Social Concerns

Heavenly Helpers

A Heavenly Helper is like an Angel sent to help you get things done that you don't know how to do or can't do yourself. CHRIST OUR SAVIOR  volunteers are willing to help those needing temporary assistance.Helpers honor a wide variety of requests like travel .  If you are someone, due to special circumstances, needs temporary assistance, that's where Heavenly  Helpers come in.If you have any questions about Heavenly Helpers contact CHRIST OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH 865-458-9407.

Can you provide a meal to someone in our COS family who needs our help due to illness or other short-term situations? If so, contact the church office to add your name to the list of those willing to help. You’ll generally be asked to do this only once or twice a year. And if you need a meal prepared for you, you can also contact the church office.

Boxtops for Education

Please bring in your box tops from General Mills products that say “Box Tops for Education.” We will be sending them in shortly to First Lutheran. There is a basket to put them in located in the Christian Ministry Center’s lobby. First Lutheran is very grateful for saving and sending them to the school!

Community Service Centers

A part of our Social Concerns activities is to support our local The Good Shepherd and the Good Samaritan Centers in Monroe and Loudon Counties.

Good Shepherd Center Changes Annual Fund Raiser

Because of the COVID-19 virus impacting the safety of the large number of people that normally attend the annual event, the Good Shepherd Board decided to take a new fundraising approach. Starting in August there will be a direct mail solicitation to every household and business in Monroe County as well as surrounding areas. Demand at the Center has increased with many new families needing assistance. Currently, the Center serves an average of 1,500 people per month and distributes approximately 50 boxes of food per day or 30,000 lbs. of food/month at no charge. With the increasing need, the success of the fund raiser is critical. Funds will be used for purchase of food, for replacement of the van used to pick up food donations and for building repairs. People can make a one-time donation or a pledge over time: monthly, quarterly or semi-annually. Any level of donation would be appreciated. Contributions are tax deductible. The Center is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Donations can be
mailed to: The Good Shepherd Center, PO Box 353, 5150 Hwy 411 S, Madisonville, TN 37354. The Center’s phone number is 423-420-8888.

The Good Shepherd Center needs the following items: baby formula, baby wipes, bar soap and baby lotion. All contributions are appreciated. Please put your donations in the basket marked "Good Shepherd Center" in the lobby of the CMC. Thanks to all of you that have already donated.

The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County needs plastic bags of grocery store size or somewhat larger. The bags will be used to distribute food and possibly other items to Good Samaritan clients. Place bags in the Good Samaritan basket just inside the main entrance to the CMC. Thanks.

Requested contributions for April are: paper towels and toilet tissue. Please bring your donations and place in the basket located in the CMC lobby. Thank you for your generosity to those less fortunate.

Mats and Totes for the Homeless and Needy

The Good Shepherd Center has a number of totes and mats, so we will suspend crocheting them for a while. Many thanks to all those who crocheted them. Please finish what you are working on now and put it in the Good Shepherd Center box. Also, a big thank you to those who brought in the plastic bags so we could make them! The Habitat Store can use the bags or recycle them.

Backpacks for Loudon Co. Students

The Good Samaritan Center will again this year, distribute more than 900 backpacks filled with grade specific supplies to avoid teachers having to pay for them. If you would like to help with the project, they are $25 each and you can mail your check to: The Good Samaritan Center, 119 A Street, Lenoir City, TN 37771 or donate by credit card at: and specify Backpack Program. Thank You!