St. John's is a Regional Rock Star Recipient!
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BEDS Plus Challenge!
St. John's is a Regional Rock Star Recipient!

St. John’s Lutheran Church . When the classroom moved to e-learning and teachers were no longer able to see students and families face-to-face, they wanted to ensure that over 100 families had food. That’s how it started. They now pack food for  BEDS Plus , shop for groceries for the at-risk population, put together baskets for first responders, make hundreds of masks, provide a comfort dog for people to see when picking up their meals, provide flowers and encouraging notes, and more. To date, they have provided over 2,000 servings of food. “In March, a high school choir from Ft. Wayne was coming to St. John’s Lutheran to be involved in a Wednesday Lenten Service,” says Sue Kunz who has been involved for years. “We were planning on housing and feeding them. When COVID-19 struck, the choir was unable to travel, and we were sitting on 50 pounds of beef. Katie Pece, our 2nd grade teacher, discussed the possibility of using that meat to provide meals for congregation members, school families and neighbors who might be affected by the shelter-in-place order.” The volunteer group of five grew to 50 in three months and, financially, they have become self sufficient due to donations. “God has blessed this program,” Kunz continues. “Kindness is contagious and giving of our time and energy is the very least that can be done to help others.”


St. John’s July  BEDS Plus  Challenge 
BEDS Plus is presently providing over  4000  individual meals a week to at risk clients / families that are housed in motels and over  100   families and individuals who are housed and experiencing food insecurity. They couldn’t continue to support these vulnerable individuals at this time without the help of individuals and businesses in the community providing meals on a daily basis. 
YOU can help too!
Take the St. John’s Challenge! 

With every $ 5.00  donation we will be able to purchase  1  shelf stable meal that will be delivered to a BEDS client staying in a motel or shelter. At the end of the month our Meals to Go team will purchase food items that will be packaged into individual meal kits and delivered to BEDS!
 
Here are some easy ways to donate
* Purchase a gift card through our TRIP program (indicate BEDS meals) 
*Drop off your donation with your weekly offering (indicate BEDS meals) 
*Contact Katie Pece (k.pece@sjlagrange.com  to use Venmo to donate)
 
Help us make our goal of providing  80  meals this month! 
 
Thank you so much to our congregation for your continued support to our Meals to Go Ministry.  This past Sunday we served over 50 families with meals, treats, crafts and patriotic flower vases!  

Also, thank you to our congregation and community for the generous food pantry donations. These donations went to our congregation members in need, as well as the Hodgkins and La Grange Food Pantries.

If you would like to make a donation or support our Meals to Go Ministry in any way, please contact k.pece@sjlagrange.com