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
Thank you to everyone who attended and/or volunteered for our Spaghetti Dinner and Dance Fundraiser. 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 also purchased two irrigation ditches for farm fields and paid for two women to attend 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.
Rev. Meagan Sherman-Sporrong Installed as Pastor at Acacia Park
The Rev. Meagan Sherman-Sporrong was recently installed as the new pastor at Acacia Park Lutheran Church. The Rev. Sarah Stumme, Associate to the Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA presided during the service. Immediately following worship, Pastor Meagan was honored at a luncheon to welcome her and her family to our community of faith. Pastor Meagan is looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in the Acacia Park family. Her regular office hours are Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by to say hello!
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