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March 2017

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Fill a Backpack Full of Nutritious Food for “Feeding America”!

nullAccording to the United States Department of Agriculture, 13.1 million children under 18 years old in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.

The Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children, who often only receive one daily nutritious meal (their school lunch). This backpack program gives them nutritious and easy-to-prepare foods they need on the weekends. Backpacks of food are assembled at more than 160 local food banks and then they are distributed to more than 450,000 children at their schools on Friday to be taken home over the weekend. You can learn more about this program and find a local backpack program near you at feedingamerica.org or you can contact your local school or food pantry and ask if there is a local backpack program in your community.

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The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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February 2017

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Knit a Stocking Cap for those in Need

nullDo you know how to knit? There are so many people that need stocking caps.

  • Nurseries in your local hospitals for newborns
  • Cancer patients
  • Homeless
  • Poor in this country and around the world

Oh, you are saying, “but I don’t knit”. There are inexpensive knitting loom kits available for purchase at many craft stores that offers looms in four different sizes, so caps could be made to fit everyone from newborns to adults!

The looms are easy to use, caps are quick to complete and economical, too. A few brands that carry these looms are Boye, Darice and Knitter. There are other brands, too.

This project could be done as an individual or with your ladies group. Completed stocking caps could go to hospitals, homeless shelters, or to mission organizations. Wherever they go, you are sharing God’s love, His warmth, and His comfort! Thrivent Action Team cards are a great financial resource for looms and yarn, too! HAPPY KNITTING!

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nullSt Peter’s Church in Deshler, Nebraska put out a request for people to donate their unused bicycles to be given to Orphan Grain Train, “Don’t Leave Your Bikes in the Shed”. People generously gave, whether it was the gift of a bike, or the gift of a talent from God, their gifts overflowed. This project collected 48 bikes for Orphan Grain Train! They also had volunteers to make necessary repairs, to transport the bikes, and volunteers who knew where the bikes were needed! To God be the glory!

The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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January 2017

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Assist Your LWML Group to Send Valentines to Your Church Members That Are "Shut-In"

The internet has many free printable Christian valentines. Print off a different type of valentine for each lady in your society or Bible study group, making sure you print enough of each type of valentine for each to be sent to all your members that are shut-ins. After printing these off, make a packet of valentines, envelopes, and address labels for each lady in your group. At your next meeting, spend a few minutes signing and adding a personal note to the valentines. You may want to encourage your ladies to bring postage stamps to the meeting; then on the way home all those wonderful valentines can be put in the mail. Think how wonderful it will be for your shut-in members to receive all these different valentines! 

Send such words that these would see; the love of Christ all given free. A blessing then that's heaven sent; a moment in time that is well spent. So write if you will; His joy to share; for these are His; they're in His care! Poem by Frank Sivacek

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During this Advent Season one way the ladies at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dedham, MA began preparing their hearts for His coming, was to make and fill with food, 15 Reverse Advent Calendar Boxes. Each day something is added to the boxes. These boxes were completed on Christmas Eve and were lovingly given to the Dedham Food Pantry. What a wonderful way to prepare for the coming of the Lord - giving to those in need. 

The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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December 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Cancelled Stamps Program

What do you do with your cancelled stamps from your incoming mail? Do you do like many of us and leave them on your mailing envelope to put them with your recycling? Did you know that you can donate your cancelled stamps for charity? Save your stamps that have their perforations intact, are not too heavily cancelled, and are not torn, cut or stained. Leave at least ¼ inch on each side of the stamp when cutting it on each side of the stamp when cutting it from the envelope or postcard. Nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations take donated used stamps – also known as charity or recycled stamps – and sell them individually or in bulk direct through auctions to stamp dealers or collectors to raise funds for various charitable programs. You may want to check with your local organizations if they have their own stamp program. Several charities that collect cancelled stamps are Wycliffe Associates to fund Bible translation around the world and Sisters of the Holy Cross Ministry with the Poor. 

Wycliffe Associates Stamp Ministry
P.O. Box 620143  
Orlando, FL 32862  

Sister M. Jane Chantal, CSC
Stamp Ministry
100 Augusta Hall – Saint Mary’s
Notre Dame Indiana 46556

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Melissa Gier, Caring Service Chairman for the Manhattan, Kansas Zone LWML used the February 2016 Blessing Bag idea found on the Mission Servants Website as the Servant Event for their Zone Fall Workshop. Each woman attending was asked in the pre-workshop publicity to bring a $5 gift card from a local fast food restaurant or grocery store.  In addition, a Thrivent Action Team Grant was used to purchase, bags, snacks, gloves, socks, and toiletry items for the Blessing Bags. During the Servant Event time, Melissa explained not only how to pack the bags but gave ideas on their distribution and shared personal stories of people who had received Blessing Bags. A total of 27 bags were assembled and attendees each took a bag to distribute in their home community. 

