new LCOC offers 6,100 square feet of space, with room to house four ministries. Using about half the space is the food pantry, now in its 30th year of operation. Formerly housed at Evansville Lutheran School across the street, the food pantry features much more storage room and a large walk-in freezer. It is named for Jim Greenwell, LMAC treasurer and the heart and soul of St. Paul’s food pantry.

    Using about half the space is the food pantry, now in its 30th year of operation. Formerly housed at Evansville Lutheran School across the street, the food pantry features much more storage room and a large walk-in freezer. It is named for Jim Greenwell, LMAC treasurer and the heart and soul of St. Paul’s food pantry.

    The second ministry now housed in the new space is Evansville Lutheran Family Counseling, formerly working out of an old house about a block away. The staff will serve clients two days a week and plans to expand in the near future.
    
    Bethesda Lutheran Community is a new participant. With an office in the new building, the staff will serve developmentally disabled people in the tri-state area (Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.)

The LCMS Activities Center is the fourth area of the building. This large meeting room with kitchenette will be available for all Lutheran churches and organizations to use. The reception after the dedication took place in the Activities Center.

    Major funding for this project was provided by LMAC, Lutheran Trust Fund and the Lutheran Foundation. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church donated three lots across the street from its church property. However, the key supporters are the hundreds of individuals who donated funds and volunteer labor to help complete this structure for about $850,000.

At the dedication service, the nearly 200 worshipers heard LMAC Vice-President Terry Lampton introduce representatives of all the agencies involved. Dr. Dave Ebeling, representing the Indiana District, gave the brief dedication address.

    Are you traveling to the southwest corner of the Indiana District? Be sure to stop in to see this beautiful structure and observe the wonderful services members of these 15 LCMS churches are providing for the people of their community. To arrange a visit, contact Don Diekmann, dpdiekmann@aol.com or 812-477-1447.
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