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 firstname.lastname@example.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):
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
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 email@example.com