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FEBRUARY "FOOD WITH FRIENDS COMMUNITY DINNER"

Our February "Food with Friends" was a Hotdish Potluck, with prizes awarded based on voting by those present. Thank you to Rich Jadwin, our voting judge, and Pastor Dick, his spiritual advisor. Thank you to Sandy Jadwin for the clever 1st place prizes! Our winners for Hotdish: 1st-Janet Higgins; 2nd-Katie Wright; 3rd-Lois McKeag. The winners for Dessert: 1st-Linda Splittstoesser; 2nd-Wanda Narum; 3rd-LaVonne Mathisen. Thank you to all who brought dishes to share. It was a fun evening with great food and great fellowship. Our next Food with Friends event will be Wednesday, May 17.
Food with Friends

SOUP & CEREAL BOWL FOR SOUPERBOWL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2017

Souper Bowl of Caring
More than 25 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat." Since that day, more than $125 million has been raised for local charities across the country through SouperBowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is tranforming the time around the Big Game into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving. Be part of this movement that is sharing God's love with those in need. Every dollar donated at Christ the Servant will go to Vadnais Heights Food Shelf, our 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring charity of choice. In 2016, Christ the Servant donated $451.25 plus 60 items of food. We hope to surpass that amount in 2017!

Soup & Cereal Bowl on Souperbowl Sunday, February 5, 2017

THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP & PIEFEST - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 7:00 PM

Thanksgiving Eve Worship & PieFest

"A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE" and POTLUCK BRUNCH - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11,2016

Pictures of September 11 Service of Remembrance

2016 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - BARNYARD ROUNDUP

2016 VBS - Barnyard Roundup

VBS 2016 was “farm-tastic!” In Barnyard Roundup VBS, the children learned that Jesus gathers us together! They looked into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explored five Bible accounts where Jesus graciously gathers us together to be with Him with His abundant provision and saving protection, now and forever.

2016 Vacation Bible School

"NIGHT TO UNITE" NEIGHBORHOOD GET-TOGETHER 2016

2016 Night to Unite

"GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS." PROJECT ON SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

On Sunday, June 29th, during fellowship time, we had the opportunity to lend our hands to two projects. First we assembled Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. During Lent we collected enough items to fill out 36 kits for the Lenten Appeal – Baskets of Promise. These kits will be sent off around the world to families in need. And then, we began adding our church labels ("We've Got the Spirit") to the 1500 bottles of water we will be handing out during the Vadnais Heights Heritage Days Parade on August 17th.

              

YOUTH MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER, SUNDAY, JUNE 22

           

Thank you to all who participated in the CherryBerry Fundraiser! We had a wonderfully delicious time! Overheard: "This is Heaven in a cup!" Thank you, CherryBerry!

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2013

Our children put on a wonderful Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 14th. A huge thank you to all the volunteers for their wonderful, creative talents. They gave generously of their time and provided us with sweet memories for this Christmas. Be sure to head over to the CSLC Facebook page to view more photographs.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2013

The Education Ministry Team wants to thank the congregation for their generosity for all the donated gifts for Operation Christmas Child. Also, we'd like to thank the Ramsey County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for sponsoring the shipping and helping us get to a grand total of 50 boxes for Operation Christmas Child! Stay tuned to the Cross and Cradle and our Facebook page for updates from Samaritan’s Purse on gift delivery locations.

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 2013

Thank you to all who donated blood and to all who volunteered with the drive. Your efforts resulted in donations of 41 units of blood to save over 82 lives! Thank you all!

Benefits of Donating...
* It feels great to donate!
* You get free juice and delicious Keebler® cookies.
* It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
* You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
* You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

RALLY DAY MINISTRY FAIR
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8,2013
GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS!

Thank you for a great Rally Day Ministry Fair! It was a time to see what ministry opportunities are available this coming year. There was information for Sunday school, Confirmation, Adult Classes, Social Ministry, Worship, Property & Grounds, Evangelism, and the Pumpkin Patch. The traditional CSLC POTLUCK was a hit. And Jodie's name was drawn for the quilt prize from the “Church on a Stick.”

Our project for "God's work, our hands" was assembling 41 school kits for Lutheran World Relief.

VADNAIS HEIGHTS HERITAGE DAYS 2013
PARADE & WORSHIP SERVICE

"God's work, our hands."

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive 2013: Change the world,one pair at a time!

Soles4Souls

We collected 83 pairs of shoe to donate to Soles4Souls during Barefoot Month - July 2013! Thank you!

Visit the Soles4Souls website for more information about this ministry and locations to drop off shoes during the rest of the year.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2013
ATHENS: PAUL'S DANGEROUS JOURNEY TO SHARE THE TRUTH

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT VBS!

The children and leaders escaped to Athens with Paul! They imagined leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes — all to spread the life - changing truth of God’s love!

