Grace's Community Concerns Team is comprised of all in our congregation who devote time, talent and resources to important social ministry needs. Our team endeavors to coordinate Grace’s community outreach supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ living in Delaware’s greater community and in other parts of the world. We have a rich, 44+ year tradition of giving time, talents and financial support to many worthwhile organizations dedicated to promoting dignity and justice for all people. Some of the organizations we support include:
Cub Scouts Cub Pack 959 of younger scouts logged nearly 500 service hours in the community during 2012. Pack leadership is very supportive by maintaining training requirements and providing the youth protection and enthusiasm needed to develop our rewarding and engaging program. These efforts included maintaining the pack’s website (www.pack959.com), attending resident camping at Camp Ware and participating by multiple families, helping with Grace’s live nativity and the plant sale. The Pack also replaced the aging storage shed housing its equipment.
Emmanuel Dining Room (www.ministryofcaring.org) is a lunchtime feeding program for the hungry. Each month Grace volunteers prepare and deliver a meal for about 100 people.
Family Promise (www.familypromisede.org) Family Promise is an interfaith network of 30 congregations that provide support for homeless children and their families in Northern New Castle County. We are a Host Congregation ably supported by Avondale Presbyterian Church. More than 50 volunteers participate during a week of hosting by providing meals, shopping for food and other supplies, driving the van, spending the night and visiting with the families. During the day, families receive support in obtaining jobs, services, housing, etc. at the day center.
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 all over the globe.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center (www.hilltoplnc.org) 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 supports their fundraising efforts.
Lazarus Project in Haiti is the umbrella group for the Village of Hope School and Clinic and the Little Children of Jesus Orphanage in Haiti. Grace has supported this endeavor in the past with a mission trip. The new clinic opened in April 2012 to provide health services for the area. Currently, individuals in the congregation and the Sunday School support children in the school.
Lutheran Campus Ministries (www.lcmde.org) offers students at the University of Delaware an opportunity to expand their faith by providing them with a “home away from home” atmosphere. LCM welcomes everyone with a safe place to meet, friendships, support, and encouragement. As a non-profit organization, LCM relies on donations for our programming needs, day-to-day operations, and property upkeep. However, equally as important to financial support are the many opportunities to serve LCM with your time and talents. You can choose how much time you are able to offer in any of the following areas: providing or organizing a Tuesday dinner for our students; serve on the Directing Committee (time commitment can be as much or as little as your schedule allows); assist with “handyperson” tasks to maintain 50+ year old buildings; help with a property cleanup day; participate in the Fellowship in Serving the Hungry (FISH) organized collections of clothing, food, and household items; donate items for future fundraisers; and LCM’s most critical needs are for a treasurer and an individual to support our IT needs (beginning summer 2021). Check out our video:
Lutheran Community Services (www.lcsde.org) operates food pantries and provides housing support to the poor (see separate report and web site for more information. Grace regularly supports LCS with contributions for their important service and mission. Every year Grace particpates in the LCS Walk for Hunger to raise money to support LCS’s food pantry operations.
Lutheran Senior Services (www.luthertowers.com) Founded in 1967 by Lutherans in New Castle County, Lutheran Senior Services, Inc. operates Luther Towers I and II in Wilmington, providing affordable rental housing and Medicaid funded assisted living services to seniors.
Sunday Breakfast Mission (www.sundaybreakfastmission.org) The Sunday Breakfast mission provides breakfasts, evening meals, spiritual guidance, a shower and a safe place to sleep for many of Wilmington’s homeless.
Support for Other Local Organizations: We routinely support numerous local organizations by contributions of time and talents including The Countryside Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Mom’s Club, Dulcimers and the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association.
Peace, blessings and thanks to all who have so generously contributed their time, talents and financial support to Grace's community service ministry.
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