“Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow!” Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Our Savior Lutheran Church is a Covenant Church with the Bread for the World (BFW) movement. BFW currently is ecumenical in scope; but was started by a Lutheran Pastor in New York City, in the early 70s. BFW asks us to communicate with our legislators about hunger related issues throughout the year, but each year they focus on one particular issue, for an annual Offering of Letters

Reading the news, it is hard to imagine that progress has been made in reducing global poverty and hunger, but they have literally been cut, nearly in half over the past 30 years. In countries such as Ghana and Honduras, one of the effects of chronic malnutrition, developmental stunting, has been reduced by nearly 1/3rd over the past 10 years!! This has been accomplished by emphasizing good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a mother’s pregnancy through her child’s second birthday.

But the work is not done, and we don’t want to lose the gains we have made, since worldwide nearly half of all the childhood deaths are linked to malnutrition

BFW_Better_Nutrition_Better_TomorrowThis year’s Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters is titled Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow!

We know what works, breastfeeding, improved access to nutritious foods, assuring adequate vitamins and minerals, clean water and sanitation.

When a country’s children survive and thrive, so too does the country’s economic outlook, this improved economic development

results in decreased poverty, and hunger; promotes political stability, decreases violence, and the need for migration.

We need to contact our Federal legislators, urging them to increase financial support for the global effort to reduce malnutrition by promoting global child nutrition programs. Personal letters to our legislators have been shown to be effective in getting Congress to act.  Here is a sample letter you can write to your Representative and your Senators. Please bring them to church on Sunday when we will offer them up at the Offertory.

2019 BFW Offering of Letters – Sample Letter

Food Pantry Needs

Stop by one of the food pantries with your donations or bring non-perishables to worship any Sunday!

LISTEN’s FOOD PANTRY

  • LISTEN’s food pantry supplies qualifying households in our service area with 1-2 weeks of groceries each month. We also have a personal care room for toiletries.
  • LISTEN relies on food drives and donations to keep the pantry in stock. We get wholesale pricing to ensure cash donations are maximized.
  • In 2016, LISTEN spent $33,285 on food for community dinners and the food pantry. 575 unique households received assistance from the pantry.
  • 3 bags of groceries can save a household $90.

Need help?  Call  Listen at (603) 448-4553
The Listen Food Pantry is located at:  60 Hanover St. Lebanon, NH 03766
Open Monday – Friday    9 AM – 5 PM

Top 5 Needed Items:

  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Fish/Tuna
  • Rice
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Snack Foods

UPPER VALLEY HAVEN FOOD SHELF

  • The Food Shelf is committed to providing on-going, reliable access to healthy groceries once a month (including meat, dairy and produce), and unlimited access to bread and produce to anyone in need.

The Haven Food Shelf is located at:
713 Hartford Ave
White River Junction, VT 05001
802 295-6500
Food Shelf Hours: Mon – Thurs: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Fri: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Top 5 Needed Items:

  • Soup
  • Cereal
  • Beans (black, red, or white)
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned tuna/chicken

 

Turn ordinary items into extraordinary gifts!

At OSLC, we are supplying and packaging “Baby Care Kits” for Lutheran World Relief (LWR).  Completed kits are distributed by LWR to those most in need as part of Project Promise, the same program to which we send our school kits and our quilts. Last year we sent 15 kits and this year our goal is to send 20-25! These kits are then included with the quilts and school kits that will be shipped in May 2019.

How you can help:     
LWR has provided clear instructions on what items should be in each kit. (They must be sensitive to the many laws regarding imports to various countries.) At OSLC, we’re hoping to make it easy to participate.

You’ll find a ‘clothesline’ display in the narthex. Simply pick as many items as you wish to purchase/contribute and return the item(s) to OSLC. We’ll have a “Baby Care Kit” container outside of the Church Office, so you can turn in the items whenever you have them. The deadline is  Sunday, April 28.

If you have any questions, please contact Kari Jo Grant or the church office. Thank you for your generosity!

…and their rulers lord it over them…

This sermon was preached by Pastor Kyle Seibert at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry in Hanover, New Hampshire on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The readings for the day were Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; and Mark 10:35-45.

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Pastor Kyle often doesn’t use a manuscript to preach. We have made this audio recording available, and will continue to find the best ways to share this content.