I sat in the Narthex – waiting for a young man –
Who would speak to the congregation on how our church
has impacted his young life.
I greeted him as he passed through and went outside
as if he was not sure quite what to do – the first service had started
In a email I had told his person of contact
He would speak at the end of the first service
and the beginning of the second service.
We went inside and found seats in the back –
Then it was time for him to speak –
He had told me that 2 or 3 minutes – the time he was to speak –
Was not nearly enough time – he could go on for hours !
You see – our church is a outreach church –
In the Community – in the area and beyond – Rwanda.
The young man spoke from his heart – no notes –
How when he walks through these doors twice a week –
He is safe – he is home – he is with people who love him.
The young man described his lows and highs –
In the Granger room where they meet
and in the fellowship hall where they gather.
All in Community Lutheran Church – his safe place.
He has been sober for over a year – he is once again felt wanted.
The outreach also goes to another Christian denomination
A congregation who had no home –
A congregation who holds services each Sunday afternoon
And also during the week.
They also call this home.
A place where God gathers all his children
A place that is safe – a place of solitude –
Outreach has its many forms –
Taking place each and everyday within these walls.
All Gods children are welcomed –
Open arms- open doors – open hearts – where it is safe.
The classrooms are full – all 7 or 8 of them –
each school day – full of children
not only from the congregation
but from the Community
A safe place – a outreach – a Community .
There are Icon classes – every Tuesday night.
Book club every first Tuesday of the month.
Two groups of quilters – one from Community
and one from the Community.
There are Boy Scouts -once a month.
Youth group – Choir groups – Wednesday choir for the youth
and Dinner for the congregation –
Once a month – during the above – Green Meadows –
A group with disabilities for dinner and sing along’s after.
Bible study and adult education each Sunday.
Numerous committees meeting weekly or monthly.
Sunday school and nursery
For years our outreach knows no borders –
We support a school in Rwanda –
each year sending two students through school until they graduate
paying all their costs – and then two more are selected.
Donating money for buildings –
Water – necessities of life – watching the campus grow
watching the increase in students
where genocide wiped out almost all adults.
And then each Sunday – the collection of LOOSE CHANGE
by the children from the Congregation
into the bucket –
allowing for Community Lutheran Church
to write a check last week
THE NOISY OFFERING as it is called
For BACKPACK BUDDIES
A program for children to have food on weekends
Where as the only meal they get are school meals
The September and October offering results of this children’s gathering
resulted in a check for $1655.25 for food for low income children
to take home on weekends.
Prior to that -the offering went to WGB –
WOMEN GIVING BACK – a non profit in Sterling ( Community’s neighbors)
Helping Women and children in crisis
by distributing clothing at no cost.
The outreach goes on –
Link food pantry where the first Sunday of every month
is brought in on both services and taken to the food pantry
Low income family’s bags of food delivered by our volunteers
to people in need.
Coffee and conversation between services
New – THE WELL – once every 1st. and 3rd Wednesday evening –
to gather to pray for the community – neighborhood and the World.
The mitten tree -where toys are distributed for families in need.
Gifts for Hope – Sweats for Vets –
There are many more –
A Festival to benefit MOBILE HOPE –
For children who have no home who live in tents
in the woods –
some have no parents or guardians
They are provided with coats – jackets – toilet articles -hygine
They have been deserted
left alone to fend for themselves
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