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Island Crisis Care Society

The Island Crisis Care society aspires to provide safe shelter and wrap-around care for those in need. February 24th there will be a walk in Nanaimo or Oceanside to show caring for everyone in our community.  The Society hopes to reach its fundraising goal of $150,000.00 in Nanaimo and $101,000.00 in Oceanside to continue to help their clients not just survive, but thrive.  You can register as a Team, Walker, or Volunteer and on February 24th 2024, walk with them in Nanaimo or Oceanside to show that we care about everyone in our communities.

Thanks to all of those who donated socks to the January sock drive.


Altar flowers 

Do you have a birthday, or an anniversary coming up?  Perhaps you would like to provide flowers for the altar to commemorate the occasion.  You can provide the flowers or provide money for purchase of the flowers for a particular Sunday.  You can arrange the flowers yourself, or someone can do that for you.  You can decide where the flowers go after church – your home, or donate them to a particular person or place.   Just sign up on the new flower chart, which can be found on the door to the kitchen.  If you wish to leave money for someone to purchase the flowers, you can leave the funds in an envelope in the church office.


Wondering what to do with your used stamps? The Canadian Bible Society collects donations of used stamps in a program called Stamps for Freedom! Here’s how it works: stamps collected from donations across Canada are combined to create charity boxes and are sold to stamp collectors and vendors. The revenue generated from the stamps allows CBS to purchase Bibles for the Canadian prison ministry.  10 lbs of stamps= approximately 6 Bibles for distribution St Paul’s Lutheran here in Nanaimo is coordinating this collection.  A container has been placed in our narthex for your used stamps.  Please keep the stamp on the envelope, cut out the stamp 8 leaving a 1/4 inch border around the entire stamp and place in the container.  The Witness and Mission committee will pass them on to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Also accepted are personal collections that are already in books, binders, etc

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Covenant House Vancouver
Covenant House Vancouver provides unconditional love and absolute respect for youth who are experiencing homelessness. We help young people ages 16 to 24 who have fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse; those who have been forced from their homes; and those who have aged out of foster care.

Your support is providing more than shelter and food; you’re giving young people
a loving home and a family that genuinely cares for them.
Programs and services include:
• Food, housing, and clothing
• One to one support from caring adults
• Mental health and addictions counselling
• Education and employment guidance
• Life skills training
• Wellness and recreational activities
• Help to find and maintain housing

Canadian Lutheran World Relief 

CLWR - GAZA HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY  In response to the humanitarian emergency unfolding in Gaza, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is joining leading Canadian aid agencies in the Humanitarian Coalition in seeking to provide critical life-saving aid to those affected.   The coalition is united in its call for all sides in the conflict to protect civilian lives and allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need as quickly as possible. As they work to make sure humanitarian access is restored, your gift will ensure that they can scale up their response to deliver life-saving food, water, shelter, and medical care to those who need it,  Please pray for those affected and consider donating.  Donations can be made through your church envelopes, designated for CLWR Gaza, with cheques payable to Hope Lutheran Church or directly to CLWR at, or call 1-800-661-2597 (Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4pm CST). 

 UKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL   Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) partners in the ACT Alliance continue to respond in Ukraine and the region to meet humanitarian needs such as food, shelter, emergency supplies and trauma support and winterization support as well as protection activities and supporting local organizations to provide vital services.   CLWR calls on Canadians to pray for peace and to support the appeal.  Donations can be made through your church offerings, designated for CLWR Ukraine, with cheques payable to Hope Lutheran Church or directly to CLWR at or by calling 1-800-6612597. 

​Refugee Family Coming From Afghanistan
Hope Lutheran has received this letter from the wife of Joel Roszmann regarding a project she is involved with to bring to Canada an Afghani woman and her 3 children.  
Donations may be made through the offering envelopes marked “Afghanistan Refugee”.  

Dear Anglican and Lutheran Church Leaders,  I am writing to you as a representative of a private refugee sponsorship group here in Nanaimo. We are currently preparing to welcome a refugee family of four from Afghanistan (one mother named Fatima and three children) within the next 18 months. I have included more information on Fatima’s situation in an update email below.  We are fortunate to be partnering with the Anglican Diocese of the Kootenays as the Sponsorship Agreement Holder to bring Fatima and her children to Nanaimo. Because of this connection with the Anglican Diocese,

I am reaching out to you as local Anglican and Lutheran church community to see if there would be an opportunity to partner with one or more of your churches for a special event to raise awareness about the situation of women in Afghanistan. This would also be a fundraiser towards the costs of supporting Fatima and her family when they arrive.

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