As Christians, we are called to seek justice, care for those experiencing hunger and poverty, and embrace our Creator’s vision of hope, love, and peace. We are called to embody it in public as we commit to live in solidarity with those who are made vulnerable by the inequities that drive hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Letters are a strong witness of community concerns and personal testimonies. Over the years, letters and emails from congregations, campuses, and community groups have helped inspire our leaders in Washington, D.C., to pass legislative victories that reduce hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
This year, Bread for the World is asking for your help urging legislators to permanently expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Expanding the CTC permanently would do more to reduce hunger and poverty among our nation’s children than any single policy has in decades.
Act – click here to take action by emailing your members of Congress to help end hunger today! If you prefer to handwrite your letter, you can find a sample letter here and addresses here. Bring your written letters to church and we’ll offer them in worship on Sunday, May 29th before mailing them.
Contact Paul or Wendy Manganiello, OSLC’s Offering of Letter organizers, to let them know you’ve submitted your letter.
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. Get involved by visiting the ELCA Advocacy Action Center.
Donate Additional Pantry Items: Current Top Needs: Canned beans, rice, oatmeal, tomatoes, and canned tuna. 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!
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
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 atwww.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.
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.
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.