The Lamb's Basket food pantry ministry began at Christ Lutheran many years ago when a 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 a closet at CLC. Today, LAMB’s Basket has grown into a community-wide ministry supported by 47 area churches operating out of it’s own building at 8419 Oakview Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228.
Christ Lutheran parishioners fill our LAMB’s Basket wagon with non perishable food items 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. If you want to connect through Christ Lutheran’s volunteer group, Sarah Vaughan serves as our LAMB’s Basket volunteer coordinator.
Christ Lutheran partners with and serves the Hispanic community of Casa De Dios by offering English as a Second Language (ESL) adult classes. The classes meet during the Henrico County school year on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. There is a yearly $30 registration fee, but classes and all materials are free. Contact Carol Jones and Betty Schnellenberger for more information.
Simpy using thread and re-purposed fabric, the Quilts of Love ministry creates quilts for use around the world and in the local community. These quilts have been used for bedding as well as shelter against cold, rain and blistering sun. There are several ways to be involved in this ministry:
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is Sunday, September 13, 2020. 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. Jennifer John is our contact person.
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
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.