The Food Pantry and Adopt-A- Family are working together again this year to help families with basic food for Christmas break and the holiday meal.
Adopt-A-Family hopes to give families with children food for 28 meals/ the 2 week break from school. This will include the SHARE food and other food purchased from the Food Bank (because it is cheaper there @ 14 Cents per pound).
Through December families and singles may get food as usual through ARC. Check with Teresa Lansman at New Opportunities for a voucher to get the milk, eggs and bread and the boxes of food and personal items/ laundry soap.
Last year we gave the 160 households that asked for food help over the school Christmas break a box of basic foods and some paper products/ laundry and personal items. This year we imagine it will be about the same number.
Last year the food cost was $16,000 because we spent $100 per family. (That's pretty good considering it can feed so many people for 2 weeks!!) Adopt-A-Family has $4000 on hand.
If we are to accomplish this great feeding program, we need donations of $12,000.
Since we can get food so much cheaper thru the SHARE and the Food Bank of Iowa, we are asking for cash donations to be made to Adopt-A- Family.
Adopt-A- Family is a project led by the Greene Co Clergy Association. Rev Julie Poulsen represents the clergy on their board. Pam Mentzer is the Chairperson. Representatives from several churches are on the board. If you are interested in helping with this project please contact Pam Mentzer or your pastor. Anyone in need, please contact Teresa Lansman at New Opportunities.
Please send your donations to your church or directly to Adopt-A- Family at 307 S Wilson, Jefferson, Iowa 50129. Questions? Call Pam Mentzer, Public Health or Julie Poulsen, 386-4411.
Family Vocation: A parent, child, sibling, and friend; these are a few of the many vocations God calls us into. To find out more, and for wonderful conversation, join us on Sundays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lounge. Childcare is provided.
Wednesday Night Suppers: Every Wednesday, the family of Trinity gathers at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a meal together. Please join us for this important family time. This is also an opportunity to be of service to your family in Christ as you can take a turn providing the meal.
Board of Missions: The Trinity Board of Missions has some grant money to use! The grant was written to provide a hot oven meal to families and individuals who (1) have been recently hospitalized, (2) have a chronic health condition, or (3) have a new baby in the family. Recipients of the meals can be members of Trinity, or anyone from the Jefferson area who meets the above conditions. Meals will be prepared in the Trinity kitchen. If you would like to suggest an individual or family to be a recipient of this completely free meal, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cheryl Robson at 712.652.3924. In addition, you may call or email the church office and leave contact information with Deena or Pastor. Please send in names of potential meal recipients until the end of the calendar year. Thank you!
You are Invited:
What: 6th Annual IOWAY Banquet.
Where: Carroll County Conservation Convention Center, 22676 Swan Lake Drive, Carroll, Iowa
When: Saturday, November 1. Registration at 4:30. FREE meal at 5:00!!!
What: Special Mission Guest Speakers
Why: Hear what God is doing in various mission areas: Puerto Rico; Pasadena; Los Angeles; Pilger, NE; Rock Rapids, IA and Haiti
FREE catered meal at 5:00 PM
View photos of past IOWAY trips & enjoy a nice drive to Carroll State Park
· Hear firsthand about the poverty in Skid Row & Haiti
· Hear the reaction of those seeing Skid Row for the first time!
· Hear about the relief efforts in NE and IA!
· Get a behind the scenes look at the Rose Bowl Parade
Fun night of food, friends and laughs! RSVP Needed! Please register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ioway_banquet
OR call Ellie at 515-370-1159 OR email: email@example.com
Thrivent – Boone/Greene County Chapter will meet on Sunday, November 9th from 5-7 p.m. at the winery near Madrid. There will be a catered meal. RSVP to Marilyn Westrum, 400 Lilac Lane, Boone, IA 50036 or phone 515-230-4093 by November 1st.
Quilts for Homeless Veterans: Thank you for the denim. The support has been overwhelming and all storage areas are full! If you would like to help cut squares or sew the quilts, please contact Trinity Lutheran Church, 2715 Iowa Street, Perry, Iowa 50220 – phone 515-465-3272 (Pastor Ken Bose or Cathy Hammel).
