Four page newsletter: NewsletterOne/2009
Four page newsletter: NewsletterOne/2009
Volusia-Flagler Chapter, Winter/Spring 2009
Presenting Your Chapter Board
Elections were held in the Fall season of 2008, and here is your Volusia-Flagler Chapter Board for the year:
PRESIDENT (elected)
    Jimmy Myers             386-437-9922             

    Jack Burnett             386-437-5979              

    Gayellen Wagner     386-258-6288              

     Bob Bebee              386-736-7477              

    Tom Mendel             386-446-8784             

     Marilyn Hilgeman     386-671-0901            

     Bill Wilkening           386-446-6078                      

     Becky Lester           386-672-9033           

    John Wagner           386-258-6288

We are here to help guide the chapter.  We earnestly request that you consider becoming active in YOUR chapter.  Contact any one of the officers to find out how just a few hours of involvement per month, or how involvement on one or two projects a year can make a tremendous difference in our communities.  We hope to hear from you!

At the first meeting of the Chapter Board, officers voted on a Fair and Equitable Distribution of Funds.  This year the board faced a reduction in allocated funds to the chapter for use with CARE ABOUNDS IN COMMUNITIES projects, or projects that benefit groups in the community/organizations in the community/individual or families in need in the community.  A congregation-based service team, a school service team affiliated with a Lutheran congregation, or a community service team formed outside a Lutheran parish will be limited to one activity up to $1200.   This limit applies to requests made (NOT projects executed and completed)  between January 1 and August 31, 2009.  
     *Hands-on activities mean that a service team is requesting funds for materials, and that folks including at least 6 Thrivent households will be involved in the completion of the work project.
     *Fundraising activities also require a minimum of 6 Thrivent households involved, and funds will be supplemented on a 2-for-1 basis.  That means, a service team doing a fundraiser must submit a minimum total of $2400 to the Thrivent  Chapter (via the Financial Director).  Funds returned in less than that amount will require an adjustment to the request.  
     *All requests must be submitted on the appropriate forms, and must have listed a current Thrivent member as an active chapter contact.  Send requests to the Records Director, Gayellen Wagner,
at 1601 Crescent Ridge Road, Daytona Beach, 32118.
     *All follow-up must be made within 30 days of the event/project, by completion of the Report form along with funds (for fundraiser) and/or receipts (for hands-on service) to the Financial Director, Bob Bebee, 701 Albert Lane, DeLand, 32720.  Checks submitted to the chapter must read: Volusia-Flagler Chapter of THRIVENT FINANCIAL FOR LUTHERANS.

Starting September 1, any funds still available through Care Abounds in Communities from this chapter will be allocated on a first come, first considered basis.  Understand that last year, this chapter allocated by July 1, nearly 90 percent of the funds designated for Care Abounds in Communities.  Now is the time to form your teams, plan your projects and make your requests.

Your Chapter Board invites all Congregational Coordinators in the Volusia-Flagler Chapter to attend a training session on SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2009.  This year's event will be held at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Daytona Beach.

We will start the event at 9AM with a complete and delicious breakfast.  Vice President Jack Burnett and Events Director Bill Wilkening are well-known for their culinary abilities.  Come enjoy!

Following breakfast, the Training Session will be lead by Congregational Service Team Director Tom Mendel with Special Advisor to the chapter John Wagner.  The session will include information about all the congregational forms, filing information online, and use of the Thrivent website.  Bring all your questions to the session; consider sharing some of the program and fundraising ideas that have worked for you.  

Officers will also explain the Care Abounds in Communites program that is handled through the Chapter Board.  You'll learn how congregations might tap into these funds, how to complete the necessary forms, and the dollar amounts available.  The Care Abounds in Communities program affords congregations an opportunity to partner with Thrivent to do service in the community.  

We hope each congregation in our Volusia-Flagler Chapter will have AT LEAST ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH CONGREGATION present for this informative event.

So that we have a place for you, PLEASE RESPOND BY TUESDAY, MARCH 10, by phone to
(386) 258-6288 or by email to  Should you have any questions, contact Records Director Gayellen Wagner at the phone number or email given.  

We greatly appreciate your volunteer efforts on the congregational level.  You are our ambassadors to the members at each congregation.  We look forward to meeting you, to working with you, and assisting you in your Thrivent activities.

Directions to the Training
This year's training is at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, located at 594 Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach.  The site is north of 92-East, south of Dunn Avenue, and south of LPGA Blvd.  If more specific information is needed, please call  President Jimmy Myers at 386-437-5979, or Records Director Gayellen Wagner at 386-258-6288.  Plenty of parking for all.

The Volusia-Flagler Chapter of Thrivent has been chosen to help build a home this year with Flagler Habitat for Humanity.  The site, located at 19 Renfro Lane in Palm Coast, will be built at a cost of $88,000, with Thrivent putting up $57,000, Habitat offering $22,000, and the Volusia-Flagler Chapter required to raise $8800.

The amount of $8800 can be raised in cash or in kind toward the completion of the house.  Ken Klinkenberg of Christ Church in Bunnell has agreed to serve as the Thrivent Builds Chapter Specialist for the entire project.  At this point, Ken is working hard to coordinate a lot of details, and he needs our help.

First, he and the Board are hoping that congregations will assist by considering a donation from each parish in the minimum amount of $400.  With our 18 congregations in this area reaching this mark, we would be well on our way to our goal.  However, anyone can donate to the Thrivent Builds project.  

And we need your help--LOTS!  Most of the work on the site by volunteers will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8AM to 3PM, and work on Saturdays will be from 8AM to 1PM.
       + We need BUILDERS -- experience not required; professionals will be on site to teach and assist.
       + We need PHONE CALLERS -- people who can be frontline communicators to the volunteers.
       + We need FOOD AND SNACK SUPPLIERS -- lunch will be served to volunteers working during the week, and snacks will be served to the Saturday crew.

Please contact KEN if you can assit with any of those jobs.  Call him at 386-864-7945, or email him at

       *A special groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 21, at 10AM on the site itself (19 Renfro Lane, Palm Coast).
      *The first day for volunteers to work on the site will be Tuesday, March 24.  A special meal will be prepared and served by Thrivent Financial Representatives.  Sounds like a delicious way to get the home underway!

Ken states that plans call for the home to be completed by the end of June.  What a wonderful way for each of us to use the time, talents, and treasures with which we have been blessed.  Let's use this opportunity to give back to the community, and to bring a family "home".

Get Your Calendars Ready!
       Our chapter has started a tradition of two social events that allow Thrivent members in the area to come together for fellowship, friendship, and food.  
        We hold a SPRING PICNIC in MAY at Shepherd of the Coast parish in Palm Coast with a wonderful cookout.  
         And then in OCTOBER, we will hold the fourth annual PICNIC IN THE COUNTRY at Ebenezer parish in Pierson with the best barbeque around, plus a great bake sale of homemade cakes and goodies and a large rummage sale.  
         Both events provide good times and good memories.  Won't you plan to join us?

        Watch for announcements of these dates, and come join the fun!


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