Christ, Be Our Light!

Posted on September 27, 2011 by Jessica Nipp Hacker

Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, IA turns 140 this year. (And considering that the state of Iowa is only 165 years old, that’s quite an achievement!)

To celebrate the blessings they’ve been given, the folks at Trinity are taking a year-long offering… and one recipient of that offering is the ELCA Malaria Campaign. They’ve set a lofty goal of $14,000 for this year– enough to buy 1,400 mosquito nets.

Trinity has come up with many creative ways to engage the congregation with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Their senior pastor, Jim Magelssen, explains a few of their creative ideas:

“In August, the “Trinity Trek”, a walk/run with registration fees going to the Malaria Campaign, raised $900 dollars. On the day of the run, the registration table had a malaria net on display. Each person who walked or ran wore a net corsage.

We had a “Lunch and Learn,” at which we ate African food, and had a presentation about malaria given by a woman who grew up in Ghana.

During the announcements at an outdoor service this summer, our parish nurse came running into our midst, chased by one of our members dressed as a giant mosquito. Becky Elsbernd, our parish nurse, took refuge under the malaria net.”

…And those are just a few of the ways in which the ELCA Malaria Campaign has been woven into the fabric of parish life at Trinity this year!  Thanks be to God for the dedication and commitment of this congregation. And thanks to Trinity for their continued support.

— Jessica Nipp,
ELCA Malaria Campaign