Siouxland newsletter #14

Regional Services/Siouxland Newsletter

Although an international organization, Alternatives also serves its region, called Siouxland, an area north of Omaha, Nebraska, and south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We publish an occasional newsletter of Social Justice activities called "Living More Simply That Others May Simply Live."

Siouxland newsletter

Living More Simply... That Others May Simply Live.

A Newsletter for People of Faith Focusing on Social Ministry in Siouxland

Issue #14 - April, 2001

International Gift Festival SUNDAY

Gifts that show you care

Handcrafted by Third World artisans around the globe. Help complete the circle of fair trade!

By selling their handicrafts, Ten Thousand Villages helps craftspeople provide food and education for their families and helps threatened villages survive. Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair incomes to Third World people by selling their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.

Sunday, May 6, 2-5 p.m., First Congregational Church, 4600 Hamilton Blvd.

For information, call 712/239-3385.


Gardening and Adopt-a-Lot Project

Shalom is a neighborhood organization on the west side of Sioux City dedicated to improving the west side. Last year they gave away over $2000 worth of garden produce to various agencies and to the elderly. This spring and summer they will continue to raise garden produce on an acre on Military Road.

This year they are adding a new project called "Adopt-a-Lot." Various vacant lots will be beautified through mowing, and adding flowers or vegetables. We are recruiting neighbors and various organizations to adopt lot.

How can you help? We need volunteers. We need money to help purchase two roto-tillers.

The organizations involved in Shalom are Westside Action, Westside Coalition, Career Solution's, Inc., Goodwill, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mayflower Congregational Church, St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Crescent Park United Methodist Church, Spirit of the Hills United Methodist Church, Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church and Whitfield United Methodist Church, plus local neighbors. Call Miriam Clayton (712-277-2870) or Mike Brandhagen (712-252-5364) for more information.


Did You Know?

Your group - Sunday School class, book circle, etc. - is welcome to have a meeting or tour at Alternatives Corner Store & Reading Room any day. Call  712-943-6153 for an appointment.


Pastors, Teachers, Parents,

Alternatives' Library can help simplify your life. Over 2000 titles!

  1. Study guides for classes and groups
  2. Books for children's sermons
  3. Resources for youth
  4. Hard-to-find magazines for inspiration
  5. Seasonal resources for Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas, etc.
  6. Books and videos on voluntary simplicity, building community, peace & justice, care of creation, economics, spirituality, etc.

Volunteer Head Librarian Ernie Caltvedt keeps Alternative's library ready for your use.

Ernie and others are available to speak to groups about Alternatives, Voluntary Simplicity and other related topics.


Visit Alternatives' Store.

Alternatives for Simple Living's store in Sioux City at 109 Gaul Dr. * P.O. Box 340 * Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 51054 is open weekdays 9-4:30, and by appointment.


Alternatives' Free "Simpler Living" Website Archives

for Media, Church and Personal Use

Welcome to Alternatives' Archives - a treasure trove of material on simpler living and celebrating. This material can be used FREE of charge for feature articles, newsletter blurbs, fillers, sermons, activities, personal enlightenment.

To access Alternatives' Archives, visit www.SimpleLiving.org. On the Home Page or the Site Map, click on "Information: Feature Article Material" or "Information: Archives."

Hundreds of articles are there now; more are being added. Check back often.

The Archives are indexed alphabetically by title within several large subjects: Christmas, Easter, Others Times of the Year, and Non-seasonal. The archives are also indexed by collections, such as "Whose Birthday Is It, Anway?"

These are TEXT files (not graphics files) to ease downloading and formatting of the text for your use.

The terms for use and credits are given in the Introduction on the Archives Cover Page.

The archives are open to all - made possible by memberships and donations. For only $25 per year (or more) you can become a member.


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