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Grace’s Place opens in Luckey
Come in and sit a spell. Grace's Place, a new freestore at 246 Main St., Luckey, offers free coffee, free household goods and free clothing for both children and adults. The facility is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Plans also call for the Luckey Food Pantry to move to Grace's Place at the end of October. Looking for something new and worthwhile? Volunteers and assistance are needed to support this ministry. Organizers are looking for sorters, counter staff and hospitality hosts. Donations of clothing, household goods, and money to help cover operations and other needs can be made during the announced business hours or call the church at (419) 833-2146 Blessings on the people of Grace Lutheran Church for initiating this ministry
Warm the Children
The Salvation Army is beginning its annual "Warm the Children" campaign. We are in need of warm coats to distribute to needy children for winter. Please let your church know and urge them to donate new or gently used coats. Boxes are at the BG Mall, at Goodies, and at the two offices of Long's Cleaners in Bowling Green and the branch of Long's Cleaners in Perrysburg. There are also boxes at the Weston Library and the Grand Rapids Library.
This is your invitation to join a group of preachers who gather 3:00-5:00 Tuesday afternoons at Grounds for Thought. We call ourselves a ―Lectionary Study Group,‖ but we work at whatever texts or topics members are preaching on, Lectionary or otherwise. Of course we concentrate on the texts first, then ways to develop the texts, and we spend a good deal of effort working on preaching strategies—how to connect with Pip, the Person in the Pew. We have a passion for proclaiming the Word. We find creativity in sharing and engaging in discussion with other minds, and in consulting with other members of the Body of Christ. We have been meeting for seventeen years. In addition to being stewards of the preaching task, we are blessed with bonding in a fellowship. If this kind of strenuous commitment to the task of preaching sounds appealing to you, won’t you feel free to come and share with us? Questions? Call me at 419-601-0499. Bob Versteeg 1
If you know a woman undergoing chemotherapy, there is a cleaning service that provides free housecleaning. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming treatment. “Cleaning for a Reason” will have a participating service arrange for her home cleaning. This service covers the entire USA and there are at least three participating service providers in Wood County. Go to www.cleaningforareason.org About a year ago, we played the game about what color bra you were wearing at the moment? The purpose was to increase awareness of October Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was a tremendous success and we had men wondering for days what was with the colors and it made it to the news.
This year's game has to do with, where we put our handbag/purse the moment we get home. For example "I like it on the couch", "kitchen counter", "the dresser" well you get the idea. Just put your answer as your status with nothing more than that and cut n paste this message and forward to all your FB female friends to their inbox. It doesn't have to be suggestive. The bra game made it to the news. Let's see how powerful we women really are!!!
Habitat: Building Homes, Lives, Community
Habitat for Humanity reached the 3,000th milestone for number of Habitat homes built in Ohio this month. In Wood County, two homes are being built simultaneously, one in Northwood and one in North Baltimore. They will be dedicated October 31st and November 14th respectively. Many thanks to all those who worked so diligently to make the dream of home ownership come true for these families. You have made a huge, positive impact on our community Habitat volunteers build homes for families and single persons who do not qualify for bank home loans, but are able to make payments on interest free home loans. Qualified families must live or work in Wood County. If you know of someone in this category who would be interested in home ownership, or if you would like to volunteer to help with building, providing builder’s meals, or contributing in any way, check out the website www.wchabitat.org and call Julia in the office 419-353-5430 (Monday through Thursday mornings)
The people at Ace Appliance Service are on a mission to reach out to our local community by donating some of their resources to help those in need. They will repair or replace any refrigerator, washer, dryer or range up to $350 for an individual or family (one a month and four in December). To 2 apply for this program or nominate someone you know, go t their website aceapplianceinc.com and click on the link ―Ace Community Effort.‖ Then explain in 150 words or less why the individual or family can benefit from this service.
COMPUTERS FOR CHARITY
Whenever viable, our volunteer staff will repair, refurbish, and properly prepare donated computers for placement, free of charge, to non-profit organizations. We also provide vouchers to charities so they can send clients directly to us for computer placement.
“No child or family in Northwest Ohio should be left behind in the digital divide."
Sometimes a non-profit will just need some PCs whereas others may need cabling, custom or off-the-shelf software, training, help in setting up a computer lab, technical advice and so on. Often, they have no idea what they want or need and we try to help them determine that. The Computers for Charity volunteers try to meet as many of these needs as we can. As volunteers relying on donated equipment and limited resources this is not always possible. But we give it our best effort and assist them as much as possible. Computers for Charity serves as a place where people from the non-profits (as well as students and other members of the community) can come and learn how to build, troubleshoot and repair PCs as well as gain other computer knowledge.
Christmas time is fast approaching and we are
looking to host another ―Computers for Christmas‖ program. At this time we do not have the types of donation needed to fulfill this. It is imperative for all of you who care about our mission to get the word out to your places of employment and businesses in the community. We can help them to clean up that computer clutter that may be left over from a recent upgrade, and provide them with a tax deduction while helping those in need. Go to http://computersforcharity.webs.com for information.
Operation Christmas Child
This Christmas, Churches are planning to send eight million shoe boxes of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy and more to destitute children around the world through Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization whose president is Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham. Many churches in our county donate the gift-filled shoeboxes and yours can too. Information and materials can be ordered online at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC Collection Week this year is Nov. 15-22. We have three collection centers in Wood County: Dayspring Assembly of God, 17360 N Dixie Highway, Bowling Green CedarCreek Church, 29129 Lime City Road, Perrysburg Victory Evangelical Church, 238 State Route 23, Risingsun Boxes will also be picked up at First Presbyterian Church, Findlay and Church of the Nazarene, Fostoria
St. Aloysius Church Invites you to
150 S. Enterprise, BG
Trunk or Treat Family Night!
Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
This Halloween Celebration will feature: Father Mark’s Magical Prayer Service beginning at 4:00 p.m. A costume parade! Kids, please come in your costumes! Trunk or Treating at trunks/tailgates in the parking lot following parade! Car decorating is optional, but encouraged. Cookies and Cider in Hartmann Hall following trunk or treating! Email your registration to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Name __________________________________________________________ Number of children participating in Trunk or Treat ________________________ Email address ____________________________________ phone number _______ _____ I will donate cookies and/or cider ______ I can help at the event You will be notified via email or phone on Oct. 20 of how many treats to bring. (Editor’s note: I assure you that Father Mark’s magic brings out the best in Christian teaching.)
Bowling Green Ministerial Association
Tuesday November 2, 2010 Wood County Hospital
Check for room at the desk or board by meeting rooms
Wood County Area Ministries Council
Thursday, November 4, 2010 4:00-5:30 p.m. Contact Erin Hachtel for location
(419-353-0682 or email@example.com) Election of New Officers Chairperson: Erin Hachtel Vice Chairperson: Don Neifer Secretary: Mary Jane Fulcher Coordinator: Helen Dukes Declined - TBE
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. Fellowship over lunch
(Buy in cafeteria or bring your own)
Sharing, prayer and discussion of mutual concerns All area clergy are welcome There will be no Bowling Green Community Thanksgiving Service this year.
7th Annual Community Picnic
Sunday, October 17; 4 pm - 7 pm Peace Lutheran Church,
1021 W. Wooster at Martindale, BG
Games & crafts for children; Live music
It's FOOD! It's FUN! It's FREE! Vegetarian dishes included Bring your friends, family and neighbors!
Please begin sending articles for the November issue now.
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