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As an experiment, our team last met after worship on Sunday, January 20.  Those attending thought that Sundays worked better than Tuesday nights, so we’ll try again, after worship, for our next meeting: on Sunday, March 10.  As always, all are welcome.

 

Just before our next meeting, however, we’ll be quite busy raising funds to help purchase Spanish language Bibles for those immigrating into the US across the Southern border. Our fund-raising event, the Annual Hope Lutheran Pancake Brunch, will be held after worship on Sunday, March 3. On this last Sunday before Lent, it’s time to feast on pancakes, syrup, and sausages.  So bring your appetites, and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  A free-will offering will be taken for benefit of the Spanish language Bible facet of ELCA’s AMMPARO project.  AMMPARO is an outreach to assist and protect vulnerable migrant children.  For more information about AMMPARO, please see ELCA’s web-page on this topic: https://www.elca.org/ammparo.

 

Another focus for this winter is just starting.  Last year, Hope Lutheran collected new underwear and socks for homeless women and men in San Francisco.  This year, we’re bringing this closer to home.  Hope’s Box For Socks will return to the Narthex, but we’ll be collecting for the Encompass Ministry’s outreach to the needy, here in Santa Clara County.  With the cold and wet rains, this season, the houseless and poor can really use some clean, dry “feet” and “seats”.  Please help.

 

Again, thanks to everyone who helps alleviate the suffering of the poor and homeless.

 

As the King shall say, according to Matthew 25:40,

Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me”

 

Mark Greiner, Chair

 

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ELCA Hunger Relief

Benevolence Sunday

February 24, 2019

 

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Toiletries Sunday

February 17, 2019

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2019 Fair Trade Price Increases

 

I recently received notice from Equal Exchange, the organization which provides all of our fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolate bars, that their prices will have gone up as of January 2nd. This is the first time in seven years that Equal Exchange has increased their prices.

 

Equal Exchange supports the small-scale farmers and their communities that they work with year after year, no matter what. In recent years extreme weather events and disease have impacted crop yields while violence, strikes, and sudden drops in global commodity prices have damaged rural economies. These price adjustments ensure that Equal Exchange can support the resilience of the small farmers while maintaining the working relationship they have with them whatever the future may bring in terms of weather or global trade.

 

As a reminder, we sell all of our fair trade items at cost. In addition, because I can always meet the minimum purchase value for free shipping, no shipping charges are ever included in the price you pay. Please note that I will sell current stock at the old prices until it is gone

 

.I would like to thank the congregation for their faithful support of fair trade for the past 20 (?!) years. And remember, while I only sell fair trade at the table in the narthex once per month, you can always ask me for items anytime you see me at church.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

 

Kathy Meagher

 

(Our thanks to Kathy for coordinating this ministry and for providing these products

for the congregation - especially the delicious chocolate bars!!)

 

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