Wednesday, July 16, 2014

News You Can Use

For Your Church Newsletter  - Prepared by Steve Tindall
From Lutheran Community Services          August 2014

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 ( 302 654 8886.

Gimme Shelter Golf Results
All the money is in and all the invoices for the May 16 Gimme Shelter Golf Tournament are paid, so we can look at the final results. With the addition of $4,200 from the NCC Chapter of Thrivent, the grand total of money turned over to LCS for its housing programs was a record-breaking $19,024! Thanks to tournament organizer Larry Friday and all the golfers and donors who participated in the tournament, all of the money will be available as grants or 0-interest loans for low income families facing the turmoil of homelessness.

                                             Walk Run Invites Dogs
Thanks to suggestions we’ve received, LCS has decided that pooches will be able to register for the LCS Hunger Walk Run the first time. Then, right before the start, Pastor Fred Melton from St. Mark’s will offer a “Blessing of the Dogs” for all the canines attending. The Walk Run registration form is being revised to be doggy friendly and show that dogs are indeed welcome at the Walk Run! The money raised by the pooches will be attributed to the owners who brought them. It sounds crazy at first, but LCS believes that this will attract some new people (and critters) to the event. Everything raised goes to help support LCS’s food ministry.

LCS Helps with Furniture, Too
Idella and her late husband lived in the same house for over 40 years.  We first met her a few years ago when Idella had some much needed repairs done through our home repair program.  Over the past year, several of her grown children and their children have come to live with her as their own financial situations have become precarious.  In the beginning of April, we were able to help by providing them with beds and a dresser.  Then, Idella asked for a bed for herself as she had given up hers and was sleeping on the couch!   By the end of June, we were able to provide her with both a bed and a matching dresser, which was deeply appreciated.  All of this furniture was provided through our partnership with the New Life Furnishings program of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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