Augustana offers three service projects during Advent! You can contribute to the purchase of family farms through ELCA Good Gifts, to help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty, you can purchase Christmas gifts for clients of Lutheran Refugee Services, and/or you can assemble or donate items for personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief.
Let’s buy farms yet again this Advent!
As part of our Advent journey toward the birth in a stable among cattle and sheep of the One whose grace sustains and nourishes us daily, the Global Mission Committee is again asking Augustana members to support the ELCA Good Gifts ministry. As a congregation last year, we helped reduce hunger and poverty by purchasing almost 15 farms (three more than the previous year)! A “farm” includes animals, farm implements, and the educational support needed to ensure success. All of this still for only $715 per farm! Our collection will begin on December 3 and end on Sunday, December 24. Make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran Church, and write FARM in the memo line. Online gifts can be made here. Children will again receive barn coin banks so they can participate. Again, let’s make Christmas an especially joyous event for those who will receive a fresh start in life!
Deadline: December 3
Buy Angel Tree gifts for refugees
Help provide Christmas presents and/or gift cards for Lutheran Family Services’ refugee clients! Augustana’s confirmation class has a Christmas tree in Fellowship Hall decorated with paper angels with gift ideas on them. Please take an angel, purchase the gift, and bring it UNWRAPPED to the tree with the angel attached by Sunday, December 3.You may also provide a reusable shopping bag with your gift. Augustana Early Learning Center will have a tree set up, too. Thank you!
Advocacy Opportunity for Advent: Personal Care Kits
Advocate for people who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence by providing Project Promise Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. These kits are sent to where the need is greatest which currently is in Puerto Rico and Africa. You may make your kits and bring them to Augustana by Sunday, December 10, or you can buy items for a kit and help assemble them on December 10. (Buying tip: Target has towels for $3).
A Thrivent Action Grant will support this advocacy project.
Include the following in each personal care kit:
- ONE light-weight bath-size towel (between 20″ x 40″ and 52″ x 27″), dark color recommended
- TWO or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping
- ONE adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging*
- ONE sturdy comb, remove packaging
- ONE metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
*Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap.