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Forty Days of Lent offering for ELCA World Hunger

posted Feb 27, 2014, 8:57 AM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 8:12 AM ]

For Lent, members of Abiding Grace are encouraged to participate in a spiritual practice which will both remind us of all the blessings we have been given and provide for those in need. We are distributing a Lenten calendar on Sunday, March 1, which was developed by Rhonda Kindig of St. John Lutheran Church in Abingdon, Virginia. The calendar is explained in an article from the January issue of The Lutheran. Here are excerpts:

At Lent “we have vague notions that we should ‘give up’ something, but as with fad diets, follow-through is problematic,” Kindig said. If Lent could be approached as a time for a new, focused discipline, families might be more motivated to take on such a practice. So she created a “Forty Days of Lent” activity calendar for her congregation. 

The calendar’s counting exercises provide teachable moments for each day. Activities offered in each square give people a chance to simply give thanks for something in their life (“How many carrots and potatoes are in your fridge? Give thanks for farmers!”). But Kindig adds a giving element as well. As a different item is counted each day, she encourages an equal number of coins to be placed in a bank for ELCA World Hunger or another worthy cause. 

“The saving of coins offers a tangible reminder of the value of sharing our blessings,” she said. Families can either create their own banks or designate a household vessel for holding the ever-increasing coins throughout the 40 days.

—"Use Lent to count blessings and coins" from The Lutheran, January 2014 

We will have a special offering on Easter Sunday, April 20, to bring our gifts of coins together and send to ELCA World Hunger. Calendars are available at the church or can be printed or downloaded by clicking here...

Update! On Easter Sunday coins from the Lenten gratitude calendar offering were brought forward. The result is a gift to ELCA World Hunger of $915.38—nearly $650 of it in coins!