Adopt-A-Highway

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On Saturday, May 4 we once again cleaned up County Road 5 as part of our Adopt-A-Highway commitment. This time we began at 2:00 p.m. instead of the usual 9:30 a.m. start to enable the congregation from SDA Español to join us. 14 people from their congregation put on the safety vests and got out in the beautiful weather, and we filled over 20 bags with trash. It was a great time getting some exercise in the fresh air and getting to know each other better. We’ll do it again in the fall – come join us if you can!

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CATCH--Coalition for Affordable Transitional Community Housing

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Members are grateful for the $700 (1/2 of the tithe of the Lenten Special Offering) given to CATCH. This money will be in a fund to be used for emergency repairs to the seven units, for occupants who may have an emergency situation and need assistance with their rent or utility bills so they do not lose their housing, etc. Occupants are expected to follow set guidelines. Careful discretion by the committee determines how gifts are used. As the St. James representative to CATCH, I am grateful for your generosity.

Info. for our newer members: CATCH appreciates donations of furniture [except for big pieces like an entertainment center and old box television sets), mattresses in good condition, and  household goods. Please contact me, if you have questions or items to donate. Thank you!   Sylvia Dobrovolny

Another Successful Red Cross Blood Drive!

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Ready with blood when needed: approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed daily in the U. S.

Each pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

Donations received on April 25 at  St. James Blood Drive, 40 pints= 120 units! YEAH!

 

Contributing blood makes sure it is available when needed! It's a gift you can give: it cannot be manufactured.

Records indicate only 38% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but only about 3% actually donate yearly.

O negative blood can be given to persons of all blood types. The need for O negative is always in greater demand.

Set a reminder to donate at our next two blood drive--August 8 and December 12, 2019, 1-7 pm. Blood is needed every 2 seconds.

St. James members are the best: faithful cooks provide salads for the Red Cross Staff, which they greatly appreciate; bakers make yummy cookies--people will tell us that is why they donate at St. James; facilities are always ready; greeters and helpers   are friendly and appreciative; many members donate blood.

WE APPRECIATE EACH OF YOU!          Sylvia & Karen

Looking Back to the MN March FoodShare Campaign

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It was a success locally—right here at St. James!

THANK YOU

St. James sent checks of $2,304.50 to both 360s Communities and CAP Agency. This included our anonymous match of $2,000. Your generous checks given this year will indeed be stretched to buy so much more.

Also

351 pounds of requested canned goods, cereals and surprises were delivered to both locations. Each was so grateful and acknowledged St. James as a regular contributor.

Thank you, St. James!

Please take time to explain the significance of giving to/serving others to your children and grandchildren. Kid, family and individual efforts made this March Campaign so successful.

No doubt the restocking of the other 300 food shelves statewide had similar results like St. James. State totals will be reported in due time.

Thank you for participating

Thank you for helping our neighbors

For further information and videos please visit mnfoodshare.org.

~Karen & Diane

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month

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This is the LAST WEEK to make a donation of food or money to the MNFoodShare. Thank you very much for your support of this very important mission!

Your gift of food gives a family a meal to sustain them or your gift of money allows MN FoodShare to purchase 10 times the amount of your gift.

You have been a blessing to those who need you!

Thank you!

Great Give-Away Garage Sale

TIME FOR SPRING CLEANING...DONATIONS NEEDED!

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For the 3rd time, St. James will be reaching out to our neighbors by hosting “THE GREAT GIVE-AWAY" (aka Give-Away Garage Sale). Donations are being accepted NOW until May 2.   We will accept clothes for the family, housewares, toys, books, games, and baby things. No big furniture please.

The GREAT GIVE-AWAY will be on May 4 from 9am to 1pm. Keep watching for more details for how you can help!

 

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month

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Food donations are a large part of the MN FoodShare drive and are needed and appreciated, but other personal and household items are needed too.

You may wish to consider donating items such as:

Shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby diapers, baby wipes etc.

Laundry detergent, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, sponges, etc.

Thank you for any and all donations, including cash or checks, you are able to give!

Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits - Packed During Worship

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During the six weeks of Lent we will be collecting items for Lutheran World Relief.

When families find their homes destroyed, or must flee for their safety, soap and a towel rarely make the cut for what they can carry.

Arriving in a refugee camp or other place of safety, they are scared, vulnerable and dirty from the travel. The simple items included in a Personal Care Kit provide much-needed self-care, critical germ fighting, and the chance to regain dignity amidst situations of fear and uncertainty.

