Easter Angel Baskets

Easter Angel Baskets

Food to Fight Hunger
March 22, 2015

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church West in Victoria hosted the Easter Angel Baskets food distribution on March 22nd. About 100 volunteers gathered together to prepare groceries and gifts for 34 families in need! Boxed food included canned goods, fruit, rice, pasta, and even toilet paper. Easter Baskets were also filled with toys and goodies for the kids!

Volunteers Needed

Love INC is in need of volunteers!

Make a real difference in the community by joining the Love INC team! We are currently looking for help in the following areas:

Data Entry
Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9-10am at the Love INC Clearinghouse, Chaska
One day a week

Answering the Help-Line Phones
Mon, Wed, or Fri between 9-2 at the Love INC Clearinghouse, Chaska
One day a week

Clean the Love INC Office
Once a month

Help with FurniShare Sales
3rd weekend of each month, 9am – 5pm Friday and Saturday
At the Love INC Warehouse, Chanhassen

Help at the FurniShare Warehouse or with Furniture Deliveries
Saturday mornings 9am – noon
Help at the Furniture Warehouse in Chanhassen
OR help deliver furniture to families in need

Prayer Warriors
Be on a rotating team to follow the Love INC truck and pray after deliveries are made to families
Saturday Mornings

Sign-Up for the next Volunteer Training!

Thursday, May 14 from 9-11am
Love INC Office: 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska

Contact Mary Morley for more information:
952-448-3262
mmorley@loveincecc.org

Doing What I Was Created To Do

Doing What I Was Created To Do

Written by Mike Fortner

Happy New Year to all of you who are a part of the LoveINC movement. I’m already getting the feeling 2015 is going to be an amazing year. Lives are going to be changed.

God is so good isn’t he? His love for us is more than I can believe or understand sometimes. His grace and mercy continue to stop me in my tracks again and again. I find myself asking, “How can I possibly deserve this love, another second chance, more forgiveness, and so much hope?”  It makes me want to do something. To make an extra effort discovering my purpose. To actually do what I was specifically created to do.

I have young kids. And I always worry about them being spoiled brats. So I get extra-excited about service opportunities that involve my kids. Just before Christmas, we had a chance to wrap gifts and food, take them to the home of a family being supported by LoveINC, and pray with them. Wow. In their home? A tad outside my comfort zone. But I could really feel a gravitational pull to do it.

So my family of five, we showed up at the church, got some instructions – I may have snagged some free doughnuts & coffee too – and drug everything over to a table to begin.

I’m not very detail oriented. And I have a terrible memory. But even I remember a few powerful things about that day.

  1. Prayer matters. A lot. It’s so good for us. We got to pray before we started our packing, and we got to pray with each of the families we served. Prayer is powerful. It changes the people we pray for. And it changes us.
  1. Discomfort can be good. You should’ve seen my family of five simultaneously wrapping separate packages on one 4’x4′ table while sharing exactly 1 roll of tape and 1 pair of scissors. We were far from the pillar of family love and peace. But there was a joy in the craziness. We were…together. Part of something bigger than ourselves. It was something the kids talked about during the rest of the holidays.
  1. Families all around us are in great need. We saw this firsthand as we walked into the strangers’ homes. My 6-year-old said at one point, “Dad, where was their Christmas tree and all their furniture?”
  1. Jesus matters most. It’s not the stuff, it’s not the time, it’s not any of that. Christ is love. And without love, nothing matters.

If you haven’t actually served at one of the LoveINC events, you should try it. The LoveINC people who coordinate the event are amazing, the people you serve are given hope, and the secret bonus is that you yourself will probably get more out of it than anyone.

If you ever want to chat about this, let me know. Connect with me one on one. I’m personally involved in the car ministry, the Waybury ministry, and the one I spoke of above. I’d happily share my experiences, and how you can find your purpose in life by serving at LoveINC. So join me in being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Let’s do our part in seeing Christ change a life.

 

Mike and Jen Fortner and their family are members of Westwood Community Church. Mike is currently serving as chair of the Love INC Board of Directors.

 

 

Christmas Blessings Project

Christmas Blessings Project

December 20, 2014

3 of our partner churches (Valley Evangelical Free, Mt. Olivet Lutheran, and Westwood Community) hosted the Christmas Blessings Project on December 20th! Volunteers packaged and wrapped boxes of food containing a Christmas Meal for a family of 8, along with smaller gifts and toys to be delivered to families. 120 families in need in our community were blessed with these Christmas packages!

Thanksgiving Dinner

2014 Thanksgiving Dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church

November 27, 2014

This year, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska hosted around 400 individuals for a delicious Thanksgiving Meal! 100 volunteers served guests a total of 24 turkeys along with stuffing, side dishes, and yummy homemade desserts.

Volunteers Needed

FurniShare logo (3)

Volunteers are needed!

We are currently in need of volunteers to help deliver and pick-up furniture for the FurniShare Ministry!

When: EVERY Saturday from 9am to noon
SOME Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Where: FurniShare Warehouse
2977 Water Tower Place
Chanhassen, MN 55317

SIGN-UP BY CLICKING HERE! 

For more Information call 952-448-2508 or visit THIS PAGE.
 

 

 

 

National Day of Prayer Breakfast

Join us for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast at St. John’s Lutheran Church Gymnasium in Chaska.  This event is free of charge.  The purpose is to bring our local faith community together and pray about the health of our community, for those in need and for a healthy and faith-filled future for all.  We will have a continental breakfast.  This community event will join us together to reflect and raise up our prayers for God’s support and blessings – for all in our community and for those that lead our communities and our nation at all levels.

