Lenten Congregation Project – Kids Spree
This year we are learning about Fostering Hope and Kids Spree.
Kids Spree is an annual event that is sponsored by the Calhan Lions. A special date is set up in August and over 100 students from the surrounding area get to go shopping for school clothes. There are many volunteers from various churches and organizations who help with this special day. This event is for low-income families who otherwise do not have the funds to buy their children new clothes. This event helps make that a possibility. The families of the children must first apply at the Eastern Plains Community Pantry.
Our goal is $2,000 to be given to the Kids Spree.
ELCA Good Gifts
Each year, Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping. Imagine what would happen if instead we could direct that spending toward things that really matter, like putting an end to hunger!
Our members can choose from 50 charitable gifts to give–from goats to water wells, school uniforms to food for refugees. All of these gifts can be given in honor of friends or loved ones and make great alternatives to traditional Christmas gifts.
This holiday season, we will have the Giving Tree in the narthex from which you can choose your gifts. Simply take an ornament or ornaments off the tree and pay Andrea for your choice/s. She will add your order to the congregation’s form and send it in. Checks can be written to St. Paul Lutheran. The ornaments are for you to keep for yourself or give to your recipients to represent your gifts.
Each year, St. Paul helps in sponsoring a great Christmas for the young teens of our community who are in need. Many become sponsors who purchase gifts for these children. Our congregation loves to help with this community project.
Holiday Food Baskets
Our congregation helps with monetary donations from individuals as well as our church that provide support for the Ministerial Alliance and Community Pantry in purchasing gift cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas food for those families that are in need. It’s a community effort with several local congregations also helping with the cause.