This Super Bowl
the souper Bowl
of Caring is
February 6, 2011.
How to Give on tHe weB
By Mail eLCA world Hunger
Make check payable to “ELCA World Hunger” or “ELCA Disaster Response” www.elca.org/hunger
and mail to: ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal, P.O. Box 71764,
eLCA Disaster Response
Chicago IL 60694-1764.
with a Credit Card
Resources and Publications
Make a secure credit card donation by visiting www.elca.org/hunger/donate
or calling 800-638-3522.
in Your will or estate Plan ContACt us
For more information on how you can make a lasting difference by ELCA World Hunger
remembering the hungry in your will and estate plan, call the ELCA 8765 W. Higgins Road
Foundation at 800-638-3522, ext. 2970, or visit www.elca.org/foundation. Chicago, IL 60631-4101
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LInkIng ELCA WORLD HungER tO WORsHIP AnD COngREgAtIOnAL LIFE
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• Month-by-Month Activities
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How to use this Resource
Congregation Connections is published twice per year. Each issue is designed to help leaders integrate hunger
themes throughout worship and congregational life. This issue is specially designed with ideas, resources and
activities to help you plan from February through July 2011. All lectionary references are taken from the
Revised Common Lectionary.
FeBRuARY 2011 MARCH 2011 APRiL 2011
Page 3 Participate in the Page 4 Plan a Lenten Page 6 Put a “Good Gift” in
souper Bowl of Caring Meal series Your easter Basket
Page 5 screen the new eLCA Page 7 observe world
world Hunger DvD Malaria Day
MAY 2011 June 2011 JuLY 2011
Page 8 try taking Root for Page 10 Host a Potluck to Page 11 volunteer with Lutheran
vacation Bible school end Hunger Disaster Response
Page 9 Celebrate Mother’s Day Page 10 Apply for a Grant Page 11 Become a summertime
in a new way Feeding site
order more copies of this resource by visiting www.elca.org/hunger/ editor: Laury Rinker
resources or calling 800-638-3522, ext. 2580.
Contributors: David Creech,
sign up to receive a monthly e-newsletter from ELCA World Hunger krystal McClinton, Janice Rizzo
by visiting www.elca.org/hunger/enews.
eLCA world Hunger
8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
sermon starter | SUndAy, FEBRUARy 27
MAttHew 6:24-34 Orientation to God The Sunday school children
In the wake of the worst economic slump in recent memory, many of of United in Christ Lutheran
us have found ourselves worrying—about our jobs, about our homes, Church know the power of a
about our future. In times like this we want to clench our fists tightly penny! For the past two years,
around what we have out of fear of losing it. But Jesus encourages they have been raising funds
the opposite—to give generously and to trust god to look out for our for God’s Global Barnyard, the
needs, just as god cares for the birds and the lilies. animal projects of ELCA World
Hunger. With 10,558 pennies
and other funds collected, they
recently presented a check for
souper Bowl of Caring $1,025.00 to the ELCA. The
Sunday school class chose to
On sunday, February 6, nearly 100 million
“buy” one cow, three pigs, two
Americans are expected to tune in to watch the
sheep, two goats, two ducks and
super Bowl. At the same time, nearly one billion
40 chicks. What an awesome
people around the world will be hungry.
barnyard! The children wrote,
the souper Bowl of Caring is an ecumenical, “These animals will provide
youth-led movement that unites young people families living in poverty with
under a single cause: to end hunger. More than 2,000 Lutheran youth groups food, funds and fertilizer–all for
participate each year. It’s easy to get involved—congregational efforts may a better future.” The Sunday
include creative fund raisers, a food drive or a service event. school class has already started
fundraising for a gift next year.
the money you raise can be donated to the hunger-related charity of your
choice. this year, please consider making a difference locally and globally.
select a local organization to receive half of what you raise, and send the
other half to ELCA World Hunger—where your gifts will be at work in over 60
countries around the world. Visit www.souperbowl.org and get a free starter kit.
