Lent starts on March 1, 2017 with Ash Wednesday, and continues for 46 days.
During that period, the Mission Board would like to encourage everyone to think about our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Those whose income is so low that they qualify for food stamps. However, food stamps can only be used to purchase food. What about the other necessities of life, like toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste and so on? Items that can’t be eaten, but are necessary for basic comfort in life. We are setting up a giving program to collect some of these items. Each Sunday during lent, we would like the congregation to donate some item that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

The collection will begin on Sunday, March 5. The items suggested for donation will be plugged by a member of the missions committee the previous Sunday. Items can be placed in the food donation box in the foyer. You can expect to hear from Betty Raverert on February 26, requesting donations of tissues, toilet paper and paper towels on Sunday, March 5. Over the next few weeks, you will meet Ingrid Tollefson, Cheryl Currier, Stewart Thompson and Gary Lucas plugging Personal Hygiene SundayOral Care SundayCleaning Supply Sunday and Skin Care Sunday. These items can be purchased at Dollar stores, Walmart or at your local grocery store. If each person brings only one item each Sunday, we will be rich in donations. At the end of lent, we will have many non food items to donate to charities like Sojourner Center (for abused women), UMOM (for homeless families), Justa Center and St Vincent de Paul. If you have questions or suggestions for the mission board, please approach one of the board members. We are open to new ideas. Suggested items for donation will be available each week.

March 5     Betty     Paper Products– toilet paper, paper towels, tissues

March 12     Ingrid     Personal Hygiene– shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, razors, shaving cream, feminine napkins, tampons, lotion, comb

March 19     Cheryl     Oral Hygiene– toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss

March 26     Stewart     Cleaning Supplies– dish & laundry detergent, bleach, window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, scouring pads, sponges

April 2     Gary     Skin Care– sun screen, lip balm, foot powder, lotion, bandages