LERT Fundraiser: Mark your calendar Wednesday December 10, Carol Christensen will be sponsoring a Fundraiser to help buy supplies for the LERT Trailer. In the plans are a Soup supper, and a silent auction. There will be a speaker at 4:30 pm to talk about the LERT trailer. Meal will start at 5:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Any questions contact Carol Christensen or Lois Brant.
LERT Trailer: We have been working on the inside of the trailer and are currently working to finish the shelves and cabinets at the front. The logos have been put on the outside and as soon as I get some pictures I will send them out to everyone. Since the decals have been applied, the trailer could be used for parades or events at your congregations. One part of the decals had to be changed: seems someone left the “r” out of a couple “Trinity” congregations, so we are correcting that problem. The list of the congregations in the circuit will be applied as soon as they have been received. We have already received several items for the trailer. You can check the District website to find out what we have and what we still need. We have someone planning on donating a generator and when that comes through I will let everyone know. With all the work of preparing the trailer, we need your help. The cash reserves we had on hand have been depleted, but there is plenty left to be done. Please encourage your congregations to conduct offerings or fundraisers for this effort. All moneys should be sent to: LERT trailer, % Lynn Menz, 807 W South St, Jefferson, IA 50129. If anyone wishes to donate and wants tax credit for it, have them give through their congregation and then the congregation can forward the gift to Lynn. Thanks for all your prayers and support.
A New Thrivent Opportunity for Your Favorite Project: This new opportunity is a called Thrivent Action Team. Every Thrivent member has a chance to earn money for their favorite project or charity twice a year. You organize a team, and decide what you need for your project; it can be supplies for a fund raiser, promotion of a project, whatever it takes to help you succeed. Get started by checking out Thrivent Action Team Resources and Frequently Asked Questions. It is full of resources and ideas you can use to help you plan and carry out your ideas. Within a few weeks, you'll receive your Thrivent Action Kit. It includes resources to help you plan your event. You'll also get promotional items to increase awareness of the work you are doing within your community. Additional items, including t-shirts, are available for purchase on The Store. In a separate mailing, you'll receive a $250 Community Impact Card from a vendor. Expect to see the card in a few weeks. It will stay active for 120 days from your project date. The applicant is the only one authorized to use this card to purchase and pay for items that are directly necessary and essential for this project. Thrivent asks that you complete your project within 90 days. Once the project is completed, Thrivent asks you to share your story and report your results. If you have any questions, visit Thrivent.com/actionteam or email Boxactionteam@thrivent.com, or call our representative, Janet Smith.
Good Samaritan Fund: Good Samaritan Fund has $700 and $160 will be paid to the local water company for three households to prevent water cut-offs. The water company will no longer accept late payments at all. We have helped 83 households this year with $10,500 from the Good Samaritan Fund. No household was helped twice with this fund. Thank you so much for all the gifts to help the poor and low income residents of our county with housing, utilities and emergency needs. We do not help with gas or transportation. We do not help transients. This fund helps residents of Greene County who have lived here at least 6 months. Take your donations to the Good Samaritan Fund at People's Trust and Savings in Jefferson. Again, many thanks to all the churches and organizations that help!!
The Food Pantry and Adopt-A- Family have agreed to work together again this year to help families with basic food for Christmas break and the holiday meal. Adopt-A-Family hopes to give families with children food for 28 meals/ the 2 week break from school. This will include the SHARE food and other food that we hope to purchase from the Food Bank (because it is cheaper there @ 14 Cents per pound). Last year we helped 160 households that asked for food help over the school Christmas break a box of basic foods and some paper products/ laundry and personal items. This year we imagine it will be about the same number. That cost $16,000 ,Adopt-A-Family has $4000 on hand, so they need donations of $12,000. Please send your donations to your church or directly to Adopt-A- Family at 307 S Wilson, Jefferson, Iowa 50129. Adopt-A- Family is a project led by the Greene Co Clergy Association, and other volunteers, Pam Mentzer is the Chairperson. Anyone in need, please contact Teresa Lansman at New Opportunities. Questions? Call Pam Mentzer, Public Health or Julie Poulsen, 386-4411.
