Advent Noisy Offering Challenge
During Advent and Lent, our churches had water jugs near the sanctuary entrances to collect a special seasonal offering. For this Advent and Christmas, our Noisy Offering will go to the Malawi Permaculture Fund.
Our brothers and sisters in our companion synod in Malawi have suffered through a famine, and are getting back on their feet. Our Synod has asked how we can help, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi is changing their culture with a new style of farming called permaculture.
Permaculture seeks to produce an efficient, low maintenance productive integration of plants and structures in the smallest area. It works to farm smartly and efficiently. Permaculture can reverse deforestation.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi wants to send pastors and members to learn about permaculture, and be able to model it in their communities. The cost to send a pastor to a permaculture training session is $650. An additional $350 will cover travel, room and board for the pastor. A video about permaculture is HERE.
Given the success of past noisy offerings, I believe we can help to send pastors in Malawi to receive permaculture training. I challenge the ONE in Christ Parish to raise at least $1,000 to cover one pastor’s costs, or to raise $1,300 to cover two pastor’s tuition.
For every $350 raised in this noisy offering, I will wear this Packer stole to lead worship one week at all 3 churches. Raise $1,000 and I wear it for 3 weeks; raise $1,300 & 4 weeks. Get to $1,500 and I’ll throw wearing in a cheese head.
Please support this worthy cause.
You can give to ELCA World Hunger in three ways:
1) You can contribute loose change, cash or checks by putting them in the blue water jugs entrance to the sanctuary at each church.
2) You can purchase an ornament and an animal from God’s Global Barnyard. Near the blue water jugs are a collection of ornaments with a dollar amount. If you purchase an ornament, that money will go to purchase that animal for a needy farming family. You get a goat ornament, for example, and a family gets a goat, and Pastor Brian is $50 closer to wearing a Packers stole through January and February.
3) Our young people (and anyone who wants one) can pick up a Global Barnyard Bank to collect change, and they can turn it in at the Joint Sunday School Program, or on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morn.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Brian.
Regretfully, we did not meet my challenge during Advent, and I avoided the honor of wearing a cheese-head during announcements.
But I want to push my luck for Lent. As I scratched my head for an idea, I thought what could I do to connect with people to get them to be motivated to give. Some say I may be giving up wisdom for Lent, but it is for a good cause.
Heifer International helps farmers in developing areas to be able to sustain their farms by giving animals that can be used in their farming. One of the offerings they have is called The Cheeses of the World Gift Basket. A family farm can be gifted with a goat, a sheep, a cow and a water buffalo. Each animal can provide milk for dairy products such as milk, butter and cheese.
I thought, what a wonderful gift to be given by the people of a dairy farming area. The Cheeses of the World Gift Basket costs $990.
So here is my challenge:
If the three congregations can contribute enough in a special noisy offering buy TWO Cheeses of the World Gift Baskets ($1,980), I will have my hair dyed to look like an Easter egg during the Easter season (March 27-May 14) AND red for Pentecost Sunday (May 15), which happens to be when Bishop Hoyme is preaching.
Emmanuel and Our Savior’s donated almost $1,400 last year for Walk4Water. Can the three congregations step up to be gouda enough this year? I hope you don’t swiss out on this challenge!
During Advent and Lent, our churches have skipped collecting a noisy offering, and have water jugs near the sanctuary entrances to collect a special seasonal offering. For this Advent and Christmas, our Noisy Offering will go to the Malawi Famine Fund.
Our brothers and sisters in our companion synod in Malawi are suffering. The Synod office sent the following information.
As of this October, 2.8 million people starving in Malawi according to the UN Food Bank. It is anticipated that the food sources growing around the villages will be depleted as the famine progresses. In the urban capital of Lilongwe, many will be left with one meal a day, which is far more than what many throughout Malawi will have. Maize or corn is being rationed at exorbitant costs. Many of these centers are a far walk, and the maize is unaffordable. This is a dire situation. Malnutrition and starvation cause physical and developmental damage. Please help the saints of our accompanying church. All funds that are raised in this appeal will be sent to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, and they will administer these gifts for hunger relief.
Given the success of our Walk4Water challenge, I have no doubt your generosity will allow our churches to send more than $1,000 to Malawi. While I hope we can raise this without me needing to embarrass myself, I am prepared to put on the appropriate green & gold or cheese related items if such motivation is needed.
Edited: Since this appeared in the Messenger, Pastor Brian has been challenged, should the goal of $1,000 be reached, to wear a cheese head during announcements during the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany. Below is a potential picture.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our youth and the generous support of many, ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water fundraising challenge of $500,000 was met – and now it will be doubled!
To date, more than $500,000 has been received and thanks to a generous family, $500,000 will be matched – totaling more than $1 million in gifts for ELCA World Hunger-supported water projects.
Your gifts are making a difference! Your support is helping create healthier families and stronger economies through projects that provide clean drinking water through spring boxes and boreholes, support for irrigation systems, education about sanitation in rural villages, and so much more. Thank you!
While we celebrate meeting our goal, our work is far from over. Continue the momentum of the Walk for Water challenge with special resources, educational opportunities, and fundraising events that will help our friends around the world break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Check out the celebratory video!
September Noisy Offering to Help the Lutheran Disaster Response to the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis
Our September Noisy Offering that will be collected at the September 20 services will go to the Lutheran Disaster Response and be designated to help with the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis.
Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis
A record number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa are fleeing war and poverty and making a terrifying, life-threatening journey to find a safer, better way of life in Europe. Although they come from different countries, for various reasons, they share a common goal: hope for a brighter future. As conflicts continue, especially in Syria and Iraq, the number of people seeking safety and basic necessities is on the rise.
As a church, we are called to respond. Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to meeting basic humanitarian needs and upholding the rights of those fleeing war and crisis. We are working with our companion churches, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary and the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia and The Lutheran World Federation to provide food, diapers, blankets, water, health kits, hygiene kits and psychosocial services to assist those who have fled their homes. We are also in communication with our church companions in Germany as they receive tens of thousands of refugees.
What you can do:
Pray for those who are affected by violence and are vulnerable, that they may be granted peace and healing.
Your gifts are needed now to help with immediate relief. Gifts designated for the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
• Use bulletin inserts to inform your congregation and encourage support.
• Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
• Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
• Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook
• Follow @ELCALDR on Twitter.
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