 Click here to learn more about Lutheran World Relief Personal Care kits.

St. James will join in this important ministry as apart of our Lenten journey.

 

The following are Items needed:

 

Towels -light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended

 

Two or three bath-size bars of gentle soap equaling 8-9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping; no mini or hotel-size bars

 

One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging

 

One sturdy comb

 

One metal nail clippers (attached file optional),

 

We ask that you bring these items to church and deposit them in boxes in the Narthex.

Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits - Packed During Worship

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During the six weeks of Lent we will be collecting items for Lutheran World Relief.

When families find their homes destroyed, or must flee for their safety, soap and a towel rarely make the cut for what they can carry.

Arriving in a refugee camp or other place of safety, they are scared, vulnerable and dirty from the travel. The simple items included in a Personal Care Kit provide much-needed self-care, critical germ fighting, and the chance to regain dignity amidst situations of fear and uncertainty.

 Click here to learn more about Lutheran World Relief Personal Care kits.

St. James will join in this important ministry as apart of our Lenten journey.

 

The following are Items needed:

 

Towels -light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended

 

Two or three bath-size bars of gentle soap equaling 8-9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping; no mini or hotel-size bars

 

One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging

 

One sturdy comb

 

One metal nail clippers (attached file optional),

 

We ask that you bring these items to church and deposit them in boxes in the Narthex.

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month

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Next Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. If you were planning on donating food for the MN FoodShare drive why not think GREEN and have a little fun shopping for GREEN food items this week?

If you shop with children, keep them engaged by looking for food items with:

GREEN labels

GREEN canned vegetables like beans and peas

GREEN veggie chips

GREEN canned pea or broccoli soup

GREEN jars of pesto

GREEN bags of spinach pasta

GREEN pistachio pudding

Of course, GREEN money is always appreciated and allows MN FoodShare to buy 10 times your donation when they buy in bulk.

Thank you for your help!

Another Successful Red Cross Blood Drive

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The components of a successful Red Cross Blood Drive: Prayers, Beautiful Day, Donors with Appointments, Walk-In Donors, Friendly Greeters, Yummy Cookies/Bars, Amazing Food for the RC Staff, Comfortable/Ready Facility!!

We are deeply grateful for the ongoing contributions of those who make the blood drives at St. James successful--you who donate blood, volunteer during the drive, bake delicious sweets, make awesome salads and soup. Yes, we have donors who come to St. James because there are always special treats.

Goal for February 28th Blood Drive--50 units; COLLECTED--53 units--159 lives potentially saved!
DEEP THANKS to EACH of YOU! Sylvia & Karen

Coming Soon--St. James Great Give-Away!

For the 3rd time, St. James will be reaching out to our neighbors by hosting “THE GREAT GIVE-AWAY” (aka Give-Away Garage Sale).  As you begin your spring cleaning, please think of St. James as a place to donate!   

 We will accept clothes for the family,  housewares, toys, books, games, and baby things. 

No big furniture please.

 

We will begin accepting items in April.  The GREAT GIVE-AWAY will be on May 4th.  Keep watching for more details for how to donate and how you can help!

Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits - Lent ministry

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During the six weeks of Lent we will be collecting items for Lutheran World Relief.

When families find their homes destroyed, or must flee for their safety, soap and a towel rarely make the cut for what they can carry.

Arriving in a refugee camp or other place of safety, they are scared, vulnerable and dirty from the travel. The simple items included in a Personal Care Kit provide much-needed self-care, critical germ fighting, and the chance to regain dignity amidst situations of fear and uncertainty.

 Click here to learn more about Lutheran World Relief Personal Care kits.

St. James will join in this important ministry as apart of our Lenten journey.

 

The following are Items needed:

 

Towels -light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended

 

Two or three bath-size bars of gentle soap equaling 8-9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping; no mini or hotel-size bars

 

One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging

 

One sturdy comb

 

One metal nail clippers (attached file optional),

 

We ask that you bring these items to church and deposit them in boxes in the Narthex.

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month

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Did you know:

The three main programs of hunger relief in Minnesota are: food stamps (SNAP), food shelves and subsidized school lunches. All saw record levels of use this year.

In our area the most popular items taken from the FoodShelf are:

• Peanut Butter • Soup • Tuna • Spaghetti Sauce • Boxed Dinners • Sides (mashed potatoes, rice etc.) • Laundry Detergent (non scented)

Please consider purchasing one or more of these items or donating money during the month of March.

Thank you!