PoP Advocacy Team

The PoP ELCA Advocacy Team purposes are to:

1. Help PoP members grow in awareness of ELCA Advocacy Ministry.
“ELCA advocacy ministry speaks for biblical values: peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease.” ECLA Advocacy Page

2. Support the efforts of ELCA Faith and Society by increasing member participation in:

ELCA e-Advocacy Network: www.elca.org/en/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/Advocacy

Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin www.loppw.org/

The current ELCA social statement process

Interfaith advocacy groups, such as
      o ESTHER – Faith Communities United for Justice: www.esther-foxvalley.org/about
      o Bread for the World 
      o Wisconsin Council of Churches: www.wichurches.org/advocacy/

3. Provide opportunities to learn about & discuss important issues in a non-partisan, faith-informed way

4. Help PoP members grow in confidence and skills of using their citizen voices.

As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world. Through faithful advocacy, the ELCA lives out our Lutheran belief that governments can help advance the common good.

Help End Hunger | 2023 Offering of Letters
 Submit by Sunday, April 16!
Check out the Bread for World Offering of Letters Kickoff that took place on Sunday, March 5, 2023!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  - Jeremiah 29:1
The PoP ELCA Advocacy Team encourages your participation in the Offering of Letters as hunger has increased dramatically throughout our country and the world due to the pandemic, climate change, and conflicts. It's not too late to participate in PoP's Offering of Letters to help end hunger! Please return letters to church by Sunday, April 16.
Your past letters have made a difference! Bread for the World members celebrated three key victories in 2022 with the passage of the Global Malnutrition Prevention & Treatment Act (10-19-22), the Global Food Security Act (12-15-22), and School Meals (12-21-22).  Bread for the World and Covenant Churches like Prince of Peace built these victories with vision, patience, and persistence.

Now it is time to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the 2023 reauthorization of the Farm Bill.

Please help us reach the goal of at least 125 letters / emails from PoP!

Note: As of April 5, 2023 we are just 13 messages shy of our goal of 125 letters/emails to Members of Congress. Your letters can put us over the top – write or email today!
There are a variety of ways to participate in the 2023 PoP Offering of Letters. Choose what works for you!
  • Pick up materials for writing your letters at home. (Materials will be in the Advocacy Team mailbox during Holy Week).
  • Sign up in the narthex or email Nancy Jones to receive sample letters in Word to personalize, print and return to church by Sunday, April 16.
  • Visit www.bread.org/farmbill to find email messages to personalize and send to your Members of Congress.
  • Use this QR code (to right) to be taken to an email letter to personalize.

If you use the email option, please be sure to check the box that your letter is part of an Offering of Letters and enter Prince of Peace ELCA, Appleton, WI. Also, please email Nancy to let her know your email was sent to help track our progress toward our goal.
NOTE: Bread for the World has been advised by congressional staff members of these best practices for ensuring your letter is read and/or counted by a staff person or legislator:

➢Write handwritten letters if possible
➢For more impact, do personalize the letter by sharing why you care about hunger and changing the subject line of the email message. 
➢Deliver the letters to the district office

Advocacy Team members will be delivering letters to Members of Congress’ district offices starting in mid-April. Please return your letters to church by Sunday, April 16.
Looking ahead
Related to the Offering of Letters are two upcoming events that focus on the sustainability aspects of this campaign of reducing food waste. Please plan to join the Advocacy and God’s Earth - Our Hands Teams on April 16 for a "Climate, Food, and Faith" Forum following both services in the CLR, and on April 30 for an Earth-Friendly Mindful Meal after the second service at 11 am in the Fellowship Hall.
Any questions? Please contact Nancy @ 920-915-0536 or njjones.wisconsin@gmail.com.

Previous Opportunities
ELCA World Hunger

ELCA World Hunger's 2023 Lenten Study, "40 Days of Giving" begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22.
In preparation for Lent and your particiaption in the ELCA World Hunger's 2023 Lenten Study, please watch this brief video above, which gives a glimpse of the work of our church around the world and in our own country.

As the 117th Congress comes to a close, lawmakers have a limited window to pass an extension to the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which lapsed at the end of 2021. Click the link below to read more and take action!

Urgent ELCA Action Alert - Join ELCA Action to Cut U.S. Child Poverty


Sunday, Nov. 13 | “Bread for the World Forum”
Is it hard to believe on the heels of the mid-term election, that an important bill recently passed in the US Senate on a unanimous voice vote? Two of our Bread for the World Offering of Letters helped make that happen!!

You are invited to the Congregational Life Room on Sunday, November 13, following BOTH worship services (starting at 9:15 am and 11:00 am) for our 2022 Bread for the World Sunday forum. The PoP ELCA Advocacy Team is eager to share:
  • A biblical reflection & discussion
  • A brief video with recent great news (please click and watch it!)
  • Current signs for hope
  • A look ahead and an invitation
  • ELCA World Hunger Advent resources
Please come to learn more and be encouraged! Pick up your ELCA World Hunger Advent calendars & study.

Help End Hunger: 2021 Offering of Letters
The PoP ELCA Advocacy Team encourages your participation in the Offering of Letters as hunger has increased dramatically throughout our country and the world in the past year.

You can learn about this year’s Offering of Letters campaign by:
  • Joining the Fox Valley Offering of Letters Webinar on April 29 at 12:00pm for a regional, interfaith action to “have faith and end hunger.” Learn more and register here.
This year, we are writing letters to our Members of Congress to urge them to support U.S. leadership of global nutrition efforts and taking steps to uphold the recent thrilling measures taken to reduce child poverty in the U.S. by 50%. Once you write a letter or email to your Members of Congress, please report your letters with the PoP Letter Tally form to the Advocacy Team so we know our progress toward our goal of at least 100 letters.

As of this writing, we have 21 letters reported as sent.  Please help us reach the goal!  Thanks so much!

For more information, please connect with PoP contact: Nancy Jones (920-731-9250 or njjones.wisconsin@gmail.com).