GOD’S WORK: OUR HANDS – 2022: Since 2016 our backpacks, filled with wonderful brand-new school supplies, have been sent to Mali, Haiti, Armenia, Zambia, Guatemala and Serbia. The Personal Care Kits that we assembled last summer were sent to Mali
We filled our backpacks a little differently this year. We joined other Lutheran Congregations at Zion in Valley City on Sunday, August 11, to celebrate God’s Work: Our Hands. The afternoon began with lunch and then working together to assemble lots and lots of School Backpacks for Lutheran World Relief. We met our goal of 500 backpacks!!! These will be delivered to Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Seville in October to be loaded on a large truck along with donations from lots of area churches and will ultimately arrive at Lutheran World Relief Headquarters for the next step of their journey to children who will be filled with joy by our gifts. Many thanks for all the donations and the physical work of the day.
WE HAVE BEEN COLLECTING DIAPERS AND PULLUPS FOR THE OAKES FAMILY CARE CENTER IN BRUNSWICK: We will have the final collection totals soon.
COLLECTING POP TABS FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE 2022 : Drop your pop tabs in the jar in the Narthex. This will be a continuing collection.
EASTER BASKETS FOR PROJECT NOELLE 2022: We created 59 beautiful Easter baskets this year to be delivered to a younger bunch of kids, ages 2-4, who have been affected by the opioid epidemic. An amazing amount of gifts, treats, toys and cuddly stuffed animals were collected from the congregation and Easter baskets were created by members of the Outreach Committee and delivered on time for the Easter Bunny!
PENNY WARS !!! In February, 2022, we took part in a church-wide competition dividing the congregation into three teams. Each team had a jar(s) to fill with pennies to benefit a local charity. To make the competition more interesting, opposing teams decreased another team’s penny count by dropping silver coins into their jars. The value of these coins were subtracted from the penny count. However, all the change went to the charity. Team “A” came out WAY AHEAD but since it was for a good cause, losers can’t complain and we were able to donate $260 to the Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter.
TOY COLLECTION FOR PROJECT NOELLE, CHRISTMAS 2021: We are collected toys for Project Noelle, a special organization that helps children affected by the opioid epidemic. Our collection box is running over and we have had a great outpouring for this great organization. Our congregation created Easter baskets for this organization this past spring. Thanks to all who have donated.
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS 2021: Was a great success! We gathered at Our Saviour in Hinckley for another meal-packing event following lunch provided by Holy Trinity. We were joined by Zion Lutheran in Valley City and St. Matthew in Medina, with all congregations sharing in the cost and the work. Our Rise Against Hunger coordinator managed to get us organized even though we had less volunteers than last time. He kept encouraging us to work a little overtime and in the end we packaged 15,000 meals. Each sealed bag contained a meal that included a cup of rice, a cup of soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and seasonings. The bags were packed in a box with the boxes filling two pallets ready to be shipped to areas in the world in great need. A feeling of great accomplishment for such a small donation of time!
OUTREACH COMMITTEE EVENTS – 2021: We filled all 65 school backpacks for Lutheran World Relief again this summer. They were blessed and packed up and loaded onto a large truck at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Seville on October 16. Thanks to all who participated again this year.
PLUM PARK CLEAN UP AND PICNIC – 2021
Right after worship on Sunday, July 25, 18 volunteers took part in a local clean up project at Plum Creek Park and enjoyed a picnic lunch back at church. This was a fun service project and Fellowship Event rolled into one!!
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF HAS PUT OUT A CALL FOR PERSONAL CARE KITS for those affected by natural disaster and conflicts around the world. With our budgeted Outreach funds and a donation from Thrivent through Alicia Clark, the Outreach Committee purchased the items needed in each kit. 18 of us gathered under the portico in front of the church on August 22 and very quickly assembled 100 Care Kits. These are packed up and were sent to LWR along with our backpacks. Everyone who attended enjoyed a little “Payday” for their efforts.
EASTER BASKET COLLECTION – 2021
We have completed our Easter basket collection for Project Noelle which is an organization that helps children affected by the opioid epidemic. Our completed Easter baskets will be distributed to these children. Thanks to the amazing bags of goodies donated by our congregation, we were able to complete 53 amazing Easter baskets filled with toys, coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk, eggs filled with goodies and wonderful stuffed animals to brighten lots of Easter mornings.