LERT Chain Saw Certification—YOU are invited. Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:00 – 3:00 in Jefferson, Iowa. Training will be held from 9:00-noon at Greene County Extension Office located at 104 W. Washington St in Jefferson. Lunch will be served at noon. Then we will go to my home at 807 W. South in Jefferson to cut down some trees. PLEASE register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chainsaw_certification or call me at 515-370-1159. The training and meal are FREE to you. Instructor will be Ed Boerman from Illinois. I understand that he works with Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois to certify volunteers who wish to operate chain saws. I asked Ed if a participant should bring their own chain saw. He replied, “If you have a chain saw and safety equipment (chaps, hard hat, eye protection, gloves) bring it. I will bring extra safety equipment and chain saws to share. Also encourage those who do not want to actually operate a chain saw but still want to be part of the team to come Those people are just as important to the crew as the chain saw operators.” Please contact Ellie Menz at 515-370-1159 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NOTE: I know that most of you who are interested in the certification are already very skilled at using a chain saw. This certification is for liability issues when going as a group to volunteer after a disaster.
Thrivent Board: Would you like to be able to give away several thousand dollars to people in your community? Being a member of the Greene/Boone Thrivent Board will give you that opportunity. The Board meets a few times during the year to discuss how to disburse the money. The Board does not meet during the summer months and during the winter months, many times business is conducted by email. To have Trinity represented on the board, we need someone to volunteer for this position. Greene County has only two Lutheran Churches and the rest are from Boone County. It really helps to spread the money better if we are represented on the board. If you are interested, please contact Lois Brant (email@example.com, 370-5279) or Alisha Ebersole (firstname.lastname@example.org, ADay@jefferson-scranton.k12.ia.us, 370-5767).
Tis the Season of Rejoicing the Birth of Jesus: On Saturday, November 29th, starting with a devotion at 10:00 a.m., we will decorate the Church for the Advent and Christmas Season. Mark your calendar now! Jesus is the reason for the season, what a wonderful way to start celebrating this special time for Christians. This is a family event, the children can have an active part, hanging and talking about the decorations which are church symbols. (A family member may have to help with the hanging) Because our decorations are church symbols there are reasons why they are hung in a special place on the tree. Bunkers Dunkers and drinks are provided to keep you refreshed! Yes we realize this is the Thanksgiving weekend, which means if you are available please come and help even if you cannot be here the whole time.
Wednesdays in November
4:00 p.m. Social Time
4:30 p.m. Speakers
A successful community requires a large group of volunteers.
November Fellowship will highlight some of those volunteers.
Come thank them and learn about volunteer opportunities.
Program Director This Place Matters: Main Street
Celebrating 3rd year
What are the future plans and past successes?
Our Community Volunteers:
Vern Foji, Dave Walker, & Cassie Dozier
Like the way Jefferson looks?
These three do a lot to keep it looking great.
What do they do?
Why they are willing to do so much for the community?
Jefferson Community Betterment Foundation
Did you know Jefferson has a Betterment Committee? Learn what they have done. They are looking for other community improvement projects. Come and share your ideas.
GREENE COUNTY CHRISTIAN ACTION RESOURCE CENTER
We can show our thankfulness to God for His blessings in many ways. One way is to share what we have with others who are in need. Jesus tells us to feed the hungry. We have an opportunity to help feed people in Greene County through the ARC (Action Resource Center). When an individual or family comes to the ARC, they can receive items once a month.
In August, 98 families, which included 262 people were served by ARC and in September, 88 families, which included 266 people received food and needed items from ARC.
During the month of November, let’s FILL the cornucopia at Trinity. Our goal is to collect 400 items for families in Greene County!!
Following are needed items: (Please check the expiration date on food items)
Hand dish soap
Arrid XX or Arm and Hammer deodorant (for men and women)
Pork and Beans
Store bought cookies
Macaroni and Cheese-box
Canned tuna and tuna helper
Frozen meat—Chicken, beef and/or pork
Questions? Please ask the Outreach Committee:
Laurie Walker, Lois Brant, Alisha Ebersole, Ellie Menz