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.

The Good Shepherd Center is Re-Opening and is In Need of Volunteers ~ As every organization moves forward post-Covid the demand for the services and free food and clothes will continue within Monroe County. The Good Shepherd Center is a wonderful place where neighbors help neighbors. Our mission is to provide support services including free food, clothing and utilities assistance to local residents in need. We serve families and individuals, and we have a special place in our hearts for children and senior citizens. Now we need additional volunteers to step up and serve others, opportunities include food pantry, client intake, clothing distribution, administration, computer support, marketing, and drivers to pick up food on various days/locations-a van is provided. For an application, to learn more and to take a tour call the center and ask for Tina Smith, Executive Director. 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.
This week the need is for body wash and shampoo and single-serving fruit cups for kid’s meals. Food is always welcomed. Please put your donations in the basket marked "Good Shepherd Center" in the lobby of the CMC. Thank you for your support!

 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 September are: grits, oatmeal and dried beans. Please bring your donations and place in the basket located in the CMC lobby. Thank you for your generosity to those less fortunate.

If you have extra dental supplies provided by your health insurance or dentist, they could be placed in the Good Samaritan basket inside the main entrance to the CMC to be distributed to Good Samaritan clients. Thank you.

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!