NTNL Women of the ELCA 2019 Retreat

October 11-13, 2019 
Butman Methodist Camp Merkel, TX. 
Theme: “God’s Undivided Neighborhood” 
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” 
Luke 10:36-37 NRSV 
We will be collecting items for Blessing Bags to be given to homeless. We would like to collect enough items for 250 Blessing Bags. We are asking each conference to collect and bring 250 of their designated items as an In-Kind Gift. All items will be placed in Gallon Zip Lock Bags to be handed out to those in need. See the list below: 
Conference out West: Toothbrush and Toothpaste 
Dallas Area Metroplex North: Lotion and Lip Balm 
Eastern: Soap and small containers of Wet Wipes 
Heart of Texas: Combs and Bottled Water 
Hispanic-Latino: Bottled Water and Mints 
Metroplex West: Breakfast Bars (No Chocolate that will Melt) 
Panhandle: Individual packages of Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers 
As a usable craft we will be making Mats for the homeless using plastic bags to make Plarn (Plastic Yarn) which we will learn to crochet into Mats. We are asking each church to collect clean plastic bags an prepare them for use by following the attached directions. It takes approximately 700 bags to make one adult size mat, so get everyone in your church involved in collecting and preparing! 
This will be a wonderful time of retreat. A time to fellowship, a time to share, a time to reflect. We will have a Prayer and Reflection Area set up for some quiet time. 
If you haven’t been to a retreat in a while, NOW is the time! If you routinely come to our Women of the ELCA Retreats, bring someone who hasn’t been! 

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