Love INC Connection
October / November 2017
Volume 7
Go - by Kelley Stokesbary

Anytime I watch the news or read the newspaper, it's difficult. There's so much tragedy and devastation these days. I feel so many things. Horrified. Saddened. Angry, Disheartened. Scared.

Sometime's it's enough to make you want to stay home. As long as we're tucked inside those four walls, nothing bad can happen, right? At home, we feel

But hiding from the scary makes it hard to do our job. We are called to be helpers, life changers, grace givers...we are called to be "do-er's." Jesus called us into action when he commanded us to "Go."

And so we go out into the world. We brave the fear. We will go places and dream dreams and not allow fear to win. We will go out into this world that is so desperately in need of Jesus. In the face of fear and grief and division, we will speak Truth.

Things aren't going to get any better on this side of Heaven. This isn't home, but a temporary stopping point on a far greater journey. On this side of Heaven, there will always be pain; there will always be heartache. But that doesn't make it okay for us to hide in fear. No, friends, it means we go. We go and serve and love our neighbors because we serve a God who's already won this battle. We go and share Love and assurance and hope to a world of fear. Why? Because we have been commissioned to do so.

So I urge you - Go. Go to your neighbors. Go to the stranger on the street. Go to foreign mission fields. Go help at local non-profits and schools. Go wherever there is pain. Go wherever there is suffering and heartache. Go wherever there is fear. Just go and love because Love always wins.
  • Mission Moment
  • Christmas Card Making Opportunity
  • Coat the Community with Love - Love INC Coat Drive
  • Wobble Before You Gobble at the Chaska Community Center!
  • Holiday Blessings Food Baskets
  • Save the Date - Love INC Charity Banquet
  • Ministry Needs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Stay in the Know with Love INC on Social Media
  • Touchpoints - Verse of the Month
We are blessed to see God's handiwork on a daily basis in the Love INC office, but we frequently forget to share that with you! Starting with this newsletter, we will be adding a Mission Moment to each newsletter. This is a chance for us to share the impact of our work with you, one story at a time. We hope you enjoy seeing God at work as much as we do!
Last week, we received a phone call from a woman who was calling to give us an update on her situation. She and her 14 year old son had recently moved from out-of-state and had needed furniture assistance. Love INC and FurniShare provided them with 2 beds and a kitchen table and chairs. We also connected her with Blessed Bee for clothing needs. During her call, she relayed that she had recently found a job and was so grateful for the assistance and blessings she had received from Love INC. We closed the conversation by suggesting a couple of churches that might fit well with what she and her son were seeking in a congregation. THIS is why we do the work we do. Through Jesus, we are transforming lives!
Are you crafty?
Help us make Christmas cards!
Love INC is looking for individuals who can help create handmade, Christ-centered Christmas cards to be given out with our Christmas food packs that will be distributed in mid-December! We have two opportunities available to help. Both events will be held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie (9301 Eden Prairie Rd., Eden Prairie) in Room 210.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 - 9:00 pm - VETERAN CARD MAKERS NEEDED!
This date is set aside for veteran card makers! Please bring your religious picture and verse rubber stamps, as well as any other supplies you'd like to bring. We will be making embellishments in bulk and using diecuts to cut. Any tools and techniques are welcome!

Saturday, November 4, 12 - 3 pm - ANYONE WELCOME!
This day we will have a smorgasbord of religious embellishments ready to be adhered to card fronts. Please bring along any adhesives you may have (glue, glue dots, etc.).
Please donate  NEW or GENTLY USED CLEAN  coats, hats, snow pants, scarves gloves/mittens, and boots. Men’s, women’s, children’s and infant sizes are needed. 

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:
  • Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) – Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • FurniShare (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) – Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday 9 am – noon
  • Blessed Bee Thrift Store (2450 Chaska Blvd, Chaska) – Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday – Friday, 12 pm – 5 pm;          Saturday 9 am – 12 pm
  • Chaska Moravian Church (115 4th St. E, Chaska) – Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen) – please call (952) 937-0063 to ensure office is open
  • Guardian Angels Catholic Church (215 W. 2nd St., Chaska) – please call (952) 227-4000 to ensure office is open
  • Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church (145 Engler Boulevard, Chaska) – please call (952) 448-3822 to ensure office is open
  • Valley Evangelical Free Church (150 Engler Boulevard, Chaska) – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Westwood Community Church (3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior) – please call (952) 224-7300 to ensure office is open
Love INC is working with local churches, organizations, and families to collect clean, new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, snow pants and boots, and dollars to support the coat drive program from now until October 27th at various locations around Eastern Carver County. Infant, toddler, youth, men’s and women’s coats are accepted. The process is simple: drop off your extra coat(s) and winter wear and Love INC takes care of the rest! All donated coats will be given to local children and adults in need.

