Two Steeples Parish supports many causes and charitable organizations locally and around the world. Some of our current ministries are highlighted below. If you’d like more information or would like to share your time, talents or gifts for any of our ministries, please contact Sherri Hefty or the church office.
Blessing Boxes – July and August
Our ministry for July and August is collecting funds to pay for building materials to construct Blessing Boxes and to purchase food items. The boxes are “micro food pantries,” which will include a small, clear case that’s filled with canned goods and non-perishable food items. People will be able to take items they need, any time of the day or night. They won’t have to fill out any forms and can maintain their privacy. We’re partnering with Mount Vernon Lutheran Church on this project. The Blessing Boxes will be placed near West Blue Mounds Lutheran Church and Mount Vernon Lutheran Church.
“Fill the Barnyard” – May and June
Our “Fill the Barnyard” ministry in May and June will provide livestock to families in real need around the world. Goats are built to last — providing nutrition and income in the most challenging environments. Chicks take just 120 days to mature, making them a quick and sustainable source of income for families around the world. A farm hen and chicks means eggs to eat, eggs to sell and chicks to grow a flock. Little pigs grow into big pigs fast, providing a woman in need with the ability to earn a good price when her little piggy goes to market.
Please help us fill the barnyard with your donations.
2 Corinthians 9:11 – You will be enriched in every way for your generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.church.
Fund-Raising for a Defibrillator – March, April and May
In March, we will continue to collect funds to purchase an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for the church. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age. An AED is portable, and easy to use. The AED uses audio and visual instructions to guide the user through the appropriate steps. This is an effective life-saving tool that can bridge the gap between cardiac arrest and the arrival of trained medical personnel. Your donation could help save a life.
Mt. Horeb Clothes Connection & Blue Mounds Clothes Closet – January and February
Our ministry for January and February is to help provide clothing for those in need. We’ll collect money for the Mt. Horeb Clothes Closet, as February is the love offering month. We will collect articles of clothing for the Blue Mounds Clothing Connection, which is now located at Springdale in a Sunday School classroom in the lower level.
Operation Christmas Child – October and November
This ministry involves packing shoe boxes full of toys and necessities for needy children overseas through Samaritan’s Purse.
Quilts & School Kits Shipped by Lutheran World Relief – September and October
Lutheran World Relief Quilts & School Kits convey a priceless message of love and commitment to people around the world in desperate need. In 2015, LWR delivered more than $13 million worth of quilts & kits for just $1.4 million in operating costs. A neighbor in need receives $9 worth of items for every $1 donated to the shipping fund. It takes $2.25 to ship each quilt and $1.40 to ship each kit. Boxes of LWR quilts and kits await distribution to their recipients.
In addition to financial donations, it’s our goal to increase the number of quilts we donate this year. In addition to quilts for LWR world-wide, we’ll be donating quilts to the foster care system in nearby communities.
To help reach our goal, we’re hosting an event Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Springdale Lutheran Church to teach people how to quilt, or just to help prepare quilting materials. No prior experience in quilting is necessary, and you needn’t have any religious affiliation to participate. If you can cut cloth in a straight line or tie a knot, this is for you!
Even if you can’t attend on October 8, you can put your old scrap fabrics, used bed sheets or mattress pads to good use. Whatever can’t be used as quilt tops can be used as filler for the quilts.
We’ll serve a free lunch, so please let us know if you’ll be joining us October 8. To get more information or arrange a time to drop off scrap fabrics, please contact the church office at 608-437-3493.
School Supplies Collection – August and September
In August, we’re focusing on collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief. Can you imagine having to choose between paying for a meal or a notebook for school? For many families, school supplies are more than they can afford.
Contents of a School Kit cost about $15. Even a few items or a small donation make a difference. One dollar will buy enough pencils for three kits, three rulers, two boxes of crayons, or two pair of scissors. A little can go a long way in helping youth around the world with their education.
Opportunities to help support this ministry include helping assemble kits, donating items for Kits, or a financial gift that will be used to purchase school supplies.
Contents of Each School Kit
* Four 70-sheet, spiral-bound notebooks, wide- or college-ruled
* One 30-centimeter ruler (or centimeters on one side and inches on the other)
* One pencil sharpener
* One pair of blunt-tip scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
* Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers on the tip
* Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink pens, please)
* One box of 16 or 24 crayons
* One 2-1/2 inch eraser
* One sturdy drawstring backpack-style cloth bag, approximately 14 x 17 inches with string shoulder straps (not standard backpacks)
Care Team – Ongoing
Visiting elderly and shut-in members on a regular basis, offering worship and Communion on special occasions and making transportation and other services available as needed. Contact Pastor Jacobs for information.