Cause of the Month - November
ELCA World Hunger & IOCP FoodShelf
The November Cause of the Month will have a two-part theme. Monetary donations will go toward the work of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. This is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies – relief, development, education, and advocacy – to address the root cause of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world. Between 70-75 percent of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally, and 20-25 percent are spent within the U.S. The ELCA World Hunger Appeal and long-held connections to partners around the globe, has made their efforts efficient and effective.
As part of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal we have once again put up the Christmas tree with its special ornaments. Pick an ornament and give a gift! Will it be a chick, honey bees, a goat, maybe a pig? All are available. Donate the suggested amount in the box available near the tree (make your check payable to “CMLC”) or in the Sunday offering plate and take your gift ornament(s) off the tree to symbolize your gift.
The second part of the November Cause of the Month focuses on food donations to the Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) food shelf. We are asking for donations of holiday type foods which we will collect and deliver in time for the Christmas holidays. Look for a new way to give by collecting one food item a day for 24 days and bringing the items in by Thanksgiving. It is a great way to focus on your giving each day of the Thanksgiving season and show your gratitude for all that you have by giving to others. More details are on the display in the church entrance.
Operation Christmas Child - Shoeboxes
Our day to bring in our shoeboxes full of gifts will be Sunday, Nov. 24. The “How to Pack Your Box” flyer is in the church entrance – also the prayer card, so that you can be praying for the child your box will go to. If you pay the shipping online, they will let you know where your box is sent!
Tuesday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Ryan Fletcher
You are invited to this new Bible Study led by Pastor Ryan. This group meets at 10:30am-noon every Tuesday in the Choir Room. We will explore the Bible readings featured in worship the following Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and enrich your faith. All are welcome. Donuts and coffee are provided.
The Women’s Bible Study group will meet on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Ridge Pointe, 12600 Marion Ln. W., Minnetonka. We will be continuing the study in the ELCA Women’s Gather magazine called No Hard Feelings. The Nov. session will focus on “Stewarding the Gift of Joy.” We will be looking at Psalms 30 and 150 and the Song of Solomon 2. We are an informal group and no advance prep is needed. All women are welcome to join us!