Thursday, October 20, 2011

Spicy meatballs put the fun into fundraising

Two weeks ago, First Lutheran Church hosted a "Spaghetti and Meatball lunch" collaborative fundraiser for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering. The team of over twenty people helped to cook and serve five gallons of sauce, five-hundred meatballs, thirty pounds of pasta, and six cases of sliced Italian bread with the addition of raffling off 40 donated baskets to raise $1350.00 for the effort. The volunteers and donations came from people from St. Timothy's Lutheran, Bethel Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Immanuel Lutheran and First Lutheran Churches.

In July 2012, twelve youth and five adults will be traveling to New Orleans for worship and mission and fundraisers like this will be our main resource in achieving the goal of making this trip.

Until November 10th, our team will also be selling coupon books for the Bon-Ton "Community Days" for $5.00 each. These coupon books are worth up to $200.00 in the Bon-Ton during their holiday kick off sale on November 11th and 12th. The $5.00 donation will fully go to our cause to raise funds for this upcoming summer mission trip. We currently need help selling coupon books in the store on Nov. 4th from 6-8pm, and Nov. 5th 10am-noon. If you would like to help volunteer on these days or assist in selling booklets, please call 664-4601 or 969-3950.

This spring we are planning a Mardi gras celebration fundraiser dinner as our third collaborative team event. More news of upcoming fundraisers will be on the way soon. If you would like to make donations to this fundraising effort, they can be sent under the description of "Jamestown Area Lutheran Youth Fundraiser 2012 Youth Gathering" to Bethel Lutheran Church at 904 West 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701-4614. For questions concerning the 2012 New Orleans trip and future fundraising events, please contact Tara Eastman at 664-4601 or 969-3950.

Thank you for your support in our efforts to provide this life-changing ministry and mission experience for are Lutheran youth and their adult leaders. With your help, we will have the joy of learning more, growing in our faith and having this unique opportunity to serve the community of New Orleans in a hands on way.

Grace and peace,

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