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Three years ago, several of our members were sitting around dreaming up something different to do as an outreach project. We decided on Heifer International and sponsoring an Ark, but we wanted to approach raising the funds differently than anything we had done before... Please click the title of the story to read more!
May was Heifer Month at The Church of the Pilgrimage UCC in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The church has been a partner with Heifer International for more than four decades... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Our Church (West Lebanon NH UCC) just finished a very successful 2016 Heifer drive. We initiated the month long Fill The Ark calendar on April 3rd by introducing the Fill The Ark program to both the Sunday School youth and the entire congregation. Over the next month the Sunday School would paste paper animals they colored to fill up a large cardboard Ark set up in the Sanctuary. During the Sunday May 1 service the Sunday School youth collected the boxes from the congregation and filled the front of the Ark. This Sunday the youth will decide what animals to purchase with the $1,000 raised. Also in June the youth and interested members of the congregation will travel to the Heifer farm in Rutland MA to learn more about Heifer and have an afternoon at the farm. Heifer's Fill The Ark calendar was a terrific tool that helped energize our congregation's 2016 Heifer project.
It is with great pleasure that we have enclosed a check for $5,000 to give an Ark through Heifer International. Our small, rural congregation initially established this goal 2 1/2 years ago. We have been steadily working toward it using various fundraising efforts. It has truly been a group effort in that money was received from our Sunday School children, our youth group, our women's fellowship, Sunday mission offerings and individual donations. We support in the work of Heifer, especially the idea of Passing on the Gift. We are excited at the prospect of our gift multiplying to provide sustainability, self-reliance and hope to people around the globe. We are blessed and grateful to be able to share this gift. Thank you for the opportunity to reach far beyond our small town to give assistance to those who need it most.
Dear Heifer International, Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $5,000 from the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers, Texas. We are a very small congregation; however, the youth of our church and our congregation greatly support your goal of "giving people a hand up, not a hand out." The enclosed donation is from "Heifer Offerings" which are taken every fourth Sunday of the month. One of our members, Diana Hill, created a beautiful "Ark Quilt." Members chose an animal or plant to be embroidered on the quilt and made a donation to our Heifer fund; the name of the donor was embroidered on the back of the quilt. The completed quilt sold to the highest bidder for $1,500 in a silent auction at our church. This is the second time we have raised enough funds to purchase an "Ark." Heifer's accomplishments are impressive. Sincerely, Sammie Huff Kohlman Mission and Evangelism Committee
We were extraordinarily blessed to be raised in the Rocker family. As children our parents were always involved at church and in the community at large, contributing their time, talents and money whenever possible. We all grew up with that example and as adults try to emulate our parent’s generosity, though it’s doubtful we can even come close. When we were younger, our Christmas celebrations were more about being together than they were about gifts. But as happens quite often, our small family Christmas celebrations grew as the family grew into a huge party with gifts stacked everywhere. While everyone certainly enjoyed the gift exchange, Christmas was beginning to lose some of its magic for us as a family. Last summer, as our mom was beginning her preparations for the annual celebration, she became depressed about it and prayed for ideas to plan something that would hearken back to those wonderful Christmas celebrations of the past. During her reflection she remembered one of the grandchildren requesting a flock of chickens through Heifer International for her birthday a few years ago. Thinking on a grand scale, this inspired her idea for providing the Ark in 2015. We were all on board and within a short time she had raised the entire amount needed to sponsor the project. At the family Christmas party, instead of endless time spent opening gifts, we spent time together and mom read a version of the Nativity story that focused strongly on the animals present that night. She then explained to the younger children how the animals we provided would so greatly help others, which sparked wonderful conversation with the children. We all agreed this was the best Christmas we had shared in years and look forward to planning more Christmas projects together. Submitted by Pam Wesley
Congratulations to Crystal Maruffo whose story of quitting smoking to raise an Ark for Heifer appeared in the Holiday 2015 issue of the World Ark! The Christmas Eve offering at her church, the Goshen City Church of the Brethren, helped her reach her goal. In one year’s time, Crystal and the friends she has inspired have raised the money for an Ark. Thanks, Crystal, for your dedication and perseverance! And thanks to all who contributed after reading the article. You have been an inspiration to Crystal, as well. Submitted by Peggy Reiff Miller (If you would like to read more about Crystal's Ark, check out the World Ark Blog here: http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/blog/2016/January/crystals-ark-raised.html.)
