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Mission Service to Families with a Holiday Meal

Mission Service Activity of the Month

November 2023: HOLIDAY MEAL BASKET

close-up of turkey dinner for the holidays


The holidays are a time for thankfulness, gratitude, friendship, and giving. We celebrate Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Years over a very short time. Joining together to eat is integral to most family get-togethers. With prices rising, many families may need the benefit of a blessing this holiday season. Give the gift of a Holiday Meal Basket. Gather food items from your community, host a ‚Äúpack day‚ÄĚ to stock the baskets, and connect families in need with a gift of a complete holiday meal.

Items Needed
  • Collect holiday meal items of your choice
  • Include staple items like: butter, milk, or eggs
  • Grocery Store Gift Card
  • Basket to take donations home
  • Mustard Seeds or another holiday-themed devotion

Gospel Focus

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds (Psalms 9:1).

Devotion as You Plan

Use the devotion Advent Joy-A-Tude when you gather to pack or give out the baskets. Remember to focus on what is important during the holiday rush; keep your eyes and heart on the cross.

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Heavenly Father, thank You for all You provide for us. We are very grateful for Your love and guidance. We truly need You in our lives. Open our eyes to see the ones who need Your love, Lord, this holiday season. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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HOLIDAY MEAL BASKET
 


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Mission Service to Those who are Homeless

Mission Service Activity of the Month

October 2023: FILL BACKPACKS FOR THE HOMELESS

bag of toiletry supplies

Preparations for this activity:

Homelessness is increasing in our country. One of the most frequently requested ingathering donations is a backpack filled with needed supplies for people who are homeless. To assist in caring for this growing population, let’s fill backpacks with needed supplies. To begin, research agencies in your area serving the homeless that accept backpacks. Print an LWML devotional to include, and purchase or have your group or congregation donate supplies for the activity. The supplies could include:

  • Small Backpack¬†
  • 1 Liquid Hand Soap - 3.38 oz.¬†
  • 1 Pair of Men's Cotton Crew Socks
  • 1 Pair of¬†Adult Knitted Gloves¬†
  • 1¬†Adult Knitted Hat Beanie¬†
  • 1 oz. Hand Sanitizer
  • 1¬†Disposable Rain Poncho¬†
  • 1 0.6 oz. Fluoride Toothpaste¬†
  • Toothbrush
  • 1 oz. Shampoo
  • 1 oz. Body Wash
  • Deodorant Soap
  • 5 Inch Black Comb¬†
  • Single Blade Razor

Place all the supplies in the backpack, adding the devotion and your prayers for the recipient.

Take pictures of this activity in progress, if doing it as a group project. Get the individuals’ permission to take and share pictures. Submit pictures to share on your district website or newsletter.

Gospel Focus: Serving the Saints

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do (Hebrews 6:10).

Devotion as You Plan

Share this Mustard Seed devotion as you pray for the homeless, by Alma Kern, ‚ÄúBe All You Can Be‚ÄĚ.¬†

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Lord, You are the giver and sustainer of life. Please encircle all who are homeless in Your loving arms. Help us to meet their physical needs and to lovingly share Your comforting Word with them. Give them extra warmth, Your peace, and Your eternal direction. Give us a kind heart and compassion to help the homeless in their need. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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FILL BACKPACKS FOR THE HOMELESS
 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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Mission Service to Teachers

Mission Service Activity of the Month

September 2023: KEEP MY TEACHING

teacher high-fiving a student in elementary classroom


Let’s support and encourage teachers in our schools. 
Share with them that they are appreciated and are being lifted in prayer.

Put together Encouragement Gifts for Teachers. Ideas could be a bag for each teacher that contains individual items, or it could be an envelope with a small gift card from a local coffee shop or fast-food restaurant. 

