What we can do to support the community...
As people of faith, it's hard to practice social distancing because it feels like we're just taking care of ourselves. We have learned the value of caring for others, and we believe God calls us to care for others. We know there are needs right now, but it's hard to know what they are and what we can do. Here are some resources to get you connected . . .
Help with the MLM Christmas Store
Our congregation supports the Metro Lutheran Ministry Christmas store, making it possible for low-income families to shop for Christmas gifts for free. Make a monetary donation online or by check to Metro Lutheran Ministry, 3031 Holmes, KCMO 64109, shop for gifts via the MLM Amazon Wishlist, or drop off gifts at Hosanna! through Nov. 15. You can also sign up to help at the MLM warehouse to prepare gift orders for clients to pick-up (the procedure will be very different this year than in past years.
Sign up to Send Hosannagrams!
We’re recruiting Hosanna! members and friends to send notes and/or artwork to some of our members who are more isolated during the pandemic. Complete the sign-up and let us know who in your household would like to send mail. Kids (and adults) are invited to send artwork to brighten someone’s day. If artwork isn’t your thing, you can sign up to send a card or letter of greeting. On the sign-up, you’ll let us know if you’d like to do this one time, weekly, or monthly, and we’ll send you a name and address of a different member in our congregation each time. Then all you have to do is put together your greeting, say a quick prayer for the recipient, and drop it in the mail. Questions? Give Cathy a call in the office at 781-7991 or send her a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberty Meals on Wheels volunteers serve more than 100 seniors within Liberty. Their amazing group of permanent and substitute drivers donate their lunch break to delivering a nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check to Liberty seniors. With an increase in recipients and meals delivered, Liberty Meals on Wheels is looking for 8-10 volunteers to help deliver to newly added routes. The time commitment is very minimal - one hour (11 a.m.- 12 p.m.), one day a week (you choose: routes are available Monday through Friday). Learn more or sign up to volunteer.
Food insecurity continues to grow across the Kansas City area as many people continue to be out of work and some unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of July. Learn more about this issue and how it is impacting people right now.
Harvesters is so grateful for the work of volunteers, who bring their hearts and hands to the job of feeding 141,500 hungry people every month. Hours spent sorting food, assisting at special events or providing professional service equate to the work of an additional 90 full-time employees. Learn about how you can give your time at the Harvesters volunteer page, or if you aren't able to go out right now, how you can give food or donate financially to their work.
Prayer Weavers Continue Making Blankets
Hosanna's Prayer Weaver sewing team hasn't slowed down with the stay-at-home orders. This year through March they've collectively assembled 440 blankets that will be given to Children's Mercy Hospital for patients receiving care. Their goal for the year is 2,000 blankets. If you'd like to learn how you can contribute to their work (you don't have to be a master weaver), contact Jane Bradbury.
Join Hosanna's Prayer Team
The Prayer Team commits to pray immediately when they receive an email with a prayer request. These go out sometimes several times a day depending on the request for prayer. They also pray weekly over the prayer concerns listed in the Happenings. If you would like to be a part of the important ministry, whether to pray or if you have a prayer request, contact the church office.
Contribute to Our Online Worship Service
We would like to include more of you in remote worship. Sign up to record yourself reading the scripture, prayers of intercession, and/or the sending for remote worship. Pastor Mike will provide information for the readings, as well as instructions of how to record on your smartphone and submit the recording to him to use in the upcoming service. To sign up, simply contact Cathy and let her know how you would like to participate.
In As Much Ministry is in need of food and volunteers
Many of their regular volunteers fall into the category of those we need to protect during this time. As the situation rapidly changes, it’s best to contact the ministry directly through their website http://www.inasmuchministry.org/ or call them at 781-6357 to determine their latest volunteer needs. In As Much Ministry is the local food pantry serving the Liberty area.
Community Food Donation/Assistance for Families
The Liberty community has expressed an overwhelming willingness to help support families in need with important food items. Liberty Public Schools is partnering with Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and Feed Northland Kids to ensure our families are fully supported during these unprecedented times. They will be building food kits that will be distributed weekly and can use your help! Click here to learn more.
Show Support for Liberty Businesses
The Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce has created a Facebook group to share updates from Liberty area restaurants and local businesses. The group is sorted into easily searchable units where you can find:
Restaurant menus and info about curbside pickup and delivery
Retail businesses that are offering online ordering
Various service industries that have adapted their offerings to continue serving customers
Community efforts like the Bear Hunt!