Thank you for your generous support of the Blessing Box! The Blessing Box continues to be an important food resource for our community. Donations of non-perishable food and household items are always welcome. Items can be placed directly in the box or placed in the tote in the narthex.
Our Blessing Box was installed April 2017. This free pantry provides food and household items to anyone in need; the community has heavily used this resource since it was installed. If you would like to donate to the Blessing Box, your donations can be put directly into the Blessing Box or dropped off at the church office. We ask that any donated food products not be expired and can withstand the outside weather.
Suggested donations: hearty soups, canned tuna, chicken, ham or beef, spaghetti sauce and pasta, cereal, oatmeal, canned pasta meals, canned fruits and vegetables.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
Our Little Free Library has seen a lot of use in its first months. Book donations can be made directly in the Little Free Library or drop them off in the donation center by the coat racks.
MEALS FOR THE HOMEBOUND
HOME-COOKED FOR THE HOME-BOUND
Homecooked to the Homebound is an outreach mission started on February 24, 2019. This outreach provides fully cooked homemade meals to our homebound members. meals are prepared by a faithful group of congregational "chefs" and then are frozen in microwave safe containers. These meals are delivered on the 4th Sunday of the month. Homebound members only need to thaw and heat these meals in the microwave. if you or someone you know would benefit from this outreach, please contact the church office or Vickie Hemenway.
Lutheran World Relief Supplies
Our Christian Service groups meet once a month on the third Wednesday of the month collecting items for different kits for Lutheran World Relief. These kits are sent to those afflicted by war, displacement, poverty, and other areas of need.
Items needed for:
Personal Care Kits: dark bath towels, bath soap, metal nail/toenail clippers and sturdy combs.
Please place the items in the basket by the elevator. Our goal is again 50 kits.
Baby Care Kits: light weight cotton T-shirts, long or short sleeved gowns or sleepers, receiving
blankets, a jacket, sweater sweatshirt with a hood, or include a baby cap, flat fold cloth
diapers, socks, 8-9 oz bath size bars of gentle soap, diaper pins or large safety pins,
dark colored hand towel
School Kits: sturdy drawstring backpack style cloth bag, 70 sheet spiral notebooks, 16 or 24 box of
crayons, pencil sharpener, 30 centimeter ruler, blunt scissors, unsharpened No. 2 pencils
with erasers, black and blue ball point pens, 2 1/2" erasers.
Fabric Kits: two spools neutral colored, general purpose thread 250-300 yards each, fabric pieces
cotton-blend (no 100% polyester)
sizes: 2 1/4 yards of 60" wide
3 yards of 44 " wide
4 yards of 36" wide
Quilts: Cotton fabric (not licensed, no words, no holiday fabrics)
In 2021 we made 63 Quilts, prepared 17 Baby Kits, 54 Personal Care Kits, and 90 School Kits.
Throughout the year St. Peter has special collections/events to help those in our local community as well as the global community.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
St. Peter participates in this yearly event to pack shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. On average our congregation packs around 100 boxes each year. A display can be found in the narthex from mid October to mid November.
COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE
As the cold weather approaches, we collect new and gently used coats and blankets to be distributed to local charities. We will be collecting these items during the month of November in 2021. Items can be placed in our Collection Center by the double doors to the education wing.
MITTEN, COAT, AND SCARF TREE
During the month of December, we will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. These items can be clipped on the "Mitten Tree" inthe narthex. The items are donated to area charities for distribution.
DRIVE THRU MEALS
During the initial months of the Covfid pandemic, St. Peter hosted nine drive thru meals. These no cost meals were provided to anyone that wanted them. Meals were also delivered to our homebound members. We hosted a tenth meal the weekend before Easter in 2021.
GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS SUNDAY
The second Sunday in September, is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America-one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ-every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life-flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.
In 2021 we helped to assemble 12 quilts and 60 school kits for lutheran World Relief.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSION PROJECTS
Several times during the year, our Sunday School students travel to Luther Oaks to do light cleaning and yard work. Students wash windows, rake leaves, weed and do other household chores. In october of 2021, we washed the soutside windows and cleaned the patio areas of several residents. We also left either a pumpkin or yellow mum for them to enjoy during the fall.
Random Acts of Kindness for First Responders
In february, our students collect items to make "Random Acts of Kindness" baskets for area first reponders.
Holiday and Birthday Cards for Homebound Members
During the holidays and on special birthdays, our students make cards to send to our homebound members.