Tuesday, April 16, 2013

News You Can Use - May 2013

News You Can Use
For Your Church Newsletter - Prepared by Steve Tindall
From Lutheran Community Services                        

Editors: This information is prepared for church newsletter editors, secretaries and pastors. Your help in getting the word out is appreciated and will help LCS achieve its mission of “Sharing God’s blessings by helping others in need.” Comments about timing or content are welcome. Contact Steve Tindall (stindall@lcsde.org). 302 654 8886.

Kids Help!

In February and again in April a group of Tatnall students worked at the St. Stephen’s pantry and also unloaded and shelved about 9000 pounds of USDA food. On April 17th the eighth graders at Friends school distributed personal care products that they had collected and laundry detergent that we received from Katherine’s Kloset to St. Stephen’s food clients. Every Tuesday a group of 6th graders from Friends school stocks the pantry shelves and makes up bags of food in preparation for Wednesdays, which are our busiest days. Other schools also sponsor food drives.

Nutrition Classes Grow
in Popularity

LCS nutrition classes at Shiloh Baptist Church mobile pantry in Wilmington this winter were not well attended initially. But the small group who did attend the first meetings enjoyed the presentations by U. of D. extension school specialists so much that they brought their friends to the second class, and we went from 14 people to 34 people. They were waiting there before we arrived. The atmosphere was a great combination of information sharing and fun.  Participants commented  that they really enjoyed the class and learned from it. The goal of the program is to provide low income folks with the information about healthy eating on a budget.

St. Philips Pantry Organizers Honored

LCS will present its annual Social Ministry Award to Kris Dirks and Nancy Zinnato of St. Philips for their role in operating the St. Philips pantry programs at the ELCA DE MD Synod Celebrate Ministry Dinner in early May.

Clothing Distributions In Style

Program Director Sandy Betley told of a recent experience she had at our free monthly clothing distribution at St. Stephens:  “I noticed a young African American man who had found dress shoes, a suit jacket, and dress pants.  As he was leaving he said he needed them for an upcoming job interview.  Then he said that ‘His homey had hooked him up’ and walked me over to an eighth grade boy from Tatnall who he high-fived and joked with.   It was wonderful to see these two young men – whose lives may never have crossed otherwise – interacting with each other with such joy.  The Tatnall student clearly was thrilled at the help he was able to provide and just glowed when we talked about it later after the distribution was over.”

LCS Gimme Shelter Golf Tournament:  May 17
To register for the tournament or to get tickets, contact Larry Friday at (302) 438-1290 or fridayla@msn.com. Or you can download forms from our website:  www.lcsde.or

LCS Room at the Table Fundraising Breakfast:  May 8
Each church has one or more Table Captains for our annual free fundraising breakfast. Or you can contact LCS Directly:  Steve Tindall at 654 8886, x105 or stindall@lcsde.org.

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