Dear ELCA World Hunger Leaders and Friends,
The summer has just flown by and what a summer it has been! From the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, this edition of our occasional publication Go and Do News is bursting with updates from the summer and new resources for the fall.
Inside this issue you will find:
- Letter from Dan’s Desk: Together
- ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering: the event in review
- 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly: the ELCA World Hunger perspective
- New suggested resources for fall including a new service learning field guide for youth, the new ELCA Good Gifts catalog, an update on the new Advent resource packet, two new books and a documentary film
- Update on the Campaign for the ELCA
- Introduction to Dr. Ryan Cumming, our new program director for hunger education
Thank you, as always for your hard work and commitment to sharing the story of the work we do through ELCA World Hunger. Be in touch with any questions or comments, and happy back to school season!
Program Director, ELCA World Hunger Constituent Engagement and Interpretation
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Download: Go and Do News - August 2013
New for your worship bulletins
In nearly 50 countries around the world, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make a difference. Find the stories of real people whose lives have been changed by your gifts – from Flor in Costa Rica to Nuonh in Cambodia – and share them with your members by downloading reproducible bulletin inserts.
We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. In 2012, our goal is to raise $18.5 million to support the projects and programs identified by our partners in the U.S. and around the globe. Consider including a reproducible story or the new ELCA World Hunger bulletin insert this Sunday or the next, and encourage your congregation’s support of ELCA World Hunger. (taken from www.elca.org/hunger)
That All May be Fed and ClothedBy Pr. John Schroeppel, advocate for hunger awareness (1012)
Fall is my favorite season of the year. Harvest is pretty well completed. There is money to pay the bills and some to share with others. It is a time of thanksgiving and soon it will be Christmas, my favorite time of the year. We give thanks for our many blessings and pray “that all may be fed and clothed,” and sheltered.
This year again ten tons of potatoes came to Hutchinson, gleaned from the fields of Wisconsin, and distributed to all who would be happy to get some potatoes. There are so many different ways that potatoes can be prepared and taste good.
One word comes to my mind this Fall, STEWARDSHIP. We must appreciate, take care of and give thanks for all that we have, great and small. The potatoes were donated by farmers, picked up by volunteers and delivered to more volunteers who would distribute them.
They were potatoes that weren’t good enough for the grocery stores or the restaurants but too good to throw away. They were delicious!
Perhaps many of you have learned sayings like, “a penny saved is a penny earned,” or “every penny counts.”
It taught us to take care of everything, use it to the best advantage and not to waste valuable assets such as food, water and all other resources.
We live in a world filled with problems and by thinking and caring about one another we can greatly reduce those problems and we are amazed by the hurts that are healed. Some people don’t readily share hurts and problems fearing disdain instead of caring words and caring hearts. We ask God to give us the words to share through the prayers that we offer. It’s often amazing how a small thing like a few potatoes or a kind word can show that we care.
John Schroeppel, advocate for the hungry and hurting
ELCA 2012 Domestic Hunger Grants Awarded
The ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Program Funds are derived from the ELCA World Hunger Program. The Community Development Services Program in the Program Unit for Congregational Synodical Mission provides administrative coordination for the grants process. The following Organizations/Projects in the Central States Synod have received funding for 2012:
Festival Committee makes changes to Missouri Packs
The Festival of Sharing Coordinating committee met in early November to start making plans for Festival of Sharing on October 20, 2012. Each year representatives from main line denominations plan how to best continue to focus the needs of the hungry and poor in our midst. Part of this is to evaluate the Missouri packs. The committee made minor changes to the Backpacks of Love and the Youth Personal Care Packs distributed to the Division of Social Services and there is a minor change in the Paper Products Pack. The major changes this year, is to the Family Food Box distributed to Missouri food pantries.
Download new contents list: Kits 2012.
Women’s Prison Packs needed
You can help provide a women’s prison pack by donating on line (http://tinyurl.com/7kbze5t. Just select “Where needed most”. A $6.00 donation provide one Women’s prison Pack; for $60 you can provide 10 packs. The women’s prison pack provides a full side bottle of Shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste all alcohol free; a pencil writing paper, envelopes and an emery board. Prison packs can only be delivered when there is a pack for each woman. We need 499 more to complete the 1070 needed for delivery! For more information contact Terri Williams at email@example.com or call the office of creative ministries at 573-474-3332.
Download a PowerPoint presentation developed by ELCA World Hunger in late 2011. Click Hunger Ministry.
My family have been Lutherans for at least two hundred years. Perhaps that is why I like the basic, simple things in life and would also like to see everybody else in the world enjoy the basic essentials. It only takes basic essentials to enjoy life but so many in the world do not have them. Those of us who do, have to count ourselves blessed and want to make sure they keep coming year after year. It takes good stewardship for this to happen, but when it does we want to share our good fortune with others.
Since the Japan Tsunami many ads have appeared on TV for various ways to help. We want all Lutherans to know that your church is also working in Japan and Haiti through the Lutheran Churches in those countries by means of ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran World Relief. They may also work together and with other Christian Churches working in the area. The Lutheran Church is also working in Sudan and many other countries including the United States to help the hurting.
It is possible to give through the congregation with special envelopes or just mark any envelope or check according to your desired giving. It is also possible to go online to see what the ELCA is doing and where, or to give online at: www.elca.org. We [the ELCA] have given $250,000 to the Japan Tsunomi so far and we usually give about 20 million/year to World Hunger. Thank you for your giving to help the hurting. Jesus said that when we give to help the hurting it’s just as if we gave it to Him.
God’s blessings and joy, John schroeppel, Advocate for the hurting.
Congregation ConnectionsLinking ELCA World Hunger to worship and congregational life
Congregation Connections helps congregational leaders integrate hunger themes throughout the congregation. It follows the church calendar to assist people in integrating hunger awareness and engagement all year. For more information, visit ELCA World Hunger.
This resource is part of the World Hunger Resource Packet
Festival of Sharing is Keeping Gardens Green Across Missouri
The last week of February, 225 pounds of garden seeds were shipped or picked up for Community gardening projects across the state. A few churches have gardens and share the produce with local refugee families and the local food pantries. We even have a couple of food pantries that provide the seeds for their clients to grow their own produce. Education and gardening tips is available from local University extension offices and master gardeners. The garden seeds brought to the Festival of Sharing each fall extend to the spring and summer with fresh produce grown locally.
Agencies that received seeds are Community Garden Coalition, Columbia; Gateway Greening, St. Louis; Kansa City Community Garden; Cross-lines, Kansas City; West Central Community Action Agency, Versailles; Boys and Girls club, Columbia; Restorative Justice MO Department of Corrections; Interfaith Gardens Columbia; The wardrobe, Hayti MO; Hickory Gardens, Springfield.
Ecumenical Study Guide on Global Poverty
A study guide on global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church, is available for download and for purchase through Augsburg Fortress. Titled, “God’s Mission in the World,” the guide is intended as a resource for congregations and other groups looking to “broaden their understanding of global poverty and become part of the worldwide movement achieving the MDGs,” according to guide introduction. The guide features six sessions examining Christian understandings of social justice, global poverty and the MDGs. The MDGs are eight interrelated development goals that flow from the Millennium Declaration of 2000 adopted by all members of the United Nations, including the United States. For more information, and links to download or order the guide, visit www.elca.org/one/. If you’re interested in learning about opportunities to make your voice heard to combat global poverty, please sign up on the ELCA e-Advocacy Network at www.elca.org/advocacy/.