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OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH - Sauk Centre, Minnesota

* "CARES" ministry - This ministry exists to be a link between parish members who are homebound / sick and active members of the parish. The most important role of this ministry is to help strengthen the spiritual life of homebound/sick at a time when they lose the opportunity to attend church on a regular basis. Besides bringing the Eucharist, the members of the CARES ministry provide other services: send special occasion cards, provide occasional transportation to doctor appointments, shopping, or to visit loved ones in nursing homes or hospitals in the absence of family members. Also, the parish has a limited number of volunteers who are willing to drive parishioners in need of transportation. They try to accommodate those who need to see a doctor; wish to visit someone in a nearby hospital / nursing home and have no one else to drive them; and also try to assist those who need someone to do food shopping.



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PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH - Port Charlotte, Florida

* Shower Ministry For the Homeless - More than 25 church members meet at church to help the homeless. Those in need receive a hot shower, haircut, lunch, clean change of clothes along with fellowship and prayer. On average, 45 men, women, and children are helped each month.

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH - Appleton, Wisconsin

* For the past 15 years, the social concerns ministry of the church has celebrated "Christmas in August" to help disadvantaged youth in Outagamie County. Church members select an ornament on a Christmas tree that includes the child's name and size. Through donated clothing and money, each youth receives a new shirt, pants, sweatshirt, and a voucher for a new pair of shoes. Packets are blessed and delivered to the county's social workers for distribution.

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RIVER BLUFF CHURCH - North Charleston, South Carolina

* Cars Ministry For Single Mothers - People donate any unneeded vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV's, campers, boats, etc.) to the church and the proceeds of the sales of these vehicles help purchase good cars for single mothers.

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ST JAMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Verona, Wisconsin

* Church is part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network Shelter Program.
* Collects food and other items for the Verona food pantry.
* Free community meal on the first Wednesday of each month.
* Parish nurse.
* Prayer shawls and quilt ministry.
* The Giving Garden - This is a garden next to the church and the vegetables when harvested are given to the Verona food pantry.


ST JOHN IN THE WILDERNESS EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Elkhorn, Wisconsin

* Collect Christmas gifts and food for between 30 and 50 families with distribution through the county department of human services.
* Hosts an ecumenical community meal for the needy in the parish hall twice a month.
* School supply drive each fall and serves over 200 kids in the area.
* Something For The Kids ministry - Church several times a year collects new and gently used kid's clothes and gives them to the county department of human services for distribution to the needy kids in the area.


ST LUKE'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Atascadero, California

* Church is a member of the ECHO El Camino Homeless Organization and provides and serves meals on the first Monday of each month .
* Prayer shawl ministry.
* Parish nurse and a health ministry.
* Started the Atascadero Loaves and Fishes organization that provides short-term emergency assistance to those in need in Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Creston and Templeton. The church collects non-perishable food, money and baby items for the organization.


ST MARK's EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Williamsport, Pennsylvania

* Church provides a free concert of patriotic music before the fireworks in the church nave.
* Has practiced parking lot hospitality for the last 13 years. People have been parking in the church parking lot and walking past the church to attend local 4th of July celebrations. The congregation began setting out bags of popcorn and soda along with a label saying that it was a gift from the church along with worship times and website address. Now, they offer baked goods, bottled water, and hotdogs (400 served in 2010). Near the snacks, members set out additional gifts. Coloring-page packs for children; old Sunday school material; and donated books. It's all free but there is a donation box and any donations goes to St Anthony's Center, which is a soup kitchen.


ST MATTHEW's EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Charleston, South Carolina

The church has many ministries through it's Community Outreach Center. Some of the many programs are:
* After School kids tutoring
* Computer training classes
* Emergency food pantry
* English as a second language
* Health screenings
* Kids Cafe
* Quality Time Alzheimer's Care
* School readiness camp
* Sharing With A Neighbor
* The Cinderella Prom Project
* Tot's Morning Out


ST MICHAEL's LUTHERAN CHURCH - Roseville, Minnesota

* Three nights a week, members go to a nearby Panera Bread at closing to collect leftover bagels, bread, and rolls. Church members bag and label the bread before dropping it off at the Fairway Community Center. Hundreds of pounds of baked goods are put to use each week that would have otherwise been tossed out.

