Your Ozaukee County Chapter Board has been busy once again coming up with all kinds of great events for our chapter. We are doing what we can to provide events and support projects that you our members what to see us doing in Ozaukee county. Listed below is information on the events we have coming up this year. In some cases you will see a contact name listed, if you don't see a name by an event that you want more information about please feel free to contact Diana Eggold our Community Service Team Director and she will hopefully be able to help you out. She can be reached at 262-375-0309.
Jumping Country Member Event
Sunday March 2nd, 3:00-6:00pm

Thank you to everyone who attended. We had 58 youngsters who were brought in for a fun afternoon. We are so glad you joined us.

Caring for Our Community 2014
We are once again hosting a food drive to help Family Sharing of Ozaukee County and we would like to invite you to help. Collections begin Ash Wednesday, March 5th and run through Easter Sunday, April 20th. The food drive is purposely timed with the Christian season of Lent, a time when many Christians "give up" something to help them focus on all of the gifts that they have been given. Perhaps the money you save on the items you "give up" can be given to increase our efforts to help Family Sharing.

You can help in a number of ways: drop food off at a participating church, encourage your church to participate if they are not participating, or instead of a food donation, make a cash donation to Family Sharing. You can leave cash donations in an envelope marked Caring for our Community in the church office of our participating churches or mail it to Family Sharing, 1002 Overland Court, Grafton WI 53024. Please write "Caring for our Community" in the memo line of your check. Please help us to reach out to those who are less fortunate.

We are currently compiling a list of churches that will be serving as collection points. As churches let us know they are participating we will add them to the list.

Calvary Lutheran - Thiensville
Christ the King Lutheran - Port Washington
Faith Lutheran - Cedarburg
First Immanuel - Cedarburg
Grace Lutheran - Thiensville
Redeemer Lutheran - Cedarburg
St. John's - Lakefield
St. John - Mequon
St. Mark's - Belguim
St. Paul - Grafton
Trinity Lutheran - Freistadt

Items needed for the Family Sharing pantry:
Health & Legal Topics for You and Your Parents
– Issues faced by 50-70 year olds.
Saturday, April 12th , from 8:00-10:00am

Are you concerned about what you will be facing as you retire? Have you considered long term care as part of your retirement planning? How do Living Trusts work? What are the potential ramifications of the new health care laws for you as you age? Do you want to know what support and community services for the elderly are available locally? Do you find Medicare confusing and scary? Perhaps your parent is dealing with health issues and you have questions about care and power of attorney for them.

Everyone is invited to join the Ozaukee County Chapter of Thrivent on Saturday, April 12th, from 8:00-10:00 am at The Providence Place to get information about these issues and more from our panel of experts.

The panelists for the event are local experts: Mary Ferrell-Ozaukee County Aging Services Manager and Prevention Coordinator, Jessica Liebau – attorney with Willms SC in Thiensville, Diane Omdahl RN, MS – nationally recognized Medicare Expert and Carol Westells – Manager of Home Instead Senior Care in Cedarburg. After the panel discussion there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members. They are ready to assist you or offer you direction as you work through issues that you or your parents are facing.

The morning will begin with a light Continental breakfast at 8:00am and the panel discussion will be from 8:30 – 10:00am. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members after their presentations. Pre-registration is appreciated.

This event is open to the public. Questions and event sign-up should be directed to Diana Eggold (262)375-0309 or The Providence Place is located at 815 Washington Street (Hwy 60) in Grafton, just east of the St. Paul Lutheran Campus.

Free Document Shredding and Thrivent Open House
Saturday, May 3rd, 8:00- 11:00am

The Ozaukee County Chapter along with the Stone Creek Associates and the Cedar Creek Associates of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are hosting an open house and document shredding event. Stop by and shred any unneeded sensitive documents using Strongbox Document Destruction with no charge! The offices are located at W67 N222 Evergreen Blvd, Suites 200 and 106 in Cedarburg. The document shredding vehicle will be located at the South Building, lower level parking area. Light refreshments will be served.

