Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” When we serve others, we are essentially serving Jesus. When Jesus calls upon us to serve others, it is only then that we see “the bigger picture” of Jesus’ ministry; many blessings come our way. Forming an Outreach Ministry Team creates a community of people within the church who are willing to give of their time and energy alongside each other. But we must reach out to more than just our neighboring communities. We must look at outreach from a global perspective, too. John R. W. Stott is quoted as saying, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” Therefore, a true Outreach Team is communal and global.
At Shepherd of the Hills, our outreach program is ever expanding. Our outreach committee is continually adding opportunities for members to get involved in the community. Some of our current activities are listed below.
Normally our Quilting Circle donates their quilts to Lutheran World Relief. However, we have also distributed quilts to relief for Hurricane Katrina, several other disaster areas, and members. A LWR quilt is special. It brings warmth on a cold night, shelter from the sun on a hot day. It becomes a bed, a room divider, a backpack, and at times, even a home. Over 40,000 quilts are distributed by Lutheran World Relief worldwide each year.
Quilts are blessed before distribution You don't have to be a woman to participate in our Tuesday meetings. Men are in our group, too We meet most Tuesdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. You can also volunteer to quilt at home.
The Craft Circle began a community outreach effort to medically ill children in the spring of 2006. They began crafting "ME Dolls". Florida Children's Hospital gives hospitalized children a "ME Doll" upon admission.
These are special dolls that have no face. The children can they draw their own face upon the doll. Some children prefer to leave the face blank, so they can imagine their doll's face with different expressions. The doll is also unique because it has detachable hair. Hair is attached with Velcro; some children lose their hair due to medical treatments. Each doll wears a children themed fabric hospital gown and has a very special heart appliquéd on its chest.
The Craft Circle is making and donating these dolls to the hospital as part of their outreach projects.
More than 820 million people - that's about 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry.
As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.
Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. Learn More.
Hunger facts 821 million people around the world - that's more than 1 in 10 - can't access the food they need to live active, healthy lives. According to the most recent estimates, 736 million people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. That's 10% of the world's population. At some point in 2017 (the most recent year available), more than 40 million people in the United States were unsure where their next meal might come from. 39.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2017. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $25,094.
Faith Neighborhood Center at 14727 Timber Village Road in Groveland is our local social support center. Donations of food and money are collected and given to the center.
We encourage members to donate money rather than food because the center can purchase food up to 10 times cheaper than we can, so our monetary donations see a 10:1 return.
Opportunities to work at the center are also available. Many of our church members perform volunteer work at the center. Your help is needed. Just call the center.