Cause of the Month - February
Feed My Starving Children
Our February cause of the month is Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to seeing every child and person around the world is healthy, nourished and whole in body and spirit. FMSC believes no child should go hungry. Every child deserves a nutritious meal, every day. FMSC’s nutritious MannaPack™ meal formulas are specifically designed to assist in preventing and reversing undernutrition by providing essential nutrients a child needs to gain strength and health. Volunteers hand-pack and pay for every FMSC meal. FMSC doesn’t use machines to package FMSC meals because they realize the personal, impactful experience created by packing the meals by hand. Your hands are the last to touch the food before it reaches hungry kids around the world.
A gift to FMSC goes a long way in the fight against world hunger.
• Each meal costs less than 25 cents.
• $80 feeds a child for an entire year.
• More than 90 percent of every dollar donated goes directly toward feeding kids.
• More than 99 percent of FMSC meals have safely reached their intended destination.
• FMSC consistently receives the highest awards for accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator.
CMLC has reserved 20 slots to pack meals at the Chanhassen FMSC site on Wed. Mar. 13 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. The money raised through the Feb. cause of the month will be taken to FMSC on Mar. 13 to help pay for the meals packed by CMLC volunteers that day.
A New Project for Knitters and Crocheters
We will be adding to our prayer shawl ministry. In 2019, we will be collecting hats and mittens for young adults and children in need. We will be working through the Hats and Mittens organization which collects enough hats and mittens to provide a warmer winter for more than 30,000 children and youth in need each year. The hats and mittens are distributed to schools, youth organizations and homeless shelters throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth. A collection box will be set up in the narthex to collect the donated hats and mittens. They can be handmade, store bought, or gently used. There is no set pattern for the hats or mittens. We will collect them through November and then take them to Hats and Mittens to be distributed. Our goal is to collect a combination of 100 hats and mittens by November!
Call Committee News
The Call Committee met three times in January. We are nearing completion of the Mission Site Profile which will be sent to the ELCA Minneapolis Synod. As part of that project, we have created a short survey for members of the congregation. The Call Committee will be available during Fellowship for two Sundays in February to answer questions and to listen.
Please note, the members of this group are not part of the Church Council. The pastor and the congregation president do not meet with the committee unless specifically invited. We ask that you keep the Call Committee in your prayers.
Womens' bible Study
The women’s Bible study group will meet on Monday Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the church library. We will continue our study of John focusing in this session on “Meetings with Jesus. By night and day: Coming to faith in Jesus.” We are an informal group and no advance preparation is necessary. All women are welcome to join us!