Angel Tree and Zoe Day Camp are both prison fellowship programs sponsored for many years by Grace's Saturday Morning Bible Study Group. Each year in August, the Bible Study Group prepares 60 lunches from food donated by Grace members for the Zoe Bible day camp for children and their incarcerated mothers. In December, they sponsor the Angel Tree project which provides Christmas gifts delivered by Grace members to children of incarcerated parents. Sue Eriksen writes about her experience delivering gifts for Christmas this year to one such family in Wilmington.
" I delivered Grace's Angel Tree gifts to the C.... family and it was a moving experience. The little girls, 8 and 9, were waiting anxiously, peeking out from the blinds in their humble inner city row house, and with great exuberance, flung the door open. With each present, they joyously read aloud in Spanish the message from their incarcerated father, bringing smiles to their faces and tears to their grandmother.They knew the family rule meant gifts had to wait under their small, still undecorated tree, but that did not diminish their enthusiasm. The grandparents and I chatted in Spanish while the girls watched and waited patiently. One finally asked if I had also brought cookies and they jumped for joy when I handed them the bucket full. I asked the grandparents if we could say the Lord's Prayer first in Spanish and then I would say it in English, which seemed to please everyone. We talked about everyday things and these dear people felt like old friends whose difficult time touched my heart. My husband was waiting outside in our car, making sure it was safe in one of Wilmington's roughest neighborhoods. When I felt I needed to leave, they asked if I would please come back. They would make coffee, real coffee, and we could have another good talk. I delivered gifts sent with God's love, the grandparents made me feel like family, the girls made us all laugh, and we hugged warmly at the door. Such a wonderful Christmas memory! Thank you, Angel Tree and God, for that."
Emily P. Bissell Hospital (EPBH) is located on Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, Delaware, just down the road from Grace. Grace takes part in Worship Services every fifth Sunday throughout the year. During the year, Grace assists the patients at Emily Bissell with collections of needed supplies.Right now, there is a need for new clothing for the clothes closet for patients: Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and t-shirts (all colors, with and without pockets) in mens sizes L to 5X and womens sizes M to 3X are needed. Donation bins are located in the Narthex.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center Hilltop operates year round providing programs for infant/toddlers through youth. These included preschool programs, before and after school care, tutoring and study sessions and social activities. Grace members provide Thanksgiving baskets Christmas gifts for children, tutoring and participation in the Superstars fundraising event. Grace volunteers serve on the board of the organization.
Sunday Breakfast Mission is in need of toiletries for their homeless shelters- please drop your sample size soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs in the bin marked with SBM in the coat closet just off the narthex.
Our Own Graceful Quilters, started in 2001 at Grace, has made more than 4,000 quilts to support Lutheran World Relief. Quilts are made with donated materials by volunteers donating their time and skills. They truly make a “lot with a little.” The Lord has blessed Grace with dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to accomplish the quilting tasks of love and sharing meeting at 9:00am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The finished quilts are transported to the Port of Baltimore, Maryland and from there shipped for distribution to the poor in Africa and South America.