Milwaukee Food Council

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.

Purpose

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.

One Man’s Trash…

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

Greeting Cards

For the card rack in the narthex. Stop by and take a look at what we’ve collected so far.

Books/Magazines

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

Toiletries

Such as soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes – also for the Food Pantry.

Medicine Bottles

Empty medicine bottles are needed for the Bread of Healing clinic. You can even donate your leftover medicine.

 

In the Garden – germination….

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.

 

Making Change – Wed Lenten Series

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 familchange-ahead-signiar, 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).

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Christmas Eve Services 4:00 and 7:00pm

“O Come, all ye faithful”…

Good Shepherd Trinity invites you on Christmas Emary-and-baby-jesus-by-jason-jenickeve to our 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm worship services

with an Appetizer Potluck between for fellowship with your church family

                                                                  …”Glory to the newborn King!”

Be the Light of Jesus this Christmas

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?

 

Vacation Bible School – Gather in the Garden

IMG_0784In summer 2013, the Christian Nurture (children’s education) and Outreach committees  combined together to meet the neighbors. Since Trudy meets many children from Townsend through God’s Garden and brings them to the garden,  the two committees decided to bring a VBS to where the children in the neighborhood first felt welcomed —in the garden. In June 2013 and again in August, we met in the garden or on the north lawn from 1-3pm each day for a week. Children from the neighborhood and church sang songs, decorated t-shirts, hats, made cross pillows, heard bible stories, broke bread together at snack time, and made new friends.

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Gift Ark through Heifer International

Gift Ark Changes the World Two by Two

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The Gift Ark includes two water buffalos, two cows, two sheep and two goats, along with bees, chicks, rabbits and more. Our Gift Ark donation will:

  • Care for entire communities with milk, eggs, honey and wool
  • Provide income by supplying an abundance of goods to sell
  • Sustain farming by providing livestock to work the land
  • Improve the lives of families for generations by multiplying and Passing on the Gift

The Gift Ark goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas. Wherever we find hunger, poverty and hopelessness, we answer with the animals, training and encouragement provided by this generous gift.chicks

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To find out more about Heifer and a Gift Ark, click on the button below:

http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/gift-ark-donation.html