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Normally our Quilting Circle donates their quilts to Lutheran World Relief. However, we have also distributed quilts to relief for Hurricane Katrina, several other disaster areas, and members. A LWR quilt is special. It brings warmth on a cold night, shelter from the sun on a hot day. It becomes a bed, a room divider, a backpack, and at times, even a home. Over 40,000 quilts are distributed by Lutheran World Relief worldwide each year.

Quilts are blessed before distribution You don't have to be a woman to participate in our Tuesday meetings. Men are in our group, too We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. You can also volunteer to quilt at home.

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The Craft Circle began a new community outreach effort to medically ill children in the spring of 2006. They began crafting "ME Dolls". Florida Children's Hospital gives hospitalized children a "ME Doll" upon admission. These are special dolls that have no face. The children can they draw their own face upon the doll. Some children prefer to leave the face blank, so they can imagine their doll's face with different expressions. The doll is also unique because it has detachable hair. Hair is attached with Velcro; some children lose their hair due to medical treatments. Each doll wears a children themed fabric hospital gown and has a very special heart appliquéd on its chest. Florida Children's Hospital was paying $15 for each doll. Proceeds from the dolls goes to charitable causes. The Craft Circle is making and donating these dolls to the hospital as part of their outreach projects.

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Faith Neighborhood Center at 14727 Timber Village Road in Groveland is our local social support center. Donations of food, clothing and other household items are collected and given to the center.

Each week we collect food for the Neighborhood Center. Bring your canned goods and non-perishables and place in our food wagon.

Opportunities to work at the center are also available. Many of our church members perform volunteer work at the center. Your help is needed. Just call the center.

Click Here to learn more about Faith Neighborhood Center
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Lutheran Counseling Services (a not-for-profit corporation) health care professionals are committed to providing quality counseling services within the grace theology of the Christian faith. Conflict, lonliness, guilt and anxiety can result in the door to peace, joy, and vitality being closed. Trained to listen, understand, and help, rather than to judge, LCS counselors help people to learn effective ways to face problems. They provide a safe and caring environment ... an open door to hope, dignity, growth, and grace. They provide personal counseling, couples counseling, family therapy, group counseling, meditation, child and adolescent therapy, career assessment, spiritual direction, educational workshops, and supervision and consultation.

Their services are available to the entire community. A standard fee is charged for services. In many instances insurance pays for all or part of the services. Financial assistance is available and considered when there is difficulty in affording the standard fee. LCS is located at 1505 Orchid Avenue in Winter Park. Phone: 407-644-4692. They also have a satellite location at Woodlands Lutheran Church in Montverde.

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Nearly 800 million people – that's 1 in 10 people in our world today – are hungry.

As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.

Donations for World Hunger are always welcome. Money is sent to the ELCA World Hunger appeal where almost 100% of the donations reach the hungry and needy throughout the world. Designate your offerings to World Hunger.

Hunger facts
795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can't access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
According to the most recent estimates, 766.6 million people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. That's 10.7% of the world's population.
At some point in 2015 (the most recent year available), more than 42.2 million people in the United States were unsure where their next meal might come from.
42.1 million Americans were living in poverty in 2015. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $24,250.

Click Here to learn more about World Hunger
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Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.

Our congregation responds to disaster by donations of money, food, and clothing, and personal help. The donations and method of distribution vary according to the disaster. In the past, we have responded to the Hurricqnes Irma, Harvey, Maria, and several other natural disasters.. Continuing contributions can be made to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund.

Click HERE to learn more about ELCA Disaster Response
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Our church helps refugees and legal immigrants, children, youth and familes, the frail and elderl, and homeless through support of Lutheran Services of Florida. LSF is the social ministry arm of Lutheran churches in Florida. Since 1982, LSF has helped over 800,000 people and currently operates over 60 programs throughout Florida.

Click HERE to learn more about LSF.
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There are countless opportunities for outreach in our congregation, our community, our country, and in other countries.

How about participating in one or more of our outreach opportunities.

And, if you have an idea to expand our outreach to others, contact the church office and help us make it happen.

© 2017 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church          13600 Caspian Way   Clermont, FL          Phone: 352-394-3382
Email: churchoffice@shephillsclermont.com      Member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Florida-Bahamas Synod