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Laundry Love

Mission | June 29, 2017

On the first Wednesday evenings of the month, a crew of people with money in their hands and kindness in their hearts visit two laundromats in the Quad Cities. One is in Rock Island, one is in Davenport.

They set the washers washing and the dryers drying with quarters in Rock Island and reloadable swipe cards in Davenport. They ask for nothing in return from the people who come. Some know it’s the night for Laundry Love and come every month, others walk in without knowing of the joyful surprise that awaits.

Gratefulness abounds, said Jason Holtgrewe, the pastor of Connection Quad Cities, a congregation that is at the center of Laundry Love Quad Cities.

The St. Paul Mission Board recently approved a gift of $1,000 for Laundry Love. The money will take care of one month worth of laundry for dozens of families.

The goal of the initiative: Alleviate the financial burden of washing and drying clothes so individuals and families can spend their money on other necessities – like food, shelter, utilities, medicine, transportation.

The why? Our hope is we’re giving hope: that God isn’t abandoning this world but embracing it, that God is creating a new world right here in the midst of this one, that anyone and everyone isn’t forgotten but remembered.

Jason works with Brandon Carleton, who first learned about the concept a couple of years ago at a conference. The idea sparked in their hearts, and Laundry Love QC was born.

The national movement began more than a dozen years ago because of a conversation with a man named T-Bone. He was living homeless in Ventura, California. Someone asked him a question: “T-Bone, how can we come alongside your life in a way that would matter?” T-Bone responded: “If I had clean clothes I think people would treat me like a human being.”

To date an estimated one million loads of laundry have been done nationwide, with more than 750,000 people cared for – each with a story, including this one from a recent Quad City night:

A guy there for the first time pulled one of us aside as he was leaving the laundromat. His arms were full of his newly washed and dried clothes. “Thank you,” he said. “I had to choose between putting gas in my car and having clean clothes. Now I can do both.”For some, it comes down to basic needs like that: “Will I wear clean clothes or fill up my car?” “Will my kids have to go to school again with smelly clothes?”

To learn more about Laundry Love QC, visit www.laundryloveqc.org.

4 Comments on “Laundry Love”

  • Karen Holtz

    June 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Wasn’t even aware of this necessary ministry! So happy st,Paul is a part of it!

  • Georgeann Kreiter

    June 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you too to the women who do laundry at Madison School. I’m thinking that must make a difference too in the lives of many children!

  • Tucker Shosh

    June 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Amazingly simple idea, but poignant both for those in need who it serves and those who take having a washer/dryer in our homes for granted. I don’t think I’ll take our “necessity” for granted anymore.

  • Georgia Dugan

    June 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Fantastic idea. So happy St Paul supports this effort.

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Isaiah 53:4-12

4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,

And our sorrows He carried;

Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

And by His scourging we are healed.

6All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

To fall on Him.

7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He did not open His mouth;

Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,

And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,

So He did not open His mouth.

8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;

And as for His generation, who considered

That He was cut off out of the land of the living

For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9His grave was assigned with wicked men,

Yet He was with a rich man in His death,

Because He had done no violence,

Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10But the LORD was pleased

To crush Him, putting Him to grief;

If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

He will see His offspring,

He will prolong His days,

And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11As a result of the anguish of His soul,

He will see it and be satisfied;

By His knowledge the Righteous One,

My Servant, will justify the many,

As He will bear their iniquities.

12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,

And He will divide the booty with the strong;

Because He poured out Himself to death,

And was numbered with the transgressors;

Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,

And interceded for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16

9For you have made the LORD, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16“With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see My salvation.”

Hebrews 5:1-10

The Perfect High Priest

1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;2he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;3and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.4And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

5So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,

“YOU ARE MY SON,

TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”;

6just as He says also in another passage,

“YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER

ACCORDING TOTHE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:35-45

35James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”39They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.40“But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.42Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.43“But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;44and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.45“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Bartimaeus Receives His Sight