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Members of Morning Star Lutheran Church in Matthews, NC, at a Kit Assembly

Ready, Set, Summer Service Projects!

If you or others at your congregation are looking for meaningful projects to tie in to your summer activities, there’s still time to coordinate to make Kits of Care! Here are some tips for preparing your service component: [...]Read More...

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Sharon and Phyllis sit with the backpacks they made for LWR School Kits

A Colorful Story of Repurposing

At First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, Ill., three women spent their summer sewing 140 backpacks, while many members of the congregation set about collecting back-to-school items. At the end of the summer, the sewing team finished their work, the congregation youth filled the backpacks, and Sharon and her friends were finally able to relax! Or so they thought. [...]Read More...

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Being Prepared

“BE PREPARED” – it’s the Boy Scouts’ motto, and our pantries, tornado shelters and “car trunk emergency supplies” all seem to affirm the fact that having some necessities on hand in case of an emergency is a good idea. In relief work, we call that idea preparedness and in LWR projects around the world, preparedness [...]Read More...

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Small-Town Church, Big-Time Service

Cambridge Lutheran Church sits on a quiet stretch of a pretty street in the community of Cambridge, Minn. about two hours north of the Twin Cities. While Cambridge itself has a small-town vibe, the people of Cambridge Lutheran have a global outlook! In addition to caring for local friends, family and neighbors, the congregation’s reach [...]Read More...

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Students at ELIMAA School enjoy their new LWR Personal Care Kits. Their teacher is using the items in the kits to teach hygiene lessons, including proper hand washing.

Why LWR School Kits Make a Difference

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states that access to education is a basic human right. Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to [education]. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have [...]Read More...

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What are We Waiting For? (A Reflection on Advent)

Advent. Season of waiting. Season of hope. Season of peace. Maybe. I’m not sure about that last one. Maybe even the last two. It’s hard work these days to align our minds, bodies and spirits with the deeper themes of this brief season of the liturgical year in the midst of so much noise, hustle [...]Read More...

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Why Do We Bless, or Dedicate, Quilts?

In the LWR Quilters Group on Facebook – a place of 750 (and counting) dedicated Quilters and Kit-makers from across the US gather online – we’ve been having an interesting discussion. What’s the difference between a quilt “blessing” and a quilt “dedication?” And why do congregations do them before sending Quilts and Kits to LWR? [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Thankful for Key Leaders

Although retail stores are trying to tell me it’s Christmas time, when I think of November, I still think of Thanksgiving. With “turkey day” just two days away, this is a good time to reflect on gratitude — for us especially, because gratitude is one of our organizational values. And for me there is no [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for the Community of Faith

If you’re anything like me, there are times when you look up and realize you haven’t thanked God in a while (usually when things seem to be going either really well, or really poorly, in my case). That’s one reason I love the LWR value of gratitude — what a great reminder! In the face [...]Read More...

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Reflections on a Love Feast

Several years ago, I went to visit my grandmother in rural Virginia. The timing of the trip happened to coincide with the annual Love Feast held at her Church of the Brethren congregation. A Love Feast is a celebration and remembrance of Jesus washing the disciples feet and the Lord’s Supper. She was so excited [...]Read More...

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