GROCERY CART COLLECTION FOR THE SALVATION ARMY:
Every month the Salvation Army lets us know what they are most in need of and we fill a grocery with those requests. The current need is always listed under the separate Cart Collection section under Outreach. We continue to be grateful for the generous response each month from our congregation!
MEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION-2021
THE METROPOLITIN MINISTRY MEN’S SHELTER in downtown Cleveland is always in need of men’s clothing, clean and in good condition. In our recent collection we were able to deliver a car load of warm, winter coats, hats, gloves and new underwear and socks. Many thanks to those who cleaned out their closets and shopped for all the great donations!
SUMMER LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF BACKPACK PROJECT, 2020:
We are nearing the completion of our Lutheran World Relief Backpack project with a total of 70 bags, 21 bags were adopted to be filled by families, 29 were filled by donation to a personal shopper and the final 20 were filled with a donation from Outreach funds.
In places in the world where education is not affordable or accessible to all, many families are forced by their economic realities to choose which of their children will go to school. Most often, the oldest male child is the one who has the opportunity. That means that a lot of children do not have the means to reach their potential as a productive and active member of society.
We had one work day with Donna Meinke and her grandsons, Trevor and Luke, helping to get the Outreach purchased supplies ready, removing packaging and sorting notebooks. We accomplished a lot. The final job will be packing all the items in boxes to be ready for the pickup by Lutheran World Relief.
Thanks to everyone who donated and participated in this great project.
OUTREACH PROJECT: We have converted our Little Library in the covered drive area into a Blessing Box which has a supply of everyday things that we all need, such as toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and dish soap. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps, but we hope that people whose paychecks don’t quite reach to the end of the month will get a little help as they drive by.
2019 ELCA GOOD GIFTS CHRISTMAS PROJECT: During the Christmas season and beyond, we collected coins, checks and cash in our little pink piggy banks for the benefit of the ELCA to distribute much needed gifts to those in great need. We reached a final total of $700 that was matched with $300 from our Outreach funds for a grand total of $1,000. We will be sending our order for:
- Food for a refugee family for one month
- School Tuition and uniforms for four young girls
- A piglet
- A community latrine
- A $250 contribution to a community well
- A $210 contribution to where it is needed most
Our congregation continues to amaze with its great generosity.
TOYS FOR TOTS: Our Christmas spirit also included piles of wonderful toys and gifts for local children distributed by our dedicated military families.
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS, 2019, was held on Sunday, September 8, and included our Medina County Cluster Churches: Zion, Valley City, Holy Trinity, Brunswick, Our Saviour, Hinckley, St. Matthew, Medina, and Homerville. We began at noon with a great community lunch at Zion, Abbeyville Rd., Valley City, along with welcomes and prayers. We again assembled Welcome Bags for the men who arrive at the Cleveland Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men shelter. The cluster churches combined funds to purchase a basic supply of items to fill 300 bags. Each congregation also collected items in order to create even more bags.
With the rain on Sunday changing our plans, we still had weeds waiting to be pulled at the Medina County Home. Six of us, plus a nice gentleman from New Horizon Church, gathered there on the 12th and pulled and piled. The weather was perfect and the ground soft which made the work a little easier. However, they still have areas with weeds. We have only just begun.
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 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 were delivered 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 filled a Toys for Tots barrel in the entry several times for this great cause. All these toys were distributed in our area in time for Christmas.
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!
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS, SEPTEMBER 2017, WAS A GREAT DAY! We had a wonderful lunch at Our Saviour and then cleared the room to bring in the supplies to create 15,000 individual meals. LW donated $784 and the total donations from all the churches were enough to increase our original goal by 5,000 meals. Thanks to all for their generous gifts. Each meal included a cup of rice, a cup of soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and seasonings.
Each bag was sealed, packed in a box with the boxes filling two pallets ready to be to shipped to areas in the world in great need. Nine of us packed meals, two washed cars with people driving in to the car wash to donate to storm relief without taking advantage of the free car wash. The rest of the group joined the choir at Plum Creek Assisted Living.