Thrivent Night at the Park - June 14th

We are taking over the Leinenkugel Deck for the Lakeshore Chinook game against the LaCross Loggers for Star Wars Night at Kapok Field located on the CUW campus. Your ticket includes 2 drink vouchers and unlimited food up to the 6th inning. Tickets for the event will cost attendees $15 per person ($30 value). Please bring along a non-perishable food item to donate to our local food pantry.
Tickets for this event will only be available through the Chapter in advance. There is a limit of 50 seats available.
Afternoon on the River at Riveredge
Join us Sunday, June 29th, 11:00- 3:00pm

Whether you have been there many times, or perhaps you have never enjoyed the beautiful grounds of this nature conservancy, you, your family and friends are invited to join us for an fun Sunday at Riveredge. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a cookout by the barn and then enjoy events including a fly fishing training session, a nature walk, and a presentation at the sturgeon facility. More information will be coming out for this event. There will be limited spots for the fly fishing clinics so sign up early. There is no set fee for this event, we just ask that you make a free-will offering to Riveredge when you come. We will match donations made that day.

Thrivent Movie Night at the Rivoli
Saturday, August 9th, 7:00 pm

Thrivent members are invited to join us for a member event at the Rivoli in Cedarburg. We’ll let you know the movie later this summer. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For only a $1.00 members get admission, popcorn and 1 soda. We will be hosting a food collection that evening as well.

Shantytown Youth Event
Friday and Saturday, September 26th-27th

This year we will be involved with hosting the Second Annual Shantytown at Concordia University Wisconsin. This event brings together local youth to learn more about homelessness and the vision of Habitat for Humanity “ a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. This benefits the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Activities Friday night include building cardboard “shanty” homes that participants sleep in overnight, a scavenger hunt on the university grounds and a bonfire. Saturday morning participants are given breakfast and taken by bus to do volunteer work. Last year we visited the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. This year’s event is sure to be a great one. Please get the dates on your calendar and make sure your high school youth come to this great event. Participants are asked to ask for donations for our local Habitat chapter in Ozaukee County. More information will be available later this spring.

How We Will Afford College
A Panel Discussion For Parents and Students – Thursday, October 16th, 6:30pm

The Ozaukee County Chapter of Thrivent Financial is repeating this event from last fall. An open panel of financial aid professionals will touch upon areas such as: FAFSA, paying for college, financial aid, scholarship programs, college saving programs and the comparison of private vs. public institutions of learning along with the aid offered by both. We invite you to bring along any questions you may have about applying for financial aid. This is a free event aimed at giving both parents and students the proper tools to navigate the cost of college. It is never too early or too late to learn from experts in funding a college education. Location and panel participants will be announced in late summer.

Bowling and Homeless Veterans Initiative Awareness Event
Sunday, December 7th, 1:00-4:00pm

Please join us on Pearl Harbor Day for an afternoon of family fun and Veteran appreciation. Circle B will be the place to be for this event. Bowling will take place from 1:00 – 3:00pm. For just $2.00 a person you get one hour of bowling, popcorn, shoes, and a pitcher of soda. After the bowling event we invite you to join us for a presentation on the Homeless Veterans Initiative. A collection of food and personal care products will be taken as part of this event.

Please Support These Care Abounds Events
These are the events that our chapter is supporting through the Care Abounds program. Please support and participate in these events and help these great organizations raise funds for their causes.

02/23/14 St. John Lutheran Church Lakefield - Chili Supper
03/07/14 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County - Bowl for Kids' Sake 2014
03/19/14 Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County - Lenten Dinner / Used Book Sale
04/04/14 Acts of Renewal Marriage Event at Christ Church, 04/04/14 - 04/05/14
04/26/14 Event - Trinity Lutheran Church Freistadt - Christ for Africa Mission Auction
06/24/14 Fredonia Lions Club - Frebeka 5 Mile Run
06/28/14 Big Brothers Big Sisters - Berry Big Run
07/04/14 Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County - 4th of July Ice Cream Social
07/19/14 Portal Inc. Run/Walk at Fish Day
10/05/14 Event - Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County - Spaghetti Dinner at Grace Lutheran Church of Grafton
10/17/14 Hands In Service - Trinity Lutheran Church - Feed my Starving Children Mobile Pack
11/08/14 Concordia University - Presidents 5K Run and Walk

The 2014 Board members are:

President - Richard Bublitz
Vice President- Terry Ganyo
Financial Director- Naomi Beyers
Records Keeper - Amy Baeckman
Director of Advocates - Martin Hauser
Community Service Team Director - Diana Eggold
Events Director - Neil Traxel


The Ozaukee County Chapter of Thrivent for Lutherans
is YOUR Chapter. We are working to maximize the good that you do in our churches and communities by multiplying the funds raised and encouraging more people to volunteer their time and talents. Let's keep growing our activities and really make a difference in Ozaukee County! Here is to an excellent 2013.
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