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.

 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

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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.

Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction

We recently hosted a full house at the church for our Annual Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction fundraiser. Through the generosity of our congregation and community members, we were able to raise a grand total of $1,300 for the church and its ministries.

The evening began with chili tasting and voting for one of the 13 different and outstanding chili entries for this year’s Chili Cook Off. Our first and second place winners were Kären Tompkins and Michael Miskawitz, who each took home a $50 gift card from Edelweiss restaurant.

Once the chili tasting and voting was underway, guests were treated to the sounds of Mike and the Magic Tones, playing hits from the 50s and 60s. Band members included Mike Miskawitz–vocals and guitar, Justin Miskawitz–bass guitar, Randy Huebner–guitar, Michael Miskawitz–drums, and Nick Psyhogios–vocals and keyboards.

Guests were invited to view and bid on a number of great donations to our silent auction including Chicago Bears tickets; a 7-foot, pre-lit artificial Christmas tree; a hand-painted occasional table; crystal pieces; gift cards and much more! Raffle drawings were also held throughout the evening, and this year, we had two grand prize raffle winners: Barbara Moss won a pair of Cubs tickets, and Thomas Tompkins won a $100 ABT gift card.

It was a wonderful evening full of food, fun, music, dancing, laughter, and most of all–friends. New friends were made; old friendships renewed, and at the center of it all was our church. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event!

Pancake Brunch

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or volunteered for our recent Pancake Brunch. We raised a total of $766, which allowed us to pledge 17 textbooks to ELCA International Women Leaders scholarship recipients! During the brunch, we served approximately 75 people. We used 10 pounds of pancake mix, which made about 250 pancakes, and we cooked and served 200 sausages. Our guests drank almost three gallons of orange juice, a gallon of milk, a 1/2 gallon of apple juice and close to 100 cups of coffee. Everyone had a wonderful time!

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 Pancake Brunch fundraiser up and running. Thank you Patti!

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