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Prairie Pointe Quilters

Scissors Needed

Happy New Year everyone! 

As always our ladies have been hard at work making some fun and some beautiful quilts.  As you can see, this quilt isn’t quite finished, but won’t this be special for someone?

We are asking for a donation of some new, high quality fabric scissors to the quilters.  We had one pair and they have gone missing.  They are the only scissors that really cut the fabric for us.

Contact: Bev Kenny   krkbjk@comcast.net

 

Giving Tree

Thank You!

A BIG thank you to all who purchased gift cards, personal checks or gave extra gift cards for the Giving Tree.

We had 70 clients from Turning Point and 15 families from Grafton Food Pantry.  That totaled 119 gift cards, plus the extra gifts.  The need was VERY heavy this year and we could have taken more families.  Hopefully, next year.  I want to thank Alice and Bev for taking over this Mission work in 2024.  Blessings to all and a Happy New Year.

Contact: Alice Miller   admiller93@comcast.net

 

 

 

Mission Team

February Gazette

What is the difference between a refugee, a migrant, an immigrant and an asylum seeker? 

A “migrant” is a worker who comes over to work temporarily and returns to their home country each time.

An immigrant is technically some who comes to work permanently (i.e. green cards etc.)

Asylum seekers are when people flee their own country and seek sanctuary in another country, they apply for asylum – the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. (what is commonly now  in the US  referred to as immigrants.

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Refugees apply to a country and are vigorously vetted before arriving and accepted into the country they have applied for.

THAT SAID, COULD YOU HELP the mission team supply a newly arriving refugee family with an EXODUS welcome pack?

We have many items already, but still need Plastic Wrap, Set of 8 glasses, Twin Comforter, Dishwashing soap, Broom & Dust Pan and more.  Please go to www.bit.ly/SOTPrefugee24 to register to purchase an item.

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What else is the mission team a part of this month?

The Lenten offerings have been designated for AARK Gardens, Exodus World Service, Food cards for homeless in tent city and CRE-Reentry.

On Monday Feb. 19th , 4 t0 8 PM CULVERS’ FUNDRAISER to support local Habitat for Humanity.

Contact: Sandy Hupert at sandyhupert@gmail.com

 

 

Congregational Resourcing Event

2024

You are invited to the Congregational Resourcing Event on March 16, 2024, at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois. 

This is hosted by the Congregational Life Committee. We will gather with worship. Then, we will participate in the keynote and discussion led by Rev. Miguel Gomez-Acosta, the Senior Director for New Ministry Development and Evangelism at the Churchwide Office of the ELCA.

The workshop listing will be shared as soon as it is ready. Registration is now open and closes on March 2nd. The registration fee is $25 for the event. This includes breakfast treats, coffee, and lunch. Scholarships are available.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can be part of and share God’s Story. We can meet at SOTP and carpool to Dixon.

To register or for more information let Donna know.

Contact: Donna Kelly donna@sotpmail.com  847-669-9448

 

Thank You!

From the Grafton Food Pantry

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! 

We recently received a call from Harriet Ford from the Grafton Food Pantry expressing her sincere gratefulness for all SOTP’s contributions in 2023. She shared that she wished more organizations would think of them throughout the year as SOTP does with our monthly collections and quarterly food drives.

On that positive note, let’s show Grafton that we can go above and beyond in 2024!!

Be sure to watch the newsletter for our first of the month collections and the first community food drive in February!

-Community Outreach and Mission Teams

Contact: Tara Mackey   rtmackey10@yahoo.com

 

Community Food Drive

For the Grafton Food Pantry

February 24th from 9am-1pm  is the Community Outreach’s first Grafton Food Drive of 2024. 

Help us fill the shelves at the Grafton Food Pantry. Whether you choose to donate items or give monetarily, all donations are greatly appreciated.

Contact: Tara Mackey  rtmackey10@hahoocom

 

 

 

 

National Nutrition Month

10 Health Tips

March is National Nutrition Month: 10 Health Tips

Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  1. Eat Breakfast Start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plan yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.
  2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and vegetables add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber to your plate.  Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal.  Experiment with different types including fresh, frozen and canned.
  3. Get to Know Food Labels Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you choose foods and drinks to meet your nutrient needs.
  4. Drink More Water Quench your thirst with water instead of drinks with added sugars.  Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, especially if you are active, an older adult or live or work in hot conditions.
  5. Fix Healthy Snacks Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals, especially when they include a combination of foods.  Choose from two or more of the MyPlate food groups: grains, fruit, vegetables, dairy, and protein.  Try raw veggies with low-fat cottage cheese or hummus, or a tablespoon of nut or seed butter with an apple or banana.
  6. Reduce Added Sugars Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition.  Review the new and improved Nutrition Facts Label or ingredients list to identify sources of added sugars.
  7. Eat Seafood Twice a Week Seafood-fish and shellfish-contains a range of nutrients including healthy omega-3 fats.  Salmon, trout, oysters and sardines are higher in omega-3’s and lower in mercury.
  8. Experiment with Plant-Based Meals Expand variety in your menus with budget-friendly meatless meals.  Many recipes that use meat and poultry can be made without.  Vegetables, beans, and lentils are all great substitutes. Try including one meatless meal per week to start.
  9. Slow Down at Mealtime Instead of eating on the run, try sitting down and focusing on the food you’re about to eat.  Dedicating time to enjoy the taste and textures of foods can have a positive effect on your food intake.
  10. Explore New Foods and Flavors Add more nutrition and eating pleasures by expanding your range of food choices.  When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family.

Contact: Jamie Patel at jamie.patel@nm.org

 

Vacation Bible School

2024

VBS will be

July 8-12, 2024

Contact: Jill Gillming at Jill@sotpmail.com

 

 

 

 

Thank You

Giving Tree

A BIG thank you to all who purchased gift cards, personal checks or gave extra gift cards for the Giving Tree.

We had 70 clients from Turning Point and 15 families from Grafton Food Pantry.  That totaled 119 gift cards, plus the extra gifts.  The need was VERY heavy this year and we could have taken more families.  Hopefully, next year.  I want to thank Alice and Bev for taking over this Mission work in 2024.  Blessings to all and a Happy New Year.

Contact: Alice Miller   admiller93@comcast.net

 

 

 

Memory Brick

Update

The last order for Memory Bricks has been inserted in the Memory Garden Walkway.

We may order additional bricks next year, but the minimum order is 5 of one size brick.

Contact: Ralph Wehnes     ralphwehnes@sbcglobal.net

 

 

 

 

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