From Social Ministries

DIAPER DUTY

Social Ministries would like to thank everyone who donated items and their time for our annual Newborn Kits project. We assembled 229 kits and delivered them to Global Health Ministries. Newborn kits help mothers in developing countries celebrate the birth of their child, and provide needed items to welcome their baby into the world. Healthcare works who distribute these kits also use them to encourage women to seek prenatal care, offering them as gifts if a mother visits a clinic before delivery, or chooses to deliver her baby at a health care facility. These kits help facilitate relationships resulting in better outcomes for both maternal and infant health.

Diaper Duty PictureNext year we need to include 2 cloth flannel diapers and 2 diaper pins in each kit. It will take over 200 yards of flannel to make enough diapers. We need your help. For those of you who have fabric stored for all those future projects check to see if you have flannel to donate. Or purchase a few yards to donate for diapers. We ask for fabric lengths of a yard or more. It takes a ½ yard for each diaper made. A marked collection basket will be near the main office by the food donation bin. Join us for our diaper sewing nights this summer. Our first night will be on Monday, June 15th at church. We will begin around 6:30. Bring your sewing machine if you have one, and scissors, rotary cutters, and cutting mats. Speak with a member of Social Ministries for more details.

NEWBORN KITS

Join usNewborn Kits in honoring mothers around the world!

The Social Ministries Committee is once again partnering with Global Health Ministries to provide nearly 300 Newborn Kits to mothers in developing countries.

Global Health Ministries has shipped almost 250,000 kits to partners in Tanzania, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Liberia and other countries where infant and maternal mortality rates are still high. Healthcare workers who distribute these kits also use them to encourage women to seek prenatal care at a clinic.

Between now and May 8th, collect the following items for Newborn Kits:

  • Bars of white Ivory soap
  • Wash cloths
  • 2 or 2.5 gallon baggies
  • Bath towels (not longer than 48”)

GlobalHealthMinistries Collection and assembly will take place in May. Details will be available soon.

MARCH IS MINNESOTA FOODSHARE MONTH

The largest food drive in Minnesota takes place in March!

March is designated as Minnesota FoodShare, a campaign by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. For more than 30 years, this nonprofit has organized fundraising efforts involving families, companies, faith communities, schools and civic groups to collect food and monetary donations.

In 2014, Minnesota FoodShare partnered with almost 300 foods shelves statewide to raise more than $8 million and more than 4 million pounds of food during the month of March.

When you’re talking about food, you can’t escape the numbers: 10 percent of Minnesotans don’t know where their next meal will come from. A third of those are children.

During the month of March, Social Ministries will provide a grocery cart in the Narthex for your food donations. There are also envelopes attached to the cart for monetary donations for the offering basket.

Please be a part of this annual food & fund drive to help feed our Minnesota neighbors in need!

Feed My Starving Children Mega Pack Feb. 9-14, 2015

IT IS TIME TO START SIGNING UP TO PACK MEALS AND START SAVING YOUR MONEY! Look for the sign-up sheets in the hallway, or talk to Jennie Rice to register your small group to pack meals together, or go to the website: http://southmetromealpack.org/

Last year over 10,000 volunteers, including over 140 people from Christus Victor, participated in the community-wide Mega-Pack event at Shepherd of the Lake, in Prior Lake! Together we packed over 3 Million meals!!!

This coming year we will again be participating in a community-wide packing blitz, the week of Feb. 9-14, 2015. Over 20 churches have joined together to begin the planning and preparation of this massive endeavor, and we want your help too! Please put the dates on your calendar, invite your family and friends, and start saving your money! Fill those M&M tubes and Pringles cans!!!

Here are the volunteers needed:

 

Special Teams Descriptions

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Trained Volunteers – Meal Packing Room

During the event, Trained Volunteers (TV) help supervise the meal packing floor. E.g., troubleshoot/answer questions at packing stations, work in the warehouse stocking ingredients & supplies, maintain the labeling area, etc. TV’s must be 18 years of age or older.

All TV’s must attend one of the following training sessions held at the FMSC Eagan site (990 Lone Oak Rd, Ste 136):

Tues., Jan. 20th, 6:30-8:00 pm, OR

Sat., Jan. 31st, 9:30-11:00 am

(Even if you received training for a prior event, you must attend one of the training sessions for this event.) Feel free to work more than 1 shift.

