On this page, you can find out for yourself about what is going on in Rice Lake involving the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
We began celebrating this Holiday of our Savior during Christmas with our Neighbors (C.W.O.N.) 2017. Thank you to all who helped make this successful party possible, for your contributions, time, and positive energy. We had volunteers of all ages help set up the day before and throughout the event. Aleisha Jannsen, again this year, was able to coordinate the St. Joseph's Religious Education 7th grade to help with other volunteers wrapping gifts, stuffing stockings and creating festive placemats for our guests. Sunday the Religious Education 8th graders were there with many other volunteers and SVdP conference members preparing their homemade cookies and bars for dessert and serving our guests.
We invited our neighbors to eat gourmet turkey cordon bleu with rice pilaf and glazed carrots. Sara Wojciehowski, Barb Kromrey, Kim Busch, and Randy Stewart were the extraordinary cooks behind our feast. As our neighbors arrived, we gave them a numbered name tag that would coordinate with the numbers drawn for door prizes. With Dave Librande drawing door prize winners while our guests dined, we had an incredible harpist playing, Patty Partidge, that brought a great ambiance to the atmosphere. Jayne Stewart and Aleisha were able to capture incredible moments with their gift of photography and vision. Jean Frenzel used a holiday archway to create a Christmas corner for portraits of families and friends. There was even more exceptional music with Chris Jannsen playing his guitar and guest singers including himself, Aleisha, Father Samuel, Sister Virginia and Rudy Walz with many others singing along. After the dice game concluded, the party came to a close. Our neighbors departed with stomaches full of good food, and arms full of gifts. We bid farewell to our neighbors with a prefilled stocking for everyone who arrived. It was wonderful to share that time of fellowship with our neighbors. Thank you to our many community donors who helped make this possible.
Through the Shopko Foundation's Community Charitable Grant program, we were awarded $400. With this grant, we were able to purchase some wonderful gifts (pictured below) used for door prizes during 2017's Christmas with our Neighbors. Pictured above is David Librande, Vice President of the St. Joseph Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, also chair of the Christmas with our Neighbors committee, accepting the grant from Rice Lake Shopko's store manager, Liz Smith.
Painting our pantry with LOVE,
Thank You Red Cedar Church
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will begin putting some items that have been in the store for a month or more on e-bay to sell. Our customers will, of course, have the first opportunity to purchase these items at the store, and any income from e-bay sales will stay in our community. We receive some items that do not sell well in our area, but do sell in other areas of the country. Our donors trust us to use their donations wisely to generate income for the funding of our mission. We believe using e-bay as a second venue for sales is an efficient use of these donations.
P.O. Box 11
Rice Lake, WI 54868
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