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Joining hands against hunger

December 1, 2008

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato hosts first-ever Hands Against Hunger event with human chain from church to food shelf

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

COKATO, MN - Community members will join hands to form a human chain around the block Sunday to help fight hunger in the first-ever Hands Against Hunger.

Sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato’s social ministry committee, the event will take place at approximately noon Sunday, Dec. 7 following the church’s Sunday School Christmas program.

Church and community members are invited to stand in a line extending from the church (corner of Third Street and Lee Avenue) to the Cokato Area Food Shelf, located on Broadway and Fourth Street.

Participants will then pass collected food shelf items from person-to-person until the items reach the food shelf.

The church began collecting food shelf items Nov. 23, and will continue until the day of the event.

Depending on the weather and how much food is collected, a “symbolic” amount of food will be passed, according to Carol Semke, ministry member and project leader.

Following the event, a hot meal will be served for those participating.

The idea came after a social ministry meeting. The members were looking for ways to reach out to the community and get people together working for one cause.

Becky Sorenson suggested the group pray about it and see what God laid on their hearts.

Semke, whose mother, Isabelle Mattson, is co-director of the food shelf, was talking about the food shelf when she said, “It just hit me.”

The social ministry thought it was a great idea and decided to run with it.

Semke has even contacted two news stations for the event, hoping to get some coverage of this two-block-long human chain.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Semke said.

She is hoping to have at least 200 adults and children involved including church and community members.

“You don’t have to be from our church,” Semke said.

An idea was born

The social ministry team’s mission statement is to “extend compassion and helpfulness to the ill, the aged, the orphaned, the underprivileged, the imprisoned, and in general to persons of all ages in need of aid in body and soul.”

Members on the ministry team are Barb Bakke, Kim Morris, Nancy Anderson, Tammi Dahlman, Ginny Fiedler, Jon Young, Sorenson, and Semke.


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