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Lutherans reaching out to neighbors in need

By Staff | Sep 9, 2016

Submitted photo Dr. James Pate (left), assistant professor of English and Dr. Carrie Messenger, associate professor of English.Members of Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish showing off their “God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts.

Over 30 volunteers from Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish (SLP) donated and served dinner to 65 guests at Immanuel’s House on Monday, Aug. 29. Each week at Immanuel’s House, a short worship service, takes place and a meal follows. Last week Pastor Karen Erskine-Valentine preached at the service and the congregations served lasagna, salad, and desserts to persons in need from the Martinsburg area.

At the end of the meal, basic toiletry items such as wash clothes and shampoo were offered to guests. This act of service was also part of a ministry initiative called, “God’s Work, Our Hands” which encourages all Lutherans to be actively serving in our communities.

Immanuel’s House is an ecumenical church community in action. It strives to bring justice and peace on earth, responding to God’s call to love our neighbor and care for Creation. It provides meals and worship once a week, sewing classes, counsel, ID assistance and care and love to our at-risk communities.

Everyone is invited to SLP’s next service project on Sunday, Sept. 25 following worship at St. Peter’s Church (about 12:15 p.m.). The congregations will be assembling emergency supply kits for donation to persons during natural disasters, fires, and displacement. The goal is 48 kits filled with items such as can openers, lighters, sponges and more. This project is being funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Please join SLP for this opportunity to serve! St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at the corner of King and High Streets in downtown Shepherdstown.

For more information contact the church office at 304-876-6771 or lutheran@citlink.net.