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS, MAY, 2017
We began our drizzly day with a great lunch at Our Saviour in Hinckley on Sunday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. There were sentn to work sites all over Brunswick and Medina, many of which included raking, weeding, tree and shrub trimming and general yard clean up as well as singing at a nursing home and creating homemade cards for shut ins. Because of the rain some of the outdoor projects were postponed, but we decided to make a try at cleaning up an empty lot in Medina. We were damp but we collected a lot of garbage. Thanks to our team of Pastor John, Donna Meinke, Sue Steinman, Alicia, Jamie, Addie and Jacob Clark, Liisa Woo and Becky Matyas.
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS – 2016!
Our second event with our ELCA cluster of five northern Medina county churches took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, beginning with lunch at 12:15 p.m.Zion Lutheran Church on Abbeyville Rd., Valley City. After a rousing send off, we divided up to our work sites. Because of the date, September 11, we tried to concentrate on first responders, fire and police.
Our congregregation again volunteered at the Community Services Center, organizing and taking an inventory of canned goods in preparation for their Holiday food baskets, cleaning carpet and cleaning out and organizing a large freezer.
Sunday evening we came together at Holy Trinity Church in Brunswick for a 7 p.m. Thanksgiving, prayer and praise service inviting and honoring our local men and women in blue.
God’s Work. Our Hands Day – Sunday, May 22, 2016
jWe were greeted with open arms by Michele Hitchcock, director of the Community Services Center and her husband, Pastor Hitchcock, on Sunday afternoon for our workday. It took less than 2 hours for our hardworking team of 20 to pull at least a thousand weeds, prune countless bushes, spread 5 yards of mulch and plant hostas.
A very large thank you to Mark Taylor who brought his company’s landscaping equipment and directed our efforts. Spreading mulch with a front-end loader is a whole lot easier than by wheelbarrow. And removing all those weeds by truck saved lots of black plastic garbage bags.
The Center, sponsored by the Medina Seventh Day Adventist Church, works hard for the people of Medina in need, providing food, clothing and other necessities. It felt good to do something nice for them. – Social Outreach Committee
LWR SCHOOL KITS – 2016
God calls each of us in Micah 6:8 to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly. Lutheran World Relief asks us to be their partner in that call by putting our faith in action.
Why school supplies? To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. Public school is usually free in the places where LWR works, but even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford. And when parents can only afford to send one of their children to school, girls rarely get priority. . . . . . . . yet the education level of mothers has the biggest impact on the development of their children.
We have completed 56 bags this year and they will soon be packed up and delivered to the tractor trailer supplied by Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Seville for delivery to a LWR collection destination.
PS: WE WERE RECENTLY NOTIFIED THAT OUR SCHOOL BAGS WERE DISTRIBUTED IN HAITI WHERE THE ALREADY IMPOVERISHED ISLAND SUFFERED A LARGE STORM.
A NEW REASON TO CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS…2015
CONGRATULATIONS: Our February collection of cold weather clothing for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Homeless Mens’ Shelter in Cleveland included 14 coats, 25 sweaters, 7 hats, 6 pair of gloves, 2 pairs of pants and some socks and underwear. Jon Laich delivered these to the shelter on March 2.nd.
Please keep in mind that the Medina Community Services Center also collects clothing and gives it to local people in need free of charge. When you clean out your closets, any time of the year, keep them in mind.
The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland provides many services, but the one in most need in our area in the winter is their men’s Homeless Shelter. It is the largest shelter in Ohio and annually serves over 3,000 men. Providing for this many can seriously strain their resources.We can make a big difference by cleaning out our closets to provide winter coats, gloves, hats, warm clothing, and boots that are clean and in good condition.
We played Santa for a local family this year. This young family has a daughter, 1, and a newborn son. We have put together a list of things that they would appreciate receiving.
A small Christmas tree in the entry was covered with “ornaments” with the items listed on them. The tree was picked clean on the first Sunday and all the gifts were delivered to the family on Sunday, December 21. Thanks for all your help to make their day special
NICKELS FOR NANNY GOATS?
CHANGE FOR CHICKENS?
During Lent we collected change (we also accepted dollars and checks) for the ELCA World Hunger Campaign against hunger for our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world. These gifts are powerful tools to improve their lives and a joyful reminder that they are loved.
When the Barn Banks were emptied into the silo and totaled totaled, we had received $610.52 which is enough to purchase a cow, a pig, a goat and 30 chickens. Many thanks to all!