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Each year before Christmas, our Sunday School students and congregation members have pulled together to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world that would not otherwise have the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas.  Some families/individuals fill shoeboxes on their own as a special project.  Others donate items that are put together with other donations and used to fill the shoeboxes – the Sunday School students, and whoever else wants to join the, have one Sunday where they put together an assembly line of donated items and fill as many boxes as they have things to work with. 


For many years our Sunday School students and congregation members have partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to put together School Kits for students around the world that would otherwise not have the necessary supplies needed to start their school year.  We have also put together Personal Care Kits for people around the world that do not have the necessary items for general hygiene.   


Our congregation has a sponsor congregation in Tanzania – Mgama Parish.  Since we began our partnership with them, we have supported our parish with monetary gifts which have assisted them to improve their buildings, plant better seeds, sue fertilizers, develop sources for fresh water, plant tree seedlings and to participate in a small loan program.  In the spirit of the Bega Kwa Bega program, they assist these people with all the help they need to become successful in their area.  We also have member donations that help sponsor students to continue their education.  Thank you to everyone who has given to the support of our students in Mgama. The parish committee together with Iringa Synod staff will now be able to interview and assign students to receive funds for secondary school education in 2019. Government does not provide free education for grades after what compares to our 6th grade. When Pastor Larson visited our Mgama parish he was told there are now twelve students attending the university and three more were waiting on their national exam results to see if they could advance. We were able to meet with a sponsored student in 2016. Godluck Ngimba was at the last form level and had plans to attend the university to become a doctor. Your support does make a positive difference in many lives. A scholarship is partial support with the student providing additional funds. To God be the glory for blessings our congregation members have shared with Mgama.


For the past 29 years our congregation has had at least one group each year – some years two groups – that have traveled to Mississippi for a week to build Habitat for Humanity homes.  There is still much to be done there and volunteers are greatly needed. 

YOUR ARE INVITED to be a part of our mission team in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  All ages are welcome. You don’t need any experience. There are always jobs for everyone! Youth 18 and under do need a responsible adult to be paired up with during the week. We do a lot of fun things, learn about the history and culture of the area, meet a lot of great people, eat a lot of good Southern food, and we get a lot of work done! It is a very rewarding and humbling experience and your help is greatly needed and appreciated by a family that desperately needs a home. Please prayerfully consider coming along. For more information, contact Carol at 651-439-5970.  Our 2019 Mission trip dates arer November 2nd - 10th!


WOW!! THANK YOU!! Can you believe that a total of 132,000 meals were packaged during the Meals from the Heart drive in Stillwater during November? There was a total of 450 volunteers, which included the 62 volunteers that packaged the food under the name of St. Paul Lutheran Church. These meals have been distributed in the St. Croix Valley and a lot went to Ruby’s Pantry. Please stop by and take a look at some pictures on the Social Concerns bulletin board. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their schedules to packaged these meals to help feed the people in our area. Social Concerns Committee


In past years we have had groups travel to Jamaica to work for a week at the Children’s Home and care for the children.  We have not had any groups go in the past few years, but we still support their ministry with donations and prayers. 


We provide financial support for their programs on a regular basis.  When needed, we do special offerings for disaster victims.


We provide financial support for their mission and outreach programs.


In addition to our School Kit and Personal Care Kit projects, we provide other financial support or other mission and outreach programs they provide. 


We provide monetary support for World Hunger program needs for emergency assistance programs and other programs they offer.

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

Last Published: July 29, 2019 5:04 PM
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