Baby Baptism Blankets
Christmas at Sea - Knitting for Seamen
Fair Trade - Shopping for Justice
Global Health Ministries projects
World Relief projects
Eye glasses and frames
Baby Baptism Blankets
The following pattern was shared by Church of
the Redeemer, United Methodist Church. They make crocheted Baby Baptism
Blankets. If your church women are doing something like this let us know.
We'd like to share your ideas.
Supplies: We use Red Heart Baby Sport Pompadour Yarn
Crochet hook size G or 6
Chain 40" ( in multiples of
Turn, count to 3rd stitch, insert needle & double crochet.
Chain 3, go back to same hole and single crochet.
Go to 3rd stitch, double crochet twice.
Chain 3, go back to same hole and single crochet.
Repeat pattern to end of row.
Turn, chain 3. Go to "chain 3 hole", double crochet, chain 3,
In each of the "chain 3 holes", double crochet twice, chain 3,
Continue pattern till blanket is 50" long, bind off.
Return to first edge. Do a "scallop edge" row, to
finish the blanket.
Some ideas for Mission Action are:
- Consider challenging each circle/group to
undertake a LWR project - quilts, layettes, health kits, school kits,
sewing kits or sewing fabric (new), soap. LWR
no longer collects clothing. Find out more about the projects at the LWR
- Collect a bar of soap as admission to every
fellowship or circle event.
- Challenge the youth or Sunday School to collect
items or money for school kits. The women can make the bags.
Lutheran World Relief shipments - To save
on shipping charges, you may bring your items, properly packed
according to the LWR
instructions, to a central point in northwest
Ohio for loading onto a semi. For further details on collection dates click
- Have a baby shower and collect the items needed
for the layette kits – they are desperately needed.
- Support the Coffee Project
, the Chocolate
Project (new), and/or the Handicraft
Project Check the Web sites for further details, or call 1-800-LWR-LWR2 or
- Order the "Flying Quilt" video or
Rwandan video or others about LWR for adult Sunday School discussion
or Circle programs (Call Lutheran Visuals at 1-800-527-3211).
- Involve the whole church in contributing in some
way i.e. donating items or making the kits. Here's
a report on how Emanuel Lutheran Church in Marion, Ohio, managed
their LWR projects. Congratulations, Emanuel!
labels and Box Tops for Education
labels (General Mills) - send to
Solheim Lutheran Home
2236 Merton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
All labels should be:
- the full length of the can with the label
front in tact
- 2 ½ inches wide,
- no lids are accepted
Proceeds will be used to support the
Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School in Rockport, Arizona..
and Unused Educational Materials
Christian Salvage Mission
200 Free Street
Fowlerville, MI 48836
They also need money for postage to send this material out to other
churches or mission fields.
and Frames can be donated to any
Lions Club. There are collection boxes in many eye care offices.
Card Fronts - St Jude's is now overwhelmed!
St. Jude's Ranch
100 St. Jude Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
recent months the outpouring of support for the children of St.
Jude’s Ranch through our Recycled Card Program has been
overwhelming! We have received over one million parcels containing
card fronts and this is far more than we can now use. In fact, the
cost associated with handling so many cards is beginning to draw from
funds that are needed to care for our children. Our kids are buried in
cards! Some of our children do continue to make and sell cards but St.
Jude's Ranch for Children no longer accepts used card fronts.
Our hope is that all of our friends
will now focus on sending in Campbell Soup labels (which can be traded
for much-needed vans), by purchasing the recycled cards, and most
needed of all, making donations.
Cut a small border around cancelled stamps on envelope. Stamps are sent
to Bethel School for handicapped adult community in Germany. They remove
the stamps and resell to collectors.
c/o United Stamp Program
1920 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Cut all stamps with 1/4 inch border around them. The proceeds are used
for their Housing and Care Program for people with mental and physical
P.O. Box 67
Axtell, NE 68924
- Unused Medications
may be brought or sent to the Church Women United Thrift Shop, 631
S Crissey Rd, Holland, Ohio 43528, phone 419-865-2300. Please call them
for details. The medications are dispensed by a physician to the poor in
the Toledo area.
Just what does this word advocacy mean to you?
Speaking out against poverty? Voting in all elections? Serving
Thanksgiving dinner in a soup kitchen? Writing letters to your
legislators regarding universal health care, welfare reform, land mine
legislation, or any bill which is of interest to you? Advocacy is all of
these things and many more. Advocacy begins with a desire to understand
and become acquainted with the situations of others – something Jesus
spent his entire life doing! If you think of Jesus as a homeless
man wandering from place to place looking for food, shelter, and
clothing, does this image disturb you? What can you do?
- Order Peace, God’s Gift, Our Task #69-7349
and No Hate Allowed #69-7007 from Augsburg Fortress Publishers
(800/328-4648) to use as study material and planning guides.
- Contact your congregational Hunger Contact Person
and review any information they may have or check the Program
- Plan a Sunday Service around the issues
surrounding Families in Poverty. Use litanies, prayers, and sermon
topics that emphasize the plight of those living in poverty and ways
to help .