Every day, Feb. 9-14, all 18 shifts, varying times

 

6 per shift

(6 x 18 = 104!)

To sign up to be a Trained Volunteer & to register for the training, or for any questions, email Vanessa Edwards at vanessae@bereanbaptist.com
Hospitality: Parking Lot Attendants (PLA)

Primary responsibility is to provide friendly guidance to parking slots & to the event entrance. Orange vests & orange flags will be provided.

We would love to have different Church Partners adopt a shift for PLA’s. Feel free to adopt more than 1 shift! J

Each evening shift & all Sat shifts (11 shifts total) Start 30 minutes prior to packing shift. End when packing shift starts. 4 per shift

(4 x 11 = 44!)

To volunteer, or for questions, email Rick Newman at

mngolfer88@gmail.com

Hospitality: Welcome Hosts (WH)

Provide a welcoming presence, greet volunteers as they arrive, help distribute hairnets & smiles. Help collect cash donations at the end of shifts.

We would love to have different Church Partners adopt a shift for WH’s.   Feel free to adopt more than 1 shift! J

Every day, Feb. 9-14, all shifts, varying times; Start 30 minutes prior to packing shift. End when packing shift starts. 6 per shift

(6 x 18 = 104!)

To volunteer, or for questions, email Sue Linden at

curly_sue@me.com

Hospitality: Food & Beverage
Set-Up Team

As many hands/muscles as possible are needed to help set up our space. E.g., tables, chairs, welcome center, coat racks, staging.

Families, Scout groups, individuals…all are welcome!

Sun., Feb. 8

1:00-4:00 pm

unlimited To indicate the number of volunteers from your church, or for questions, email Vanessa Edwards at vanessae@bereanbaptist.com
Clean-Up Team

As many hands/muscles as possible are needed to tear down after the event. E.g., tables, chairs, welcome center, coat racks, staging.

Families, Scout groups, individuals…all are welcome!

Sat. Feb. 14

7:30 – 10:30 pm

(or earlier if we get lots of help!)

unlimited To indicate the number of volunteers from your church, or for questions, email Vanessa Edwards at vanessae@bereanbaptist.com
Audio/Visual Team – To be determined.

If you are interested in being a team member to help make this amazing event happen, please contact Pastor Kent please contact Pastor Kent at (952) 454-6927 or pastor.kent@christusvictor.org.

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Thank You from Social Ministries

Social Ministries Committee thanks everyone who supported this year’s Thanksgiving Baskets:

  •  Thrivent Financial for their Care Abounds in Communities grant,
  • Montgomery Apple Orchards
  • Everyone who prayed for packers and the recipients,
  • Those who provided a donation,
  • Volunteers on Saturday who folded boxes, unloaded the truck, packed and cleaned.

Our prayers, giving and packing made this a successful event and helped families in our community know God’s love.IMG_7190 IMG_7217 IMG_7224 IMG_7228 IMG_7236 IMG_7245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A huge Thank You to Christus Victor for supporting the “Gear Up For Winter” project at Greenleaf Elementary with your donations of winter gear, your volunteering to distribute the gear and for praying for all the children who will be warm and dry this winter.  Christus Victor contributed 51 coats, 21 snow pants, 43 hats, 32 gloves/mittens and 15 pairs of boots.  150 plus children were outfitted with the donations.  The Greenleaf staff appreciates all that Christus Victor does for their students.

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HOMEWORK HELP AT GREENLEAF

Greenleaf Elementary in Apple Valley is seeking mentors for their 3rd through 5th grade Homework Help program.   Volunteers are needed beginning November 10 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 – 4:45 pm.

You can volunteer on one or both days.  Mentors are paired with a student and meet at the school from November – May.  Greenleaf is a large K-5 school with a diverse population.  Homework Help aims to provide extra academic support to students in need.  The only requirement is a desire to help and encourage the youth of our community.  Training is provided.  This is a great opportunity for high school students and adults who have time in the afternoons to volunteer!  If interested please contact Kristi Roddy (Kristi.Roddy@district196.org) at Greenleaf  Elementary or Cindy Baubie (Cindybaubie@charter.net).