CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS FOR 2018:
We have four projects ongoing at this time.
1. Our Marine families, the Rileys and Forsters, spearheaded the Toys for Tots collection and we were pleased that they had to empty the collection box lots of times.
2. The Community Services Center expressed a great need for women’s socks, so look for that collection box.
3. Ken Dudas has told us about a woman who uses plastic shopping bags to weave foldable mattresses for the homeless. We have already received hundreds of bags. I think we will be providing enough to keep her busy for awhile.
Project 4 is listed below for the Men’s Shelter.
LMM MEN’S SHELTER PERSONAL CARE KITS-2018
At God’s Work. Our Hands. this past September, our Cluster of six area ELCA churches purchased supplies to make individual kits for men as they arrive in the Cleveland Men’s Shelter. Over 300 kits were completed that day. It was hoped at that time, that this project might continue in each of our churches. At Living Word, we have collected an amazing amount of supplies for new kits that we will be putting together in January.
To fill in the gaps Alicia and Jamie Clark have applied for and received a $250 Thrivent Grant that they will use to purchase the final items needed. With the congregations donations and the Clarks grant, we will be assembling 75 bags of supplies.
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR PAST PROJECTS
WINTER WEAR FOR THE LMM HOMELESS SHELTER-2017: The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry located in Cleveland has the largest men’s shelter between New York and Chicago and are always in need of men’s warm coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, boots, gloves and scarves this time of year. We collected for only three Sundays and
received more than 20 warm coats, four donated by a neighbor driving by who had seen our sign. We also received lots of very warm fleece jackets, sweaters, bags of socks and some very nice gloves.
Above, Jacob is modeling one of the donated coats. Just a touch too big!
LIVING WORD CHRISTMAS PROJECTS- 2017:
WE ADOPTED A GREAT FAMILY recommended by Job and Family Services: A single mom with six children from the ages of 4 to 15. She asked for basic clothing items and a few toys to fill the space under their tree. Forty gift items were provided by our congregation and are on their way to brighten up their Christmas. Thanks to Liisa Woo and Alicia Clark for heading up this project and to our generous congregation!
OUR GREAT MARINES ARE AT IT AGAIN: We have a Toys for Tots barrel in the entry for your donations to this great cause. All these toys will be distributed in our area. We need to fill it to the top by December 16th.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS – 2016
Our Christmas gifts for those in need in Medina County included lots and lots of socks and underwear. Our total included 216 pairs of socks, 139 pairs of underwear, 9 t-shirts, 5 camisoles and several pairs of gloves. It is a true joy to deliver all these wonderful gifts to the Community Center as they are always so amazed and grateful for our donations!
VBS MISSION PROJECT – 2014
Homerville Vacation Bible School began Monday, July 21! This summer we are helping with a mission project that is being organized by New Horizon Lutheran Church in Homerville, which is Pastor Lor’s childhood home church. They are hosting an evening community Vacation Bible School, July 21-25, serving dinner every evening, and a the end of the week, providing a school backpack filled with school supplies and a new pair of shoes for each child attending, ages 3-11.
Living Word has contributed 27 school backpacks filled with school supplies and a new pair of shoes. We collected snack items for the week and will be cooking sloppy joes for dinner on Wednesday. Below are some of our first pictures.
Living Word Outreach and Education Committees