Thrivent Action Teams

Thrivent Action Teams

If you are a Thrivent member you have TWO Thrivent Action Teams available to you EACH YEAR. Each action team is designed to bring volunteers together and provides $250 in seed money to complete each project
(plus awesome t-shirts).

Consider using one or both of your Thrivent Action Teams to benefit LOMC!

Take a look below at our current needs and fill out the simple form below to let us know you can help.

From Thrivent’s Website:
Thrivent Action Teams make it easy to live generously. It starts with a simple question: “Who can I help and how?”
Next, identify a community need and grab friends and family to form a volunteer team and brainstorm ways to address it. Thrivent provides a customized kit of resources to kick-start your fundraiser, educational event or service project. Your team provides the people power to bring it to life.

For more information visit their website…

Marander and Dody Lodges

We currently have an Action Team for a couple of rooms and more would be awesome.

After over 20 years of dedicated use, our adult retreat facilities have vertical blinds that are outdated and many in need of repair. Our hope is to replace the blinds with updated curtains that will look better and be able to be cleaned more easily.

The seed money will be used to help purchase new curtain rods and curtains to outfit up to two rooms.

Volunteers will be busy taking down the old vertical blinds and hanging the new curtains.

Our adult-housing buildings at LOMC have old light bulbs that waste energy and cost the retreat center more money than is necessary. Energy-saving LED flood bulbs would go a long way in helping the environment and LOMC.

The seed money will be used to help purchase LED flood light bulbs to replace the old incandescent bulbs.

Volunteers will be taking the old light bulbs down and replacing them with the new bulbs.

Property

LOMC has a mix of new and old signs around the property. The older ones are broken or need some tender loving care to bring them back to usefulness.

The seed money will be used to help purchase paint to refurbish faded signs and purchase new signs throughout the property.

Volunteers will be painting and hanging needed signs throughout LOMC.

LOMC has many acres that is set aside for natural prairie, food plots for animals and even an area for pollinating flowers. A few acres of our food plot areas have numerous small trees that need to be removed so it can adequately provide food for native animals.

The seed money will be used to help remove trees by renting the necessary equipment to do the job safely and efficiently.

Volunteers will be helping remove trees and restoring the land.

LOMC has lots of land and trails that need regular maintenance and landscaping. This needed work helps campers and guests stay safe while also more fully enjoying God’s creation.

The seed money will be used to help purchase tools like trimmers, shovels, saws, planters and other landscaping supplies.

Volunteers will be using the equipment to keep LOMC looking beautiful and keeping it safe for guests and campers.

Retreat Cabins

LOMC (in the pandemic shutdown) is planning on inviting families when Illinois lifts the stay-at-home order. The cabins that families can stay in are lacking some items to help families have meals during their one or two-night stay. This project will help outfit the cabins with microwaves and refrigerators.

The funds will help purchase microwaves and fridges to be used by families during their stay.

Volunteers will be putting purchasing the fridges and microwaves and placing them in our cabin areas.

We currently have an Action Team being submitted for one village and need another one.

LOMC has lots of areas that need repainting like the Perch and Roost buildings as well as the bathrooms and hallways in the retreat cabins.

The seed money will help purchase paint and supplies for painting projects.

Volunteers will be painting various areas up in LOMC’s retreat cabins.

Program Center

The Nelson Program Center is a year-round building at LOMC primarily used by children and youth. The multi-purpose building could use some new resources to teach everyone about God’s natural world. We want to add books and other resources to help us in teaching about the environment.

The seed money will go towards purchasing books, kits and other educational resources.

Volunteers will be sorting older resources and helping lead environmental activities with groups.

The Nelson Program Center is a year-round building at LOMC primarily used by children and youth. This multi-purpose building has seven posters featuring nature information related to Illinois that are in great need of being put into quality poster frames.

The seed money will go towards buying quality poster frames that will make the posters last longer and be easier to read and enjoy.

Volunteers will be taking the posters down and placing them in the frames. The team will hang them around the Program Center so that people of all ages can enjoy them.

Program Needs

This project involves us gathering items to put in a campfireĀ  kit to be used by families at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center. The kit will include everything from firestarters, lighters, campfire stories, family faith questions and more. Families will be able to to use the kit to have their own campfire complete with activities.

The seed money will be used to purchase all the items for the campfire kit including a bin to place the items into,.

The plan is for volunteers to purchase and volunteer items and then have them assemble the kit to be used at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center.

This project involves us gathering items to put in a special S’More kit to be used by families at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center. The kit will include everything from firestarters, lighters, campfire stories, family faith questions and of course roasting sticks, wet wipes (for sticky fingers) and other items necessary for a great s’more! Families will be able to to use the kit to have s’mores at their campfire complete with activities.

The seed money will be used to purchase all the items for the s’mores kit including a bin to place the items into.

The plan is for volunteers to purchase and volunteer items and then have them assemble the kit to be used at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center.

This project involves us gathering items to put in a special cookout kit to be used by families at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center. The kit will include cookout plates, cookout utensil and other needed items to make a family cookout awesome! Families will be able to to use the kit to have a great cookout together while at LOMC.

The seed money will be used to purchase all the items needed for a cookout including camping plates and utensils.

The plan is for volunteers to purchase and volunteer items and then have them assemble the kit to be used at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center.

Completed Thrivent Action Teams

Giving Day Fundraiser

An Action Team was received to help raise money on Tuesday, May 5 2020 for LOMC’s spring Giving Day. The fundraiser helped purchase needed cleaning equipment and general funds to help LOMC. Over $9,000 was raised!

Cookout Kits

Thanks to Audrey Adams (LOMC registrar/bookkeeper) for leading this Action Team to make cookout kits for our Family Getaway experience. New cooking grills, cooking gear and place settings were bought! Awesome!!! (5/20/2020)

 

Entrance Signs

Thanks to Margi and Mike Ficken for applying and receiving a number of Action Teams for LOMC. This is the first completed Action Team they led… new entrance signs out on Route 2. They came out awesome!!! (6/8/2020)

 

Artwork for Nelson Program Center

Thanks to Michelle Heinrich (LOMC Program Director) for applying and receiving an Action Team to add some nature artwork to the Norman Nelson Program Center. Michelle used Mr. Rob’s photos from around LOMC to create canvas prints that were hung in the Program Center. Looks great!!! (6/9/2020)

 

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