Jesus distilled the life of Christian discipleship down to two primary things: loving God and loving neighbor (see Matt. 22:36-40 and Mark 12:28-31). One of the very best ways to love God is by loving God’s precious sons and daughters. At Grace Lutheran, we try to do this through a wide variety of outreach ministries that reach around the globe and around the block. Following is a description of just a few of those ministries:
The CROP Walk raises funds to fight hunger globally and in local communities. Walkers from Grace solicit sponsors for the CROP Walk each fall and the Tri-County Habitat for Humanity Housewalk each spring.
For more information about the State College CROP walk, contact Leslie Wagner at 466-7628. For information regarding the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Center County HouseWalk, contactJim Campbell by email or call 237-0676.
Grace supports a number of community ministries including: Interfaith Human Services, the Centre County Food Bank, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Meals on Wheels, and the Women’s Resource Center.
Center Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM)
CVIM provides access to free preventive and acute primary healthcare and dental care for children and adults who do not have any other medical coverage. CVIM also provides Case Management services to aid individuals to find other basic needs, such as food, housing, and heat. Case managers also help to navigate the insurance marketplaces should patients qualify for these services.
Individuals living or working in Centre County without insurance should call CVIM to see if they are eligible.
For more information contact Sue Forster at 876-2029 or the Centre Volunteers in Medicine Clinic at 231-4043.
Interfaith Human Services
Members of the Social Ministry Team represent Grace on the State College Area Interfaith Human Service Board.
For more information contact Interfaith Human Services at 234-7731.
Meals on Wheels
Every weekday, meals are prepared in Grace’s kitchen and delivered to people who are homebound in the State College School District. Over 200 volunteers assist the Meals on Wheels staff packing and delivering meals to individuals in need, and more than 1,200 meals are delivered each week.
For more information or to volunteer as a kitchen helper, driver or visitor, contact Christine Tyler.
Nicaragua Medical Mission Trip
Grace’s Medical Mission Team provides medical and spiritual support to the people of Nicaragua by holding medical clinics in partnership with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. Patients are assessed by healthcare providers and given medications to treat their ailments. We also provide spiritual support through prayer, prayer shawls, and free copies of the New Testament in Spanish. Please click this link to learn more.
Jared Box Project
The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals, providing a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital. The collection takes place at Grace in the fall.
The Oaks at Pleasant Gap: Assisted living community
The Oaks is a continuing care retirement community on 35 acres in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania.
Grace provides support to the Oaks annually and to those residing there. Contact Lu Magnusson for more information.
Out of the Cold
Out of the Cold is a cooperative ministry of Grace and other State College area churches which provides a place for the homeless to be sheltered and have a place to sleep during the winter months. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry you can speak with Dennis Snider or Pam Soule, coordinators for Grace. Contact the church office for details.
State College Food Bank
The first Sunday of each month, Grace collects food and money for the State College Area Food Bank. Contributions are also picked up from the Sunday School classrooms. Individuals living the area are served by the Interfaith Mission who need food in an emergency and are referred by religious, social or government agencies are eligible for service. The policy is to serve a family no more than four times per calendar year. Each time a family receives a 3-day supply of bread cereal, milk, eggs, meat, fruit, vegetables and other staples intended to provide recommended daily nutrients.
For more information, or to make a donation, contact Lu Magnusson at 237-9408 or Gerry Slear at 237-0668.
Women’s Resource Center
The mission of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC) is to empower survivors of sexual or domestic violence and to work toward the elimination of such violence. For more information contact Cay Griel by email or call 238 – 3344.
International Faith Partnership: Alt-Hastedter Kirchengemeinde (Bremen, Germany)
During 2017, as part of the 500-year milestone celebration of the Reformation, Grace began a faith and cultural partnership with the Alt-Hastedter Kirchengemeinde, a Lutheran church in the Old Hastedt suburb of Bremen, Germany, where one of our parishioners was actively involved for nine years. The goal of the relationship is to share information and ideas about how we carry out our lives as Christians and as Lutherans. For details about the partnership, contact Laurel Sanders in the church office.