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.
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