The Gift of Presence
For nearly two weeks, those of us in the Saint Paul Area Synod have been blessed by the presence of ou[...]
As the amount of sunlight each day gets shorter here in Minnesota, it is time to begin making plans for Advent and Christmas. You will want to be sure that you order enough materials from ELCA World Hunger for the upcoming liturgical season.
You should have already received the Fall/Winter 2018 resource packet from ELCA World Hunger. I found the new Advent calendar to be beautiful. Members at my congregation, Incarnation Lutheran in Shoreview, will appreciate having it at our Alternative Giving Fair in November. At this fair we encourage people to think about gifts for family and friends which “keep on giving”. In this spirit, the Good Gifts catalog has gift ideas that transform the lives of others. Gifts range from $10 for ten little chicks (add a rooster for $15) or $30 for a water filter or a solar-powered lantern, to $100 to feed a refugee family for one month or $250 to provide mosquito nets for a small village. There are gifts for missionaries, seminary students, and more.
Last year at Incarnation Lutheran we used the Advent study with a small group. Consider using it in that way or encourage members to use it with their families. The questions for reflection and the prayers would make wonderful additions to a family Advent wreath lighting each Sunday evening during the season of Advent.
Fall approaches - plan ahead with anticipation and preparation.
Incarnation Lutheran, Shoreview