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Well Project Update

We are half-way through our 90 day campaign to raise $5000 to provide clean drinking water for a village somewhere in the world. At this point over $2,800 has been given to our well project. $230 has been given to the website which includes money raised through the vending machine in the YAC. Over $2,500 has been raised through donations, a Lenten supper, Sunday School offerings and a special gift from the High School Youth Group.

Funds turned in to the church are eligible for a special matching-funds grant from Thrivent Financial. For every $3 we raise by the end of May, Thrivent will donate $1 to the project up to $1,600.

You Can Help!
In addition to making a donation (use the special Second Quarter Mission Envelope or simply put your donation in an envelope and write charity: water on the front) we invite you to participate in some of the fund-raising activities that groups and individuals are sponsoring this month.

Quilts for auction can be viewed near the Welcome Center

Comforting Hands Quilt Auction
Several beautiful quilts and wall hangings are on display in the Gathering Space near the Welcome Center. You can place a silent bid on any of the items on display. Bidding ends May 23, and winners will be notified by phone.

Colin Loynachan in concert 7:30 May 14th

Celebration Iowa Concert
Colin Loynachan, a high school student who plays drums and bass in the With Faith praise band at the Hope4All and New Song Worship services, has been selected to play in the Celebration Iowa Jazz Band that will be on tour this summer. To raise money for this tour Colin will be performing a special concert on Friday, May 14 at 7:30 in the church parking lot. The High School Youth Group will be selling concessions (drinks and snacks) at the concert. A free-will offering will be taken to support Colin and all proceeds from concession sales will go to the charity:water well project.

High School Youth are collecting cans for charity: water

Iowa Drink Can Refunds
Donate your empty soft-drink cans to the cause. You can bring empty cans and leave them in the Youth Activity Center (YAC). Or contact Carter Moore and he will arrange for someone in the youth group to stop and pick them up if you absolutely can’t get them to the church.

Tell Us Your Story
What have you been doing to change your habits or to raise awareness of this issue? Several members of the congregation are sharing their stories of how they have gotten involved with this project. If you are interested in sharing your story contact Pastor Kevin or Carter Moore.

Haiti Earthquake Relief Update

The following letter was received at the church office via email on Friday afternoon, January 22, 2010 outlining the work of our partner ministries with the donations that have been made to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for your generosity. You can find links to other information and donation sites below the letter.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it;
if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”
–1 Corinthians 12:26

Almost two weeks have passed since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The outpouring of gifts from members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to ELCA Disaster Response has enabled a swift response on behalf of this church.

Thank you for your generous financial support which now totals more than $1.6 million. Thousands of other gifts are still being counted. Our community-based partners are already providing:

  • Two water purification systems to bring clean water to 25,000 people.
  • Emergency food and medical supplies to thousands.
  • Blankets and tents to shelter 10,000 people who are homeless.

Funding, distributed through three partners, will increase as giving continues.

  • $300,000 has been sent to The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a key responder and member of Action by Churches Together (ACT). The funds support LWF efforts to provide shelter to people left homeless by the quake.
  • $150,000 has been sent to Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Baltimore, for material aid.
  • $150,000 has been sent to Church World Service (CWS) for construction of temporary water systems and distribution of water purification materials.

In addition, $25,000 has been sent to Lutheran Services of Florida for initial support to refugees and Haitian Americans entering or returning to the United States.

We are pleased that Louis Dorvillier, director for International Development and Disaster Response in the ELCA Global Mission program unit, is part of a delegation to his country of origin with LWF and ACT.

Your generosity makes this life-saving work possible. As we celebrate this outpouring of gifts and prayers, we also know that we have a long road to travel together. There is so much more to be done. This church is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters in Haiti for years to come; your continued support is needed to provide ongoing care.

I encourage you to visit the ELCA Disaster Response ( Web site for updated information, worship resources, bulletin inserts and details on how to offer financial support. General mission-support dollars and gifts to ELCA Vision for Mission make it possible for 100 percent of your gifts designated for Haiti Earthquake Relief to be used entirely for this response effort.

To give today, go online ( or call 800-638-3522.

In God’s grace,

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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