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What is Cherish our Children?
Cherish Our Children is a national Lutheran ministry of prayer, education, relationship-building, and action to prevent child sexual exploitation. Visit the website at: www.cherishchildren.org
 
What are the components of this ministry at Holy Trinity?
 
PRAYING FOR OUR CHILDREN
Some of the children of our congregation are prayed for each Sunday during worship.  Did you know that some children are prayed for each day by a member of the congregation?  If you would like to be a part of this ministry, as a “pray-er” (one who is assigned to pray for a specific child) or would like to have your child prayed for, please contact the church office or put a note in the offering plate.
 
EDUCATION
As part of their ministry of prayer and education, the Cherish our Children Committee  sponsored a presentation by Patrick Crough, author of “The Serpents Among Us” on Saturday, September 22, 2012. He is scheduled to return on Saturday, September 28, 2013 as part of the “Child Safety Day” sponsored by the Christian Education Committee.
 
Patrick Crough assists with the educational components of Millstone Justice, a child advocacy non-profit organization. He had been employed with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office since 1983 and promoted to the rank of Criminal Investigator and transferred to the Major Crimes Unit in January 1991. He currently serves with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Special Agent.

In his role with Millstone Justice, Patrick travels to many parts of the country to speak about experiences detailed in his book, while educating parents, family members, teachers, day-care employees and caregivers about the threats that are posed everyday by child predators. His presentation will include information on becoming more aware of how we can become wiser about protecting our children through education and a spiritual foundation.
 
EVENTS TO SUPPORT OTHERS
 
  • TEDDY BEAR TEA.  A luncheon was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 with a speaker from the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site as the speaker.  The speaker talked about the origin of the Teddy Bear and its relationship to Teddy Roosevelt. Stuffed bears (optional donation) were collected and given to the Family Justice Center (http://fjcsafe.org/) for children who are in transition and may have experienced some trauma. Bears were “clothed” in a mini prayer shawl with a prayer card attached.  Proceeds from the luncheon were split equally between the Cherish our Children www.cherishchildren.org national organization and the ELCA “Feed the Roots of Leadership” capital campaign supporting Campus Ministry, Outdoor Ministry and Seminary education.
   
 
  • CRANES OF COMPASSION.  On Sunday, June 5, 2011, the Cherish our Children committee (sub-committee of Christian Education)  sponsored a luncheon and activities related to Japan after the 10:30 worship service. Activities included origami crane making, an authentic Japanese luncheon, tea ceremony, yoga and a martial arts demonstration among other activities. This intergenerational event supported  the children in Japan whose lives were changed by the tsunami and also to learn about Japanese culture!  Funds collected were dispersed through the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund.  Gifts to ELCA Disaster Response, designated for the Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami, were used entirely (100 percent) in response to this disaster.  http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Responding-to-the-World/Disaster-Response.aspx
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