Thanks to the great response to our Global Barnyard service project last week, we are continuing it this Sunday. Stop by the table in the Parish Life Center before or after services and choose a barnyard animal to sponsor in support of the project. Your gifts to God’s Global Barnyard support the sustainable development ministries of ELCA World Hunger, which include training, education, resources to help the community care for animals and create new market opportunities like starting a small business selling eggs, meat or dairy products. We thank our Youth and Family Ministry for sponsoring this project.
SONlight is a wonderful opportunity to mentor and share community. Teachers share a lesson with the children age 3k-5th grade on Sunday mornings during the 11:00 service sermon time. Children participate in activity sheets, crafts and service projects in the SONlight classroom, then return to their families for the Sharing of the Peace. Volunteers receive instruction prior to worship on what that day’s activity will be and all materials are provided. No experience is necessary – just an interest, enthusiasm and willingness to interact with the children. Sign-up sheets are available at the Narthex counter, so you can sign up for Sunday (s) that are convenient for you. Adults as well as middle and high school youth are welcome.
8:30 am-3:30 pm
Our 8th-12th grade youth are invited to partner with Tricounty Family Ministries as they provide Christmas Brunch and help hand-out toys to needy children. Our youth will help to sort donated toys and other items like bedding, baby items and coats. Once the doors open, recipients will eat Christmas meal, receive a meal-to-go, and “shop” for needed items and gifts in the Tricounty Family Ministries donated items. Our youth, Christmas Elves, will help the children choose their toy from the donated items. Lunch will be provided. Youth are encouraged to wear festive attire. Adults are encouraging to volunteer too. We will carpool from church at 8:30 and retrun around 3:30.
RSVP Dec 7th
In case you don’t know, Tricounty is a faith-based not-for-profit, ecumenical ministry providing food, clothing, medical care, counseling, transportation, shelter, financial assistance and other vital services to the less fortunate in the tricounty area. It offers a safe, compassionate, and inviting place for all people in need. They offer a hand up rather than a hand out, bringing clients from a state of crisis to stability to self-sustaining members of the community. Tricounty Family Ministries was founded in 1983 as Lutheran Social Services, It began as a soup kitchen and clothes closet. Since then, staff and volunteers have served more than 5 million meals, mostly to the low-income elderly, working poor and homeless. About 1,000 families have used its transitional housing to go from homelessness to self-sufficiency.