Bagging Big Bucks

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NW Synod of Wisconsin Resource Center, (715) 833-1153

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First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, WI

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An idea, a different "twist"
Wisconsin's hunting season is part of our culture, so First Lutheran in Eau Claire took the theme of "bagging big bucks" for hunger.
Besides publicizing the hunger appeal with inserts and announcements, we added a new twist. While the pastor presented the idea during announcements, two of our teenagers were in the altar area behind her, one dressed as the hunter in a blaze orange jacket, the other as the deer with antlers. The hunter looked high and low as the deer kept behind him and out of reach. The hunter didn't bag his buck but First Lutheran's hunger appeal did with over $6000 contributed.
Enclosed is the letter to the congregation with blaze orange envelopes sent out with the letter and also placed in bulletins on the day of our hunger appeal. Note the buck on the envelope.

Dear First Responders,
Yes, I address you as First Responders, because it has become apparent to me, even within the short time that I have been with you, that this is a congregation that joyfully and generously responds to serving the needs of your neighbors in Christ's name. The great history of generous support for the cause of hunger is no exception. I marvel and give God thanks for the response that has become a tradition at First Lutheran in being a recognized leader in supporting Feed My People and other local food pantries, work at the Community Table, and partnership in the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Like many of you, I know the statistics about hunger. I have heard and read the moving stories of people who live daily with the reality of hunger and its related diseases. I know that even people with jobs are joining the ranks of those turning to food shelves. I have also given thought to the Scriptures, especially Proverbs 31:8-9, which challenges us to "Speak out for those who cannot speak. Speak out for the rights of all who are helpless. Speak out, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the poor and needy." In an effort toward speaking out, I know enough about hunger to raise my voice and join you and countless others in responding to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

I know you will respond. Join me in giving a generous gift as a special offering designated for world hunger relief on November 10. First Lutheran has been challenged to set a goal that each baptized member share at least a $5 gift to this important appeal. Many will joyfully share more. Timing of this appeal has raised thoughts about all that many in Wisconsin do at this time of the year to prepare for the hunting season. Some will hunt for sport and others for food source. May all of us be moved to respond to our brothers and sisters who do not have enough to eat. The Social Action Committee, on behalf of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal, will "bag" your "bucks" for hunger relief - even before the hunting season opens! We've even enclosed a blaze orange envelope to do so!

Take a moment to prayerfully respond and consider what your gift will be. Please be generous in your giving, because the need is extraordinary. First Lutheran's gifts, along with 11,000 other ELCA congregations, will support the greater church's work to end chronic hunger and poverty. Through these efforts, numerous lives are being improved and sustained throughout the world. We will graciously receive all "bagged bucks" at worship on Sunday, November 16th• Use the enclosed envelope to bring your gift on that day. Thank you in advance for your generous and faithful response to this call.
In Christ's Name.
Pastor Amy Odgren


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