School is starting and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to bless our schoolchildren. School supplies are now on sale. Stock up! There are ministries that collect backpacks that they load with donated school supplies. Or your organization can adopt a local school and collect the supplies they need. Check with the school for their needs, often different grade levels have different supply lists. Open this giving-opportunity to your congregation. By the way, schools can use school supplies all year long!
October is Pastor Appreciation month. The following link has great ideas.
If your church has done something unique for your pastor, share it on eNews.
Please share an activity your society, church or zone has done to be a servant to others. You can email our eNews editor, Roxanne Pieper at email@example.com. National also likes to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures are always appreciated.
Sharing Jesus’ Love in Action - Supporting First Responders. We pray we’ll never need them but, when we do, we rejoice and praise God for them! Police officers, EMTs; they all put their lives on the line to carry out their jobs, helping us in our time of need. The following article, http://www.lwml.org/posts/mission-servants-activities/october-2019 has several ideas to show our appreciation. The article also has suggestions for how we can improve our driving habits that lessen the chance of an emergency responder being in harm’s way. The following link gives ideas for a First Responder Kit, http://www.lwml.org/posts/kit-ideas/first-responder-kit. Though we pray we’ll never need them, we do need to pray for them and their families.
December brings us the birth of our Lord, showing us God’s extreme love for us. Ever thought about doing a “Reverse Advent Calendar”? The first question is what is a “Reverse Advent Calendar”? Instead of receiving a gift as you open each day, you place a gift into your designated box or basket which you donate to a needy family or organization. Download this flier to print and share! Right click and download.
Check with local ministries that offer a chance to help needy families for whom you buy Christmas gifts. One way to offer this opportunity to your congregations is to have a Christmas tree with paper ornaments that have a person’s name on and a gift idea. Start this in November because many times the organization has an early/mid December deadline. One thing my church has learned is that you need to have a method for recording the information for each ornament taken and who chose that tag. On occasion, a tag/gift is not returned and you want to be able to know what might be missing so you can provide that requested gift. As an FYI, the Cap Agency in Shakopee has the “Hope for the Holidays” program to provide a Christmas for those in need.
On the LWML website there is a resource called, “LWML Toolkit Kits”. You can do a search using the title “LWML Toolkit Kits”. There are a wide variety of kit ideas.
You can also find Servant ideas at this link, Sharing Jesus' Love Through Action 2019 — A Year's Worth of Mission Service Activities and Mission Service Activities Archive.
VP of Human Care