Announcements for the week of April 22

ILLINI FIGHTING HUNGER EVENT In March Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph sponsored an Illini Fighting Hunger event. The goal was to package meals for those who are at risk of hunger. Prince of Peace sponsors this event every other year. We at New Beginnings are considering sponsoring the event on the years Prince of Peace does not package the meals. The event consists of packaging simple meals that are sealed in plastic bags, then given to those who are lacking in food. The meals are easy to cook, requiring only boiling water. What the packaging event consists of is first of all raising money for the food to be packaged. The packaging day includes pouring measured amounts of rice, dried vegetables, soy, and a nutrition fortifier; weighing the package, then heat sealing it. The cost of each meal is about 15 cents. We would like to gauge interest in hosting a meal packaging event. Please sign on the sheet in the narthex. No date has been set, and this sign-up is simply to see if there is enough interest in the congregation to host an event. If we host and event, it would likely be late next February or early next March.

MILES FOR SMILES Next Saturday, April 28, I will be running the Christie Clinic Half Marathon. I have chosen to join the Miles for Smiles team to help raise money for the Crisis Nursery in Urbana. The Crisis Nursery is an organization that is near and dear to my heart. I was blessed with the opportunity to work there for about 2 years and, while it was a few years ago now, I still love the mission of the Crisis Nursery and its outreach in the community. The Crisis Nursery creates an “Island of Safety” dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis. I will be running the half marathon and I am excited to tackle the challenge for a 3rd time! Running has become a passion of mine, and to have the opportunity to run a great race as well as give back to a great organization is a blessing. If you would all pray for me in this endeavor, I would greatly appreciate it. If you feel called to donate here are the instructions to do so- go to http://www.crowdrise.com/crisisnursery2018, scroll down to where you will see “The Team” (you will have to hit the show more team members button), find my name and click on my profile, then click the big orange “donate to this fundraiser” button. Thank you so much in advance for any and all prayers and donations that are made! -Melissa Hunsinger

QUARTLY GIVING STATEMENTS are in a basket out in the narthex for you to pick up.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, April 15th was 72. The offering was $3,606.00.

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