BuLLetin-ReADY: souPeR BowL oF CARinG
Copy this announcement for your Sunday worship bulletins and newsletters. united in Christ Lutheran Church
De Forest, Wisc.
nearly 100 million Americans are expected to tune in to watch the
super Bowl. Many of them will be hosting or attending parties with Do you have a story to share?
abundant food, friendship and fellowship. At the same time, nearly E-mail Krystal McClinton at
1 billion people will be hungry—some worrying about staying warm, Krystal.McClinton@elca.org.
finding shelter and securing the next meal.
Please join us in remembering the hungry this super Bowl—and give a
donation to help fight hunger after worship on super Bowl sunday.
Resources MARCH 2011
Order these resources by visiting
or calling 800-638-3522, ext. sermon starter | SUndAy, MARCH 27
JoHn 4:5-42 Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
FeeD tHe woRLD Coin Box
distribute these coin boxes to today, in many countries across Africa and Asia, women and girls
members at the beginning of spend hours fetching water from wells. Like the women and girls
Lent, and collect full boxes who travel for miles for clean, drinkable water today, the samaritan
on Easter. Ask those giving up woman who met Jesus at the well was on the margins of society.
coffee, candy or soda to consider Her vulnerability was particularly acute—not only was she a woman,
donating the savings at the end but she was a foreigner who was divorced and without a husband.
of each day. Jesus offered her living water and then sent her to bear witness in her
hometown. Her faithful proclamation brought belief and salvation to
Likewise, today, women often bring change in the struggle against
hunger and poverty. they produce as much as 60-80 percent of food
crops and they are more likely than men to invest their income on
their families by purchasing healthy foods and paying school fees.
Many of your gifts to ELCA World Hunger support water projects that
focus on women and children. support this work today and help
Free. women use life-giving water to bring healing to their communities.
1 package = 10 boxes.
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40-DAY CALenDAR Plan a Lenten Meal series
This calendar invites members Does your congregation host meals before Lenten services? Why not join
to pray, learn, give and deepen together for a meal and fight hunger at the same time?
their commitment to hunger
Enjoy global cuisine while learning about the world and how gifts to ELCA
throughout the 40 days of Lent.
World Hunger are making a difference. Brand new from ELCA World Hunger
is a complete guide to help you
host six different meals during
Lent. A guide for each meal
focuses on a different area of
the world and includes:
Printable table tents
1 package = 25 calendars. Discussion starters Find out how to order this placemat by visiting
order Code: eLCADs0914. www.elca.org/hunger/lent.
Visit www.elca.org/hunger/lent for everything you need to get started.
Get the videos
download or view the ELCA
new eLCA world Hunger DvD World Hunger Video Series online
the new ELCA World Hunger Video series features the stories of four
different individuals and families whose lives have been transformed by your
gifts to ELCA World Hunger. the short videos average six minutes in length
and are perfect to show during sunday morning offerings, temple talks,
adult forums and youth group gatherings. Included on the DVD is a brief,
four-minute video to introduce the breadth of ELCA World Hunger and the
comprehensive program. try showing a video each week of Lent!
oRDeR tHe DvD
tHe kAFLeY FAMiLY stoRY
Chicago, Illinois 8:29 you may order the ELCA World
Hunger Video Series on dVd by
Watch the kafley family get a fresh visiting www.elca.org/hunger/
start after living as refugees for resources or calling 800-638-
18 years. 3522, ext. 2580.
JiM FReeMAn’s stoRY
Spartanburg, South Carolina 6:00
At 88 years old, Jim counts on
home-delivered meals, visiting
nurses and volunteers to stay
healthy and free from hunger.
tHe LinGson FAMiLY stoRY ALso inCLuDeD on DvD
Kaseleka, Malawi 5:37 ELCA World Hunger
Promotional Video 4:20
How can goats change a village?
Watch as gifts of livestock help the
Lingson family end hunger.
viRGiniA QuisPe’s stoRY
La Paz, Bolivia 5:24
Watch as a microloan helps Virginia
expand her small business and better
provide for her family.
with eLCA APRiL 2011
seRMon stARteRs sermon starter | SUndAy, ApRIL 3
Did you know that there is a
sermon starter available each JoHn 9:1-41 A Man Born Blind Receives Sight
week from ELCA World Hunger?