- Organize a letter writing campaign for your women’s
group or congregation one Sunday in support of legislation that aids
poor families. Contact Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs,
122 C Street, N.W., Suite 125, Washington, DC 20001, phone (202)
783-7507, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Web site: www.loga.org for
information regarding up to the minute legislation pending before
- Enroll your congregation unit and your family in
the current "Child Watch" efforts in your community. This
program seeks to organize volunteers and advocates in local coalitions
to bring the issues directly to legislators, executives, and clergy so
that real help can occur. Contact Child Watch Division, Children’s
Defense Fund, 25 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20001 or call (202)
Be aware of those who cannot read. Channel them to
a Right-to Read Program in your community.
Check with your Library, Social Service Agencies
for programs located in your area.
Encourage people to become tutors.
Read to children at a very early age.
the Program packet for additional resources.
Volunteer In area nursing homes and/or hospitals or
agencies by decorating, playing bingo, filling water pitchers, sewing
lap robes or bed pads, etc.
Prepare meals for home-bound members, help prepare
and serve meals in Soup Kitchens.
Work in Food Pantries, Clothes Closets, Domestic
Violence Shelters, etc.
Start a Support Group in your congregation for the
bereaved, lonely, abused, young and old alike.
Collect canned goods for local agencies.
Collect eye glasses for the Lions Club, some
eyedoctors also take them or other organizations in your area who
pass them on.
Use your imagination and see what other ideas you
can come up with for your specific areas.
Program Resources Packet
The Women of ELCA packet is published each spring and sent to the church
office of each congregation in April or May. Alert your church
secretary to look for it and pass it on to the president of your women's
John Lutheran church, Port Clinton, Ohio
A Banner for NKUHUNGU
Parish, our companion congregation
Nkuhungu Parish, Dodoma Tanzania is a
growing congregation near the new capital of Tanzania. For two years it
has been the companion church of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port
A banner made by Kathy Lay of Port Clinton was
presented to our African friends in Christ by the group from N.W. Ohio who
visited Tanzania in July. Bishop Marcus Lohrman and Pastor David Bliss
made the presentation at the laying of the cornerstone for their new
The banner had eight symbols representing the days
between Easter and Pentecost; a cross, fish with net, man in prayer,
lambs, fire flames, globe surrounded by people, bread, and fish with host.
It will be hung in their place of worship.
This two year relationship has grown from exchanging
letters and pictures to helping monitarily with construction of their
worship and health facilities.
As we feel that we are beginning to know each other,
we think of the fun it would be to visit.
Submitted by: Martha Bridgeman, St. John’s, PC
** If you have other suggestions or know of
things you are doing in your church that you want to tell other
about please contact us through our e-mail address Kris.Johnson@accesstoledo.com
Trade - Shopping for Justice!
choices we make when we go shopping can mean the difference between
poverty stricken families and healthy communities around the world.
It is painful to realize that the cheap prices we pay at WalMart may be
subsidized on the backs of poor and exploited workers around the world.
Christians are realizing the immensity of this injustice and taking a
stand for Justice by creating Fair Trade relationships with farmers and
artisan in third world countries.
"Fair Trade involves the
Producers receive a fair price -
a living wage. For commodities, farmers receive a stable, minimum
Forced labor and exploitative
child labor are not allowed
Buyers and producers trade under
direct long-term relationships
Producers have access to
financial and technical assistance
techniques are encouraged
Working conditions are healthy
Equal employment opportunities
are provided for all
All aspects of trade and
production are open to public accountability."
From the Web site of
Global Exchange - http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/
To learn more about Fair Trade
check out these sites:
World Relief Fair Trade
The International Fair Trade Association
- the global association of Fair Trade
IFAT members are committed to being open,
transparent and accountable to their stakeholders. Learn
Exchange was founded in 1986 to create a new approach to
trade, one that includes informed consumers, honest and fair trade
relationships and cooperative principles.
big business — it’s one of the most heavily traded commodities in the
world. But for the majority of small coffee farmers, who live in rural
communities in some of the poorest countries in the world, the benefits
are small. Using Fair Trade Coffee is an action that makes a difference. Read
Thousand Villages provides
vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts
and telling their stories in North America. They market products from
handicraft and agricultural organizations based in low-income countries.
They provide consumers around the world with products that have been
fairly purchased from sustainable sources. Read
three TTV stores in our area. Make them your destination when you go
1201 S. Defiance Street
Archbold, Ohio 43502
111 S. Main Street
Bluffton, Ohio 45817
104 S. Perry Street
Port Clinton, Ohio
- Gifts that make a difference
Our work at SERRV has always been more than just buying and selling
products from poor people around the world. We provide emergency grants
and send designers to transform old products into new ones. But mostly
what we do is help people find solutions for themselves to life's
difficulties and problems. Read
more and order from their catalogue.
Handwork of India has for the last 17 years given women in
India opportunities to reach their potential. Read
International - Ending Hunger, Caring for the Earth
Across the globe, Heifer donors, volunteers, staff and project partners
strive daily to build communities, distribute resources fairly, improve
access to education and preserve our environment.
In Afghanistan and refugee camps in Pakistan, we’re supplying hungry
people with Fayoumi chickens, which are appropriate for the arid
conditions and scant resources there
In the high Andes, we use alpacas and llamas for wool and packing
power. We’ve used elephants in Thailand and camels in Tanzania.
From Chinese silkworms to Nepalese water buffalo, Heifer has learned
that no resource is too small or too large to help lift families from
hunger and poverty.
Health Ministries projects - lots
of ideas for service projects at this Website:
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