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Special points of interest: Summer Interns High School Mission Trip Calendar of Events Meet The Interns Multi-Million Pound Challenge Update Feed My Sheep 2013 Community Garden Sauk Prairie Against Hunger Living Simply 6:8 Wish List

Contact us www.MakingService Personal.org

Email: MakingServicePersonal @gmail.com 485 Prairie St. Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 (608) 658-4700

Staff: John Ramthun jramthun@gmail.com

Sarah Ramthun scramthun@gmail.com

Making Service Personal VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3

SPRING 2013

6:8 (inspired by Micah 6:8, Isaiah 6:8, Mark 6:8, & 1 Tim 6:8) is a not-for-profit organization, “Transforming communities by making service personal.” Here are some highlights of our activities. Find out more at www.MakingServicePersonal.org. Let us know if and how you would like to join us!

6:8 Summer Interns

For just as a body without a Spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. - James 2:26 The 6:8 Summer Interns are ready to make their faith come alive!!! They are ready to put their faith into works!!! 6:8 is seeking to foster a community of shared work, prayer, and play to create a community where it is easier to do good. 6:8 has hired 4 interns for our 13 week paid internship. The interns will begin their summer with training and planning in Sauk Prairie. They will then travel to Mississippi to lead a week of more than 50 high schoolers on their high school mission trip building a house. They will spend 10 more weeks in Sauk Prairie, where we will work to transform the community by making service personal as we live together in Intentional Community. The interns will share many responsibilities including planning and leading Service, Discipleship, and Social follow-up opportunities for Mission Trip Participants and other 6:8 volunteers; providing a weekly Community Meal for anyone who would like to come; promoting the Silver Cord Program; and coordinating Mission Trip Alumni Service opportunities. Each intern or pair of interns will also have a focus area for the summer to plan, implement, coordinate volunteers, and train leaders for. 6:8 focus areas will include: a Community Garden; the Sauk Prairie Against Hunger Feed My Starving Children Food Pack Event; household solution projects; ministering to those who are elderly, shut-in, or alone; and more.

Introducing Heather Brooks

My name is Heather Brooks and I currently live in Saint Paul, Minnesota with my husband, William, and our daughter, Adelaide. Right now, I am working for the Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities, but we are preparing to move back to our hometown of Sauk Prairie this summer. This internship is so exciting because I’ve volunteered with 6:8 in the past and believe so fully in its mission. I’m looking forward to embracing a simpler lifestyle and really devoting my summer to service, especially in a community I already know and love. An interesting fact about me is that I sang for Pope Benedict XVI during Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2008.

Meet the other 3 Interns inside!

9th Annual MadCAAP High School Mission Trip

Vera Brent, her 4 teenage sons and one daughter, are currently living with other family members. Until recently, the Brents were living in a run-down, rented apartment falling in and out around them (their utility bills were over $600/mo). Vera has Ms. Vera Brent worked at the local Chicken Plant for over 15 years. Her wages weren't enough as and her 5 children they were being taken advantage of by their landlord (charged WAY too much for an will move into the unlivable apartment). Join us in supporting 52 high schoolers who hope to pay for house we will build in June. and build Vera’s house in Mississippi this summer.

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485 Prairie St.

Prairie du Sac, WI 53578


Meet the Interns

Introducing Jake Kruse

Hello! I’m known as Jake in the common tongue. I am from Madison, WI, though I grew up for the majority of my 19 years in Mount Horeb. I’m attending the UW Madison and I live with 25 men on Hoyt St. While that may sound ridiculous, I can honestly say it’s much less chaotic then living with my 10 rambunctious siblings. I am very excited to learn how to live simply and to live in community this summer. Hopefully we’ll be playing a lot of music, too!

Introducing Benjamin John Hokamp

I am 23 years old and currently attend college in the pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering Major. I applied for this internship to learn a lot about leadership. Leadership has been an attribute that I have found quite an interest in the past April 27 - Called & Gifted two years. I graduated in 2008 from Assumption High School in Wisconsin RapWorkshop in Sauk ids where I lived my whole life. I have two brothers and a sister. I also love to read and be inspired by quotes. A couple weeks back I read a good one from April 28 - Mission Trip Howard Thurman. It goes like this, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, Student Mtg #3 and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I like to work with my May 17-19 - City-Wide Brat hands a lot and I feel that when I am able to create or build, that is when I am most alive. So this Stand for MadCAAP High summer I am most looking forward to coming alive because that is what the world needs me to do.

Upcoming Dates

School Mission Trip May 22 - Mission Trip Student Mtg #4 May 28 - Summer Interns Begin June 8 - June 15 MadCAAP High School Mission Trip ** Young Men’s/Women’s Discipleship Groups meet each Wednesday evening

Introducing Carly Braun I was born and raised in Manitowoc, WI, next to the beautiful Lake Michigan until I moved to Madison to be with two other great lakes for college. I am a sophomore at UW Madison, studying Religious Studies and Sociology. I am involved at St. Paul's Catholic Church on campus. I teach catechism in Mount Horeb on Wednesdays, I am in a bible study, and some other students and I recently started a group called Vita Pura which promotes simple living, Catholic Community, and care for God's creation. This desire for simple living is part of what interested me in the 6:8 Internship. I also hope to do a lot of mission work in the future, so this seems like a really great place for me. I am super excited to go to Mississippi; I love doing hard work outside. There's nothing better than working with your hands and with your heart.