Each one contains ideas and Health and hunger are closely related: those who are hungry are more
thought-provoking reflections from susceptible to disease and those who are sick need more nutrients
ELCA World Hunger’s director for to get well. For this reason ELCA World Hunger has an intentional
Hunger Education, David Creech. focus on health care. We take our cue from Jesus, who also was
Find them at www.elca.org/ about healing. In this text from John’s gospel, at the sight of the man
hunger/sermonstarters. born blind, the disciples wanted to talk theology. the religious leaders
were more concerned with rules and power. Jesus, however, saw a
FAst FACts man in whom god’s power was to be revealed. Indeed, throughout
his ministry, we see that Jesus understood his mission to be rooted
Did you know that the estimated
in bringing healing and wholeness to those who were poor and
number of people who will suffer
marginalized. We are Christ’s hands and feet in the world when
from chronic hunger this year is
we carry on in that healing ministry.
925 million, down from 1.023
billion? Or that the poverty rate
in the united states is above 14
percent? sign up to receive fast
BuLLetin-ReADY: Put A “GooD GiFt” in
facts in your inbox each week,
YouR eAsteR BAsket.
and share these tidbits in your
sunday bulletins and newsletters. Copy this announcement for your Sunday worship bulletins and newsletters.
Easter chicks and fluffy ducklings are more than cute
eLCA woRLD HunGeR and fuzzy—they can change lives! this Easter, fill up
e-news your basket with gifts that have meaning. Consider
Receive monthly updates, ideas, these options through ELCA good gifts:
stories and new resources to A $10 gift could buy 10 downy chicks to help a
use in your congregation. Visit family in Mexico start an egg business.
subscribe. A $20 gift could buy a duck to help a
family in Cambodia escape hunger.
A $100 gift could plant an entire acre of cocoa plants to start a small
business in ghana.
tHRee wAYs to Give
www.elca.org/goodgifts Make your check out to the
“Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”
Phone Send it to: ELCA, 39488 treasury Center,
800-638-3522 Chicago, IL 60694-9400
get more fundraising ideas for
Easter by ordering a copy of the
ELCA Good Gifts Fair Planning
Buck-a-Chick Guide. the guide is complete with
this Easter, join congregations from across the nation by having a “Buck-a- everything you need to host an
Chick” sale. For one dollar, members can purchase and decorate a paper event at your congregation and
chick for themselves or in honor of a loved one. Your gifts will help provide make a significant impact on the
families living in poverty with chicks to provide a source of food and income. mission and ministry of the ELCA.
send the donations to ELCA good gifts (ELCA, 39488 treasury Center, the guide includes:
Chicago, IL 60694-9400) with “Buck-a-Chick” in the memo line. get the
coloring page at www.elca.org/hunger/lent. step-by-step instructions to
plan, promote and host your
world Malaria Day is April 25, 2011
Content for newsletters and
Malaria is a leading cause of death in the developing world—claiming a life bulletins
every 45 seconds. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help.
Crafts and activities
Your congregation may wish to take action by recognizing World Malaria
Day. Consider collecting a special offering and using the litany below during stories of ELCA Good Gifts
worship. gifts designated for the ELCA Malaria Campaign may be sent to: at work in the world
ELCA, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764. For more resources visit ideas for Lent, Easter,
www.elca.org/malaria. Vacation Bible School, Advent
Malaria Day Litany By THE REV. CHRISTInE nESSEL
We gather in your name, We cry out for peace in war-torn lands,
Let us walk in your light. Let us walk in your light.
We center ourselves in you, We yearn for wholeness for our bodies,
Let us walk in your light. hearts and minds,
We wait for your coming again, Let us walk in your light.
Let us walk in your light. We grieve for those who have died,
We give thanks for your promises, Let us walk in your light.
Let us walk in your light. We seek your healing from all disease,
We desire reconciliation, Let us walk in your light.
