We’re so excited to share our success! Local television station KOTA was even on hand to highlight the festivities.
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HISTORY OF THE LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE
The Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the outgrowth of a tradition of community service exhibited by members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) over the last 125 years. Carriers, who go into neighborhoods in every town six days a week, have always gotten involved when something needs to be done. Whether it is collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert Program; delivering needed antibiotics (if called upon); assisting victims of natural disasters, or rescuing victims of fires, crime, and other mishaps, letter carriers are the eyes and ears in every neighborhood and often life savers in the community.
Over history, a number of branches collected food for those in need as part of their community service effort. Discussions were held by the NALC, USPS, and AFL-CIO to explore a more coordinated effort. A pilot drive was held in October 1991. It proved so successful, the parties worked to make it a nationwide effort. Food banks and pantries suggested that late spring would be the best time for the drive, since most of their food donations are received over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods, leaving the food shelves depleted by spring. Making matters even worse for many, school breakfast and lunch programs are not available during the summer, placing an even greater responsibility on local food pantries and food shelves.
A revamped drive was organized for the second Saturday in May 1993, with a goal of at least one NALC local branch participating in each of the 50 states. The results were astounding. Over 11 million pounds of food were collected by over 220 union branches — a one day record in the United States. From Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawaii, letter carriers did double duty by delivering the mail and picking up donations. In 2016, NALC branches collected over 80 million pounds of food for a cumulative total of 1.5 billion pounds over the history of the drive — an awesome achievement.
Each year, groups, businesses, and organizations join the NALC at the local, regional, and national levels, to help grow a campaign of hunger awareness and community action in conducting this one day, record making food drive. From the beginning, at the national level, we have had the steadfast support of the USPS, United Way, and AFL CIO. This year, United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) is the national premiere partner, adding the largest food union in the country to our efforts. Locally, the Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive enjoys partnerships with many church and faith groups, Rotary and Lions Clubs, grocers and youth groups, and those who work to provide help and hope to those in need.
We look forward to another record breaking 25th year in 2017, as we are…
BUILDING ON A BILLION!
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but not for everyone. For some people, perhaps more than we realize, the holiday season from Thanksgiving through the New Year is particularly difficult and stressful because so much of the emphasis is centered around family. But for those who have suffered the death of a loved one, inevitable family difficulties or job or financial loss there may be sadness. Emmanuel Church will address this need both liturgically and pastorally by offering a contemplative celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Winter Solstice, December 21. All are invited to attend and participate in our Silent Lights Eucharist, but particularly those who are feeling personal loss. We want to encourage everyone in our community to come, if not for yourself, to support others. This is also an excellent opportunity to invite a friend who may benefit from this offering. We will gather on this day when there are the fewest hours of light shortly after sunset at 5:30pm.
There will also be a Bake Sale & Treasure Sale. The cost is $7.00 at the door. There are no advanced ticket sales.
Please donate a salad, a bake sale item or a “gently used treasure” for resale. Salads & Bake Sale items can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, October 19. Items for the Treasure Sale can be placed on the stage beginning Monday, October 17.
Questions? Contact Cora Koss at 484-7517.
On Tuesday, August 30, we hosted a commemoration of the visit of President Franklin Roosevelt to Emmanuel on that date in 1936. We celebrated with a community-wide prayer service addressing our current political climate and for peace and safety for those who serve our community and nation. South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant and dignitaries from Rapid City and the state were in attendance.
Check out some of the highlights below:
Join us for a new Adult Forum beginning this Sunday, July 17. My logos may not be clean enough so feel free to incorporate better ones if necessary.
Many of us have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, but don’t really know the difference between the two groups and what goes on at the meetings. To help educate and inform us about these groups, Nyle Hedin, Stewart Flanery and Lynn Lafferty will present four Adult Forums beginning on Sunday, July 17 – Sunday, August 7 addressing the following:
Please come and learn about these two support groups that have helped in the healing and restoration of so many lives impacted by addiction.
Join us on Saturday, July 23, 8:00am to noon, for the Emmanuel Episcopal From the Attic Sale sponsored by The Episcopal Church Women.
Collectible plates on sale for $5.00 a plate! Come see for yourself the lovely selection! We’ll also have things like: Toys, Computer Equipment, Accessories, Art, Jewelry, Furniture, Household Items, Clothing, Books, Plants, and much, much more!
On Sunday, June 26, Fr. Chris and family will be out of town celebrating his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. That same weekend is the Annual Niobrara Convocation held in Eagle Butte along with the ordination of Mikayla Dunfee (formerly of St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Rapid City). Because priests of the diocese are already engaged in that commitment alongside the bishop, next Sunday’s two services (8:00 and 10:15) will be Morning Prayer led by Deacon Virginia Bird. Although there is no Eucharist, Morning Prayer remains one of the most traditional forms of communal prayer. We hope that you will have a different experience of praying together through Morning Prayer. Also, our Adult Education time with Sr. Lorane Coffin will continue as planned from 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Please make every effort to attend as we learn more about monastic life and the Rule of St. Benedict!