Two Steeples Parish supports many causes and charitable organizations locally and around the world. We created a visual representation of gifts of time, talent and treasure given by members and guests by hanging a mobile from the ceiling at Springdale.

Each time a member or guest gave a gift for a ministry in 2017, a tag with his or her name was added to the mobile. The mobile already has about 400 tags – and counting! We work on at least one ministry every month throughout the year.

Examples of ongoing ministries are:

The Clothes Connection provides free, gently used clothing to those in need every Thursday, and the third Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon at Springdale.

Little Ones’ Playgroup meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Springdale. The group is for pre-schoolers, infants, and those who love them! There’s Story and Activity Time from 10 to 11, and Snack and Fellowship Time from 11 to 11:30.

Quilting is an effort of all ages. Each month Springdale hosts a Saturday session for anyone who wishes to participate, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No quilting experience is necessary. You can learn to quilt, or help cut fabric, tie yarn knots or lay out quilt squares. Quilts are given to youth in the local foster care system so they have something of their own to keep with them.

More of our 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.

Fill the Barnyard – February, March and April 2018

Monetary donations collected for our Fill the Barnyard ministry will enable us to provide livestock to people around the world who need our help. In partnership with Lutheran World Relief, the program donates chicks, goats, pigs and cows to people in poverty. The livestock provides a sustainable income through the production of eggs and animals to raise and sell at a market.

CCC Food Pantry – December

In November and December, we’re collecting items for the CCC Food Pantry in Blue Mounds. Food or a cash donation should be brought to church by December 10. The items needed by the pantry for our neighbors are:

Food Items – Canned fruit, canned meat, canned soup, boxes of cereal, pasta, rice and boxes of Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna Helper.

Baking Items – Flour, white sugar, brown sugar, boxed cake/cookie/muffin mixes.

Personal Care Items – Shampoo, soap, deodorant, shower gel, etc.

Paper Goods – Toilet tissue, paper towels, disposable diapers and/or wipes.

Operation Christmas Child – October and November

From October 1 through November 12, we’re collecting items and financial donations for Operation Christmas Child. The ministry is being coordinated by the Esther Circle for Samaritan’s Purse, a worldwide Christian relief and evangelism organization. This unique project enables us to share God’s love with boys and girls in the far corners of the globe who may be suffering because of poverty, famine, natural disaster or civil war.

We’re collecting small toys, games, school supplies and other presents for children ages 2 to 14 years old. Collected gifts are placed in special Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and sent around the world.

The gifts need not be expensive, and you don’t have to fill a shoe box. One or two gifts, when added to the many that we hope to receive, will be so much appreciated. Our goal is to fill as many boxes as we can with the money we collect for shipping. There are some items Samaritan’s Purse cannot accept: no used or damaged items, no war-related items (toy guns, knives or military figures), no chocolate, candy or food, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, no breakable items (snow globes, glass containers, mirrors), and no aerosol cans.

For more information or to donate a gift(s), please contact Priscilla Laufenberg at 845-6211, or call the Springdale Lutheran Church office at 437-3493 Tuesday – Friday, between 9 a.m. and noon.

School Supplies – September

Our ministry for September is school supplies for Lutheran World Relief. Items needed for school kits are:

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)

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.

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.

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.