Community Ministries

 

“Good Gifts” Ministry

God’s Global Barnyard – an animal can make a world of difference for a family in need.  Animals provide food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops and offspring to sell at the market.  Find out how you can give at www.ELCA.org/goodgifts.  Our congregation is accepting donations to provide a new well and other necessities to strength the living standards in a small community.

New Life Pregnancy Center – Baby Bottle Fundraiser

You can support local women and families with testing and counseling programs, and providing baby supplies.  Pick up a baby bottle at church – all the info is inside the bottle!

Manna bags
You can take part in our program by donating the following items:
16.9 oz water bottles, packaged tuna, sausage, and crackers (plain, with cheese or peanut butter), energy bars, PayDay candy bars, fruit cups, hand wipes, plastic forks and knives, gallon plastic bags. Bring items to either worship site. Complete bags can be taken and shared in our community. Everyone can help.

Travelers
Contribute shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, toothpaste and coffee packets to Helping Hands, which assists families through mentoring, healthcare, nutrition, and emergency programs. A container is located in the entry at both sites.

Hot Lunch Program
You can help the Eloy lunch program on Wednesdays by providing 25-50 homemade or purchased “treats.” For information call Judy Smith (520-466-6227). You can bring your “treats” to worship on Sunday and they will be delivered to the program site.

Community Food Pantry
Our congregation has donated thousands of food items to the Casa Grande Food Bank. The second Sunday of each month has been designated as a day to support those in need. You are encouraged to make it a practice to bring food items each month for the food bank. Food bins are located at both of our sites.

Angel Tree Ministry – Pick up names December 3rd
During the season of Advent you are invited to select from the names of children with a parent in prison, so you can provide a Christmas gift to the child on behalf of the parent; or, of children in our community whose families could use help. Information cards indicating gift ideas and personal interests are available for each child.
For more information talk with Ruth Kramer or Linda Gal.

Shaping Our Ministry
In the coming weeks discussion will focus on several proposed ministry opportunities. These include welcoming new residents into our congregation, assisting individuals/families following the death of a loved one, assisting the homeless in our community, providing nursery care during worship, and, local Habitat for Humanity projects.
More information will be shared soon about how you can participate.

Grief Group
“Grief never ends, but it changes.
It’s a passage, not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith.
It is the price of love.” (Author Unknown)

Because of all the people and things in life we love, life is full of sorrow, sadness, distress, pain, suffering, and, adversity. Life is full of loss in many different forms. Unique in many ways. Common in many ways. You are invited to these upcoming opportunities to share grief. To be comforted, to comfort. To be helped, to help. To be supported, to support others.
Talk with Pastor Thom or Judy Smith (520-840-4038) for more information about meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 2 p.m. Check the calendar!

Women’s Quilting
All women of the congregation, friends, and neighbors are invited to join in the quilting program. The women make a contribution of more than 100 quilts to our community every year. Their ministry is to share care and comfort through the gift of quilts.
The women of the congregation gather the first Wednesday of each month (November – April) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (AZ City site)
The women provide support to: Against Abuse Shelter in Casa Grande, Lutheran World Hunger, Lutheran Social Ministries of the Southwest.
The donation of materials and blankets are greatly appreciated. For more information contact the church office.

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