A Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Acacia Park Lutheran Church every time you shop and at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience–including Amazon Prime member benefits–as Amazon.com. You’ll also have the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Acacia Park.

Getting started is easy! You can order as you normally do on Amazon; however, you must logon at https://smile.amazon.com.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from your eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

To select our church as the charity you want to support, type “Acacia Park Lutheran Church” in the search bar; click “Search,” and APLC will pop up under “results.” Then click the yellow “Select” button, and you’re ready to shop!

Every order processed on AmazonSmile thereafter will result in a donation to Acacia Park. There is never a charge to the buyer.

Spaghetti Dinner Dance Fundraiser–November 11


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Thank you to everyone who attended and/or volunteered for our Spaghetti Dinner and Dance Fundraiser on November 11th. We raised close to $1,400, almost doubling our original goal of $715! So in addition to the family farm that we set out to fund, we will also be purchasing two irrigation ditches for farm fields and sending two women to agricultural school.

During the dinner, we served approximately 60 guests a delicious, home-cooked meal of spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, bread and butter, and a variety of drinks and desserts. Once dinner was finished, we were treated to an amazing show by Nick Psyhogios–Chicago’s own Piano Man!

The evening ended with a raffle drawing for our two grand prizes: a fat-tire mountain bike and a zero-gravity lounge chair. Thomas Tompkins won the mountain bike and Everett Sporrong was the happy recipient of the lounge chair.

A special note of thanks goes to Patti Mann, who applied for Thrivent Action Team funding for this project. Through Patti’s request, Thrivent Financial supplied the necessary seed money to get our fundraiser up and running. Thank you Patti! Another note of thanks goes out to Mike Miskawitz for arranging Nick Psyhogios’ performance at the fundraiser.

 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday–September 10


This year we partnered with Phil’s Friends–an organization that provides support and hope to those affected by cancer–for a very special “God’s work. Our hands.” service project.

Volunteers from Phil’s Friends joined us as we made 20 fleece tie blankets to go inside care packages for cancer patients. These blankets are meant to provide warmth and comfort for individuals battling cancer, especially those undergoing treatment. In addition, we made Cards of Hope to provide encouraging support to patients, and we decorated boxes for Care Packages, which will later be carefully hand-packed and sent to individuals battling cancer. For more information about Phil’s Friends or to request a care package for a friend or a loved one, please visit their website: philsfriends.org.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and efforts! A special note of thanks goes to Diane Huske, who applied for Thrivent Action Team funding for this project. Through Diane’s request, Thrivent Financial supplied the necessary seed money to get our “God’s work. Our hands.” service project up and running. Thank you Diane! And thank you to Thrivent for providing us with lunch.

Links to Our Monthly Newsletters

(Older electronic issues are available upon request.)

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