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.
Pancake Brunch Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who attended and/or volunteered for our pancake brunch fundraiser on August 5th. We raised close to $1,200, kicking off our Raising the Roof and Opening the Doors Capital Campaign to help replace the roof and the front doors of the church.
During the brunch, we served approximately 80 people. We used 13 pounds of pancake mix, which made about 325 pancakes, and we cooked and served 250 sausages. We had a variety of fruit available including berries, melons, bananas, cherries and clementines. Our guests drank three gallons of orange juice, a gallon of milk, a 1/2 gallon of lemonade and close to 100 cups of coffee. Guests were also treated to cookies, coffee cake, cupcakes and a delicious chocolate sheet cake to welcome our six new members of the congregation. Everyone had plenty to eat!
We finished up with a raffle drawing for some great prizes including Amazon gift cards, Mariano’s gift cards, and dining gift cards to a number of excellent restaurants in our area. Our 50/50 raffle was the final drawing of the day and saw the winner, Per Lynnerup, give his half of the pot to Acacia Park and to Save the District 80 Band. Thanks so much for that generous donation!
A special note of thanks goes to Pastor Meagan, who applied for Thrivent Action Team funding for this project. Through Pastor Meagan’s request, Thrivent Financial supplied the necessary seed money to get our pancake brunch fundraiser up and running. Thank you Pastor Meagan!
Acacia Park Has It’s Own Little Free Library!
What is a Little Free Library?
A Little Free Library is a community book exchange. It belongs to everyone, and everyone is free to use it!
Take a Book—If you see something you’d like to read, you are welcome to take it. When you’re finished, share it with a friend; bring it back to the church, or leave it in another Little Free Library. (To find other Little Free Libraries in our area or anyplace else, click here.)
Leave a Book—It’s up to everyone to keep this library full of good reads. Bring books to share when you can, and be a friend of Little Free Libraries everywhere. Help support this mission of building community, sparking creativity, and inspiring readers.
In July, we officially dedicated our Little Free Library. We gathered outside of the church immediately following worship for a blessing and special ceremony led by Pastor Meagan. Afterwards, everyone was invited to stay for refreshments and fellowship. Guests included church members, Eisenhower Library representatives, Friends of the Library members, friends, neighbors, and even the press. You can read more about our Little Free Library, the dedication ceremony and see more pictures in the Norridge-Harwood Heights News.
Special thanks goes to Eisenhower Public Library for supplying us with the Little Free Library starter shed and to Marion Engler for donating the library post.
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