We had a wonderful time in Athens this year. After nightly serving dinner to approximately 50 people we were happy to welcome 24 children to Rome, Corinth and Antioch. A HUGE thank you to the entire community for participating and supporting this faithful and fun event.

ELCA MALARIA CAMPAIGN 2013

ELCA Malaria Campaign ELCA Malaria Campaign

Christ the Servant joined the ELCA Malaria Campaign, joining hands with Lutheran partners in Africa. Together, we are helping prevent, treat and educate communities about malaria and eliminating deaths from this curable disease -- for good. Every 60 seconds a child in Africa dies of malaria. That means that during the course of an hour-long worship service, an average of 60 children die of malaria. Our congregation joined with millions of people around the world in taking action. For more information, check out the display at church where you will find donation envelopes or go to www.elca.org/malaria. To date, members of CSLC have donated $487.04 to the Malaria Campaign through the church. (It was heartwarming to see some of our littlest members contribute their change!)

THE LWR QUILT CHALLENGE 2013: Tied in Faith. Sent in Hope. Wrapped in Love. 

LWR Quilt Challenge

Quilts in Sanctuary

BLESSING OF THE QUILTS
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013

During worship, the quilts created by the CSLC Piecemakers were blessed to be sent to communities where poverty, injustice and human suffering prevail. The quilts made by the Monday PM group went to a local women’s shelter, and the quilts made by the Tuesday AM group are going to Lutheran World Relief for distribution throughout the world wherever needed.

When you make and send a Quilt, we are not only comforting someone we have never met, but providing an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, it can be:
a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;
a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;
a sack for transporting those goods to market;
a sunshade;
a shawl; and most importantly
a constant reminder that someone cares a lot.

BASKETS OF PROMISE 2013

LWR Baskets of Promise

During Lent, Christ the Servant joined Lutheran World Relief's Baskets of Promise appeal. We collected items (bars of soap, bath towels, toothbrushes, combs, nail Clippers) that we used to assemble 52 Personal Care Kits that will give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life's most challenging situations. Thank you to all who helped.

Gathered, Assembled, Blessed, Delivered!

Gather Assemble Bless Deliver

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011

Feed My Starving Children

Every day 18,000 children die from starvation. We DID make a difference for these children by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Thursday, February 24th. Twenty-eight people (7 years old and up!) gathered to travel to the Coon Rapids facility to pack meals for children in Haiti. It was wonderful to know that we saved so many lives, fed so many with just an hour of our time. Click on the photo album below to see pictures of the evening! (And see how glamourous we all look with our hairnets on!)

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011

Souper Bowl of Caring The Souper Bowl of Caring is the result of thousands of young people joining together in 1990 to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. This unique, youth-led movement of caring has transformed the nation's biggest weekend of football into its largest weekend of giving.

On Superbowl Sunday, February 6th, 50 items of non-perishable grocery items were donated, which will be given to the Vadnais Heights Food Shelf. In addition, $488.30 was donated to fund CSLC’s commitment to serving with Loaves & Fishes at Dorothy Day Center. The day was celebrated by enjoying a bowl of chili or chicken noodle soup following worship. Thank you all for your contributions to help feed those in need.

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING

December 2010

Through the Giving Tree you donated 147 gifts for 8 families. These gifts included one or two requested gifts for each individual, plus grocery and gas cards for each family. (Estimated value of gifts was over $2000!) These gifts were delivered to families within Vadnais Heights.

Ninety-two pajamas and 59 books were delivered to the Pajama Program of Minnesota. (Estimated value: $1200!) These pajamas and books are distributed throughout Minnesota to homeless shelters.

Thank you to CSLC for your generous giving this Christmas to the Giving Tree and the Pajama Program! It is a tremendous honor to represent CSLC when delivering your gifts! Click on image below to see the photo album!

GIFTS NEEDED IN TANZANIA

December 30, 2009

Tanzania

Famine in Parts of the Iringa Diocese

This summer you heard about impending famine in parts of the Iringa Diocese in Tanzania. There are regions of the Iringa Diocese which did not receive adequate rain and thus were unable to harvest a crop that would sustain families until the next harvest season. The situation in the villages of Igunda, Mgowelo, Nyanzwa and Mbuyuni is very serious. About 75% of the households in these villages are running out of corn and are reducing consumption to one meal a day. If they do not receive assistance, many people will be reduced to eating only once every two or three days.

In December, emergency food distribution began. "To see the gospel of Christ's love poured out bag by bag, to Christians, Muslims, and all God's children was overwhelming. The people were gracious and appreciative, and we were humbled in their presence," said the Rev. Tom Hansen and his wife, Beth, members of the Iringa Task Force. The December distribution was aimed at short-term assistance. More help is needed. We in the Saint Paul Area Synod have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our companion diocese in Iringa.