We are thrilled to have Carly, Jake, Heather, and Benjamin join 6:8’s team for summer 2013!!! We’d love to have you join us for any or all of these expanding endeavors through your prayer, volunteered time, expertise, and/or financial contributions. The interns are working to raise funds for the various ministry areas they will be involved in. Feel free to join in the fun and service!

The 6:8 Multi-Million Pound Challenge Team raised over 10,000 pounds of food to be given to Families in Sauk Prairie!!!!! Thanks to all

Feed My Sheep 2013

495 Volunteers

packaged 100,872 meals in 5 hours!!!

who continue to exercise and record their time and to the Princeton Club in Madison for sponsoring this opportunity!!!

See highlights including TV News Coverage on the 6:8 Website & Facebook Page

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6:8

485 Prairie St.

Prairie du Sac, WI 53578


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Feeding the Hungry 6:8 IS PARTNERING WITH ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN SAUK PRAIRIE TO CREATE A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN 2013. ANYONE IS WELCOME TO HELP WITH THE GARDEN AND THOSE WHO WORK WILL SHARE IN THE HARVEST AFTER WE DONATE THE FIRST FRUITS TO THE SP FOOD PANTRY OR OTHERS IN NEED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING PLANT IN MAY, CONTACT JOHN AT (608) 658-4700. IF YOU HAVE OTHER GARDEN SUPPLIES OR SKILLS TO SHARE, PLEASE LET US KNOW AS WE GET THE GARDEN UP AND GROWING!

STARTING

MONDAY

IN

JUNE

WE WILL HAVE WORK TIMES OF

THURSDAY & SATURDAY

EVENINGS AND

MORNINGS.

THANK YOU TO ST. JOHN’S (100 OAK ST.) FOR HOSTING THE GARDEN.

The Core Team from the Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack Event in Sauk last October (where 678 volunteers packaged enough meals to feed 448 children for an entire year [163,512 meals] and 1,300 lbs of food were donated to the SP Food

Pantry) is expanding in exciting ways!!!

Our aim, as Sauk Prairie Against Hunger, is to engage the community in feeding people locally and globally. The Food Pack Event is scheduled for October 24-26, 2013, at

Grand Ave Elementary School and we are planning for

200,000 meals!

We need your help and donations to achieve this goal. Stop by the SPAH AnnieSales Lee’sathouse Bake the Farmer’s Market in Prairie this summer on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month… Enjoy our Before and After Taste of Sauk Prairie event in July… Make a display with non-perishables for the SP Food Pantry… Donate any amount ($ 1 feeds a family of 4 for a day / $80 feeds a child for a year)… Talk with family, friends, and businesses… Volunteer at our Cow Chip Booth… buy a T-shirt… or help with planning. (Contact Sarah (608) 658-4719) 6:8 will continue to send home food with families during school breaks (the need has grown to 95 for summer) within Sauk Prairie Against Hunger. As we move forward we are excited to see how we can continue to expand

SAUK PRAIRIE AGAINST HUNGER - Feeding People Locally & Globally !

Financial & Volunteer Support

I would like to make a donation for the following: 6:8 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. 6:8 General Operating Fund (wherever it is needed the most) Sauk Prairie Against Hunger. Sponsor _____ families for summer ($25/family) OR _____ meals for Oct. (22ȼ/meal). 6:8 Summer Intern Programs MadCAAP High School Mission Trip Please (circle) mail or email me the

6:8 Quarterly Newsletter

I would like to volunteer with/for 6:8.

Name: __________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________________ Phone:________________________

**Please make checks payable to 6:8.

Return to: 6:8 - 485 Prairie St. - Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

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Feed My Sheep Volunteers packaged 100,872 Meals on March 16

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Almost 500 volunteers from 7 parishes and beyond joined in!

(608) 658-4700

MakingServicePersonal@gmail.com

www.MakingServicePersonal.org Students & Parents experienced a Global Village in preparation for the High School Mission trip. Right: Those in North America had plenty of land, food, and energy. Left: Those in Asia had much less.

Thanks to students and parents from St. Ambrose who hauled 8.5 TONS of Rice, Soy, Dried Veggies, and Chicken Flavored Vitamin and Mineral Powder into the Catholic Multicultural Center to be packaged during Feed My Sheep

Based on World stats, only 1 person in our Village would have a University Education

Below: Volunteers preserve 340 cups of Squash to donate

Students meet in Small Groups during a MT Meeting to discuss John 8:12

From John & Sarah Spring is making its way to Sauk Prairie and we are excited to be outside planting, pruning, raking, hanging clothes on the line, and more! As the vegetables we preserved last year begin to dwindle in our freezer we are excited for another growing season and to welcome an extra 6 people into our HOME for the summer! We feel a call to simplify and are getting rid of things, moving furniture, and preparing to let go of our ideal schedule and way of doing things for the sake of Community. God has drawn us to this way of life and we are thrilled to dive in for the summer! In Acts 2, those who believed shared what they had and no one among them was in need! May we come together, share of the gifts God has given us, and truly be a Community!

We are praying for you!!! Please pray for us!!!

John & Sarah

Wish List

Food/Supplies for Summer Events

3 Hole Punch Bunk Beds to borrow for 13 weeks for Interns Meals/Food for Weekly Summer Community Meals Taxi Vouchers to give away 6:8 Prayer Team Members Forever Postage Stamps Businesses or Individuals to make copies File Folders (not hanging)


6:8 Spring 2013 Newsletter