God's Work, Our Hands

God's Work, Our Hands Day: September 10, 2017

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"God's Work. Our Hands." Day was a day of service at PoP, with members, neighbors, and friends participating in a number of activities following worship. Along with thousands of ELCA members across America, people served others in the name of God. 

Work began with a quick Sloppy Joe lunch. Service projects included:

  • assembling 300 Lutheran World Relief Health Kits for global relief,

  • assembling 150 LWR School Backpacks for children in refugee camps,

  • cooking and freezing Care Team meals,

  • painting and working at our "Paul" Construction Project,

  • harvesting vegetables for Loaves and Fishes and clean up in our Jubilee Garden,

  • tying LWR quilts,

  • making "plyarn" mats for Hospice in Cameroon,

  • and knitting and crocheting blankets for those in need of prayer and comfort. 

Thanks to everyone for a blessed day of service. We're looking forward to GWGHDay 2018!

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry meets at 6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month.  Whoever can come is welcome.   The group knits or crochets shawls to be given to people in need of prayers.  The group prays as each shawl is created and offers prayers for the one for whom it is created.  Contact Dianne Hellman (dbhellman@charter.net) for more information. 

Bread and Breakfast Ministry

This ministry usually meets the first Saturday morning of each month. Bread construction begins at 7 a.m. and breakfast is served about 9 a.m.  Participants bake many loaves of bread together, prepare breakfast and share a time of fellowship.  The ministry is open to everyone of any age (children are welcome with parental supervision). Some of the loaves are designated for donation to the homeless shelter or mission in Kalamazoo, while other loaves are provided after service on Sunday to worshippers, with monetary donations going to programs the ministry selects. This ministry would encourage anyone who is interested to come and join the fun. Contact Wade Lawrence for more information (wade.b.lawrence@gmail.com

Women’s Lunch Bunch

This fellowship group meets the third Tuesday of the month at local restaurants with a focus on having different types of food experiences and an opportunity to gather with friends.  The group gathers at 11:45 a.m. and has an hour of food and conversation.  Participation is open to all women. For more information, contact Tamara Preston, our church secretary, (secretary@popportage.org). 

Jubilee Vegetable Garden

The garden team plants and harvests fresh food on our acreage behind the church. From late June to October bags and boxes of fresh food are brought to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and the Trinity and Chapel Hill Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. This ministry is a way of using our blessings to send God's love to those who wear faces of hunger and poverty in our community. If you wish to participate, contact Mark Clyne (markclyne@sbcglobal.net). 

Other Ministry Groups Include:

Quilters’ Ministry - Monthly on first Tuesday morning of the month at 9 a.m.

Ladies Exercise Group - weekly on Tuesday at 9:00 am