"We will promote a ministry of love in action by uplifting and involving the members of United Lutheran Church in meeting the physical and social needs of people within our congregation, our community, and our world."
Current active projects for Social Concerns are:
Helping to Supply Hope
This really happens through the programs of Hope Coalition and we on the Social Concerns Committee are privileged to help support this local agency. In fact, there are several different ways that United Lutheran has supported and partnered with Hope Coalition. Homes for God’s Children is a partnership with United Lutheran and Hope Coalition; Community Care is a line item in the budget; circles have helped to supply Haven of Hope with housekeeping essentials and lunches for children at Kids Count; and last year the church council and members of United gave generously to a special homeless fund.
Obviously Social Concerns is only one source of support but we care deeply about the work of Hope and try to stay informed about special needs. We feel sharing information about this valuable agency can help bring awareness to their mission and encourage support. Because the agency is so diverse, there can be some confusion. The programs at Hope Coalition include: Housing Support Services, Community Care, the Haven of Hope Domestic Violence Shelter, and Kids Count Abused Children’s Program.
Thank you to the members of United who help make this support possible. We ask that you remember in prayer the people who benefit from the work that the Hope Coalition does in our community.
ANNUAL CROP WALK COMING!
Plans are being made for this year’s Annual CROP Walk which will be held on Sunday, October 2nd and will start from Central Park. We hope you will join us for this fun event. Get your friends together, get the date on your calendar and get ready for a wonderful fall walk around scenic Red Wing…all for a worthy cause!
CROP (an acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program) was founded in 1946 as an offshoot of Church World Services. CROP has been sponsoring interfaith hunger education and fundraising events for 45 years. They have been referred to as the “granddaddy of charity walks”. Each year well over 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1600 CROP Hunger Walks. 25% of the funds raised will remain in our community to fight hunger in Red Wing. This year it is estimated that nearly $4 million will be shared with food shelves and other local efforts across the country.
By the time you read this, there should be sponsorship materials available for those who wish to walk. If you can’t walk for whatever reason, we hope you’ll consider being a sponsor. There is a “traveling shoe” that is awarded each year to the congregation that raises the most money for the elimination of hunger. Don’t you think that shoe would look nice on display here at United?