Hope for the Holidays

Here is a wonderful opportunity to involve children (and even adults!) in helping others.  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) offers a program called “Hope for the Holidays.”  The goal is to bring hope and light to thousands of immigrants in the US.  It is quite easy!  Make homemade cards to be distributed at migrant detention centers across the country and at shelters along the border, reminding individuals and families that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. The steps are simple and the deadline for mailing is December 3.

Step 1:
You can make a card and write messages of hope and encouragement in English or Spanish.  Draw a picture or share a favorite poem, quote or Bible verse to personalize the card.  Sign the card with your first name and city/state.  DO NOT put cards in individual envelopes.

Step 2
Place all the cards you have made in a larger envelope and add a note that these cards are from Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hanover, NH 03755.

Step 3
Mail this larger envelope to
First English Lutheran Church
3807 N Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland  21218

If you would like more info, you can watch this webinar.
If you have questions, contact the church office or Wendy Manganiello.

LISTEN’s Holiday Basket Program

For many years OSLC has participated in the LISTEN Holiday Basket Program, previously called the Giving Tree.  The program began many years ago as an effort to make sure that our neighbors in the Upper Valley did not face the holidays without gifts for their children and enough grocery money to make a festive meal.  Last year alone LISTEN helped 486 people celebrate the holidays. Our congregation contributed to its success last year and we would like to do so again this year.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, LISTEN is once again requesting monetary contributions instead of specific purchased items. The donations will be used to provide families with gift cards for winter clothes for children and a grocery store gift card for food purchases.The needs of our Upper Valley neighbors have increased since the beginning of the pandemic. There are already families on the wait list for this program. The goal is to provide a $100 gift card for each child in a family so that the adult is able to purchase the children’s winter clothes, and a $50 grocery card per family. If there are enough funds, LISTEN will be able to serve some of those on the wait list too.Please help bring Christmas Joy to our neighbors in need:

  • You can donate online directly at www.listencs.org/donate. Enter the requested information and under “I wish to support:” select Holiday Baskets. List OSLC in the special note box.
  • You can write a check and send it to LISTEN Community Services at 60 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH, 03766, and indicate in the memo field that this gift is for holiday baskets, OSLC.

Please consider making this donation ASAP so that LISTEN can have enough time to plan for and distribute the Holiday Baskets before the holiday season starts. Help bring joy to families in our community.

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Book Discussion Group

As we look ahead to the fall of 2021 and plan our Adult Book Group, we welcome your joining us at our first zoom meeting on Sunday October 3 at 6pm for a one-hour discussion our new book, How to Heal Our Divides: A Practical Guide by Brian Allain.  Many in our congregation have expressed interest in learning how to “dismantle walls, one brick at a time.”  The following is a description of the book:

“If we didn’t recognize them already, 2020 put a spotlight on several serious, deep divides that have had strong negative impacts on our society – racial, political, religious, and other divides. Much has been written describing these divides and how they came about, or encouraging us to look deeply inside ourselves to discover our own flaws.  All good things! But there has been a lack of attention regarding what to do about it. ‘How to Heal Our Divides’ is a book aimed at building awareness of organizations that are taking real action to address these issues. The book is not an attempt to gloss over serious problems or “make happy” but instead to highlight tangible efforts that are solving problems – actually healing divides in effective and practical ways.”  

This book is written in such a way that even if you can only attend several sessions, you will still be able to participate and learn.  All congregants, first time participants, and return readers are welcome.  Locally, the book can be ordered thru the Norwich Bookstore.  If you have questions or would like the Zoom link, please contact Wendy Manganiello or the church office.

Discussion Schedule (6-7 p.m. on Zoom)

October 3, 2021   Introduction, Covenant and Chapters 1-4 (pages 3-19)

October 17 Chapters 5-8 (pages 23-52)

November 7 Chapters 9-12 (pages 53-82)

November 21 Chapters 13-16 (pages 83-109

December 5 Chapters 17-20 (pages 110-139)

December 19 Chapters 21-24 (pages 140-172)

January 9, 2022 Chapters 25-28 (pages 173-204)

January 23, 2022 Chapters 29-32 (pages 205-236)

Chapter 33 (pages 237-243)

JUST MOVEMENT:   Creating Equitable Pathways to Migration in the Wake of Climate Disaster

Reports indicate that climate disaster will become the biggest driver of migration in the 21st century. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) believes responding to climate displacement is a moral imperative – as both a faith-based organization and a member of the global community. We plan to continue the conversation on building equitable pathways to migration and developing climate-resilient communities. Last week’s webinar included panelist Bill McKibben – Co founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org and The New Yorker Contributing Advisor. If you were unable to attend or would like to share the recording of the webinar it can be viewed below.