Birthday Party in a bag

​Put napkins, plates, party hats & favors, cake mix and container of icing in a bag. Give bags to domestic abuse shelters, needy single parents, and homeless shelters. Everyone likes a birthday party.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Rosenberg, TX

St. Paul is one of a few churches in Rosenberg that host "Coffee with a Cop" about once a month. They invite all the local first responders to stop in to have coffee & goodies in their fellowship halls for a couple of hours one morning.

Now that we're in the middle of the cold winter months, why not offer hot chocolate &/or hot tea as well? It is a chance to thank our local cops personally plus a chance to fellowship & visit with each other. A win/win situation!

Story submitted by Pat Ditrich


Blankets For Iowa
DHS, MFL /Mar Mac School, & Veterans

We have used Thrivent Action Teams to complete the following projects at First Lutheran Church, Monona, IA. 

Purple tied fleece blankets were given to the Iowa Department of Health Services in Decorah, IA. Blankets are held in picture by Sunday School students: Trinley Trappe, Mollee Kautman, Mia Kautman, Kinley Trappe, Rachel Keehner. Mindy Keehner, and Cora Keehner. 

We formed another team to make 22 weighted anxiety blankets for children at MFL/Mar Mac School in Monona, IA.  They are used on children when they rest or on their laps during class.  They have a calming effect. 

Lastly, we teamed up with the Family Living Class at MFL/Mar Mac to make lap robes for Veterans.  Students in the class learned how to put a quilt top together and we put the filler and backing on the quilts and tied them. We then delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in Iowa City, IA.  MFL/Mar Mac students are in featured picture. 

Submitted by Thelma Keehner
First Lutheran Church,
Monona, IA


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Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookfield, Wisconsin
Calvary Lutheran Church of Brookfield, Wisconsin recently hosted Paul Oman, Artist & Pastor, of Amery, Wisconsin. The congregation was delighted as he painted the sermon during our worship service & then later painted with our Sunday School children.  Pastor Oman has a unique ministry of sharing the gospel through painting murals, particularly while preaching. He can be contacted to bring his talent to your congregation through his website: or on Facebook:

WNALC - Women of the North American Lutheran Church


Greetings! This is Pastor Rebecca Heber, OASIS Church (NALC), Lake Mary, Florida. As co-host with Pastor Will Hartfelder of Columbus, Ohio, a veteran host of multiple tours to Germany & Israel, I cordially invite you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, performed only once every ten years, & to visit other sites of historic significance as we trace the steps of the German Reformer, Martin Luther, to AUGSBURG, site of the Augsburg Confession; COBURG, with its massive Veste Coburg fortress where Luther took refuge & lived during the Diet of Augsburg; ERFURT, the spiritual home of Luther, where he studied at the University & turned to theology & the monastic life at the Augustinian Monastery; EISENACH, with its magnificent Wartburg Castle; EISLEBEN, where Luther was born in 1483 & died in 1546; & WITTENBERG, home of the famous Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 Theses on Oct. 31, 1517, sparking the protestant Reformation. Other sites of special interest include a visit to "Mad" King Ludwig's NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, located at the foot of the spectacular Bavarian Alps, the CHURCH IN THE MEADOWS, one of the most famous examples of Roccoco architecture, traveling the ROMANTIC ROAD past quaint towns & villages before arriving for an overnight stay in ROTHENBURG, a nearly intact medieval walled city with its cobblestone streets, Castle Gardens, famous altar carving by Tilman Riemenschneider in St. Jakob's Church, & the charming Rathaus & Glockenspiel. Panoramic sightseeing tours of the major & most beautiful sights of BERLIN & MUNICH make this an Itinerary - offered through Jerusalem Tours - one that every traveler, adventurer, & history-lover will enjoy & be enriched by. I hope YOU can join us on this extremely popular Tour to see the world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play & land of the Reformation! The trip will fill up fast, especially due to the high demand for tickets to see the Play, with performances only once a decade! Don't miss out - SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY by contacting me! Thank you & Happy Travels!