- Written by Mary Hert Mary Hert
- Created: 20 August 2014 20 August 2014
At the end of June this year, nine Saint John’s members went to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The purpose of the trip was to see how we might help the Missouri Synod Mission church serve the Indian population. The mission church is on the reservation, so it is in close proximity to many of the folks there.
It was an interesting, eye-opening experience and it will take some real work and dedication to keep this as an ongoing project for our church. We saw many needs, not only for the people, but for the church itself. Because some of the needs will take time to resolve, we found something that could be of immediate help: warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
The mission church has a clothing bank which is open to the public one day per month. One of their greatest needs is warm clothing, in particular, new or gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves for children and adults. As winter in Wyoming starts early and can be particularly harsh, we will be taking donations starting on August 24, and continue the collection through October 5.
Gilda Mark, who works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner on the reservation, has graciously offered to deliver any donations we receive … so what we need now if your help!
As you get ready for the fall and winter seasons, if you find you will not be using some of your winter jackets and coats, please consider dropping them off in the Large Fellowship Hall. If you, your children or your grandchildren have grown out of your coats, we know of many young people who could put them to good use! There will be boxes on the stage in the Large Fellowship Hall for you to put these in. If you don’t have any items to donate, please consider giving dollar donations. You can drop checks or cash into the offering plate—just be sure they're marked "Coat Drive.”
Thank you for your help providing warm coats, hats and gloves for our neighbors to the north! If you have questions, contact Mary Hert or the church office.
Saint John’s Board of Human Needs finds opportunities for the members of Saint John’s to provide a Christian witness by helping people in the community struggling with daily necessities.