  • Select a school that you can bless.
  • Contact the office to find out how many teachers are on staff. Consider including secretaries, principals, and other support staff.¬†
  • Purchase or have an ingathering of gift sacks and a variety of items to include such as snacks, lotion, and eye masks or purchase gift cards from a local business.¬†

At your group meeting, write personal notes on notecards to include with each gift. Thank the teacher for his or her contribution to the student‚Äôs growth and love for learning. If you choose to recognize teachers in a Christian school, you could include Bible verses for example: Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us (Titus 2:7‚Äď8). ¬†In the note, remind teachers that they are a blessing to the children and parents of the community.¬†

Optional: Take pictures of this service activity and submit them to share on your district website or in your district newsletter!

Gospel Focus

Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart¬†(Proverbs 7:2‚Äď3).

Devotion as You Plan

As you plan this service activity, you may want to share with your ladies the devotion:¬†Day By Day ‚Äď Growing in the Lord. This devotion reminds us we should continue learning all our lives.¬†

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Lord Jesus, in Your mercy, guide and lead us as we study Your Word daily. Help us to understand what it means to continue to learn and grow spiritually, in our relationship with You and others. May the Holy Spirit allow Christ's message to abide and be alive in our hearts. Thank you, Lord, for the teachers who touch the lives of young people each day, and bless their teaching. Amen.     

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KEEP MY TEACHING
 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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Mission Service to New College Students

Mission Service Activity of the Month

August 2023: OFF TO COLLEGE ‚ÄúGOODIE‚ÄĚ BAGS

mom helping boy unload car while moving into college dormitory.


Once again it is time for school bells to start ringing to signify the beginning of a new school year. For those who are entering college for the first time, these days can be scary and the student may be a little apprehensive. This is an awesome time for us to make connections and bring reminders of God’s presence to these first-time college attendees.

Preparations for this activity:

  • Check with the church office for the names of those attending college.
  • Purchase or make small bags to hold items.
  • Prepare Bible verse cards for each item.
  • Purchase items and attach Bible verse card as noted below;
  1. Flashlight: God will help you find your way: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).
  2. Tape: God sticks with you: It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Deut. 31:8-9).
  3. Umbrella or Poncho: God is your protector: You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your Word (Psalm 119:114).
  4. Para cord keychain: God will save you: For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
  5. Hand Sanitizer: God washes your sins away: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  6. Pencils: God’s Word is written for you: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8). 
  7. Purchase one or both of the following, College 101: A Christian Survival Guide (CPH #124468) or Blessings & Prayers for College Students (CPH #124267).

Take pictures of this activity in progress if doing it as a group project. Get the individuals’ permission to take and share pictures. Submit pictures to share on your district website or newsletter.

Gospel Focus: Direct My Path

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

Devotion as You Plan

Share this Mustard Seed devotion as you pray for college students, ‚ÄúComfort from the Psalms:¬† Finding My Way‚ÄĚ.¬†

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

O God, source of all knowledge, through Word and Spirit, look with favor on those entering colleges and universities. Bless those who teach and those who learn, that they may apply themselves with ready diligence to Your will and faithfully fulfill their service according to Your plan; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

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OFF TO COLLEGE ‚ÄúGOODIE‚ÄĚ BAGS
 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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Mission Service to Local Children in Need

Mission Service Activity of the Month

July 2023: Fill Backpacks with School Supplies

smiling young girl wearing backpack boarding a school bus


Although it seems like summer has just begun, it’s back-to-school season already. Teachers are getting their classrooms ready, and schools are sending out supply lists. Over the last few years, school preparation has been difficult for parents, students, and teachers. Many parents struggle to fully supply their children’s back-to-school lists. Help ease the transition back to school by gathering school supplies for local children in need and placing the supplies in a backpack. 

backpack filled with school supplies

Prepare for This Activity:

  • Contact a local school to ask if you can donate school supply backpacks.
  • Get a list of most needed school supplies.
  • Fill a backpack from the list provided from the school. List might include notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, dry-erase markers, folders, etc.¬†
  • If the school gives you permission, include a colorful child-centered encouragement card.

