Bread for the World Offering of Letters
Sunday, May 5 is Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters at Resurrection, the day we gather to write letters to our legislators, advocating for those struggling with hunger. This year’s focus is “Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow” and we write to advocate for an end to global childhood malnutrition. This is RLC’s sixth Offering of Letters, and last year we wrote 267 letters which were added to over 4,000 additional letters (via Indiana’s ecumenical Offering of Letters). All of these letters were then delivered to our elected officials with Indiana senators receiving over 1,000 letters apiece!
Each letter written as a part of Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters aims to realize a world in which all of God’s children are fed. We have the resources today to feed all people, but we need the political will to make it happen. It starts with us, as God’s people, advocating for our brothers and sisters struggling with hunger. With the annual Offering of Letters, we strive to create political will by writing our policy makers and urging them to create pathways out of hunger and poverty.
As Resurrection people, we have the opportunity to make a world of difference by writing a letter. On Sunday, May 5, come write with us in the parish narthex. All necessary materials will be provided – including example letters and templates. You can write your own letter or add a personal statement to a preprinted letter. You don’t need to be a “writer” to write, and each personalization we add demonstrates an extra level of commitment to our senators and representatives.
One Step Further
This year we are conducting a contest to increase our advocacy efforts! As part of Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters on Sunday, May 5, we will have packets with information to equip you to share your passion with others. Invite friends, relatives and coworkers to write letters, then bring the letters back to RLC on Sunday, May 12 to be blessed. As an added incentive, we will provide you with a fresh loaf of bread if you collect letters from at least three people outside of the congregation.
Special Discipleship Hour Sunday, April 28
Join us Sunday, April 28 in Room 2 for a special Discipleship Hour education opportunity as RLC member Sara Gasiorowski explores this year’s Bread for the World advocacy focus of “Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow”. Sara is the National Chair of the School Nutrition Association Public Policy and Legislative Committee and the Food Service Director of Wayne Township. She is a wealth of information on nutrition public policy and its impact.
Special Guest Speaker
Sunday, May 5, we welcome David Miner as our special guest delivering the sermon at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship. David is projects chair and board member of the Indy Hunger Network. He formerly served as board chair of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute. He is formerly volunteer executive director of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. He retired from a senior executive role for Elanco animal health after 28 years with Eli Lilly. He has been a grassroots activist for 37 years and leads local Bread activities in Indiana.
What Happens After the Offering of Letters?
On Sunday May 12, we bless all of the letters written and collected by our congregation and add them to the letters written by others across Indiana. We ask God to bless these letters so that our words may touch the hearts and minds of members of Congress and embolden our elected officials to increase our nation’s commitment and investment in global nutrition programs. All of the letters from our congregation and others are then delivered to our policy makers in a flood of advocacy urging investment to end global childhood malnutrition.
Stay Connected All Year
Stay up to date on current topics impacting hunger and make your voice heard. Visit RLC’s Bread for the World page to subscribe to text or email updates, to send prayers or to explore further advocacy opportunities.
About Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live. In 2018, Bread for the World delivered 159,854 letters, made 9,947 phone calls and made 370 visits to government offices. All of this resulted in a $20 million increase for global nutrition funding to bring 200,000 additional children vital nutritional inventions. Learn more