EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS.
Grace in the City Water Project
Habitat for Humanity
Pen Pal with Prison Inmates
Love of Christ as a member congregation of the Grand Canyon Synod shares in the support of a variety of ministries serving Arizona and Southern Nevada. We support three campus ministries at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona. We support two ministries serving the large Native American population in Arizona through House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Rock Point, AZ, and Native American Urban Ministry at Grace Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ. We support six different Latino ministries with the closest being First/La Primera Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ. We partner with an emerging ministry to Young Adults in the SE Valley, a new ministry with Sudanese residents at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Glendale, AZ, and are a mission partner with Crossroads Lutheran Church, San Tan Valley, AZ.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the CoC
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PROJECTS
We need YOU!! We are planning our God’s Work Our Hands and we need leaders and projects!!
Do you have a special organization that you would like us to help out? Contact Heather Parker to set up details or (224) 402-2050.
We have projects for every age group and skill level – everyone can participate!!
Child Care will be provided for young children (if necessary).
Here are the projects (so far):
Exterior House Painting for The House of Refuge
Sack Lunch Preparation (here at LOC and transport to Men’s Shelter)
Elementary School project(s) – clean playground, rake sand, clean/sanitize lunchroom tables, painting lines on playground, etc.
ALL WOMEN INVITED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT PRISON MINISTRY'S PEN PAL PROGRAM
Wednesday, January 29, 10:00 a.m.—LoC Leadership Center (next to main office)
Martin Luther said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” You are invited to learn more about the Matthew 25 Prison Ministry’s pen pal program with “Envelopes of Hope.” This ministry is an outreach started in 2012 to the women at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Goodyear, AZ. It provides laity an opportunity to follow the command given in Matthew 25:36b,40b “I was in prison and you visited me…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (NRSV) Your letters/cards bring incarcerated women hope and encouragement. Come and learn how to offer hope through letter writing in a time-tested way in which only first names are used with return mail addressed to the church. This enables the relationship to develop across time through sharing faith, offering words of encouragement and caring.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – We are building one of thirty new Habitat homes planned for an area near Buckeye and 12th Avenue (1243 S. 12th Ave.). The homeowner-to-be, Gladys Scott, is there working with us every Saturday, and we hope that you will join us for at least one of the nine Saturdays remaining to finish this home. Tentative schedules, Volunteer information sheets, and waivers have been placed on the Habitat kiosks. If our plans stay firm, we will dedicate this home on April 18th. We still need a few volunteers to provide lunches to the workers, so please let me know if you can help with that. I will post updates in the Sunday bulletins. LOVE OF CHRIST is one of eight Lutheran congregations that belong to a coalition called LUTHERANS BUILDING FOR CHRIST that help share the cost and volunteer workers for this wonderful ministry in our local area.
PHOTO: Love of Christ members Jack and JoAnn Grant hosted lunch on February 15th! Thank you!
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, faith-based organization with the goal of eliminating sub-standard housing throughout the world. With partners like us, they facilitate the construction of simple, decent, affordable homes to families in need. The families with which we partner are selected without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion. The families must be United States citizens or on permanent residency status, demonstrate a need for adequate housing, have a two-year history of stable income between 30 and 65 percent of the median income, have a good credit history, complete 100 hours of “sweat equity” on a fellow Habitat owner’s house, and an additional 300 hours on their own home before taking occupancy, and complete classes on home maintenance, financing, and home ownership. The homes are NOT given to the homeowners. At the time of the home completion and dedication, the homeowners make their first payment on a profit-free mortgage, and the average payment is about 25% of their income, which includes the principal, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and a maintenance account. These funds are then used by Habitat to build even more homes. The results are incredible – families living in sub-standard housing and caught up in a cycle of poverty become home-owners, tax-payers, and contributors to the well-being of their neighborhoods!
For additional information on the Christian principles that guide Habitat for Humanity, please pick up one of the tri-fold brochures, visit www.habitatcaz.org or call Clark Wirthlin at 480-985-8757.
June 19 - july 30, 2020
Bring Your Cases of Water for our “Grace in the City” Heat Respite Project on Sunday morning! Leave your water by your car and we’ll do the rest!
I-HELP is in need of volunteers. The 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month we host around 25 homeless ladies by serving them dinner and giving them a place to sleep That means we need volunteers to get the tables covered and ready for dinner, and take care of any clothing or personal hygiene items that have been donated. We serve them dinner and then are free to go because the ladies do all the cleaning up. The process takes about 2 ½ hours of your time. We ask that you be there at 4:00 and the ladies start arriving at 5:00. Hopefully we will get enough volunteers so a person has to work only one Friday a month. Saturday morning, they are given a sack lunch to take with them. We also are in need of Laundry Angels who pick up the sheets and towels Saturday morning, wash them, then return them to the pink I-HELP bins in the Narthex of both church buildings by Tuesday morning. Volunteer positions are very rewarding because the ladies tell us how much they appreciate all that we do. We have been told this is their favorite church because they are treated so well. Questions? Carol Moseley, 480-236-1187, Rhonda Vaglio, 509-741-7115.
Your continued support of the I-HELP program is greatly appreciated.