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Volunteers from our community help clients shop at the Food Shelf four weeks during the year.  We deliver food monthly from donations given by out congregation along with clothes for the Closet.  In 2017 we staffed the food shelf to help clients shop - our 14 volunteers worked a total of 108.6 hours.  Our total amounts from our monthly congregation's monetary donations were $5,208.65 and 1,584 pounds of food.  In March 2017 we participated in the Annual March Food Drive and contributed 985 pounds of food and other non-perishable products and $1,615 (these totals are included in the totals above).  We also participate in their annual “Undie Sunday” collection.  Total amount collected was nearly 7,100 pairs of socks and underwear from St. Croix Valley churches during 2018 Undie Sunday/Week.  


Our quilters meet at the church on the first Thursday of each month.  In 2016 they made 80 quilts of various sizes – youth, crib, lap quilts, and 60 x 80 size – They also meet once each year at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Stillwater as a Synod project for missions.  With the quilts that our quilters made plus some made at the quilting day at Our Savior’s, our quilters donated 120 quilts in 2016.  These quilts went to:  19 to Tanzania; 15 to our local Young Lives; 2 to a Slovakia Orphanage; 22 to our High School graduates; 12 to Simpson House; 1 for a Relay for Life auction; 2 for a Sweet Adeline raffle; 4 to the new homeowners for our 2016 Mississippi Habitat Build; 21 to Rainbow Child Development; 2 to the Hospice program; 5 in our Baptism Faith Chests; 11 as gifts to people in need; 2 to Joseph’s Coats; and 6 were sold at our Holiday Bake sale and the proceeds from those is used to by batting and other needed quilting supplies.


Our “Yarnsters” Prayer Shawl knitters and crocheters meet monthly as a group but also work on project on their own at home during the year.  They knit and crochet prayer shawls, lap robes, cancer caps, newborn baby hats, slippers, mittens, scarves, prayer squares, crosses, baby sweaters and water filter covers.  The items they donated in 2016 included:  881 chemo hats to the oncology department at Lakeview Hospital; 85 baby hats to Lakeview Hospital; 21 water filter covers to Little Sisters of the Poor; 23 prayer shawls, lap robes, prayer squares and/or crosses to shut-ins, surgery patients, etc.; 3 baby afghans to Young Life for their fund raiser; 17 pair of slippers to Dawn’s Closet at Valley Outreach; hats for each family member of our Rainbow Child Development sponsored family members; and numerous hats, mittens and scarves to the Rainbow Child Care Center for children that did not have winter wear. 


We typically prepare and serve Sunday supper at the Simpson House two times each year.  Simpson House is located in Minneapolis and is a homeless shelter.  We also collect towels, blankets, personal care items, and clothing for those at the Simpson House. 

Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to unmet community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children


We share a week in February and again in September with First United Methodist Church in Stillwater to staff this shelter in Oakdale.  St. Andrews and Guardian Angels churches oversee this shelter.  The shelter is for families who are in need of help.  Most of them have jobs and are going to school.  The children all go to school or daycare.  Our weeks involve three shifts:  the gathering in the afternoon, meal serving in the evening, and an overnight shift.  In 2017 we had 18 volunteers who covered 25 shifts for a total of 200 hours.  


We have an on-going collection of clothing and smaller household items that are donated to their facilities in St. Paul.  One of our members is a volunteer at Joseph’s Coat and delivers our donated items when she goes there for her volunteer shifts.

Since 1989, Joseph's Coat has been serving our neediest neighbors in Saint Paul, Minnesota and the surrounding Twin Cities communities.  The free store provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children’s items.  Over one thousand individuals are served each week through the dedicated efforts of our wonderful volunteers.


At Christmas time we sponsor families with gifts from members of our congregation.  In 2018 we are sponsoring four families.  Each family give us a list of what they could use and then members of our congregation sign up to provide items on the list.  Gift requests have included items like laundry soap, personal care products, pillows, bedding and basic clothing items like winter coats, hats, mittens, and boots, and small household items.  We collect the donated items, wrap them and deliver them to the Rainbow Child Development facility.  Each family also receives a “Fare For All” food box of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 


St. Paul Lutheran is a member congregation of Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bile Camp in Amery, Wisconsin.  Our youth attend Summer Bible Camp there.  Confirmation retreats are often held there.  We have had staff retreats there.  Our Seniors take a yearly outing to the Christmas Dinner Theater.  We support the camp and their mission with our participation and with monetary donations. 


We help support their programs for seniors through monetary donations each year.  We also have volunteers that help there, we publish their programs and events and encourage our members to participate in them.

Community Thread’s vision is a community where all people are engaged, enriched and connected. We leverage resources and volunteers to improve the quality of life for adults and their families in our local community. We do this by providing services aimed at older adults, particularly those who desire to age in place, as well as advocating for and supporting volunteers throughout the St. Croix Valley region. Our name symbolizes our belief that each act of service is a thread that ties people, communities and lives together.


We help support the work of our local chaplaincy program through monetary donations each year.

St. Croix Chaplaincy Services is a cooperative ministry supported by participating churches of the St. Croix Valley and Lakeview Hospital.  They provide support groups for the community; workshops and seminars for Chaplaincy volunteers; spiritual/emotional support and care to Lakeview Hospital patients and families; offer consultation and support regarding end of life and other ethical concers via the Community Ethics Committee; provide spiritual and emotional emergency crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; are an integral member of the patient care team and offer consultation and support to staff, provide worship events such as memorial services as needed; facilitate the Critical Incident Stress Management protocol during and following a traumatic event; and provide a chapel at the hospital for worship, prayer and meditation for people of all spiritual traditions and faith communities, as well as other services.

Thank you to our members for their support and donations to help make these mission and outreach projects possible.  Thank you, also to Thrivent for their support through their Action Team programs that have helped to provide monetary support for these projects.

Last Published: July 29, 2019 3:11 PM
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