We Made a Difference

 

At Little Church, our members want to strengthen our community and put belief into action. The love of Christ compels us to “Make a Difference”. Take a look at some of our previous service days. Then join us at the next one!

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Washer
Laundromat Take-over:

We will be present to provide coffee and snacks, and best of all pick up the tab for folks in need at a Lakewood laundry mat.  You could make someone’s laundry day a wonderful experience. Outreach is also collecting your change every week to help fund this project-Look for the collection jar in Prairie Hall or contact the coordinators to donate!

Project Coordinators: Jane Macpherson & Shirley Burrows

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YardClean
LASA Clean-Up and Maintenance:

This group will be very hands-on!  LASA is a homelessness prevention group with projects such as yard clean-up and indoor and outdoor updates and maintenance for their homes which serve many in our community.

Project Coordinator: Bob Kagarise

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Veterans Visitation:

Join other Veterans, Service Members, and those with a heart for our military at the American Lake VA. The residents of this important facility require around-the-clock care, and their family and friends may be far away.  Swap stories, play games or other activities, or just lend an ear.

Project Coordinator: Becky Huber


Child
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party:
We need children and adults to collect items for shoe boxes; they will be able to decorate and pack the boxes along with personal notes and gifts to send to children around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.  
Project Coordinators: Gretchen Alden & Dianna Sullivan

 

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Prayer
Prayer Walk:
The power of prayer is tremendous. Travel (by car) to several schools in our community and learn about their uniqueness and their needs. We will pray for the schools, staff and students during the upcoming school year. Project Coordinator: Debbie Billingsley

 


Fellowship
Fellowship Group:
Participating in these projects not only requires fuel (as in food), but also benefits from a time to sit back, take it all in, and process the experience. This part of Make a Difference Day is invaluable to the server and missionary inside each of us. The fellowship group spends the morning setting the tables and preparing a meal to share, and make this possible.
Project Coordinator: Joan Jackson

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Sewing Group:
When children are taken from their homes due to abuse, they sometimes only have the clothes on their back. This group will sew pajama bags for the Comfy Closet, a service of Mary Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, which can be filled with necessities, comfort items, and hygiene items. Participants should bring their own sewing machine. Click here for more information on how to donate needed items.
Project Coordinator: Alice Amblad

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Motor Avenue and Nyanza Street Clean-up:
We have adopted a street! Two, actually, and a few times a year we need help to keep the streets of Lakewood looking beautiful. All ages are welcome, children should be accompanied by an adult.
Project Coordinator: Beth Carter


CoffeeStand
Coffee Stand Group:
Do you love serving, as in coffee? We know folks who do! We will be setting up a FREE coffee tent, complete with packaged snacks, here in our community (near the Transit Center, at the Lakewood Towne Center) to help get people’s day started off right!
Project Coordinator: David Sullivan

 

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Parks&Rec
Parks and Recreation:
Lakewood’s Parks and Rec Committee has a multitude of projects. Join with others who appreciate the outdoors, and especially the beautiful places we have right here in our city; we need you!
Project Coordinator: Alan Billingsley

 

 

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Banquet set up
Banquet Setup
Volunteers will work with Emergency Food Network staff to decorate, set tables, and prepare for their annual fundraiser.   Proceeds from this special night will provide emergency food for children, adults and seniors in Pierce County.  Note, this event will finish at 1:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided for you at the McGavick Center.
Project Coordinator: Bryan Thomas

 

 

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY April 25, 2015

The Outreach committee would like to thank all those who donated, participated,
and prayed for a successful Make A Difference Day on April 25th.
There were 13 projects, over 125 participants, and countless smiles.

The opportunity to help our neighbors and our community is there for us
every day – doing this together as a church is truly special.

A special thank-you goes out to the project leaders, the Learning Center,
Alice Amblad’s FOCUS group, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and Young Life.

Thanks to our community donors; Carr’s Restaurant, Starbucks,
and the Lakewood Community Playhouse.

It was a great day!


washmachine

Laundromat Take-over

We will be present to provide coffee and snacks, and best of all pick up the tab for folks in need at a Lakewood laundry mat. You could make someone’s laundry day a wonderful experience. Outreach is also collecting your change every week to help fund this project-Look for the collection jar in Prairie Hall.

Project Coordinators: Leslie Craig and Jane Macpherson


Veterans

Veterans Visitation

Join other Veterans, Service Members, and those with a heart for our military at the American Lake VA. The residents of this important facility require around-the-clock care, and their family and friends may be far away. Swap stories, play games or other activities, or just lend an ear.

Project Coordinator: Becky Huber

 


YardClean

Yard Clean-Up

This group will be providing assistance to our Lakewood friends and neighbors with their yard work such as mowing, weeding, clean-up, etc. If you like the smell of fresh-cut grass, this project is for you!

Project Coordinator: needed

 


Children

Children’s Craft and Visitation

Children will create special items such as placemats or other gifts, and hand deliver them to elderly residents of local nursing and adult family homes. They will also spend time visiting or playing games. Parents who wish to help are encouraged to participate.

