You’ve all seen the Green Bin in the Narthex, right. Grace Lutheran Church members do a great job each week – filling it up with donations for North Raleigh Ministries.
I bet you’ve seen the reminders too.
Those posts in the weekly Letter of Grace that you pick up on Sundays, on our Facebook page and in the weekly Grace Happenings email.
You’ve taken them to heart and added extra items to your shopping list or maybe even pulled things out of your own cabinet to donate.
But what happens next?
Each week, the contents of the bin, miraculously arrive at North Raleigh Ministries to meet the needs of our hungry community.
This special delivery happens every week, courtesy of some special volunteers.
Grace Lutheran members volunteer in many different areas of this vital ministry in many different areas. They serve as thrift shoppe, client choice market and crisis center volunteers. Our congregation also provides leadership on the organization’s Board of Directors.
History of North Raleigh Ministries
Grace Lutheran was one of the original five North Hills area congregations to provide support of the North Hills Crisis Center (now North Raleigh Ministries) when it opened its doors in 2004. The first location was right across the street from Grace, in a 1,200 square foot house.
The other churches founding churches include St. Timothy’s Episcopal, St. Mark’s Methodist, Trinity Baptist, and Hudson Memorial Presbyterian. Each member church provided initial donations and volunteers to support the ministry, as well as one member each for the Board of Directors.
Read more about the history of North Raleigh Ministries.
Our church council has designated the following special offering opportunities for 2018. While regular giving funds the work and ministries of our congregation, we offer special offerings throughout the year to highlight specific ministries and projects.
The appeal may come in the form of an extra envelope in your monthly envelope packet. Other times an event provides a way to join in fellowship with other members of Grace and our community while supporting an important cause.
2018 Anticipated Special Offering Appeals
February – Souper Bowl of Caring
This appeal comes in the form of a free will offering. Join us during the Sunday School to enjoy a meal prepared by our High School and Middle School youth. All donations benefit North Raleigh Ministries Food pantry which fights hunger in our community.
Visit SouperBowl.org to learn more about the history of this yearly event to fight hunger.
March — Lutheran Coalition Habitat House Build
Grace is a member of a group of area Lutheran Churches that works with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to build homes in our area. This project needs both volunteer power to build and donations to finance the project.
April — School of Grace Art Auction
Do you know what a purple crayon award is?
Creativity abounds at this yearly showcase of artwork from School of Grace students. You can support this cause by donations, purchasing artwork or bidding on silent auction items.
June — Vacation Bible School Ingathering for Local Charity
Each summer we choose to support a special cause during our Vacation Bible School event. Stay tuned for the details.
July/August — Rise Against Hunger
Special giving raises funds to cover the cost of the meal packaging supplies.
Visit Rise Against Hunger to learn more.
August/September — Youth Events & Scholarships
October — CROP Walk
Stay tuned and visit the Greater Triangle Area CROP Walk website for more information.
November/December — Families Together (PLM) Gifts for Children & Adults
Your donations help bring Christmas to family members in need who are part of the Families Together (PLM) program.
North Raleigh Ministries Food Pantry needs are highlighted in our weekly e-newsletter, Grace Happenings. Items in high demand are also listed in the Weekly Letter of Grace that is available on Sunday mornings.
The School of Grace has dine-out opportunities several times throughout the year. Watch Grace Happenings and special flyers attached to the Weekly Letter of Grace for details. Your family eats at the designated restaurant and The School of Grace receives a percentage of your total bill as a donation.
I hope you’ll be keeping an eye out for all the extra envelopes that may appear in your life in the coming year. Remember to share your time and talents with your church, community and world.
Thank you! THANK YOU so much Grace Members! Our Backpack Fundraiser Luncheon was a marvelous example of the generous spirit that is present at Grace Lutheran Church. We served a soup, salad, and dessert lunch to 45 guests with 5 meals to go added to that count. WE RAISED $412 and are over halfway to our $700 goal to send 100 backpacks (a 45 total increase from last year) to Lutheran World Relief. If you were not able to enjoy our Fundraiser lunch, contributions will still be accepted, just contact Helen Hauser or Lin Gunnet, or mail your check to Grace Lutheran with a note for WELCA LWR backpacks, or drop your check in the Sunday offering plate by August 1st.
WELCA will not be on hiatus this summer. We will not have our usual second Tuesday of the month meetings, but we are planning several special events throughout the summer. The June and July events are scheduled with an open invitation to all Grace membership.
Come learn what is happening and get new insight into the world of textiles. Monday, June 12th, we will meet in the Grace parking lot at 9:45am to carpool to the NCSU campus to take a tour led by our very own textile guru, Pete Hauser. Pete will lead a guided tour through the world of textiles, textile engineering, and nonwovens. “NC State’s Nonwovens Institute is home to the world’s first and only accredited academic program for interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics.” Check out the web link at www. textiles.ncsu.edu for more background information prior to our tour to learn about the fantastic new products we use everyday that are designed, developed, and created right here in Raleigh. We will then carpool to the State Farmers Market Restaurant for lunch. Bring a friend, a spouse, a child, or a grandchild for this fantastic learning experience.
In July we are scheduling a trip to New Hill, North Carolina for a ride on the New Hope Railway and a tour of the railway Museum. Check out their website at www.triangletrain.com. Please join us for some summer fun.
SAVE THIS DATE: August 12, 2017, WELCA will host a Women’s retreat from 10am-2pm in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran. Lunch will be included. Women of all ages are invited, so please join us and bring a friend. Details will be posted as soon as our program speakers are confirmed and agenda completed.
Blessings to you all,
Lin Gunnet, WELCA President
Tuesday, July 12th, special delivery day! Grace WELCA (Women of the ELCA) members gathered to finish our school supply project for PLM Families Together (PLM-FT). To complete the task we needed to sort, box, and pack the donated supplies in preparation for their trip to PLM-FT.
I have to share a story of the events that unfolded during our lunch stop at Big Ed’s restaurant. Our group sat down at a table and we were greeted by the waiter, a young man very near his teens. He took the orders, delivered the food and was preparing to leave to take care of other customers.
One of us remarked, “We need to bless our meal’” and the young man said “Okay!” and held out his hands. Everyone joined hands, and the young man proceeded to recite a blessing he probably heard and used at home. Then he said, “Enjoy your meal!” and left. What a wonderful way to enjoy a meal, a restaurant, and the community of our sisters in Christ! Bravo, young man! A very special incident on a very special day!