Cause of the Month - March
Weeks 1 & 2 - Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) Food Shelf
March is Minnesota Food Share month. You will notice that the snowman is back and waiting to once again be filled up with food we collect for the IOCP food shelf. We will be collecting food donations for the entire month of March. We will be collecting monetary donations the 1st and 2nd Sundays in March. The IOCP Prevent Hunger campaign has a goal of collecting a total of $200,000 and 100,000 pounds of food in March. All gifts made in March will be doubled by The Mosaic Company up to $20,000. Most needed items are: cooking oil, canned fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, baby food or formula, baby wipes, paper towels, dried fruit, coffee or tea, red or black beans, broth or soups, jam or jelly, cereal, feminine products, toiletries, dish or laundry soap.
Weeks 3, 4 & 5 - Global Health Ministries
For our Cause for Lent we will be collecting the items needed for Hospice Kits for Global Health Ministries. The cost to ship one kit is $5. The monetary donations for weeks 3-5 of March will be used to offset these shipping costs.
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 thanks everyone for taking our brief survey. The results will be a great help as we work through this task. With final input from the Church Council we will submit our Mission Site Profile to the ELCA Synod and move toward the interview process.
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 March 25 at 7:00 pm at Ridge Point in Plymouth. We will be continuing our study of the Gospel of John: Meetings with Jesus. In March we will focus on “Friends for life in Christ.” The theme verse is (Jesus said), “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:15) All women are welcome to join us. If you would like more information, contact Kim Mesun.