ST NICHOLAS EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Flower Mound, Texas

* As a way to welcome visitors to the church, church members bake small loaves of bread and give them to the visitors.
* "Make A Difference Day"


ST PAUL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Fort Smith, Arkansas

* Bicycle Ministry
* C.O.T.S. (Church On The Streets)
* Prayer Shawl Ministry


ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH - Rochester, New York

* "Advent "Giving Tree" Gift Collection
* "October "Make-A-Difference" Day" - Personal care items are collected for the Catholic Family Center and St. Andrew's Food Cupboard.
* "Penny Sunday" - Pennies are collected on a given Sunday and they are used to support a child in an underdeveloped country.
* "Sock Sunday" - During the winter, the church collects new men's, woman's and children's socks for the Francis Center (men) and Bethany House (women and children).
* "Weekly Food Basket" Collection" - About 100 pounds (2.5 tons a year) of food are delivered weekly to Catholic Family Center's food cupboard.


SHEPHARD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH - Council Bluffs, Iowa

* In 2008, Sunday school students discussed the adages "walk a mile in somebody else's shoes" and "walking the extra mile". They calculated that it would take 84,480 pennies side-by-side to stretch a mile. By September 1, 2010, the eight youth had collected 85,000 pennies. Donations from congregation members, families, friends, and community groups. Money was given to the pediatric floors of two area hospitals. The youth also raised funds for "World Vision"; helped with food drives; collected coats, hats, and mittens; say at a local nursing home, and also took part in "CropWalk".

SOUTHERN PINES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Southern Pines, North Carolina

* "Angel Tree" - During the Christmas Season, church members "adopt" in individuals or families from the Angel Tree for whom they provide gifts and food cards.
* "Backpack Pals" - By joining with other community churches, impoverished children from the local schools are provided food for the weekend. Backpacks are packed on Tuesdays and distributed Friday afternoons.
* "Book Bag Drive" - At the end of the summer, book bags and school supplies are collected and given out to local kids who cannot afford these items. ; "Book Collection" : children's books are collected and given out to various programs of the church.
* "Children's Clothing Project" - Program of the men of the church. This project provides needy children of the Southern Pines Primary School with new clothes. On a chosen day, members of the church take the children to the local Belk's store for a time of shopping.
* "Crop Walk" - A yearly community walk to help raise funds to alleviate local and world hunger.
* "Family Promise" - In cooperation with other local churches, the church provides housing, meals, and transportation for local homeless families. These families are often mothers and children. The mothers are in transition in finding permanent homes. Classrooms are converted into living quarters at the church for a week every three months. Volunteers prepare and serve meals, stay overnight with the families, or transport the families to work and school. The mothers are given classes in home finances and house management.
* "Food Pantry" - The food pantry in the church provides a one week supply of groceries for as many as 65 families a week.
* "Habitat For Humanity" - Members are involved with the local affiliate.
* "Heifer Project" - During the Lenten Season, children collect loose change in hopes to raise $500 to purchase a cow with the project.
* "Helping Hands" - This ministry team takes food to families in various circumstances and provides transportation when needed.
* "Manna" (Moore Alliance Nourishing Neighbors Amen) - The church's "The L-RD's Lunch Bunch" on Tuesdays prepare and deliver to a local distribution site lunches for approximately 100 people. ; "Military Care Ministry"- sending cards and care packages to the church's deployed service men and women.
* "Moore Free Care Clinic" - Church members volunteer with this program that provides free health care to the uninsured and low-income families.
* "Prayer Shawl Ministry"
* "Special Friends" - Church members pair up with "at-risk" children in the local schools to memtor and help them with their school work.
* "Shepherd's Helpers" - This team uses their "handyman" talents in helping out the elderly in the church.
* "Winter Clothing Drive" - Clothing is collected November through February andtaken to a local coalition for distribution.


SPIRIT OF JOY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Orlando, Florida

* Converted an old bowling alley into a one-of-a-kind worship center where it provides shelter for the homeless, adult literacy tutoring, and meals for hungry families.



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THE VINE FELLOWSHIP - Arlington, Texas

* Before Christmas, the church has an Angel Tree.
* Before school starts in the Fall, the church gives out free school backpacks filled with school supplies (Operation Backpack). * During the school year, teacher can come to the church to get free supplies from the teacher supply closet. * Food pantry
* "Thanksgiving in A Bag"




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