July 6, 2015 Enclosed, please find checks totaling $5,407. As we have done the past eleven years, Holy Spirit used the Lenten and Easter seasons to raise money and awareness of world hunger by donating money to Heifer International for the purchase of an "Ark." During this period of time, the parishioners of Holy Spirit have contributed over $65,000 in support of projects, activities, and programs sponsored by Heifer International. Parishioners were encouraged to donate the money they would have otherwise spent based on their Lenten sacrifice. If someone gave up coffee for Lent, we suggested they take the money they would have spent and donate it to Heifer. In addition, our Christian Formation Program (religious education for our school-aged children) held their second annual end of year carnival and contributed over $1,800 of the total listed above. On behalf of the parishioners at Holy Spirit, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts in alleviating world hunger and of truly living the Gospel message "I was hungry and you fed me." May God continue to bless your work and the ministry of Heifer International. Peace, Deacon Rich Akins
Crawford Moss of Troy, IL brought the following fundraiser to our attention on November 28. We think it is wonderful that two communities have joined together to raise funds and awareness for Heifer International! In concert with the first Guiding Principle of "Charity," the Knights of Columbus (Troy. IL) Council 9266 has initiated another new charitable fundraiser in support of “Culture for Life” efforts with donations going to Heifer International Foundation. The single and sole purpose of Heifer International is to provide livestock to families of third world countries where malnutrition and starvation is prominent. Heifer International also provides animal husbandry training for continued and sustained source of food and livelihood. Even most conservative estimates are 8 million plus people, mostly under age 16, die each year from starvation while malnutrition significantly contributes to miscarriages, still-birth and extreme birth defects. During the Advent Season, Council 9266 will embark on a 4 week charitable financial drive aimed at purchasing livestock in partnership with Heifer International. A model replica Ark, a symbol of livestock and giving, will be placed in the St. Jerome Narthex as a collection repository. The model replicated Ark was crafted by one of the Council’s own, Knight Gene Touchette. Gene's wood craftsmanship is exemplary and will be on display during the advent collection. Advent is a remarkable season of goodwill of financial GIFTING to others who suffer from real hunger.
Dear Heifer International, We really enjoyed using "Animal Crackers" last year to learn about animals and how they help people. We learned that all God has created and was created for a reason and we should do our part to take care of it and help take care of others, too! We raised $783.00 at our Christ's Kids Carnival for Heifer International. We made a poster at the carnival but it was too big to send, so we are sending you a picture of it. Thank you for all you do to teach and provide for others around the world. Peace & Love, Christ's Kids at 1st UMC Crane, TX
We filled the Ark and had a great time doing it! ...As an incentive, the Religious Education staff promised to kiss a pig if the goal was reached. Click on the title of this story to read more...
The Ark became the conversational topic of the community. It offered our members a wonderful opportunity to spread the word of the fantastic work done by Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...
In July of 2014, the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, FL put together their time and effort to raise funds for Heifer International. The first paragraph of their initial fundraiser flier used to call congregants to give reads: "Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church are committed to helping others by extending a hand up rather than a handout. Their goal is to collect $5,000 to fill an ark for Heifer International in the month of July."
A few weeks ago, Heifer International heard from Anne Nixon-Ellery with St. Charles Borromeo church. She briefly described an upcoming event that her church was hosting with a link to the focus of their Heifer International fundraiser. Click the title of this story to read more...
"We excitedly share the amount of a 'Gift Ark' from our 'Joyful Noise' collection! Our congregation supports us as we learn to be God's servants by our participation in the church service with the collection of their coins once a month. We use this offering as an on-going service project to help those in need. Thank you for accepting our gift to support your mission! The children of Glossbrenner United Methodist Church"
On Sunday, November 16, the Sunday school children (preschool through 5th grade) of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois, held the church’s second annual Living Gift Market to benefit Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...
Kim, Chairperson of the Social Ministry Committee at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN, wrote Heifer International a beautiful letter about her congregation's most recent fundraising effort. Click the title of this story to read more...