Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sole Hope

In Africa, there is a tiny flea called jiggers or sand fleas and they reproduce by attaching themselves to warm-blooded mammals.  Once found, she burrows in looking for blood and her first choice is unprotected feet.  At first, there is no pain until a blister is formed.  The longer the flea is in her host, the more painful and difficult it is to walk.  Eventually, this female flea produces literally hundreds of eggs, which hatch more fleas, which preside in the same host and the cycle continues, until the host is no longer able to walk.  So what can be done?  Something so simple and so easy as cutting material.

On September 21st, we are inviting everyone to join us during fellowship hour to do just that!  We will have the pattern, all we need from you is to bring quilting cotton, denim material, pinking shears and regular sewing scissors.  Once the fabric has been cut, Two Rivers will be given what we have completed and mail on to the women in Uganda, so they can sew together the shoes.  The children who have their feet cleaned and fleas removed will be given a new pair of shoes, so that the cycle can be broken.

We will have people who will help you with any questions you may have during the cutting process and trust me, this is a very easy project.

If you're interested in what other ways you can help Sole Hope help the children, check out the display in Fellowship Hall.  There are other supplies that are needed after the fleas have been removed such as bandages, tape, etc.  Any questions can be directed to Dorothea Trotter.

For more information on Sole Hope, visit their website at:
http://www.solehope.org/

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World's Largest Christmas Project

Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts is a project of Samaritan's Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and not forgotten.

Samaritan's Purse is an international relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.  The non-profit specializes in meeting critical needs of war, poverty, disease and natural disasters in order to demonstrate God's love.

Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts are collected in 13 countries and Samaritan's Purse's international partners will hand deliver each of the 8 million plus shoe box gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Once the gifts are transported to countries around the w2orld, Samaritan's Purse teams and partners distribute them by bus, train, helicopter, boat, elephant, mule and even dog sled.

AT PARK AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
On September 14, boxes will be distributed to anyone interested in participating.  You will need to decide who you want to give to:  2-5 year old boy or girl, 6-9 year old boy or girl, or 10-14 year old boy or girl.

Samples of boxes for each age group will be o display in Fellowship Hall when you pick up your box.  For each box sent, $7 is needed to pay for delivery.  If you are not interested in filling a box, perhaps you would be willing to give cash for the delivery.  After you select an age category of a boy or girl, shop for new items (no used, please), such as toys, stuffed animals, balls, games, candy, T-shirts, coloring books, school supplies, hygiene items, such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, sturdy combs.  Children also enjoy personal notes and family photos.  If you include your name and address, a child may write back. 

DO NOT INCLUDE:  used or dangerous items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out of date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globe containers or aerosol cans.

Sandwich Sunday

Fellowship Hour on Sunday, August 17 included preparing sack lunches to be delivered to Hope Cafe.  Several members supplied food, assembled sandwiches and filled sacks with a sandwich, orange, chips, and a cookie.

Hope Cafe serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to those who suffer from addiction, abuse, bad choices, or simply a cycle of poverty that has people in its grasp.

For more information about Hope Ministries, visit:
http://www.hopeiowa.org/home

Cross Ministries Back to School Project

On July 27, several members of our congregation, along with other churches in the Two Rivers Partnership, spent the afternoon organizing school supplies at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church for the Cross Ministries Back to School giveaway. 

1,200 backpacks filled with new grade-appropriate school supplies were handed out on July 31 to families with low or no income.  We continue to pray for those families who want the best for their school children but have little funds to aid their education.

For more information on Cross Ministries, visit their website at:

http://crossministriesdm.org/index.html