Let us walk in your light. We beg for wisdom for doctors,
We long for shelter against the night, generosity from corporations, Free.
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We yearn for healing for the children, endurance for caregivers, order by visiting www.elca.org/
Let us walk in your light. Let us walk in your light. hunger/resources or calling
We crave compassion for the sick and We place our lives in your hands; 800-638-3522, ext. 2580.
the needy, shape us with your purpose,
Let us walk in your light. Let us walk in your light.
We mourn with the orphaned and
widowed, We put all our hope in you, O god.
Let us walk in your light. We trust in your mercy and find comfort
We remember our neighbors around in your grace. As we remember those
the world, individuals and communities suffering
Let us walk in your light. from malaria, we pray for your light to
We ask for the strength to give, enter into the world and shine brighter
Let us walk in your light. than any darkness. Let it be a pathway
illuminated by your love.
Let us walk in your light. Amen.
Curriculum MAY 2011
Order the new ELCA World
Hunger curriculum by visiting
www.elca.org/resources or sermon starter | SUndAy, MAy 8
by calling 800-638-3522,
ext. 2580. Luke 24:13-35 The Walk to Emmaus
Mahatma gandhi famously said, “there are people in the world so
hungry that god cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
When we celebrate the Eucharist, we remember god’s gracious and
abundant provision. We gather around the table and our eyes are
opened to recognize god’s way as revealed in Jesus. We take the
bread and see god and understand that when we are fed, we are also
sent forth to feed.
vacation Bible school
try the ELCA World Hunger curriculum, Taking Root: Hunger Causes,
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Order a Taking Root Sample Kit hunger and how you can make
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Each of the four age-level
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and 10-12) offer five, three-hour
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Celebrate Mother’s Day in a new way
Mother’s Day is sunday, May 8. Host an ELCA good gifts Fair and allow
families to purchase gifts in honor of Mom that will support women and
children around the world. Order the ELCA Good Gifts Fair Planning Guide Every year the “Bible Explorers,”
(www.elca.org/hunger/resources) for ideas. a group of children from
Grace Lutheran Church, are
encouraged to choose a mission
BuLLetin-ReADY: eLCA GooD GiFts FoR project. Moved by the situation
MotHeR’s DAY in Haiti after the horrible
Copy this announcement for your Sunday worship bulletins and newsletters. earthquake, the children
made prayer flags for the
ELCA good gifts can change the world. congregation. Members wrote
As little as $10 can provide a pair of shoes, prayers for Haiti on strips of
a mosquito net, a fruit tree seedling or 10 cloth and hung them up around
chicks for a family in need. church. As several months
passed, Chile also experienced
Your mother provided nurturing and a a terrible earthquake. In turn,
loving touch when you were a child. Honor the Bible Explorers decided to
your mother this Mother’s Day by providing raise funds for both Haiti and
these gifts to children and mothers around Chile. They created and sold
the globe. colorful magnets to be placed on
Join us for an ELCA good gifts Fair and browse more than 65 different refrigerators. The Bible Explorers
giving options that support life-changing projects and programs around presented their wonderful gift
the world. Honor Mom by sharing the love she shares with you. on behalf of Haiti and Chile to
ELCA disaster Response.
Grace Lutheran Church
tiMe: Boulder, Colo.
Do you have a story to share?
E-mail Krystal McClinton at
Apply for a Grant
from eLCA world June 2011
Is your congregation fighting
hunger in your community?
sermon starter | SUndAy, JUnE 12
do you run a soup kitchen,
food pantry, homeless shelter JoHn 7:37-39 Rivers of Living Water
or a different ministry to help Waters occupy a large place in the Christian imagination. genesis 1
those in need? did you know speaks of the chaotic primordial waters. god’s spirit hovers over the
that your gifts to ELCA World chaos then speaks order into existence. Into what chaos do we want god
Hunger are at work in the to speak order? How can we use our voice to speak and create order?
by supporting programs and Water plays a central role in the key story of the formation of Israel.
ministries organized by Lutheran When god is liberating the Israelites from the oppressive Egyptians,
congregations and organizations? god guides them through the troubled waters of the Red sea. When
For example, your gifts to ELCA they thirst in the desert, god provides water out of a rock. What
World Hunger support: liberation do we seek? What waters must we move through to get
there? What thirsts do we long to quench?
