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.

CROP Walk is Happening! Join us – Sunday, October 10, 2021!

Mark your calendars for the annual CROP WALK 2021!  This year we will meet on the Lebanon Green on Sunday, October 10 at 1 pm to walk together.  What does it take to be a CROP Walker or to pledge to support OSLC Walkers?  It takes a passion to make a difference and a willingness to invest time to walk!  Hungry people in developing countries typically walk as many as six miles a day to get food, water, and fuel, and to take their goods to market.  We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence. We are not using paper signup sheets, but instead this link to sign up to walk and to donate:  
Please contact Wendy Manganiello or the church office if you have any questions.

Opportunities to Put Your Faith in Action

Advocate for Others: As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world. Through faithful advocacy, the ELCA lives out our Lutheran belief that governments can help advance the common good. The latest issues of ELCA Advocacy can be read here.

Volunteers for Football and Hockey Parking to Raise Funds for Social Ministry:  Our parking lot’s close proximity to Dartmouth’s Memorial Field and Thompson Arena where football and hockey games are held, enable us to turn our parking lot into a fundraiser for Social Ministry!  Are you willing to help? If you haven’t volunteered to help park cars before, we’ll make sure you are partnered with an experienced volunteer.  Sign up here.  Contact Irma Graf  or the church office at office@oslchanover.org if you have any questions

Donate Turkey-Day Items: As always, we encourage you to bring non-perishables for the Haven’s food pantry to church.  Right now, the Haven is especially seeking items for “Turkey Day”, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  They will give away close to 800 turkeys and fixings to make a full holiday meal.  Please bring stuffing mix • cranberry sauce • canned gravy or powered gravy mix to church by Sunday, November 14th.  We’ll be sure to get the donations to the Haven before “Turkey Day.”

Donate Additional Pantry Items:  Current Top Needs:  Canned beans, shelf-stable milk, canned tomatoes, cooking oil, and bottled water.  Always Needed: peanut butter, pasta of all kinds, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, soups, macaroni and cheese, canned tomatoes, canned fruit.  Also needed, Personal Items: shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products.  You can learn more about the Upper Valley Haven here.  You may bring donations directly to the Haven or bring them to worship on Sunday and make sure they get there.

Sign up to Volunteer at Cover – Outdoor Projects Every Week!  The COVER Home Repair program relies on the participation of community volunteers like you. By lending a hand with home improvement projects, you can help greatly improves the quality of life for local families, elderly, and mobility challenged.  It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills.  View volunteer opportunities and sign up here!

Volunteer with Sustainable Hanover and the Norwich Energy Committee (From our Creation Care Team): Sustainable Hanover and the Norwich Energy Committee are collaborating with the Maine-based non-profit Window Dressers  https://windowdressers.org/  to make custom-built, interior storm window inserts for Norwich and Hanover residents or those that work in Hanover and live within 30 minutes. The inserts are easy to install, remove, and reuse. They let light in, keep drafts out and reduce heating costs.

You can sign up for inserts and learn more on our two town websites (the signup button is the same for both
towns because this is a joint initiative):

Hanover: https://sustainablehanovernh.org/windows

Norwich:  http://norwichenergycommittee.weebly.com/window-inserts.html

Volunteers including those ordering window inserts will build the inserts at a Community Build, a barn-raising-style community event on November 12-17, 2021, at the Norwich Congregational Church.

The well supervised construction process will accommodate participants with a wide range of ability and mobility levels, making it an accessible and
fun event.

Low-income households may pay far less than the prices paid by others.  They will also be asked to pitch in as volunteers.  Renters can use the inserts as well!

If you are interested, have questions or want to see a sample insert, please email Judy Payne  judy.payne@gmail.com

Make a Kit, Change a Life! Kits of Care Collection, June 21-25, 2021

When natural disasters strike or when war drives families from their homes, our hearts ache with compassion, but we don’t know how to help. Making Kits of Care is a simple, fun, and tangible way to offer comfort to those suffering and express love to our neighbors in need.

Our Savior Lutheran Church will welcome a truck from Lutheran World Relief to collect Quilts and Kits of Care for worldwide distribution those in need.  Make a kit, or two, or more – each kit will make a difference!  This is an easy way for you and your friends to turn ordinary items into extraordinary gifts – a hands-on way to help someone in need.  Visit lwr.org/kits for kit assembly instructions and tips.  Note: Personal Care Kits are the item in highest need right now. 

Make arrangements to deliver your Kits of Care by contacting the church office at 603-643-3703.  Collection will take place the week of June 21-25, 2021.

Bread for the World Offering of Letters

As people of faith, we know that we are called to care for one another. We are called to speak out for all those in need, especially our children. What is critically needed now is our unified voice assuring that people receive the help they desperately need now. By participating in this year’s Bread for the World (BFW) Offering of Letters you will make a difference, not just to Bread for the World, but to those who experience hunger and poverty. 

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