Christmas Thanks

This post was written specifically for the members of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Brighten your day by reading  these thank you letters from the students at Good Shepherd Christian Academy (formerly Jehovah Lutheran School) in Chicago. The students received gifts from the St. Peter family through the Christmas Caring tree in our lobby.

Gifts also went to those served by our PADS ministry to people struggling with homelessness; to people with developmental disabilities served by our volunteers at nearby Meadows Residential Care and at  Bethesda Lutheran Communities; and to those served by Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) in Addison..

When the LCFS truck arrived to pick up donations from our church and other churches (we were a collection point), coordinator Beth Immen reports,  “.  . . we had to go into creative packing mode, opening sealed bags and closed boxes and moving things up front to the passenger side so that every square inch inside that truck was utilized safely.  Lots of presents still remained in Bartz Hall, so I followed the truck with my car full of the remaining toys.  The volunteer staff was grateful for all the wonderful presents for the children they serve.”

Many thanks to the Community Partners (formerly known as the Social Ministry) team for coordinating our annual Christmas Caring tree. In addition to Beth, the team includes Cheryl Bokelman (leader), Patsy Crawford, Mike and Beth Kamperschroer, Vaughn and Diane Kuerschner, Pat Polerecky, and Barb Woike.

If you’ve heard or seen a “St. Peter Serves” story, contact Karen in the church office, [email protected].

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