HOPE RECYCLED UPDATE
We are no longer collecting the card fronts off the greeting and Christmas cards. Both St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch and the Latin American Lutheran Mission have discontinued their activities which they had utilized these card fronts.
Join us for fellowship on Tuesdays, March 20th & April 17th at Penn, as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. We are offering both morning and evening sessions on these dates. The morning session is at 10:00am and the evening is at 6:30pm. These monthly groups provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together–side by side. This activity qualifies for school or club related Community Service hours. It is amazing what all gets accomplished in a short period of time and there is always much laughter!
PROJECT HOPE— MARCH & APRIL
During the month of March our PROJECT HOPE is NEW coloring books and crayons for younger children and the coloring books for adults and colored pencils for older children/youth. These will be provided to various programs that reach out to children and youth within our communities whose families are struggling with poverty, homelessness, and/or trauma and loss: Wesley Family Services, Welcome Home Shelter, and A Child’s Place.
The month of April’s PROJECT HOPE is Soles for Souls. We will be collecting gently used and new shoes to be distributed through Soles for Souls. All varieties of shoes are needed for men, women and children, including boots, sneakers, heels, sandals…any type of shoes. Invite your friends, coworkers and neighbors to join us in what has become an annual in-gathering. Last year over 1000 pairs of shoes were delivered to Soles for Souls.
PROJECT HOPE UPDATES
Souper Bowl of Caring 2018. We again designated our in-gathering of soup for St. Barbara’s Food Pantry. The challenge was to increase our soup donations to 251 (an increase of 28 cans) WE DID IT-337 cans of soup and $10! We have been participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring for 6 years. To date we have donated 1186 cans of soup and $168 to St. Barbara’s Food Pantry through our Souper Bowl of Caring efforts. Please check out the bulletin board or our Thank You notebook for the notes we have received.
We are collecting prom dresses and apparel for girls receiving support through Dept. of Human Services or families receiving Public Assistance. In addition to the dresses there is a need for gently used purses/clutches, wraps and jewelry or new hosiery. These items will be donated to girls for upcoming proms or other formal wear gatherings. Please hang these on the coat racks at either Penn or Zion’s.
STITCHES OF HOPE
This congregation is blessed with many talented folks. Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. Patterns and details regarding material/yarn/thread requirements may now be found at the churches’ mission drop-off sites. Our Featured Projects are making World Vision blankets-knit or crocheted 36-inches x42-inches. With every stitch, together we give hope and warmth to vulnerable children living in poverty or other difficult situations around the globe. For millions of children, a hand-made item isn’t just a blanket. It’s a chance at better health. It’s protection and warmth from freezing temperatures. And it’s a symbol of support for a better future. For our sewers, we did not forget your gifts and talents. We will be making puppets to make for The Agape Puppets a Christian ministry that takes the Good News and love of Jesus Christ to children, youth and adults around the world. They then train and equip teams of nationals to continue to disciple and help them grow in their faith. Last year 80,000 heard the Good News through the Agape Puppets ministry. Our puppets will be distributed to some of the children attending these services. Patterns are available