Theme: Grace Full
Where do you find Grace at work in your life? It's a good question to think about leading up to Hammo 2016.
"For understanding the basics of grace, it helps if we step beyond the usual channels of reason. Grace is amazing because it typically works contrary to reason and against the grain of common sense." - Peter W. Marty
"Grace isn't about God creating humans and flawed beings and then acting all hurt when we inevitably fail and then stepping in like the hero to grant us grace--like saying, 'Oh, it's OK, I'll be the good guy and forgive you.' It's God saying, 'I love the world too much to let your sin define you and be the final word. I am a God who makes all things new.'" - Nadia Bolz-Weber
"Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God." - Karl Barth
Music: Lost and Found
Reunited and it feels so good! Lost and Found finished out their Farewell Tour in 2015, and will be reuniting at Hammo 2016. They have a long history with the Hammonasset event and we are honored and excited for them to be our band for the weekend!
Visit their website:
Speaker: Justin Vetrano
Justin Vetrano is a native New Yorker who currently serves as Pastor at The Life Lutheran Church on Long Island. Lately, he has been planting ministries and mission projects in Nicaragua. In his spare time, he volunteers as an interior firefighter and an EMT. Justin spent his childhood working as a professional actor in New York City, appearing in over 250 TV commercials, TV shows, and some movies. At 21, Justin found himself traversing the country as the business manager for the band Lost and Found. Justin can be found speaking almost every weekend of the year. Basically, Justin Vetrano never really stops talking (just ask his two daughters, Sydney and Kassie and his wife, Neina). He has a story for pretty much everything. And that is Justin's goal really--to share some stories, and relate them to the incredible love that God gives to the world through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Bible Study: Grace Through the Ages
Our Bible Study this year is called Grace Through the Ages
We've prepared a great Bible Study time for your church based on stories of grace from the Bible, from of old, and from modern times!
We have two opportunities for offering this year!
This program puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend. Each bag of food costs $10 each week and provides two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners for a child, with some left over to share! Items needed include:
Peanut butter - 18 oz. plastic
Jelly - 20 oz. squeezable containers
Mayonnaise - 12 oz. squeezable containers
Canned pasta - beefaroni, ravioli, spaghetti
Canned soup - 12-20 oz. size
Macaroni and cheese - boxes not cups
Canned fruit - 3-4 serving size
Granola bars/nutrition bars
Cereal - boxes or bags of 5-8 servings
Tuna or chicken - 10 oz. or smaller cans
Swiss Miss cocoa mix
Visit their website: End 68 Hours of Hunger
This program is a free clothing store for teens in the greater Conway, NH area. On the first and third Sundays of the month the Revolving Closet is open for teens to come and "shop" at no cost for clothes.
They accept new or gently used clothing for ages 12-18. Fall/winter clothing would be appreciated as well as formal dresses for prom and other school dances. They also welcome regular clothes, coats, shoes, etc. The coordinator of the program says that most kids this age are wearing adult sizes
Visit their Facebook page: Revolving Closet
These opportunities aren't just our offering this year, they are the service project options! Here's some additional info from Thrivent:
Greetings 2016 Hammonasset participants!
This year there will be two service projects offered at Hammo-Calumet. The first is for the Revolving Closet program, and the second is for the End 68 Hours of Hunger program. Imagine what a difference we can make if Hammo participants bring clothes and food to our annual event?
Make your contribution go even farther by encouaging your Thrivent member youth and adults to give even more through the Thrivent Action Teams explained below:
For anyone who is interested in taking part in the End 68 Hours of Hunger and/or Revolving Closet projects at Hammo and has a Thrivent member interested in using their Action Team to enhance your group's participation, we've got some ideas.
1. You could have a Thrivent member use an Action Team grant to pay for backpacks for your group to fill with food
2. You could use Action Team funds to "match" each item of food donated by purchasing a "matching item" to double your collection
3. You could purchase "collection bins" or "collection bags" and decorate them using Action Team funds for folks to take to their workplace, school, neighborhood, etc. to collect donations
4. You could use the Action Team grant to purchase the supplements to donated outfits--the stuff that doesn't get donated: shoes, socks, jewelry, etc.