Gospel Focus: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law¬†(Galatians 5:22‚Äď23).

Devotion as You Plan

Read Back to School in the Word!

Then learn ‚ÄúThe Fruit of the Spirit‚ÄĚ song. You really can go back to school in the Word by sharing this song. Maybe start a new tradition and share this with your Sunday school class or other children in your life.

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Dear Lord, bless our teachers and schools as they prepare to begin another new school year. While we can provide supplies, you supply the grace that allows teachers to love and teach the students in their classrooms. May the children be blessed with the fruit of the spirit that you provide. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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Fill Backpacks with School Supplies
 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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Mission Service for Animal Shelters

Mission Service Activity of the Month

June 2023: Donate Used Blankets to an Animal Shelter

dog snuggled in blanket, with only face and paws showing


According to bestfriends.org, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Let’s try to make their stay there a little more comfortable. These animals need our love and care too!

Collect and donate used blankets to an animal shelter, or make and donate fleece-tied blankets for the shelter.

DIRECTIONS FOR A FLEECE-TIED BLANKET

You Will Need:                                                

  • 1 yd of fleece for the top
  • 1 yd of fleece for the bottom
  • 1 ruler and pencil
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 popsicle stick
  • straight pins (optional)

Instructions:

  • Lay the fabric out on a flat surface with the wrong sides together.¬†Match up the sides and pin.
  • Measure and cut out a 4 ¬Ĺ inch square at each corner; cut through both pieces of fleece.
  • Using the popsicle stick as a guide cut popsicle length fringe on all four sides of the blanket, cutting through both pieces of fleece.
  • Tie each of the fringe pieces sets together with an overhand knot, tying the two pieces of fleece material together making one blanket.

Gospel Focus: LOVE IS

Love is patient and¬†kind; love¬†does not envy or boast; it¬†is not arrogant¬†or rude. It¬†does not insist on its own way; it¬†is not irritable or resentful;¬†it¬†does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but¬†rejoices with the truth.¬†¬†Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,¬†endures all things¬†(1 Corinthians 13:4‚Äď7).

Devotion as You Plan

As your group meets to collect blankets,¬†open the meeting with the single-session Bible study ‚ÄúBlessed to Be a Blessing‚ÄĚ.

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Heavenly Father, please bless all the hands that will be collecting or making these blankets for the sheltered animals. We pray that these animals find their loving forever homes. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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Donate Used Blankets to an Animal Shelter
 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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Mission Service to Healthcare Workers

Mission Service Activity of the Month

May 2023: Making Blessing Baskets for Healthcare Workers

gift basket


If you have ever spent time in a hospital or visited a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living centers, then you have seen the incredible mercy and service provided by those in the medical field. Let‚Äôs support and encourage medical workers in their workplace.¬† Share with them that they are loved by God and are being lifted in prayer. During your group meeting, put together Break Room Blessing Baskets for Healthcare Workers. Baskets can contain individual items such as chocolate bars, peanut butter crackers, chips, cookies, protein bars, water bottles, or other food and drinks. Create a printable copy of The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3‚Äď12, to be included in the baskets.

Arrange your individual comfort food items in the baskets. Write personal notes on the back of The Beatitudes printouts and highlight verse 7. Pray for the healthcare workers who will receive the baskets. What a blessing it will be for healthcare workers when you deliver these baskets to remind them of their Savior’s love. 

Take pictures of this service activity and submit them to share on your district website or in your district newsletter!

Gospel Focus: BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7 NIV).

Devotion as You Plan:

As you plan this service activity, you may want to share this devotion: Serve the Lord with Gladness

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare:

Heavenly Father, help us to keep in mind the love and mercy You have given us through Your Son, Jesus. Bless our healthcare workers as they use their gifts and talents to care for others. Be with each of us as we live each day in the knowledge of Your gift of eternal life. Help us share with others the joy of having a Savior. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Making Blessing Baskets for Healthcare Workers
 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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