We are excited to make this something special, that each and every year on this National Day of Prayer, our communities can be a part of this nation-wide experience.

– – Bob Roepke, Love INC of Eastern Carver County

 

Thankful for a Great Community

Thankful for a Great Community

We’d like to send a big “thank you” to everyone who supported and attended the Hope Banquet sponsored by Love INC of Eastern Carver County on November 15th. Over 275 people gathered at Hazeltine National Golf Course for a fun evening that raised close to $40,000 for this ministry that brings hope and encouragement to those in need in our community. We are thankful for local businesses that generously support causes like this. Gold sponsor was St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Silver sponsors were Community Bank and Chaska Rotary Club. Bronze sponsors were Chaska Lions Club, Eden Trace Corporation, Exlar Corporation, Klein Bank, MFK accounting firm. Snap Fitness and Chanhassen Floral also were generous sponsors of the banquet. In addition, individuals sponsored tables and invited others to be their guests. It was fun to see so many people competitively bidding on over 80 silent auction items that were generously donated by area businesses, churches, and individuals. The auction alone generated $11,500 in funds.

We enjoyed an inspiring program that included moving stories of those whose lives have been impacted by Love INC ministries. We enjoyed music with a message of love and hope by Dan Westmoreland and four friends from St. Huberts Catholic Church. A highlight of the evening was hearing the story of local resident Bob Downs, who recently retired from teaching and coaching for the Schools of Eastern Carver County. Bob brought illustrations from years of providing foster care to over 300 children. It was inspiring to hear him share the impact that so many of the ministries of Love INC have had on the teens that have found safe and loving shelter in Bob and Sue Down’s home over the years.

It became evident as we listened and observed everything happening that evening that we are part of a unique and remarkable community. At one point we saw 18 pastors of all denominations from our community stand shoulder to shoulder across the stage, as Pastor Joel Johnson, of Westwood Church, led a prayer asking for God to use the churches of our community to show Christ’s love to those in need. The evening ended as everyone took out wallets and checkbooks and made personal commitments to support the ministry of Love INC so that more people in the community will be touched by this amazing thing called love. Others committed to pray for the ministry, and some offered to serve as volunteers. We are thankful to one and all for your support of this effort that is transforming our community in the name of Christ.

Sincerely,

Doug Peterson, Love INC Executive Director

Bob Roepke, Chair, Love INC Board of Directors

dpeterson@loveincecc.org

Office: 952.448.2508

Cell: 612.812.1765

Volunteer Spotlight – Jenny’s Story

I’ve been living in Chaska for about 10 years.  In September 2011 my full-time position was terminated after 9 years of service.  I was engaged to be married in January 2012 and we were soon going to be a blended family with five teenage children.  My fiancé’s company wasn’t doing well and he was looking for different employment too.  Even though I was a little shaken on how we were going to make it, I believed God must have a plan.

We were at Blessed Bee Thrift Store when we first were told about Love INC.  I called the phone number they gave me, and was greeted warmly. Rather than being judged, I was shown compassion.  It was such a relief and an answer to prayer!  With our soon to be new “big” family, we needed a twin bed for one of our sons so he wouldn’t have to sleep on the floor. What a joy knowing Love INC had a twin bed, complete with mattress & box spring, and bedding!  We were also able to donate a chest of drawers, dresser with mirror, and night stand to Love INC when they delivered the twin bed.  It was so fun to see the Love INC truck drive up to our townhouse. We were really excited!  All the people in the neighborhood saw the truck and wanted to know what they were about.  I think they ended up picking up a few furniture donations from a couple of neighbors.

We were visiting both the food shelves in town.  It was so amazing to get food each month, as we had money to cover our bills but not enough for groceries & gas. We also received various household & personal care items from several of the churches that host the Love INC gap ministries!  What a blessing! My twins even received birthday gifts from St. Hubert’s Birthday Shelf.  I wasn’t expecting that, and it really lifted our spirits; we just didn’t have money to spend on birthdays at the time.

After our wedding, my husband got a new job, but I wasn’t having as good of success. I did interview and was hired at a couple of different places but it didn’t work out. Both companies were going through different reorganizations. My unemployment had run out and even though I was sending out resumes, I just wasn’t getting hired.  Again, I was a little shaken, however I still had hope that God would provide. We prayed and kept believing that God would make a way where there didn’t seem to be one.  In August I received a courtesy call from a Love INC volunteer that meant so much; it came just when my hope was starting to fade!  They told me about Love INC’s school backpack program at Discovery Methodist Church.  Wow – another answer to prayer!  My daughter received everything she needed for her sophomore year at Chaska High School.

I had always wanted to give back to Love INC for all they’ve done for me, so when they asked if I wanted to volunteer to help at the Clearinghouse and encourage people over the phone, I said yes!  What an amazing privilege to be a recipient AND a volunteer for Love INC. God does answer prayer! Finally I was hired part-time for an international Christian organization. Then recently I started full time work for another company. To God be the glory! After a really tough time, things are now looking much brighter for our family. We will continue to support Love INC and let people know what a great organization this is! Thank you for all you do.

–Jenny Hallstrom

National Day of Prayer

Join us on May 2nd at Valley Evangelical Free Church in Chaska for an hour anytime between 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. for a Journey through stations based on the Lord’s Prayer.  Families are welcome and nursery will be provided.

Sponsored by Love INC and the churches of Eastern Carver County.

For more information, please call (952)-448-2508.