As followers of Christ we call called to love and serve our neighbors. Our Neighbor hood Task Team is in charge of sharing God’s Love in our community.
The NTT regularly provides laundry assistance to our neighbors at Nana’s Wash House next to the church. In addition to an envelope containing $5.00 worth of quarters, our neighbors are offered laundry pods and dryer sheets. Food, conversation and devotional materials are provided at the church. Coins and cash are accepted to support this outreach, and collections are ongoing.
The Neighborhood Task Team has hung a total of 409 items on First’s fence to keep our neighbors warm. Within hours all of the hats, scarves, and mittens were removed. We will continue to collect items for this project throughout the year. Remember the collection is for men, women , and children. Thanks to all for helping to keep our neighbors warm.
The Give and Take Box is an ongoing program. The bright red box in the front of First is a distribution for personal care items to our neighbors. When you are out shopping please remember to purchase a few items to share with our neighbors – shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, tissues, etc. Thank you all for being a part of this outreach.
Mission Quilters meet every Wednesday morning to cut, stitch, pin, sew, iron, and knot as we put together 60” by 80” quilts. Quilts are sent across the globe to areas where people are refugees or suffering the effects of violence or natural disasters. In addition to being a bed cover, they can be turned into baby carrier, a room divider, a place to display items in the market, a sack for carrying goods, a sunshade, or a shawl. In the past year our quilters completed 134 quilts! We are always looking for additional help—young or old, male or female—come and join us any Wednesday morning!
Our members bring items to the church throughout the year kits. The kits are assembled in time for the in-gathering the first Sunday in October. In 2017 we completed 54 School kits, 39 Baby kits, and 40 Health kits!
As followers of Christ we are called to love and serve our neighbors. Our Social Missions committee is our vehicle for doing God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world. This committee meets with local ministries and makes recommendations on the dispersal of budgeted local mission funds. This year First Lutheran in providing financial support for the following local ministries:
NETwork ministries is a local ministry that provides an after school program revolving around Christian studies. They offer tutoring, piano lessons, dance, simple outdoor recreation, a community garden, and a more complex outdoor program which involves field trips and camping. They have recently acquired a new building and are renovating it to become a headquarters/dance studio/recreation hall.
Maranatha Ministries include:
- A food pantry providing food to several hundred families in the Chambersburg Area
- Candleheart: A Gospel-centered life skills and re-habilitation program which helps people get back on their path from where they had once strayed.
- Cold Weather Drop In Shelter: A temporary housing program for up to 20 single homeless persons each night from 1 December through 1 April each year.
- Transitional housing provides for a temporary shelter for families while they seek a more permanent solution.
First Lutheran sponsors Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop 128 as well as a Girl Scout troop. All Scout groups currently gather on Monday evenings.
First Lutheran provides the headquarters for the Chambersburg Meals on Wheels program, including using the kitchen for weekly meal preparation, for a nominal rental feel. Many members of First Lutheran also serve as volunteers to deliver meals five days a week to over 100 shut-ins.