Zion Church in Madison,
wisc., in their efforts to Water also plays a key role in our own formation through baptism. In
provide personal, household baptism we are both liberated and joined with god in god’s liberating
and hygiene products for activity. How can we help issue forth rivers of living water?
families living in poverty.
Beautiful savior Lutheran
Church in tucson, Ariz., as Potlucks to end Hunger
they serve monthly meals to
those who are homeless. Jell-O molds. Cookies. Hot-dish surprise. kitchens filled with the aroma
of Crock-Pot bean recipes simmering all afternoon. When Lutherans host
Good shepherd Lutheran potlucks, hungry members and visitors alike flock in at the promise of good
Church in Denver, Colo., as food and fellowship.
they provide English as a
Second Language classes, But that’s not all potlucks can do. Potlucks can also combat world hunger.
child care and transportation Potlucks to End World Hunger is a movement started by two Lutheran
services to those in need. pastors. the idea is simple. Host a potluck and take a collection for ELCA
World Hunger. In 2009, 27 congregations participated and raised $4,400 for
What is your congregation up ELCA World Hunger. In 2010, 120 congregations participated and shattered
to? you may apply for a grant the goal of $10,000.
(typically $500 to $6,000)
for anti-hunger work in your the tradition continues into 2011. When will you or your congregation hold a
community. Submit applications potluck to end hunger? Make it festive and hold one near a major holiday like
by July 2011. The application the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. Do it near World Food Day (October 16)
can be found online at or thanksgiving to reinforce the fact that when many of us gather with friends
www.elca.org/domestichunger. and family for meals, over one billion people will go to bed hungry.
For ideas, resources and more information visit www.amonthofpotlucks.org.
JuLY 2009 Help kids in Your
Lectionary Connection |
JuLY SUndAy, JULy 26, 2009
Federal nutrition programs like
John 6:1-21 Multitudes are fed after a little boy offers to share his loaves and fish. the national School Lunch and
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Have you ever stopped to think about the young boy who offered to share his
Breakfast program help families
in the United States who struggle
barely loaves and fish? When the disciples asked around for food, the young
with hunger and poverty. Tens of
didn’t stop 13:31-33, 44-52 The Parable of the Mustard I make?” But
boy MAttHew and say, “What’s the point? What difference can Seed.
millions of children rely on these
Three offered up
instead he Parables five loaves and two fish—what many would have seen
meals each school day.
small, insignificant contribution tells a such a large crowd. nature his
as aIn this collection of parables Jesusto feed great crowd about theBut withof
the kingdom of heaven. In the gave thanks, and fed a kingdom is
small gift, Jesus took his offering, first two, we see that themultitude. small But what do families do over
and unnoticed: a small mustard seed, leaven in dough. In the last three the summer when school isn’t
we see that the kingdom is precious: a treasure, a pearl, a great catch of in session? For many families
fish. As we work toward the goal of ensuring that all are fed and satisfied, with low incomes, “gap times”—
we can sometimes feel that our efforts are too small or too feeble. But evenings, weekends and
this is god’s kingdom and god’s work, and we hold to the hope that summers—are especially
our small efforts today, unnoticed as they may be, will one day grow challenging. To learn more
into a beautiful tree that brings life, a loaf of bread from which all will about how your congregation
be sustained. could be a food site or sponsor,
Barnyard Coin Box
distribute this interactive coin
box to Sunday school children
to teach them about how
animals help fight against
hunger and poverty.
volunteer with Lutheran Disaster Response
Looking for a summer service project? Why not gather a group to lend a hand
and make a difference in the lives of disaster survivors. Lutheran Disaster
Response has several volunteer opportunities for groups of all shapes, sizes Free.
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