Team Hope

MAY & JUNE DESIGNATED PROJECT HOPE IN-GATHERINGS

During the month of May, we are featuring A Shepherd Heart Fellowship and Veteran’s Home with an ingathering of laundry detergent, dryer sheets & stain removers, cereal, and granola/snack bars. Located in Pittsburgh, A Shepherd’s Heart ministers to those experiencing homelessness, addiction, and hunger by providing a breakfast meal with God’s Word every morning at their Drop-In Center.  It is also a place to shower and do laundry for free.  A Shepherd’s Heart offers transitional housing for veterans which includes life skills and job training opportunities.

Operation Christmas Child is our June featured organization.  We are gearing up for a County-wide Packing Party in September (more details to follow).  The following items are acceptable items: pencils/pens, pencil sharpeners, crayons/markers, small toy cars (no military vehicles), jump ropes, dominoes, checkers, washcloths, hair barrettes/ribbons, tote bags/draw string bags, small stuffed animals (no pigs).  If you have questions about approved items for this packing party please see either Maria or Gwen.

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Alternative Gift Ideas

ALTERNATIVE GIFT IDEAS

TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING?…WANT TO GIVE A GIFT THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE?…HAS GIFT-GIVING LOST ITS MEANING? If you answered yes to any of these then Alternative Gifts is the answer you are looking for. Through alternative gifts you are able to empower a family, a community, or one individual by giving a monetary donation in honor of or in memory of someone.  You choose what the donation is used towards- maybe you will by a pig for a family in a developing country, immunizations to prevent diseases, Bibles, provide education, or shelter. Gift suggestions begin at $4.00.  Alternative gifts are not just for holiday giving but may be given for birthdays, anniversaries, as memorials, or just because you want to make a difference.  Below is a listing of several organizations who offer alternative gifts.  Paper versions of some of their gift catalogs are available in the church narthex.

Church World Service Best Gift

Compassion International

ELCA Good Gifts

Heifer International

Lutheran World Relief Gift

Samaritan’s Purse

World Vision Gift

 

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Monthly Project Hope

MAY & JUNE DESIGNATED PROJECT HOPE IN-GATHERINGS

During the month of May, we are featuring A Shepherd Heart Fellowship and Veteran’s Home with an ingathering of laundry detergent, dryer sheets & stain removers, cereal, and granola/snack bars. Located in Pittsburgh, A Shepherd’s Heart ministers to those experiencing homelessness, addiction, and hunger by providing a breakfast meal with God’s Word every morning at their Drop-In Center.  It is also a place to shower and do laundry for free.  A Shepherd’s Heart offers transitional housing for veterans which includes life skills and job training opportunities.

Operation Christmas Child is our June featured organization.  We are gearing up for a County-wide Packing Party in September (more details to follow).  The following items are acceptable items: pencils/pens, pencil sharpeners, crayons/markers, small toy cars (no military vehicles), jump ropes, dominoes, checkers, washcloths, hair barrettes/ribbons, tote bags/draw string bags, small stuffed animals (no pigs).  If you have questions about approved items for this packing party please see either Maria or Gwen.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitches of Hope

STITCHES OF HOPE

Our congregations are 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 Project: KNITTED/CROCHETED – Dish cloths, scrubbies and dish towels with the yarn-closure for hanging on a door handle.  These will be given to area shelters and independent living/life-skills programs. We have some yarn available.  Please follow up with Gwen should you have questions or a project suggestion.


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Additional Stitches of Hope Projects

Baby Quilts/Blankets – These may be crocheted, knitted or sewed. Items to be donated to Women’s Choice Network, a local crisis pregnancy center. Any pattern/design is appreciated.  Knotted Blankets are also made which are provided to refugees arriving in the Pittsburgh area and/or other programs as requested.

Balaclavas (ski masks) – These may be knitted, crocheted or sewed. Balaclavas will be sent to Lutheran Advocacy for Maritime Ministries or Citizen SAM (our military if made with wool yarn).

Baby Diaper Bags – Sew these diaper bags for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicating to improving health conditions and environmental stewardship in developing countries. These diaper bags are presently being sent to Haiti.

Chemotherapy Hats/Scarves – These hats and scarves may be knitted, crochetted or sewn.  Any pattern/design is appreciated.  Store-purchased scraves are also OK.

Friendship Bracelets – A variety of patterns are available and again if you have a pattern you already use, that is fine.  These bracelets are distributed with some of our in-gatherings as a tangible reminder to let individuals know we are praying and thinking of them.

Leprosy Bandages – These bandages are knitted or crocheted and distributed to refugees within Vietnam through The D.O.V.E. Fund.

“Pillowcase Dresses”/T-Shirt Dresses – These dresses are provided to Little Dresses for Africa and other programs.  Patterns are provided or use a simple sundress pattern.  All children sizes OK.    Also shorts made out of T-shirts or a simple short pattern are distributed to Little Britches for Boys.

Winter accessories – These are provided to a variety of programs within the area and throughout the states.  Any pattern and sizes are OK as they are provided for children through adults.

Prayer Ministry

YELLOW PRAYER RIBBONS

We remember those serving our country through Yellow Prayer Ribbons both here at home and abroad.  Congregation members are invited on Sundays to pick up a Prayer Ribbon in the narthex and during the service lift up prayers for the individual listed on the ribbon.  After the service return the ribbon back to the basket in the narthex.  To update our ribbons or add a name, please complete the from in the prayer basket located in both congregations and place it in the offering plate or give to Gwen.  These ribbons will be given to the service personnel upon completion of duty.

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