OUR LATEST PROJECTS
“We learned that in addition to the devastating loss of life, injuries and widespread damage caused by the Beirut explosion, three containers of LWR Quilts and Kits – amounting to more than 47,000 items – were also destroyed.
These items were at the port of Beirut, on their way to families hit hard by the increasingly dire economic situation in Lebanon — including refugee families who fled conflict in Syria.” –firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John’s Women, through WELCA, have been supporting LWR through gifts of quilts, School backpacks, Personal Care Kits and Baby Kits. Even though we are maneuvering through a pandemic, the executive board decided to go ahead and continue to support this important, and much needed global ministry.
Our quilters continue to manufacture quilts, and with your help, in September we will build Personal Care Kits, which are in great need at this time.
We’re asking you to build your own Personal Care Kit this month. Make it a family affair.
Please include these items:
ONE light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
TWO or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping
ONE adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging*
ONE sturdy, wide-tooth comb, remove packaging
ONE metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
* Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap
After you have bundled your kit, drop it off at the church, between 9:00-10:00am Saturdays, September 19 & 26. Julie Zdenek will collect your kits.
For more information, click on: https://lwr.org/kits/personal-care-kits/instructions
To learn how to bundle your kit, click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbrsNn0j5D0
For general information, click here: https://lwr.org/kits/personal-care-kits
St. John’s Women give back to their community, nation and the world through projects donated locally and worldwide. Many projects are sent to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and World Vision, and distributed where needs are greatest. St. John’s Women also sell Fair Trade and Thistle Farm products, supporting trade, based on fairness, environmental sustainability and strong relationships between farmers and consumers.
Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate
Equal Exchange is a democratically organized worker-owned co-operative dedicated to building a new model of trade based on fairness, environmental sustainability and strong relationships between farmers and consumers. Farmers earn a fair price for their crops, have access to affordable credit, and can invest in education, health care and sustainable agriculture, building a better future for their families.
Bold Cafe (St. John’s women’s group) sells fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and chocolate bars from EE. 1st & 2nd Sundays of the month during the school year, and 1st Sunday of the month in Summer. Between worship services, in the Commons.
Contact Dawn Tommerdahl
The Community of Magdalene, founded in 1997 by Rev. Becca Stevens, provides housing, food, medical and dental care, therapy, education and job training free of charge for up to two years to women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms, a social enterprise started in 2001, provides employment for the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Magdalene’s core belief is that “in the end love is the most powerful force for change.”
Bold Cafe (St. John’s women’s group) sells bath and body products from Thistle Farms. 1st & 2nd Sundays of the month during the school year, and 1st Sunday of the month in Summer. Between worship services, in the Commons.
Contact Dawn Tommerdahl
LWR Farmers Market Coffee
LWR Farmers Market Coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in Lutheran World Relief projects.
Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers are given a stable, predictable, and higher price upfront for their beans.
New in September: Farmers Market Coffee from Nicaragua! Ground regular and decaf (Swiss water processed). 1st & 2nd Sundays of the month during the school year, and 1st Sunday of the month in Summer. Between worship services, in the Commons.
Contact Dawn Tommerdahl
Imagine the comfort that comes from a hug at the time when you need it most. That’s the feeling you can share with an LWR (Lutheran World Relief) Quilt. Through a simple combination of fabric and thread, you can reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope — you are not alone.
First and foremost, recipients use their LWR Quilts to shield against the cold and rain, and for warm bedding. But their versatility also makes Quilts useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back.
St. John’s Women made and sent 166 quilts in 2016. You can help by donating fabric, cutting, sewing, or tying knots. Women meet to tie and finish quilts on the third Thursday of the month and the Monday prior in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00am – noon.
St. John’s Women knit for the world and knit for home with two knitting ministries.
World Vision: Knit for Kids
Knitters meet on the first and third Tuesdays at 10:00 am -12:00 noon, September to May, to make simple baby sweaters and hats for children. Clothing is distributed by World Vision. St. John’s Women knitted 107 sweaters and 75 caps from May 2015-May 2016.
Contact Kathy Vang
Prayer and Baptism Shawl Ministry
This new group, launching in September, will knit prayer shawls for those in need of comfort within our church community and baptism shawls for those children baptized at St. John’s.
Daytime: 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, beginning September 28, 10:00am.
Room 19 – Basement.
All skill levels welcome, even beginners!
Contact Sue Sharrow
Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future. Every year St. John’s Women and Sunday School sponsor an Intergenerational Event. The congregation donates school supplies and works together to fill backpacks one Sunday each Fall.
Contact Jane Rinehart
- Baby Care Kits
- Personal Care Kits