HOPE RECYCLED UPDATE
FYI PLEASE NOTE — 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.
PROJECT HELPING HANDS
Join us for fellowship on Tuesdays, May 15th and June 19th at Penn, for our regular Helping Hands 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 10:00 am and the evening is at 6:30 pm.
Special Helping Hands dates are scheduled on May 1st & 8th at 6:30 pm (Penn) for sorting and preparing the donations we received from the Just Between Friends sale. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for upcoming activities
MAY & JUNE DESIGNATED PROJECT HOPE IN-GATHERINGS
During the month of May we are featuring “Fun in the Sun” activities. Children who are living at area shelters don’t typically have some of the basics for outdoor play. So, we will be collecting balls, outside related toys, children’s sunglasses, flip-flops and sunscreen.
Operation Christmas Child is our June feature 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.
Project Hope Touching Lives
During the first quarter of 2018 (January-March) through in-gatherings and donations we reached out to individuals and families served by the following 48 agencies: Bethesda Children’s Home, Bethlehem Haven, Birthright of Greensburg, Blackburn Center, Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital, A Child’s Place at Mercy, Christian Laymen’s Corp., Christian Literacy Associates, The Crayon Initiative, Department of VA, Disaster Cleaning Closet at Penn, Dresses for Orphans, Fisher House, Genre’s Kids with Cancer, Global Links, The Good Shepherd Foundation, Goodwill Outreach, Health Wagon, Heifer Project International, Hopeline, Latino Family Center, LifeWay Pregnancy Center, Lion’s Intl. Local family experiencing weather related disaster, Lutheran World Relief, Mercy Hospital Ped. Trauma Burn Unit, Maritime Bethel at Savannah, Military personnel through coupons, Night to Shine, Operation Courage is Beautiful, Penn Township Police/EMS, Project Linus, Renewal Inc. /Lydia’s Place, Ronald McDonald House, Samaritan’s Purse, Sew for Hope, Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veterans Home, Sojourner’s House, SWPa Lutheran Synod, St. Barbara’s Food Pantry, Strength In Scarves, Westmoreland Community Action, World Vision, YWCA Westmoreland Co. Literacy, and Youth for Christ-CityLife. One of the scriptural passages that guide the mission of Project Hope is Matthew 25: 35-40. We are so blessed to be able to share His hope through our in-gathering efforts. We may never know who or how we have made a difference-that box of crayons, soap, box of cereal, a winter hat, or a toothbrush…but each of these items no matter how small makes a difference.
Teddy Bear Patrol
National Emergency Services Week occurs during May. As such, we are collecting stuffed teddy bears for our on-going Teddy Bear Patrol ingathering. Our goal is to replenish the teddy bears for our local Police, Fire, and EMS departments. The EMS personnel provide teddy bears to children who experience trauma-fire, natural disaster, accident or violence. Please only new or gently used teddy bears.
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
THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS
All Thrivent members are encouraged to use the Thrivent Action Team Grants available to them through Thrivent as a way to give back to our church and our community. Each Thrivent member is entitled to two $250 grants per year to support an activity or mission project. This equals several thousand dollars of Action Team grants available through the number of Thrivent members we have within our parish. Let us be good stewards by not letting this money pass us by…see Gwen ASAP to help you decide on your projects and help you in the application process if necessary.