St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro was connected with Christ Lutheran Church in Monticello through the sister congregation program of our synod. Throughout the year, Pastor Stefan Munker and Pastor Julia Rademacher communicated with each other, exchanged information about their congregations, and included members in worship prayers.
When the people of Christ Lutheran Church began to plan for the celebration of their 50th anniversary earlier this spring, they challenged St. Paul’s to participate by conducting a local service project of their choice that would include the number 50. The people of St. Paul’s decided on accepting the challenge by collecting 5 times 50 boxes of breakfast cereal.
A few months later, after weekly announcements with collection updates, and a final shopping trip with Thrivent dollars, the goal was reached. But the project was not completed until St. Paul’s youth group shared a video greeting that showed a domino-chain reaction of 250 cereal boxes. All the donations are being delivered to several area food pantries.