Last June, 15 participants took a trip to Riverside in Sioux City to work on a Habitat for Humanity Thrivent Builds house. Habitat in Sioux City is taking on a city block in Riverside for the next few years in order to help provide decent housing for those in need. When completed, 14 new homes will stand on this city block.
The Cherokee County volunteers enjoyed a good day of fellowship and hard work. They spent the day stacking Light Forms for the basement walls for a new home.
Habitat and Thrivent are in the middle of a a three year commitment in which Habitat wants to build a house a day nationally. The Cherokee group did check back to see how the Light Forms survived the concrete pour and everything went well.
At the end of June, one of the chapter congregations wanted to have a door offering for eastern Iowa disaster relief, which the Thrivent County Baord thought was a great idea. All seven of the congregations was contacted and $3,000 was collected and sent to Lutheran Services of Iowa for disaster relief.
Back in May, members of Peace Lutheran volunteered their time and effort in cleaning and painting the church to mark the building's 50th year. Thrivent provided money for paint with the amount determined by the hours of volunteer labor.
In July, eight people went to Silver Sioux Park by Quimby and did a landscaping project that had been in the works for over two months. The Cherokee county Conservation Board poured a new sidewalk and patio next to the lodge at that park. With the help of the Rhoadside Blooming House, who provided the landscape design, the chapter was able to create a beautiful butterfly garden next to the lodge. The chapter was grateful for Blooming House for their design and plants.
Also, Thrivent has been so good about helping those in need by providing matching funds. Many fund-raisers have been held this past year with two more done this past weekend. On Saturday, a hot roast meal will raise money for the Marcus Ministerial Association so they will have some funds to help the poor and dire situations that they come in contact with. On Sunday, a fund-raiser was held to help two young men who are both battling cancer.
There are two programs Thrivent will help with. One is geared towards community benefits and the other for congregations. Thrivent is a fraternal organization and sees a role in helping people out.
Locally, the Cherokee Chapter is headed by James Mayer of rural Marcus; John smith of Aurelia is vice president; Mary Carnes of rural Quimby is the secretary; and Becky Letsche of rural Marcus is the treasurer. Linda Grauer of Cherokee serves on the board.