Tanzania Famine 2009

Please spread the word of the great need and invite your congregation, friends, family, and other individuals to make a financial gift to help our brothers and sisters in the Iringa Diocese. Please send your gift to the Saint Paul Area Synod, 105 University Ave. West, St. Paul, MN 55103 and mark your gift for the "Emergency/Iringa Famine Fund".

Thank you for your prayers and gifts on behalf of our friends in the Iringa Diocese.

Food distribution in Nyanzwa

Tom and Beth Hansen arrived in Nyanzwa on Monday, December 6 and found over 1,000 people waiting to receive maize. It was obvious that they would only be able to supply a small amount of maize to each family on the list that Nyanzwa pastors and evangelists had compiled. The needs far exceeded capabilities.

Two truckloads of maize were delivered, totaling 19,000 kilos (42,000 lbs.) Each family received 10 kilos of maize, and large families were invited to meet with Pastor Mwafute and the village leaders to receive more maize at the end of the day.

From Tom and Beth Hansen: "It has been our privilege to witness and share the rich and joyful faith of our sisters and brothers here. Thank you for your prayers and generosity. The needs are great! Share the message!"

To view more photos, click here.

MARDI GRAS PARTY & SERVANT EVENT UPDATE

February 10, 2010 Thanks

We had a great group of young and older people at this event on February 10. One hundred thirteen (113) health kits were put together to deliver to Lutheran World Relief. These kits are distributed around the world to people who may be living in exile or who have lost everything as did the people in Haiti. For more information, check out the LWR health kit website at http://www.lwr.org/beinvolved/healthkit.asp.

We also rolled a few bandages from sheets to be distributed by Global Health Ministries where needed. We ran into a little glitch there, but the problem was resolved, and now we are ready to really roll bandages.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with the kits and bandages. Thank you to Steve Holtz for entertaining us with his jazz piano selections! Thank you to Mary Barlau for building the rolling machines! Thank you to everyone who brought in supplies for the kits. Check out the bulletin board for pictures taken during the event!

LWR Haiti Earthquake
LWR Update




January 19, 2010

Dear Friends,

With more than 100,000 dead, more than 1 million homeless on the streets, and up to 80 percent of buildings in Port-au-Prince destroyed, the need is still dire. And significant aftershocks still continue.

But the good news is that aid is finally starting to get in to Haiti. And we are working with a team of 400 people on the ground to provide immediate access to water, food and shelter.

LWR has pledged $1 million to overall relief work in Haiti and has committed an initial $150,000 to the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to deliver water containers and purification materials, as well as temporary shelter items. We anticipate that we will need more than $1 million to assist those in need in Haiti, thus we will revaluate that pledge as the need and fundraising increase.

LWR is providing these immediate services though our partnerships with LWF, Catholic Relief Services, local partners in Haiti, and other international faith-based organizations. And we’re also preparing a long-term response to help the people of Haiti rebuild their lives.

How can you help? You can make a gift online to help LWR and our partners with these critical relief efforts. Or you can make a $10 donation NOW by texting LWR to 40579 (use this number in the “to” field).

You can also make quilts and health kits . There is an urgent need for these materials. We are dispatching them from our warehouses, and first shipments will leave in the next three days.

We are working around the clock to ensure we have the most up-to-date information possible. Please check back with us at lwr.org/Haiti for updates.

Thank you for your quick and compassionate response to this devastating situation.

In Christ,
John Nunes
President and CEO
Lutheran World Relief

LWR logo
Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.

White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf

Donations of non-perishable food items may be brought to Christ the Servant. These donations are taken to the White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf, which serves Vadnais Heights and other communities within this area. Each recipient receives seven days of food and a certificate to purchase dairy products, meat or produce. Cash donations are also very welcome and allow the food shelf to purchase other needed items. check the Food Shelf website for more information.

Vadnais Heights Food Shelf

The Vadnais Heights Lions Club operates a food shelf the second Saturday of each month, from 9 to 10 AM, at Christ the Servant. Food is distributed to any lower income Vadnais Heights resident or family in need. You must bring proof of residency, such as a driver's license, to participate. You may register the day of the food distribution.

Donations of food and/or cash are also accepted. If you have any questions, please call these Lions Club members: Chub Wilke (651-426-5985) or Joe Mueller (651-429-6719).

Loaves & Fishes at Dorothy Day Center

On the 30th of each month (unless the 30th falls on a Saturday), members of Christ the Servant help to prepare and serve a meal at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul with members of Arlington Hills Lutheran Church. We meet at the church about 3:10 PM and carpool to the center, and we are usually finished by 5:45 PM. Christ the Servant also purchases the bread, lemonade, milk and margarine each month. If you have questions, please contact Sue Worhrle or Jim Lundquist. If you wish to donate to the program, indicate that wish on your offering envelope.

Lutheran World Relief

WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief, an international nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world's most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. and has worked in international development and relief since 1945.

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility.

To learn more about Lutheran World Relief, what it does, and how you can help, check out their website at www.lwr.org.