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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Opportunities to Put Your Faith in Action

Donate Pantry Items:  Pantry donations may be dropped off at the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction.  Current Top-Five Needs: tuna, beans (white, red, black), rice (preferably 1 lb pkgs), baking items, condiments. Always Needed: peanut butter, pasta of all kinds, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, soups, canned tomatoes, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit.  Also needed, Personal Items: shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine ygiene products.  You can learn more about the Upper Valley Haven here.  You may also bring pantry items church.

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!

Shop, Cook, Serve: Listen is beginning to organize volunteers to shop, cook and serve the Community Dinners. In the past, OSLC, has done this 6 times per year. Those teams have been faithful servants for several years. If you are interested in becoming part of one of these teams on a regular basis or to serve as a sub now and then, please contact Shelia Cardamone. This is all very preliminary and we don’t know when or how these dinners will take place in the future. We do know the need is there now more than ever. Working on a team is a very fulfilling experience- try it. No experience or particular cooking skills necessary.

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 Connections with Four Action Alerts can be read here.

GOD’S WORK – OUR SOCIALLY-DISTANT HANDS, Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, September 13, is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one Church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Our Savior Lutheran Church is no stranger to serving and loving our neighbors, not just on this special day of action but throughout the year.

Members of Our Savior Lutheran Church carry out Christ’s message to “feed the hungry” in a variety of ways: making monthly dinners for residents of Dismas House and Listen Community Services; assisting  Dartmouth College students in preparing weekly Friday community meals at our church; donating food to our local homeless shelter; participating in advocacy for Bread for the World as well as contributing financially to ELCA World Hunger, and many other actions.

Let’s take this opportunity and combine these two events as we engage in “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” and “National Hunger Action Month” and prayerfully consider how we may make our commitment to take action in one (or more) of the following ways:

1)     Volunteer to help make one monthly dinner for Dismas House or Listen Community Services.

2)     Deliver a meal or groceries to a neighbor unable to go out.

3)     Write a letter to support the work of Bread for the World.

4)     Donate food items for the Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf

5)     Make a financial contribution to ELCA World Hunger

6)     Contact your congressional representatives to urge them to support legislation for food funding such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC  (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants and children).

Prayerfully consider one of the above opportunities and take action. As church we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors – even if such acts of service look different this year in the time of COVID-19. Thank you!

Prayer Vigils in Manchester

New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network Prayer Vigils are scheduled for Tuesdays March 17, April 7 and 21 and first and third Tuesdays thereafter.  All are held at the Norris Cotton Federal Building at 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester, New Hamsphire, and begin at 9:00 a.m.

We also gather on the first Tuesday of the month right after the vigil (approximately 10:30 am) at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Manchester at 14 Elm Street, in the Parish Hall to hear reports from immigrant communities, engage in fellowship, and plan advocacy together.

Your participation is welcomed. If you would like to carpool, sign up here.   Please contact Rosemary Affeldt [rosemary.affeldt@comcast.net] for more details.

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Disaster Relief Quilting Schedule

You can reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope — you are not alone.  Join us as we assemble simple quilts.

2014-01-20-student-participating-in-mlk-quilting-at-dartmouth-campus-ministry-photo No experience or equipment is needed. Volunteers stay as long as they like – an hour, two, or more.  Quilting takes place at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5 Summer Street in Hanover (on-site parking). Continue reading Disaster Relief Quilting Schedule

What Happened at New England Synod Assembly?

Editor’s Note:  Lars Johanson submitted this report on the June 7-8 New England Synod Assembly.  The Rev. Leila Ortiz served as guest preacher and was elected to  serve as Bishop of the Metro DC Synod of the ELCA at the Metro DC Synod Assembly held June 14-15.  We’ll add links to the storytelling presentation by keynote speaker Margot Leitman as well as the sermon by the Rev. Leila Ortiz when they become available.

Pastor Kyle Seibert, Rosemary Affeldt and I attended the NE Synod Assembly in Worcester, MA.  Over 500 men and women attended the two-day conference from congregations all over New England. One of the lasting impressions of the meeting was the number of women who hold leading positions within the synod and as pastors of various congregations. Many of them gave presentations and led devotions and worship.

A considerable amount of time was devoted to “church business” such as presentation of memorials and reports from Bishop Hazelwood and various components of the synod. I was very impressed with the four memorials that were approved and will be presented later this summer at the ELCA National Assembly. Two of the memorials dealt with Continue reading What Happened at New England Synod Assembly?