Building the “St. Matthewsville” community

The Sunday School at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Spruce Grove, AB, helped raise money to provide one community overseas with necessary items. Photo provided by St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

The Sunday School at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Spruce Grove, AB, helped raise money to provide one community overseas with necessary items. Photo provided by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

The children and congregation of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta, have raised enough money to support a community through CLWR!

CLWR’s One Community project makes it possible for congregations to raise money to help people in another part of the world. Purchasing items like a well, garden tools, teacher training, medical kits and flocks of chickens help make a community affected by poverty more healthy and sustainable by giving them ways to improve educational opportunities, health, food supply and more.

The “St. Matthewsville” One Community project began in May 2012, and went on for a full year. Money was raised through a bottle drive, Sunday School offerings and donations from individual members of the congregation. In total 16 items were purchased for the project – one of each listed in the One Community project booklet, with a soccer ball from the CLWR Gifts from the Heart catalogue added for good measure!

Suzanne Lundgard, St. Matthew’s Missions and Outreach Director, launched this fundraising initiative. Last month, Lundgard and Pastor Michael Macintyre spoke with the children and congregation in a Sunday morning service to let them know they had achieved their St. Matthewsville goal.

“I think it is important for children to understand the needs of the world, to an age-appropriate extent, as well as feel empowered to help in whatever way possible. I found the book Me to We very inspiring and wanted some way to get my own children involved. What a great bonus that I also get to share this with other people’s kiddos through the Sunday School! I was thrilled when Pastor Mick directed me to the CLWR website where I found the One Community project. Everything fell into place and St. Matthewsville was born!” says Lundgard.

This project is an example of how congregations, and especially young people in congregations, can actively engage in the work of CLWR in their local settings. We’re grateful for the support of St. Matthew’s, and hope their story inspires others as well!

-Tyler Gingrich, CLWR Youth Engagement Coordinator
with content from Suzanne Lundgard, St. Matthew’s Missions and Outreach Director, Spruce Grove, AB

2 thoughts on “Building the “St. Matthewsville” community

  1. Kudos to the children and congregation of St. Matthews Lutheran Church for their inspired giving through CLWR. We’ve just redone our wills and were happy to include CLWR as one of our beneficiaries.This is another way to live out the privilege of being in mission for others. Thanks to God for this privilege! Ian and Gayle Moore-Morrans, Vernon, BC

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