Project Coordinator: Sara Wywadis

 


Teens

Teen Group

The teens (as well as some assisting adults) will be helping the Tacoma Food Bank, an affiliate of the Lakewood Fish Food Bank, with stocking and organizing their facility.

Project Coordinator: Helen Kim

 


BagCraftGift Bag Craft Project

This group will reach people in our community through personalized and thoughtful gift bags. We will fill them with needed personal items for the elderly, and books and toys for kids. Many of these will be delivered that day by our church family!

Project Coordinator: Marilyn Sexton

 


FellowshipFellowship Group

Participating in these projects not only requires fuel (as in food), but also benefits from a time to sit back, take it all in, and process the experience. This part of Make a Difference Day is invaluable to the server and missionary inside each of us. The fellowship group spends the morning setting the tables and preparing a meal to share, and make this possible.

Project Coordinator: Joan Jackson


2014-08-26_16-35-19Sewing Group

When children are taken from their homes due to abuse, they sometimes only have the clothes on their back. This group will sew pajama bags for the Comfy Closet, a service of Mary Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, which can be filled with necessities, comfort items, and hygiene items. Participants should bring their own sewing machine.

Project Coordinator: Alice Amblad


QuiltingQuilting Group

A special group of young people will get a special surprise this year thanks to the quilting group. They will be creating and tying several quilts, and need experienced people as well as those willing to learn!

Project Coordinator: Patsy Zofkie

 


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Motor Avenue and Nyanza Street Clean-up

We have adopted a street! Two, actually, and a few times a year we need help to keep the streets of Lakewood looking beautiful. All ages are welcome, children should be accompanied by an adult.

Project Coordinator: Bob Kagarise


CarePackageCare Package Group

If you’ve ever been homesick you know that receiving a special box of goodies from home can make a tough day turn out great! This group will be gathering and packing both bought and homemade/home crafted items to let college kids and deployed service members know that Jesus loves them and so do we.

Project Coordinator: Katelyn Billingsley


CoffeeStandCoffee Stand Group
Do you love serving, as in coffee? We know folks who do! We will be setting up a free coffee tent, complete with packaged snacks, here in our community to help get people’s day started off right!

Project Coordinators: David and Dianna Sullivan

 

 


Parks&Rec

Parks and Recreation

We are holding our Make a Difference Day on the same day as Lakewood’s Parks and Rec Appreciation Day! If you appreciate the outdoors, and especially the beautiful places we have right here in our city, we need you!

Project Coordinator: Alan Billingsley

 


 

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Our Make a Difference days continue to expand with projects for everyone!

Here are some of the things we did September 14, 2014:

 

clean it upMotor Avenue and Nyanza Street Clean-up

 

The Road Crew included adults and kids of all ages, working to make a few miles of Lakewood streets safe and enjoyable for all.

 

 

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Under the supervision of parents and teachers, our youngest members spent their morning visiting two adult family homes where some of our church members now reside. All their practice paid off as they shared songs, music, and fellowship.

 

Laundry Project
Laundromat Take-over

Over a dozen people were surprised to have their laundry tab paid. People from Little Church greeted community members with snacks and coffee, and had time to visit and provide assistance.

 

 

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The Mission Committee has a roomful of clothing donations to sort and prepare to send to Moldova. Gretchen and many helpers brought their own decorations to put a personal touch on reusable bags to send along with clothing donations.

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Here you see part of the crew who fed close to 100 participants following the completion of the projects!

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The sewing group took over the quilting room to set up their sewing machines and ironing boards. They sewed eleven “pajama bags” for children in need that are awaiting placement in foster homes or with families, working with the Mary Bridge Children’s Advocacy Service.

 

 


 

 

The Little Church on the Prairie has made a commitment to help our community in many various ways.  In addition to the daily and weekly community support we set aside several days each year to concentrate more fully on specific projects.

Here is what we accomplished on April 26, 2014:
Alice et al sewed bags for the comfy Closet at Multicare – for children who quite literally have “nothing”.
Bryan & Lisa led a group assembling kits that will be delivered to Greater Lakes Mental Health for distribution.
Shirley led the group to knit/crochet caps for those on chemotherapy to keep their head warm and covered.
The Billingsleys are maintaining the trails and removing tree ivy around Wards Lake park.
Bob Kangarise led the group restoring grave markers for WSH at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
The Carters led the group in detrashifying Nyanza Rd., Lincoln Ave. and Lakewood towne Center.
Joan Jackson and crew provided sustenance for all of the above troops and their efforts.
Clark Montgomery and crew worked on some projects around our own facility.

 

 


 

 

 

In September of 2013 on the 22nd we Made a Difference by:

 

 


 

 

 

 

Making a Difference in our Lakewood area on June 23, 2013 these were our projects:

 


 

April 20, 2013 was our first make A Difference Day.  We out lined our areas need and they were: