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Lenten Project 2011

In my last blog…I suggested that we consider cultivating particular habits…as a Community of Faith. It has been the habit or custom of the people of St. Luke’s for a number of years to focus on a particular Outreach Project during the Lenten Season.  We have focused on purchasing equipment for a Science Classroom at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School in New Orleans during Lent of 2006 just after Hurricane Katrina.  We have focused on our Sister Faith Community in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Holy Apostles in St. Paul which is the only Hmong Episcopal Church in the United States!  This year…we joined our sisters and brothers through Minnesota and in many other dioceses in eradicating Malaria…by raising funds to purchase Nets for Life…as of this posting, we have received $ 3,017 which will means we are able to purchase 251 nets!  Our project was featured among others in the Weekly News for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota at  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Episcopal-Church-in-Minnesota-News–April-13.html?soid=1102000925595&aid=V0UIk-wFQ40 under Mission Project 2011:  Netsforlife.

This is one of the Millennium Development Goals.  At the General Convention in 2006, we…brothers and sisters of the Christian Faith in the Episcopal Church, adopted the Millennium Development Goals as a means through which we participate in God’s Mission of Restoration and Reconciliation in the world.

Remember these habits… Mission and Ministry…this is about participating in God’s Mission of Restoration and Reconciliation…this is about teaching and nurturing new believers…this is about Faith Formation…this is about attending to our relationships with People of Hope and Berea Moravian Church…this is about Outreach…about looking beyond ourselves and our own needs and wants…this is about responding to human need by loving service…this is about Sunset Terrace Elementary School…this is about the White Earth Reservation…this is about living more fully into the implications of our commitment to Shared Ministry with the people of St. Peter’s in Kasson…this is about Highway 52 Clean Up…and the Mega Sports Vacation Bible School.  As a Community of Faith…we teach…we serve!

We live in the tension of caring for ourselves and caring for others.  This is a necessary and inevitable tension in our lives as Christians.  Thank you for your generosity during the Season of Lent on behalf of others!

 Every blessing,

Doug

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  1. Dick and Charlotte Clugston
    April 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Doug = A very good lenten project. Your Blog is always helpful and informative. Keep ’em coming!! Thanks for all you do, Dick and Charlotte

  2. Candice Corrigan, Priest
    April 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you for your witness to Mission. St. Lukes has been an important part of my Christian journey and I always speak of y’all with love and appreciation — last Sunday at Calvary Church we had a clarification from the Service Core team reminding folks that the reasons we don’t just get the $3.variety Fleet Farm mosquito nets and send them directly is three-fold: “Nets for Life” are larger, covering a sleeping family of 3-5; “Nets for Life” are coated with insecticide specific to the malaria-carrying mosquito, Anopheles quadrimaculatus; and, “Nets for Life” education teams, traveling far back into the bush on foot and by raft and canoe, bring the nets to families, teaching them how to use the nets correctly! $12. really buys a lot, doesn’t it! Love and peace today and as we anticipate Christ’s rising in each of our hearts this Eastertide.

  3. Chuck Larsen
    April 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    It’s been interesting to visit my former home town and talk about our involvement with our Nets for Life Lenten Project. People were amazed when I told them how many nets had been donated so far by our parish. They might have heard of the Nets for Life Project but just couldn’t believe the number of nets we’ve donated so far. What a wondrous thing we are doing.

  4. Robin
    April 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Our task is heavy…but God is great.

  5. Tami Walker
    April 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the link to the diocesan articles on the Nets for Life mission project. It was great to see what other churches are doing too.

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