If you do not have a coat to donate, you can help provide a warmer winter by texting “WARMCOAT” to 41444 to donate $10 or more to Love INC, or by clicking  here .

Volunteers are needed to help at St. John's Lutheran Church in Chaska with the set-up of the coat drive on Friday, November 3rd, as well as to help distribute coats on Saturday, November 4th.

Winter coats will be distributed to individuals and families in need on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Chaska. Individuals and families living in eastern Carver County (Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria) should register for coats by clicking  HERE  or by calling (952) 448-3261. Families and individuals who have registered will be able to pick up their coats from 9 am until 11 am on November 4th. From 11 am – 12 pm, coats will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, November 18th to help Love INC and West Union Lutheran Church deliver Thanksgiving Baskets to local clients in the Eastern Carver County area.
Volunteers may be couples, families, youth groups...anybody who wants to spend a few hours on a Saturday to help spread God's message of love.

Volunteers should report to the Chaska Community Center Community Room at 10 a.m. to help assemble food baskets using food donations received from the community. Each volunteer group / family will be assigned 2-3 families to whom they will deliver food baskets, spend a little time with each family, and share a prayer with them.

Food donations are also being accepted at the Love INC office, FurniShare, and Snap Fitness in Chanhassen. Please see the flyer below for which food items are being collected each week.
Love INC is partnering with St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet Lutheran West Church, and Westwood Community Church to pack and bring complete Christmas dinner baskets to local families in need. For just $40, we can provide a family with enough food to prepare a nice Christmas dinner for 8 people – meat, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and more!

Volunteers are needed to help pack at each church on Saturday, December 16th in the morning. For more information or to register, please click on the church where you'd like to volunteer.

Mt. Olivet Lutheran West Church - Chanhassen - Please check the church website for details and registration.

Unable to volunteer but still want to help?
Please consider making a financial gift to Love INC in support of the Christmas Food Packs. This year, Love INC will distribute 150 Christmas baskets at a cost of more than $6000.   Text "Table" to 41444 on your cell phone to make a $40 donation to help us offset the expense of this valuable ministry that brings hope to our neighbors this Christmas season or donate online by clicking HERE .
Ministry Needs

As you can imagine, running an organization with multiple ongoing ministries requires a significant number of volunteers! In addition to our ongoing ministries, we also have various events and one-time opportunities to serve within Love INC.

Volunteer opportunities vary and may include, but are not limited to:
  • Helping in our FurniShare ministry with delivering furniture or manning the retail store.
  • Serving on the planning committee for fundraising events and activities.
  • Assisting in the office with data entry, bulk mailings, or general administrative duties.
  • Answering phones and assisting clients in our Clearinghouse.
  • Volunteering at ministry events (Backpack Giveback, holiday food packs, etc.)
  • and much, much more!

Whatever your talent or skill set, odds are good we've got a place where we could use you! If you'd like to get plugged in to Love INC as a volunteer, please take a few minutes to complete our Volunteer Interest Form

As we continue to assess the Love INC model, we have identified a few potential GAP ministries that we feel are missing. Some of these are ministries we used to have, but were discontinued and now the need has arisen again. Others are entirely new ministries. If your church would be interested in adopting a ministry, or perhaps you have a ministry in mind, please contact Jayne at the Love INC office( 952-448-2508) or email her at
  • 10/24 - Christmas Card Making - 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Grace Church in Eden Prairie

  • 11/4 - Coat Giveaway - St. John's Lutheran Church
  • 11/4 - Christmas Card Making - 12 - 3 pm at Grace Church in Eden Prairie
  • 11/18 - Wobble Before You Gobble workout at Chaska Community Center - 9 am
  • 11/18 - Thanksgiving Food Pack and Delivery - Chaska Community Center Community Room - 10 am

  • 12/16 - Christmas Food Pack and Delivery - St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet Lutheran West, and Westwood Community Church (times vary by location)

  • 2/9 - Love INC Gala
Did you know Love INC is social?
That's right! You can now stay up-to-date with Love INC through social media. We invite you to join us on the following social media platforms.

Russell St. John, Chair
Dave Ruegg, Vice Chair
Tim Erhart, Treasurer
Rene Brehm
Deacon Tim Helmeke
Gary Rzonca
Jordan Zahrte

Ken Norman, Executive Director
Kelley Stokesbary, Communications Coordinator
Jayne Kane, Clearinghouse Coordinator