"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:35-36
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:49
Outreach is the tangible results of living out our Vision Statement, “We Reveal God’s Love” and our labors to perform God’s will for all his creation. To achieve the true action of our call to “love your neighbor as yourself,” through social and justice ministries.
Our current Outreach ministries include:
Lamb’s Basket (a food pantry)
This ministry began at Christ Lutheran many years ago when a single little boy decided to bring a can of food with him to church each Sunday to share with the less fortunate. By 1999 a food pantry ministry was being operated out of one of the church’s closets. Today, LAMB’s Basket has grown into a community-wide ministry supported by 47 area churches operating out of it’s own building a few miles from Christ Lutheran.
Christ Lutheran parishioners fill our LAMB’s Basket wagon with non perishable food each Sunday and we provide 20 plus volunteers that work at LAMB’s Basket 3 days a month (9:30 am to 1:00 pm). Mondays and Wednesdays are stocking days. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are client days.
LAMB’s Basket is located at 8419 Oakview Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228. If you want to connect through Christ Lutheran’s volunteer group, Sarah Vaughan serves as our LAMB’s Basket volunteer coordinator..
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Christ Lutheran had a unique opportunity to partner with and serve the Hispanic community of Casa De Dios to offer English as a Second Language adult classes. The classes meet during the Henrico County School Year on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Currently there are 4 classes based on needs of the students. Fully supported by the Christ Lutheran congregation, all class services and materials are free to students with the exception of a yearly $30 registration. Co-Directors are Betty Schnellenberger and Carol Jones.
God’s Work, Our Hands
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is Sunday, September 8, 2019. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Christ Lutheran service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
We work every day to make our community a better place. Help us continue doing this work together in on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in our Fellowship Hall between and after the last service.
Jennifer John is our contact person.
On June 3, 2018 there was a devastating volcanic eruption just south of Guatemala City. The lives of thousands were destroyed or disrupted by this tragic event. Given our close connection with the Casa de Dios congregation, many of whom had friends and family in the affected area, Christ Lutheran initiated a special ministry to help alleviate, at least in some small way, the suffering caused by this disaster. This ministry is working on various activities and fund raisers to help cover the cost of replacing basic household supplies (pots, pans, brooms, etc.) these families lost in the eruption.
Carol Jones is this ministry's coordinator.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets (food)
Each November, our congregation reaches out to our community by providing a Thanksgiving meal to families in our surrounding neighborhoods who might otherwise be without on Thanksgiving Day. Our members donate canned vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkeys. They then package the meals and set up times for distribution and pick up. Our neighbor, Moody Middle School, assists us in identifying families that are most in need of this ministry.
Paul Quel is the coordinator.
Angel Tree (gifts)
This ministry had it’s origins back in the 1980s with one of our high school Sunday School classes. The Angel Tree ministry provides Christmas gifts for children of local families in need. Beginning in early November, Moody Middle School provides us with a list of families who may benefit from this ministry. Our volunteers call the families and obtain their Christmas wishes.
Around Thanksgiving we place cutout angels with the child’s first name and wish on a tree in the Commons. Members of the church take one or more of these names and purchase the desired gift. The wrapped gifts are then returned to the church by the middle of December. Volunteers organize the gifts by family and arrange a time for them to be picked up.
Anyone wishing to participate in this ministry should contact Paul Quel.