The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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November 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Make the Reverse Advent Calendar

Christmas: God’s totally pure, unconditional, inconceivably awesome, self-denying TRUE LOVE. God gave us His Only Son! The Reverse Advent Box really celebrates the meaning of the holiday by giving instead of receiving. It is sharing God’s love by giving to those in need.

Instead of the traditional Advent Calendar where you or a family member receives a small gift from the calendar box each day in preparation of Christmas, starting December 1st until the 24th each day gift one item into your calendar basket or box each day. This could be an item of food, clothes, toys, or whatever you choose. And on December 24th take it to your local food pantry or food bank. What a wonderfully special event for you and your family!

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null“These ladies, pictured, are in my LWML circle in St. Paul’s Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They collected and prepared over 100 pill bottles to send to Ohio for the Matthew 25 Ministries. I need to get a BIG box to send them. Thanks, Judy Rozek”

Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization helping more than 20 million people in need each year. This ministry is requesting empty pill bottles, so that these safe storage containers can be sent to third world countries, like Africa, where they are needed to protect medications from the elements. People there have a shortage of containers, which will keep their medications clean, dry, and out of the reach of children. The Matthew 25: Ministries is accepting, prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles, Large and small pill bottles, bottles with and without secure caps (child resistant). The bottles included in shipments of medical supplies must have an all plastic lid. The address of the Matthew 25 Ministries: 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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October 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Making Clothing Protectors for Bethesda

The Bethesda Auxiliary needs help in sewing clothing protectors for the people they serve. The protectors are used for meals and snacks. In one state alone, 750 are used each year. By sewing protectors, you will provide a durable, money saving, fun and dignified item to help support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Have fun and be creative in your choices of fabric!
Download the pattern

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The talents of more than 3,400 Bethesda Auxiliary members create connections — in the church and in the community — that help the people Bethesda supports pursue their faith and lead independent lives. Bethesda Auxiliary supports Bethesda’s mission to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. The Auxiliary has been serving people with disabilities for over 60 years.

The Auxiliary’s reach expands beyond the 13 states in which Bethesda (headquartered in Watertown, Wisconsin for over 112 years) provides services. Men, women and youth pray, raise money, volunteer and donate goods to the Bethesda Thrift Shops, lead Bible studies and devotions and craft items for the people Bethesda supports. Members engage people at conventions and pastoral conferences across the country. The Auxiliary continues to grow nationwide, providing service opportunities to people of all ages.

The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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September 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Breast Cancer Survival Kit

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. In preparation for October you, your society, and/or your zone can create these Breast Cancer Survival Care Kits for someone you might know that has been impacted by breast cancer or for your local hospital and breast cancer support groups.

Breast Cancer Survival Kits may include:

  • Blessings and Prayers for Those with Cancer
  • A pretty scarf
  • Knitted prayer shawl
  • Bottled water
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book
  • Homemade soup mixes
  • Large soup mug
  • Lip balm
  • Unscented travel-size hand sanitizer
  • in a word by Heidi Floyd
  • A Woman’s Bible
  • Cozy socks
  • Personal notes tied together with ribbon

Items may be placed in a bag for easy carrying and storing. A card with your church’s name, address, and contact information may be included along with an inspirational message like a Mustard Seed.

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Find Lutheran Hour Ministries Project Connect Booklets on cancer to include in your survival kits at www.lhm.org/projectconnect/booklets.asp.

At the LWML Iowa West District Convention on June 23–25, the ingathering and servant event went hand-inhand and were supported by their mission-minded women. The ingathering of t-shirts were made into diapers that went to Haiti. Another ingathering included crayon packs and folders that were used for making many 15-page Christian coloring books to be handed out at many events, county fairs throughout the district, and the Iowa State Fair. Some even went to Alaska. The third servant event was taking Christmas card fronts and assembling them into books that tell the story of Jesus. These went to Mission Central to be sent with missionaries and to Alaska. Wow, three servant events!

The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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