LovE-Letter Ministry Meet the New Executive of Love INC Quicklinks NWRC Hi! I'm Irv Cross, the newly appointed Executive Director of Love in the Name of Christ of Northwest Ramsey County. Prior to my arrival on Fare For All June 1st, my career path had crossed a wide variety of vocations from professional athletics, Save up to 50% on your network television, athletic administration, board monthly groceries! chair of a number of non profits, including the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, to a life-long pursuit to study and live GOD'S word. My family and I consider this Ralph Reeder appointment a calling from our Lord and Savior to share the Gospel Food Shelf - and spread GOD'S love. I have been blessed with a wife (Liz) and a son and daughter through 23 years of marriage and a spiritual life Moundsview which grows stronger with each challenging day. I want to extend my School District thanks to the Board and above all to my Lord and Savior for the opportunity to serve in the name of Christ. One tidbit of information The Ralph Reeder Food you will not find is a conversation I had with my grandmother when I Shelf is a Community was ten years old. She wanted me to become a Methodist minister. Education Program of the When I was trying to decide on where to go to college on a full Mounds View Public athletic scholarship, I selected Northwestern University. NU was School District offering emergency and founded by the Methodist church in 1851, and in the middle of the supplemental food campus is Garrett Seminary. I graduated in 1961, and my first job was assistance, school in the NFL as a player for the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles. I supplies, and holiday help never became a minister in the formal sense, but I believe GOD has to low income residents in our community. brought me here today to do His work with our hands. God put me on this earth to serve my fellowman and I give Him the Keystone glory for every single life He allows me to touch. I look forward to Community working with every one of you as we come together, led by the Holy Services Spirit, to transform Northwest Ramsey County with LOVE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. The Keystone Basic Needs Program helps feed the hungry and assists people in crisis in a large service area in Ramsey County - Backpack and School Supply from downtown St. Paul to Roseville, from Little Drive Canada to the Midway and the North End Please join us for this year's upcoming neighborhoods of St. backpack drive! We again are partnering Paul. with the Roseville area schools and Ralph Reeder in the Mounds View/New Brighton A Love Story area. There are over 1,500 children in our local area who are in need of school When Rebecca, a supplies that their families cannot provide. young mother of three Ralph Reeder is specifically in need of backpacks and Roseville children in Aptos, Schools could use help with all of the items listed below. California, had to Love INC will be available to pick up the backpacks and school leave an abusive supplies at your church during the month of August or you can drop living situation in an them off at the Love INC office. If your church would prefer to donate emergency, she funds, Love INC would be happy to do super shopping for the school moved into a low- supplies and backpacks. Please call the Love INC office at 651-633- income apartment 4194 if your Church is able to contribute. Please also let us know if with nothing but a you have any questions or need us to pick up your supplies. mattress, a kitchen table, and chairs. She Items Needed was working hard to · Backpacks (for all ages) pay the landlord for · Wide-ruled notebooks (single subject) the security deposit · Pocket folders when her car broke · Boxes of #2 Pencils down. Needing to · Colored Pencils repair the car in order · Boxes of pens (blue or black ink) to get to her job, · Wide-line Washable Markers (not neon) Rebecca found · Boxes of 24 crayons herself unable to keep · Compasses up with the additional, · Protractors unexpected bills. · Kid-size scissors When Rebecca called · Rulers Love INC of Santa · Erasers Cruz County, she was · Glue Sticks ready to send her · 3-Ring Binders children, ages 11, 9, and 7, to live with their grandmother Together we can make a difference! because she couldn't Thank you, adequately provide Suzanne Hinderscheid for their needs. Board Member Through Love In the Name of Christ, three Current Volunteer Opportunities churches rallied around this young Intake volunteers - respond to calls from family. Church clients, taking them through the intake members supplied process, and beginning the resolving of groceries, household their needs. Data entry - inputing supplies, furniture, information regarding partner churches and toys, and wood for their ministries. Web master - ongoing the fireplace. Another maintenance of the newly created Love INC community NWRC website. Furniture transport - donors offer large items but organization need pick-up and transfer to a storage facility, and clients need help contributed gift moving furniture from one home to another and from donation certificates for the facilities to new homes. Fare For All Express - back-up volunteers children. Most who set-up the distribution point, welcome clients, help them importantly, church transport food to their vehicles. They supplement the current roster volunteers visited which allows Fare for All Express to operate the low-cost food supply with Rebecca and her distribution point held in conjunction with Love INC NWRC, and kids, building a Emergency Food Shelf Network. The site is currently located at Real special relationship. Life Church. Seasonal drives - contacting churches to coordinate "I had grown