What is the Milwaukee Food Council?
Simply put, it’s a forum and a connector.
The Milwaukee Food Council is a coalition of diverse stakeholders committed to building a food system that is healthy, ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant, culturally relevant and socially just.
The Food Council, which began meeting in May 2007 as an ad hoc group concerned about the food system, continues to gather on a regular basis to develop inten-tional, positive strategies for a healthy, affordable, equi-table food system that nourishes our community and respects the environment.
Attend a Meeting
The Milwaukee Food Council will convene every other month in 2014: January 16, March 20, May 22, July 17, September 18, November 20. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at the Body & Soul Healing Arts Center (formerly Good Shepherd Lutheran Church), 3617 N. 48th St. in Milwaukee.
Good Shepherd Trinity collects items for several different ministries. Collection boxes are in the first main gathering space (narthex). Here are some of the items you can bring in and donate weekly:
Box Tops for Education
GST will be helping Townsend Street School meet their goal in the Box Tops For Education Program
For the card rack in the narthex. Stop by and take a look at what we’ve collected so far.
For our Little Free Library
Campbell Soup Labels
For Covenant Lutheran Church
Used Postage Stamps
For Church Women United
Paper Grocery Bags
For the Sherman Park Food Pantry
Such as soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes – also for the Food Pantry.
Empty medicine bottles are needed for the Bread of Healing clinic. You can even donate your leftover medicine.
Little happenings, chance encounters, random acts are possibilities for big results.
While weeding and pruning in front of our house, a man came by on his bike and stopped. I recognized him as the person who helped my son with his flat tire last winter. I asked him if he wanted to buy a tomato plant. He gave me $1.00, said he didn’t have the space to grow it but wanted me to give a plant to another family on our block. Amazing…
A young boy who was too short to reach the Mountain Dew on the top shelf was about to attempt an adventurous climb up the shelves to retrieve his target. An adult shopper approached and asked, “Young man, do you need help?” He replied, “Yes, it’s always on the top shelf!” The boy smiled and accepted the heavy two liter bottle with a polite “thank you.” Future…
The coupon offered two bags of either romaine or spinach for $4.00. But, there were only two bags of the spinach available and no romaine…. AND, no produce clerk to be found. Shopper No. 1 located a clerk and was told more salad produce would be “delivered tomorrow morning”. She returned with the sorry news to Shopper No. 2 at which point she was given the last bag of spinach. They shared spinach, smiles, and “have a good day”. Kindness…
Sylvia, who lives near God’s Garden, came out to talk and pick tomatoes. She gave me two cookbooks, one for me and one for Mary because we had been talking about starting a Saturday cooking group at GST. Food…
Yoga night at Body and Soul Healing Arts Center: one of the students, Hannah, was moving and brought a bag of books for the Little Free Library. Sweet…
Don’t wait to be led into a big, grand mission project
when each day there can be an opportunity to be a missionary.
Don’t expect to see the results.
Be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Brian C. Taylor, Introduction, Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice by Renee Miller
Spirituality is how we are in relationship to God, to other people,
to the world around us, and to ourselves.
Spirituality is the process of staying engaged in these relationships,
the intention we bring to them,
and how willing we are to evolve as the relationship affects us.
Recognize this quote? I have used it often in the past two years. For me, this quote brings the ‘Wholeness Wheel’ (to the right) to life, clarifying simply and powerfully the importance of seeing our spiritual identity as including the whole person, and the need to be intentional about caring for all parts of our lives.
This quote also reminds me of the greatest commandments: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. This takes intentional work. This takes safe community in which to learn, grow, test things out, get feedback, come along side, challenge and support one another. This takes a trust in the Triune God to hold us in our journey, and guide us through the wildernesses of our lives. This takes patience, compassion, empathy, vulnerability, courage, creativity and an openness to change. This also takes a belief that you are worthy of God’s love, grace and belonging.
This is the whole point of Jesus living among us, dying, and rising again: New life. Restored relationship. Connection to God. For you, AND for me, AND for our neighbor. Jesus’ grace and healing is not just for the individual, it is for the whole community. Jesus calls us back into relationship with God AND one another. Jesus breaks down barriers of class, gender, and race and invites us to stand before the cross of our judgments, fears, shame, unworthiness and invites us give it to him. Let it go, and let the Holy Spirit’s healing enter in its place. We are worthy of God’s love. Trust that. Share that. Live that.
I recently shared two videos by Dr. Brene Brown to start the season of Lent at GST. They offer an avenue into the wilderness terrain of vulnerability and shame, and invites us to reconsider the courage and strength of being vulnerable, which is not weakness, but willing to share your whole heart, your whole person.
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
and Listening to Shame
This brings me full circle, back to the Wholeness Wheel. I wonder what part of the wheel you might focus on this year in Lent. What area is God calling you to explore, to travel, to journey into, and find out more about? There are many opportunities for getting connected with God and one another at GST and beyond. I hope you will choose to be part of one or more of them.
May you be both courageous and compassionate this Lenten Season.
