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.
Holiday Cookie and Craft Sale
A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and/or volunteered for our Cookie and Craft Sale. Hundreds of cookies were baked and then sold on December 15th, raising close to $1,300. We also had a banner year for craft vendors. Ten different vendors arranged for tables and sold a variety of home-made crafts, including jewelry, gift baskets, wreaths, floral arrangements, holiday decorations, essential oils and polished stones.
Chili Cook Off Fundraiser
A great big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who attended and/or volunteered for our Chili Cook Off Fundraiser on November 17th. We had a wonderful turnout, and through the generosity of our members, friends and families, we cleared $600 which will be applied to our Raise the Roof and Open the Doors Capital Campaign!
The evening began with chili tasting and voting for one of the seven different and outstanding chili entries for this year’s Chili Cook Off. The competition was stiff, but the winning chili of the night was Kären Tompkins’ Three Bean Chili. Congratulations Kären, and thank you also to our six other prize-winning chili cooks! Once the chili tasting and voting was underway, guests were treated to an amazing show by Nick Psyhogios–Chicago’s own Piano Man. An outstanding selection of treats from our dessert table finished off the meal.
A special note of thanks goes to Isaac Sporrong, who applied for Thrivent Action Team funding for this event. Through Isaac’s request, Thrivent Financial supplied the necessary seed money to get our fundraiser up and running. Thank you Isaac!
Another note of thanks goes to Mike Miskawitz for arranging Nick Psyhogios’ performance. Thank you Mike!
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.
Links to Our Monthly Newsletters
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