Social Concerns Committee Activities Many different groups and individuals are involved with social ministry endeavors at Christ Lutheran! This report only describes those activities that the Committee directs or supports.
Supporting the Homeless and Those with Inadequate Housing
• Participate in the Good Works Walk which raises awareness and funds for Timothy House, the only homeless shelter in nine SE Ohio counties.
• Participate in the Good Works Friday Night Meals which draw 100-150 hungry people.
Clothing Those in Need
• Undie Sundays in August: We collect packages of underwear so that emergency clothing supplies can be distributed to eleven Athens County schools. • Mitten Basket and Winter Socks drive in December: Mittens, scarves, and hats are collected and distributed to Athens County Children’s Services and the Timothy House homeless shelter.
Feeding the Hungry
• Food Pantry Sunday monthly support: Food and monetary donations are brought in by congregation members.
• Good Works Friday Night Supper in January. We provide the meal and hospitality.
• CROP Walk in October (Adele Hanson): Congregational members, young and old participate both by walking and monetarily.
• Athens Food Rescue (Adele Hanson): A new volunteer organization to help feed hungry people with surplus food generated right here. Donor restaurants, grocery stores, farm stands, and bakeries donate fresh surplus food. Volunteers pick up and immediately transport the food to local nonprofit organizations. Charities currently accepting the food are: My Sister’s Place, Timothy House, Clem House, The Gathering Place, United Campus Ministries and Respite. Volunteers needed to help transport food from the donor food facility to the nonprofit organization. This job is called a “shift” and takes only an hour or less of time a week. For more information please see the Athens Food Rescue Facebook page or group’s new website: http:// athensfoodrescuete.wix.com/feed-theworld
Raising Awareness/Encouraging Advocacy about National and International Concerns
• Bread for the World Sunday in October (Sue Righi) Congregation members are invited to buy the bread donated by local bakeries. Monies raised are donated to Bread for the World.
• Congregation members are encouraged to send letters to their members of Congress as part of the Bread for the World Offering of Letters in the spring, on a current legislative issue impacting hunger.
• ELCA Advocacy (Sue Righi): An article informing congregation members about issues supported by the ELCA is included in the church’s monthly newsletter.
Supporting Montana de Luz orphanage in Honduras
Members are encouraged to join the annual service trip to Montana de Luz, an orphanage in Honduras for children affected by HIV/AIDS. A dinner and silent auction for Montana de Luz is held annually. (Dick Brackin, Sue Ellen Mller)
Promoting Economic Justice
We seek to raise awareness of ways that congregation members can support fair trade when shopping.
Promoting Earth Justice
• The role of the faith community in earth justice is instrumental. Our church is part of a larger network of churches in Athens working to address climate change.
• The church has make a commitment to becoming a zero waste church.
Supporting Others in Need
A Red Cross Blood Drive is held at least once a year
As a part of the church budget, we financially support the following local agencies: Good Works, the Athens County Food Pantry, My Sisters Place, Habitat for Humanity, Rural Action, the Gathering Place, the CLEM House, Interfaith Power and Light and United Campus Ministry. There is also an emergency assistance line in the budget which can be accessed as needed (such as for the tornado several years ago.)
We also support these national or global missions: Bread for the World, Lutheran Social Services, Lutheran World Relief, ELCA World Hunger, Global Mission and Montana de Luz.
We support and learn from our members who work as Human Services Workers in local agencies.
Lenten offerings go towards the support of a social concern – locally and globally.