A new year has begun, and I have decided to share with you once again a resource from Portico Benefits called “The Wholeness Wheel”. I used this during Lent 2012, and feel the richness of this material is worth revisiting. Reprinted here is the graphic and a brief explanation of each part of the wheel. I invite you to consider choosing an area or two that you will personally work on this year. Chart your progress and then let us know how it is going. Remember, you are amazing and the health of your whole person is important to God. Honor yourself. – Peace, Pastor Kristin
Martin Luther said, “This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way.” We can’t be “whole” in this life, but we can become acquainted with the wholeness to come by striving to live well in key aspects of our lives. The Wholeness Wheel is a tool we use to understand whole-person health.
We were created by God to be social beings, living in community and instructed to help and love each other. Make time to build and maintain social well-being through interaction, play and forgiveness. Take time to nurture your relationships with family, friends, congregation and co-workers.
Being emotionally well means feeling the full range of human emotions and expressing them appropriately. Self-awareness is the first step. Recognizing and honoring your own feelings and those of others — stress, contentment, anger, love, sadness, joy, resentment — will help you live life abundantly.
While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well with tending and nurturing. Honor your body as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build your physical endurance through regular exercise and respect your body’s need for rest.
In all aspects of well-being we are called to be stewards. Good financial stewards make decisions based on their values, which is evident in the way they save, spend and share. This understanding of stewardship embraces resilience, sustainability and generosity.
We all have a calling – a vocation – to follow Christ’s example, living a life of meaning, purpose and service to our neighbor. Our vocations are our life’s work and passions – our everyday roles through which God calls us to help make this world a better place. Those who are well vocationally are faithful stewards of their talents and abilities, and find opportunities to build and use them.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Using our minds keeps them alert and active. Stay curious, ask questions, seek answers. Explore new responsibilities, experience new things and keep an open mind. And remember, knowing when and how to let your mind rest is as important as keeping it active.
Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of
our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are.The Wholeness Wheel was copyrighted by the InterLutheran Coordinating Committee on Ministerial Health and Wellness of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1997. Financial well-being was added to the wheel in 2008. 80-561 (6/2010)
Change is a constant in our lives. Some changes are gradual transitions while others happen in the blink of an eye. Change is hard. We long for the expected and familiar, but often find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty and the unknown. We cannot predict how things turn out, but we can look to God’s steadfast love in the midst of life’s inevitable changes.
This year we will join our Ecumenical Partners for a Wednesday night Lenten round-robin series – Making Change. Each week, we’ll begin with a soup dinner at 6pm followed with the topic for the evening at 7pm.
Week 1: Wednesday, March 12th – “Change of Seasons” – Good Shepherd Trinity Lutheran Presbyterian Church, (3302 N. Sherman Blvd)
Week 2: Wednesday, March 19th— “Change of Heart” – Capitol Drive Lutheran Church, (5305 W. Capitol Dr.)
Week 3: Wednesday, March 26th— “Change of Circumstance” – Albright United Methodist Church (56th and Capitol)
Week 4: Wednesday, April 2nd— “Music in Times of Change” – Bethel Bethany United Church of Christ, (54th and Locust).
Week 5: Wednesday, April 9th— “Change the World” – Divine Word Pentecost Lutheran Church, (55th and Lloyd).
The message was loud and clear on Sunday, November 17th: Jesus is the light of the world and He expects us individually and as a church to join in and BE that light with Him. As our church searches for ways to shine Christ’s light in the community, words like evangelism and outreach can be a bit intimidating. Visions of knocking on doors come to mind. But, on Tuesday mornings a needy population comes right to OUR door. The Sherman Park Food Pantry, with our church’s help, gives them bags of food; our church has the opportunity to give them even more. Here are some easy ways we can shine the light and love of Christ for these people this month:
- Bring new or lightly used toys, games, jewelry, hats or anything that would make a nice Christmas gift. (If we get enough items by early December, we’ll put them out on Tuesday’s for people to choose from, as we have for the last 3 years). The clients enjoy finding gifts for family.
- Bring toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
- Bring cans of food and/or donate money on Food Pantry Sundays.
- Bring greeting cards for our card rack.
- Bring books for our Little Free Library (and people are asking for Bibles).
- Come to church and pray. The written prayer requests of the Food Pantry clients are included in our Sunday morning congregational prayers, as well as in those of the Tuesday Bible Study.
Remember the song, “This Little Light of Mine”. Little things mean a lot. How will you share the Light of Jesus with someone this year?
Advent is coming— and with it, comes shopping, gift buying, parties, concerts, programs, family visits, plays—and in the middle of all of that glorious excitement and chaos, Christians everywhere try to stop and wait—waiting for the birth of Christ. This Advent season, we will “Go Tell It” – on the mountain, in song, at parties, in church, at home—anywhere, and everywhere!
This year for Advent, the Worship Team and the Website Team have been preparing ways for you to bring Advent into your daily life.
On Sunday, Dec 1, two Advent Devotionals will be available at church – one for children (with glow in the dark stickers) and one for adults (those who really wish they could have glow in the dark stickers).
We also have many links in our Faith Formation Advent section to online devotionals, advent activities, funny and thought provoking videos, and links to the ELCA Good Gifts catalog and the new Presbyterian Giving Catalog – both GREAT places to have a little “Advent Conspiracy” this weekend of Thanksgiving.
Jesus is coming – how will you prepare the way?