Thrivent Action Teams help clients make a difference in their communities.
Church hosts special event for single moms
It was a morning of honoring, serving and pampering about 100 single moms at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. In its fifth year (with a break for COVID), the annual “Single Moms’ Morning Out” provided a gourmet breakfast, worship, haircuts, massages, childcare and crafts. The moms also shopped in a clothing and accessories boutique created just for them, and even had help selecting items.
The women received valet parking, and their vehicles were cleaned and serviced while they enjoyed the day. Following the opening worship, volunteers lined up and applauded the women as they walked through. Thrivent Action Teams were used to help activate more than 250 volunteers to host the event.
“Many of these moms are not used to accepting or receiving praise” says Penny Schramm, an event organizer. “We want them to know we see them and want to honor them. We just want to love them the way Jesus does.”
52 for Heath challenge
Thrivent financial advisor Heath Gilkes was 52 when he died from cancer in early 2021. Client Linda DeGarmo challenged area clients with membership to lead 52 separate Thrivent Action Teams, raising funds for and supporting causes Gilkes was involved in. With events from Mayday baskets and music in the park to food drives and a ride featuring 40 tractors, the goal was reached.
Christmas in July
Green Valley, Arizona
It was Christmas in July at Desert Hills Lutheran Church as members decorated the church, sang Christmas carols, passed out candy canes and raised nearly $19,000 for ELCA Good Gifts. Marian Kaiser formed a Thrivent Action Team to help publicize the event, and the donations nearly tripled. Dollars raised went toward health-related activities.