Social Ministry/Prayer Shawls

 **We will be meeting the fourth Friday of each month at 10am in the Fellowship Hall.

Social Ministry – A Project for Everyone

Did you ever imagine those pesky overly abundant plastic grocery bags that pile up in our homes could make a positive difference in the life of a person on the streets? They most certainly can. Brave and intrepid volunteers here at Apostles are making sleeping mats from plastic bags. It takes 500-700 bags to make one mat. These mats are lightweight, easy to clean, and provide insulation and a barrier between the individual and the ground or floor.

We ask that you donate your unwanted plastic grocery bags to the receptacle in the Narthex labeled Plastic Bags. Please flatten them out to make them easier to transport, and to cut. If you are interested in how they are made, and/or want to get started making them go to You Tube – How to Make Sleeping Mats for the Homeless. There are so many videos to peruse. If you have questions, text Mary Otte at 623-377-6029 or email at Mbotte52779@gmail.com.

Social Ministry Opportunities to Serve

Serve the Lord with gladness! (Psalm 100:2) Apostles Lutheran Church has a chance to fulfill that command. The Interfaith Homeless Lodging Program (I-Help) is a unique shelter model that provides homeless individuals with hope and opportunity for a better future. Case management and connections to community services are provided by the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. It is a program designed to give those who are homeless a hand-up not a hand -out. Although Apostles will not serve as a host church, we are invited by the Community Engagement Coordinator Annette DeJesus to serve in other ways.

We are invited to donate and put together items for hygiene kits. We will provide a list once we receive it from I-Help. We are also invited to serve as a meal team – making meals at Apostles and delivering them to the host church. Once again, more information on that once we know how many are willing to serve in this capacity. Asking about serving on a meal team does not obligate you to serve. Individuals are also in need of transportation to the host church. Drivers are also needed to get people to and from the host church. We are also invited to provide gift cards, socks, and other items necessary to beginning a new life off of the streets. As the program grows there will be even more opportunities for service.

If you are interested, text or email Mary Otte at 623-377-6029. Email is Mbotte52779@gmail. Be on the lookout for a sign-up in the Narthex. By signing up you are not obligating yourself to serve, just requesting information.

WHAT ARE PRAYER SHAWLS?

Prayer Shawls are a reminder of God’s steadfast love and abundant mercy.  They are a ‘hug’ from Jesus. They are proof that we are loved. They carry the prayers that our broken hearts cannot pray. They sing the praises with us in times of rejoicing. They are evidence that God’s Behind me and before me you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.  Psalm 139:5. 

“Our prayers go out to you.” That’s the mantra of Apostles Lutheran Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. The Ministry is made up of a dedicated group of prayer warriors armed with crochet hooks or knitting needles.

A note to the prayer warriors who make shawls. We need to make sure that rectangle shawls are between 26″- 30″ wide x 60″ in length (not including fringe). Large squares (approximately 60″) are also good. These dimensions are acceptable for our new partnership with Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers which asks for shawls to be between 26″ -30″ x 60.  Please continue to pray as you work on your works of art.

Interested in joining us? There is always room for more, and we will be happy to help you get started.

Need a Prayer and a Prayer Shawl?  We take requests.