It always feels good to start the new year by doing something important for someone else. This is exactly why Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold its annual, community-wide blood drive for the fifth year in a row, to remind people that blood is still needed over the cold winter months.
“During the winter, people don’t think as much about the need for blood,” says coordinator Nancy Duchachek. “Because of that, the Blood Center itself has a shortage, so it really is a crucial time for them to have those units.”
The blood drive will be held on Jan. 15 from 3 – 7 p.m. in the recently-built, multi-purpose IMAC room located in Immanuel Lutheran’s basement. But the organizers at Immanuel offer more incentive to donors than just the traditional cookie after giving blood.
“I have found out in talking with various people that work for the mobile blood drive that people ask for our particular drives because we have homemade soup. We’ve gained a reputation for it,” says Duchachek.
To schedule a time to donate, call the Blood Center of Iowa at (800) 287-4903, or visit the website at www.bloodcenterofiowa.org. To find out other events going on at Immanue Lutheran, check its website at www.ilcwaukee.org, or stop in and roll up your sleeves at 900 Warrior Lane.
Westview Church wants to remind everyone about the all-ages Discovery Hours that takes place from 9 – 10 a.m. just before the Sunday service.
“This is an exciting time of year, and we would love to see people continue to come and pour their faith into Jesus after the celebration of his birth and into the month of January,” says Tyra Behnkendorf, Director of Children and Family Ministries. “We would love to continue to cultivate those relationships with people here at Westview.”
The morning begins with singing, worship and a large-group Bible lesson, and then everyone is broken down into small groups by age for a more developmentally appropriate lesson.
“The blessing there is that all of the families that have an elementary child are hearing the same story.” says Behnkendorf.
For more information, stop by and join the fun at 1155 S.E. Boone Drive.
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