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Your Gifts Make a Difference: Helping Ministries

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  • Author: Valerie Strand Patterson is the adult ministry pastor at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447.
  • Updated: 06/24/2008
  • Copyright: St. Philip the Deacon News

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Your Gifts Make a Difference: Helping Ministries

I'm happy to recap what we accomplished together in 2003 in our helping ministries.

- We adopted over 60 families and gave them Christmas gifts.

- We purchased food & assembled food baskets for about 225 families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We gave about 540 books for parents who use Messiah's food shelf to choose from for their children. We gave gift bags full of hats, gloves, socks, toiletries and treats to 112 men and women in shelters and 49 residents of Smith/Mission Lodges on Medicine Lake.

- We provided much food and other kinds of emergency assistance. Because of our members' generosity, we were able to help, in some way, everyone who asked for assistance.

Additionally, thanks to your gifts, together we gave financial assistance to these ministries that serve our community:

- Interfaith Outreach in Wayzata
- Family Hope Services and Teens Alone, for young people at risk
- Home Free Shelter on Medicine Lake for battered women and children
- Grief Coalition, a year-round support group
- Separated and Divorced Support Group, Meals on Wheels
- Hammer Residences for the developmentally challenged

We also gave financial assistance to these ministries that serve the metro area:

- Our Savior's Housing, Families Moving Forward, Anishinabe Wakiagin and Micah, all helping people move out of homelessness;
- Spirit Garage, a worshiping community reaching out to the unchurched;
- Crossroads at Augustana Lutheran downtown, reaching out to inner-city families;
- Sharing and Caring Hands, feeding the homeless

Nationally we supported:

- the ELCA, including support for church start ups, seminaries and colleges, Lutheran Social Services, assisting people with counseling, adoptions, etc.
- Oaks Native American mission and school in Oklahoma
-The Christian Children's Fund (we support two kids in Mississippi)


-to Kasambala Medical Center, a remote clinic in Malawi
- Africa Bread for the World, combating hunger
- David Person, son of our congregation and missionary in Japan

Together we reached out and made a difference in lives all over the world. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.

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