The Service & Outreach Ministry seeks to show the love of Christ to our neighbors (both near and far) through acts of service. Here is information regarding many of our current projects. We also want your ideas! If you feel called to help with any of our ministries, or if you have new visions, please feel welcome to join us at one of our regular meetings at 7:00pm on the 3rd Monday of each month, in the narthex. There is no need to commit to an entire year or to all of the projects, but please come share how you are called and how you feel that Advent is called to serve our neighbors with the love of Christ! For general Service-Outreach questions and information, please contact Dave and Jen Lenz (440-684-1759, JenDLenz@gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Himmelein (email@example.com)
Food Pantry at St. Andrew:
This is a cooperative effort with St. Andrew Episcopal at 7989 Little Mountain Rd which provides food for approximately 400 individuals each month. The food pantry is open on the first Sunday, second Tuesday, and third and fourth Wednesdays of each month. At the food pantry, our goal is to distribute not just food, but also love and dignity. Advent is responsible for staffing distributions on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. We also help with unloading deliveries of food from the Cleveland Food Bank (3rd Thursday at 1pm), and picking up fresh food (Tuesdays). Each month, the congregation assists in collecting different needed items and placing them in the shopping carts found in the vestibules. In addition, we organize and provide a giving tree around Christmas for our neighbors who come to the pantry. To get involved, please contact:
Jean Rhodes / 440-953-9495 / firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dave and Jen Lenz / 440-684-1759 / email@example.com / JenDLenz@gmail.com
The next few months will provide some great opportunities to help our food pantry staff as several of our member’s vacation in the Sunny South.
We need your help! Please consider spending a few hours helping our neighbors who depend on Advent to supplement their food requirements. To volunteer or get more information, please contact Jean Rhodes at 440-953-9495 or 440-739-0579. If you would like to volunteer at the Food Pantry or if you would like to be on a list of "alternates" to call in case we need more volunteers, please contact Jean.
Body of Christ Church in Willoughby and Prince of Peace Church in Mentor have partnered to sponsor a service ministry called “Hearts 2 Hands” (H2H). This program provides taxable goods not available through food stamps and other services such as haircuts, family portraits, and resume assistance. Services will be available on the last Saturday of each month at the following locations:
Body of Christ Church (for residents of Willoughby, Eastlake, Wickliffe, Willowick and Timberlake) from 9am to 11am.
Prince of Peace Church (for residents of Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake) from 10am to 1pm
If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Be watching for information on our annual Baby Bottle Boomerang for Hannah’s House.
Advent Lutheran Church also supports the following local, national, and international efforts:
Project Hope/Families Moving Forward:
Project Hope is a homeless shelter in Lake County sponsored by multiple local churches. Some of our members serve on the board of Project Hope. Additionally, we frequently provide meals for the residents on Thanksgiving or Valentines Day. Recently, Project Hope has identified a growing need for service to families and has created Families Moving Forward to provide a safe place for families during the afternoon. 50% of the proceeds from this year’s Rummage Sale will be going to support this new initiative and we look forward to being involved as it grows.
Lake County Community Network:
The Lake County Community Network is a group of churches in lake county that work together to support those in need. A social worker refers people in need to government agencies and will also connect them with local churches to try to piece together help.
Convoy of Hope:
Community outreaches bring local churches, businesses, and organizations together to honor, help, and give hope to those in need. Over each of the past few years community outreaches have served several thousands of Honored Guests. To get involved, please contact
Dave Lenz / 440-684-1759 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah's Home is a maternity home in Northeastern Ohio for single, pregnant, young women through the age of 25. They offer a safe and structured environment that allows a young woman to make a positive life plan for herself and her unborn child.
Help the Children:
Help the Children is a non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to serve the needy by providing a range of social projects and supportive services for orphans and vulnerable children in Transnistria. Their goal is to improve their life quality and enrich their emotional, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being.To get involved, please contact
Dale Keenan / 440-256-0613 / email@example.com
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