up their participation in supplying school backpacks, winter coats, resenting the Christmas gifts, and other duties as the projects progress. Office and church," said reception assistants - volunteers with general computer and phone Rebecca. "Because I skills able to help the Executive Director and Intake Volunteers in the was bitter, I would administration of Love INC NWRC's office. send my children to church and wait Fare For All Express ~ It IS Fare For All! outside in the parking lot to pick them up. One night just before I Fare for All Express, a program of the Emergency Food Shelf called Love INC, I Network, works with community partners to offer quality, affordable heard one of my grocery packages each month. Affordable~ through it's volume- children pray, 'God, purchasing power, Fare For All Express is able to buy quality food please have my at below-retail prices and pass these savings on to all mommy step inside our participants. Nutritious ~ Fare For All Express packages contain a the church." variety of healthy, fresh, quality food items, including fruits, Rebecca's mother vegetables, and frozen meat items. There is no limit to the number of had been praying the packages that can be purchased each month! Serving Community ~ same prayer for her In addition to great cost-savings on food purchases, Fare For All daughter for many Express is also committed to improving local neighborhoods and years. Because of the communities. love shown to Rebecca by caring Christians during a Please remind your congregations and friends of the season of need, following! Rebecca's life was transformed. Not only did her living Fare for All Express is a food cooperative whose buying circumstances power is increased as it is used by more people. improve, she now The savings are for everyone. This food is purchased at a attends church and reduced rate, and by buying it, you are not using a resource has given her heart to someone else might need more. You're increasing Fare for Christ. Rebecca All's ability to help more people by strengthening its buying gladly shares her power story with others of If you hope to help someone with a need, purchase gift cards how she was touched from the Emergency Food Network (EFN, the umbrella by the love of God. organization with which Fare for All cooperates) and donate it to your church or Love INC or just give it to someone you know could use it. Financial The food is generally basic frozen meats and fresh veggies. It Statement is not pre-packaged foods. Our numbers are growing. As more people hear about the new location in Roseville we have started to have "regulars" Monthly 2010 budget: and new faces appear each week. $2,500 (operating expenses and salary of Executive Director We Need Your Help To Make This Succeed! serving at half time). Avg received per month in 2010: $1,308 Upcoming Events We operated without an executive director Love INC Quarterly Lunch for several months in 2010 through the August 19, 2010 generous volunteer 11:30am - 1:00pm help of Margaret Roseville Lutheran Church Richter; this explains our ability to continue Special Presentation from Mobile Dental Neighborhood operations despite Outreach Ministry this shortfall. However, such a A community service drawing people to Christ. Gary Moberg, DDS shortfall will very and John Braddock will speak and answer questions. 5 minute video quickly affect our demonstrating how the ministry works. This new ministry ability to continue was referred to Love INC by North Heights Lutheran Church and serving churches as Medical Teams International. Please see here for Mobile they reach out to the Dental ministry website. community, now that we have hired October 14, 2010 Executive Director Irv Topic ~ to be announced Cross. Please consider a gift to 11:30am - 1:00pm Love INC NWRC so River of Life Church we can continue in our mission to ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ mobilize churches to serve those in need. Fare For All Express Board of August 17, 2010 Directors September 14, 2010 October 12, 2010 Dwight Nelson - Real Life Church, Roseville, MN 3:00pm - 5:00pm Board Chair Emmaus Lutheran ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Church Clothing Closet - Hosted by North Heights and Suzanne Roseville Schools Hinderscheid - Vice Chair - North Heights The Clothing Closet has been serving many local families in need in Lutheran Church the Roseville and Lauderdale area. In the last 5 months the Clothing Closet has helped approximately 550 families. The families are very Chris Foye - grateful and appreciative! In order to participate, you must first obtain Secretary - Christ a voucher from Love INC NWRC - please call 651-633-4914. Temple Apostolic Church If you have any questions on this service or would like to volunteer please call the North Heights Outreach Ministries office at 651-797- Greg Grandits - Board 7920. The Summer Hours for July and August. Treasurer - Real Life Church July 17 10:00am-1:00pm August 14 10:00am-1:00pm Jim Fereira - Board August 28 10:00am-1:00pm Member - Real Life Church New Partnership with Bridging April King - Board Effective July 15th, Love INC met with Bridging to create a Member - GracePoint partnership. This will allow us to grow our ministry by Church assisting those in need of household furnishing. Please see here for information on Bridging services. Prayer Requests Prayer for full and functioning Clearinghouse at Love INC NWRC; Expanded Church partners; Successful drives and programs such as Backpack and School Supply, and Fare For All Express. Pray for Community leaders, Pastors, volunteers and Board Members. We also give thanks and praise to our Lord for all the volunteers who donate so much time and energy at Love INC Northwest Ramsey County.