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August 2016

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Sponsor a No-Cost Garage Sale!

Have you ever heard of a “No-Cost Garage Sale”?

“No-Cost Garage Sales” are a unique twist to the average garage sale. This No-Cost Garage Sale isn’t really a sale at all. All the items are given to the people that come. Members of the society and congregation donate items, such as clothing, bedding, baby supplies, kitchen items, small furniture and bicycles. The LWML (or church) members may purchase packages of diapers, Arch books, etc. as a special gift for families that come, too. New and used Bibles could also be available. The items that are collected, are sorted and set up on tables. Members can publicize the “No-Sale Garage Sale” with food pantries and other organizations in the area who are supporting people in need. Items left at the end can be donated to a Goodwill or Salvation Army type of organization and then the items would be received by those in need there, too.

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St. Peter Lutheran Church of Deshler, NE had the idea of the “No-Sale Garage Sale” and had a successful day this past June. The garage sale was advertised by fliers in the local stores as well as an ad with the other garage sale ads in the newspaper. Pamphlets about their church were set on tables and put in bags, but the main purpose of helping others was fulfilled. One shopper commented “This is such a blessing to our family!”

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July 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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“Pack the Pantry 5k”

Establish a “Pack the Pantry 5k” for Your Local Food Pantry

Did you know that hunger exists in literally every county in America? According to a study by Feeding America, one in seven Americans, 46 million people, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families nationwide. Twenty-five percent of military families need help putting food on the table. Food pantries rely on food donations to assist in meeting the need. Your society/church can establish a Pack the Pantry 5K race/walk for your community to assist the food pantry near you. The race/walk entry fee is either 25 cans of food or $25.

Every day women and men are walking, jogging, and running to lead a healthier life. This 5K just gives their walk a greater purpose. It will help feed people in need!

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The 6th Annual Pack the Pantry 5k was held June 11, 2016 at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Dedham, Massachusetts. The timed race started and ended at St. Luke’s Church. This congregation established the annual race in 2010 to support their local food pantry. About 100 runners/walkers signed up to run/walk the race. There are “ribboned” winners in each of the men’s and women’s different age categories. The race grows each year! There is also an eight week evening drop-in program at the high school track, called “Couch to 5K”, to help people get ready for the race. For more information on how to establish a “Pack the Pantry 5K” in your community you can contact the St. Luke’s Church at office@stlukesdedham.org .

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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June 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Recycling Pill Bottles

Help improve the quality of health care in hospitals and health clinics in developing countries

Help improve the quality of health care in hospitals and health clinics in developing countries by saving and donating medical supplies such as pill bottles.

What do you do with your old prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles? Do you throw them away? Did you know that you can send them to developing countries? In developing countries, medicines — when obtainable — are often dispensed into hands, pockets, leaves or any other available container. Matthew 25:Ministries in Cincinnati, Ohio accepts donations of clean, empty pill bottles to help improve health care quality in developing nations.

Medicine can then be distributed in sterile containers to the poorest of the poor. This plastic recycling program can also keep thousands of bottles out of landfills each year. Placing a nickel, dime, or quarter in each pill bottle helps with shipping costs to send the bottles to developing countries.

You can also check with your local free or low-income medical clinics or animal shelter to see if they accept used prescription bottles.

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The LWML New England District’s 2016 Convention Gifts from the Heart were gathered for the New England Division, Orphan Grain Train, Terryville, CT. The 100 women in attendance filled one third of a truck with Hygiene Kits (1 bath towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, comb, 6 Band-Aids, wrapped in a towel and tied with string or ribbon) underwear and socks, caps, hats, gloves, scarves, pillowcase dresses (see directions at www.lwml-ned.org/pillow-case-dresses-for-africa) and monetary donations.

