Two Sundays ago, Pastor Paul asked the congregation to write down ways that we can build up our community.  You came up with some wonderful ideas. 

  • Work to get low cost housing in our community.
  • Preparing food for those who have recently given birth or had surgery.
  • Ask more people about themselves; learn their stories.
  • Something as small as smiling and wishing a stranger a nice day at the grocery store or when out.
  • Pass on a 10-20 gift card to a homeless person in our community with a note saying “Love”, “from God”
  • Each church in town take 1 month to fill Diaper Bank needs for Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
  • Look at current ministries.  See if we could add one that is more directly given to helping various parts of the community.
  • Being open and responsive to the needs of the marginalized in Crystal Lake.
  • More visitation of seniors who are home bound.
  • Grief share & divorce care, etc.
  • Take time to talk and listen to others, especially the children.
  • Say “hello, how are you?” to strangers.
  • Build up mom with visits and cards.
  • Send notes of Christ’s love and encouragement.
  • Read with a child.  Knit a hat for someone who is homeless or having chemo treatments or just somebody who is cold.
  • Midweek dinner for anybody.
  • Invite more people to join!
  • Youth Group & Vision Dancers go to retirement homes to entertain.
  • Invite a neighbor that I don’t know to come for coffee at my house.
  • Pray more!
  • Serve communion to Lutheran members in local hospitals regularly once a week.  Build them up.
  • Become a shooting star!!!
  • Use my time and skills to build up our girls and boys in scouting so they grow in confidence and courage. 
  • Donate to Good Samaritan Ministry
  • To help our homeless populations for a short time is to offer them a special meal with donation from our parishioners and volunteers.   
  • Revitalize Stephen Ministry!
  • Talk with kids about school; find out their hobbies; call or drop off a card to a shut-in.