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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May 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Feminine Hygiene Kits for “Days for Girls”

Sew and Compile Feminine Hygiene Kits for African Girls

Did you know that there are many girls on our planet who are secluded from their communities when they menstruate every month? They have to stay away from school and other opportunities so they miss out on education and possibly income. Days for Girls is a program helping these girls in a special way, by providing feminine hygiene kits. The kit includes a drawstring bag (that is used as a backpack), panties, shields, washable pads, soap, washcloth and a couple of Ziploc bags. There is a detailed list of patterns and instructions available through Days for Girls. To be a part of this project, you could put together the complete kits or focus on a particular part of it and your items could be combined with other people’s items to be put together to complete a backpack of items. Information can be obtained from www.daysforgirls.org

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Two LWML districts (Nebraska North and Nebraska South) held a joint Servant Event on April 2, 2016 to make and put together the feminine hygiene kits for Days for Girls. A total of 100 women were a part of donating, cutting fabric, sewing, serging, and much more in Grand Island, Nebraska. Twenty-one sewing machines and five sergers were busy! Deb Burma also led us in Bible study two times during the day. It was a blessed day and many girls will have a better life because of the efforts of the willing workers. It was a joy for the two districts to work together and many left us with the comment, “Start planning this event again soon!”


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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April 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Spring Nursing Home Projects

Deliver Bird Feeders to Nursing Homes and Start a Raised Garden

Nursing homes usually have outdoor common spaces. Since many residents enjoy watching and feeding the birds, your group can deliver and hang bird feeders. By hanging these feeders, you are contributing to the pleasure of residents.

Your group might also enjoy building an accessible raised garden bed in these spaces, too. This enables the residents to grow vegetables and flowers. These beds are generally a wooden rectangular box about 24 to 30 inches tall, filled with dirt.

Gardeners can easily plant and care for their gardens from a wheelchair or walker without needing to bend to the ground. These gardens encourage the residents to do some light physical activity and they will have pride in their beautiful garden.

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nullThe LWML at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Island, IL tries to do servant work as much as they can. In January, they put together personal care kits for the local shelter. Starting with the items from the LWML mission servants page, a call was made to the shelter for additional ideas to fit their needs. At the end of the LWML meeting, they added the items to each bag. One of the members took the bags down to the shelter the next day.

These small works involve all members of the church because they can donate to the kits and the LWML puts them together. A small report was put in the church bulletin so the congregation knew how many kits were made. It only took a few minutes the evening of the meeting and everyone knew the items were needed. Their special touch was that they included Mustard Seeds in each bag. What a great way to share our Lord with others.


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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March 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Diana’s Angels¼ Project

Serve Christ and be faithful witnesses by offering Christian support and comfort to grieving families whose infants have died, by providing burial clothing for these infants.

Did you know that many parents, who have had a premature baby die, have needed to shop toy stores for burial clothing which did not even fit the baby? Help those parents who have lost an infant by providing proper fitting burial clothing. In 1997, the Diana’s Angels¼ Project was started at St. John’s Church in Waverly, Iowa to create the patterns and deliver the clothing to area hospitals. Today many Diana’s Angels groups all over America are busy at work sewing for a large number of hospitals. Immediately after the birth, the nurse can dress the baby in the clothing, then wrap the baby in the blanket before taking the infant to the parents.

Your society can start their own Diana’s Angels¼ group. For more information on the Diana’s Angels¼ Project, refer to their website www.dianasangelsproject.com.

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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 2016

Mission Servants Activity of the Month

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Blessing Bags

purple paper bagAt your next society meeting make Blessing Bags. A Blessing Bag is a bag full of items to have in your car to give to somebody in need, a homeless person, or your local homeless shelter. These bags can be filled with items from your favorite dollar store.

Blessing Bag contents

Hand warmers Band Aids Granola Bars
Socks Toothbrush & Toothpaste Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner
Hats Razors Deodorant
Gloves Water Hand Wipes
 

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Peace Mission Guild at Peace Lutheran Church in Neenah, Wisconsin shared: In January, each lady puts one coin into her ‘Little Red Stocking’. Each consecutive month the number of coins added to the sock is increased by one: February two coins, March three coins, April four coins, etc.

Through this project $350.00 was collected and sent to a needy group, decided by the ladies. The Christian Life committee of the LWML South Wisconsin District offered “Little Red Stocking” suggestion which can also be used as a Christmas gift gathering of mites for mission.

Submitted by Barb Kaun, VP of Special Focus Ministry & Mission Grant, LWML South Wisconsin District, President of Peace Mission Guild, Peace Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI
 

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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