heart. Our hands. grace in ACTION.
is the heartbeat and DNA of GLC.
Giving takes on many
forms here at Grace Lutheran Church! One of the unique ways YOU can give is
to participate in our regular Blood Drives. Working with the Puget Sound Blood
Center, donating blood at GLC is a gift that can benefit so many. Staff from
the Blood Center bring their equipment right to GLC, setting up in the lobby.
Volunteers from GLC check you in, then a blood technician takes your vital
information and sets you up to donate blood. The entire process is safe,
efficient and life-changing for someone in need of your blood type.
Throughout the year, over 30 students, grades 1-5, are a part of
the KidREACH tutoring program Thursday evenings at Grace. These students from two local elementary schools, receive help in reading, math, and study
skills. Volunteer opportunities include tutor, prayer partner, snack maker, and substitute.
Angel Tree, a division of Prison Fellowship, is a program for families where
one or more parents is incarcerated. This program matches Christmas gift needs
and wants with children. Angel volunteers purchase gifts for the child on
behalf of the incarcerated parent.
As the hands, feet, and voice of Christ, volunteers also offer
small gifts and encouragement to the children’s caregivers. Part of this
program that has incredible impact for the Grace volunteers is the delivery
process that involves youth and families of Grace. Watch for volunteer
opportunities in late fall of each year for this great ministry.
Support of the local Des Moines Food Bank is a high priority of
outreach into our community, with weekly food and cash contributions, as well
as volunteer opportunities. You will find a grocery cart in the Fireside Room
for your food donations throughout the year, along with a monthly list of high-priority food item needs. Our Thanksgiving Eve service
offering focus includes bringing food that is delivered to the food bank that
evening. Many congregational members volunteer at the food bank throughout the
week, and the Christmas Gift-Wrapping event at The Commons in Federal Way, is
organized by a Grace member. There are usually over 150 volunteers sharing
their time at the Gift-Wrapping event alone, with all proceeds going directly
to the Des Moines Food Bank.
the vision of one woman, Grace has served as one of six satellite shelters for
St. Martin de Porres downtown shelter in the greater Seattle area since
1989. Named by one our early guests,
Graceland Shelter has made a transition this year into a partnership with
Catholic Community Services.
Working together with Catholic Community Services, local
churches in our area host a group of men overnight for one-two months per
year. Over 100 volunteers serve to
provide a warm dinner, snacks, breakfast, laundry services and a warm place to
much-needed ministry matches volunteers who form a one-on-one relationship with
residents in local nursing homes or care facilities.
These residents rarely have other visitors, so the connection
they make with their local friend is priceless. Many members of Grace have had
a special friend for years, and often bring their friend to church to worship
first mission trip to Jamaica was in 1992, and many more have followed. We have
a sister church relationship with the church in Queensbury, and have also been
integral in sponsoring a medical clinic. Work projects while in Jamaica have
included work on both the church and school.
Haiti is the poorest country
in the Western Hemisphere, with an average annual income of $450.00. Our sister
church relationship with a church in Aux Coteaux has had an incredible impact
on Grace members who have traveled there to live and work with the people.
Mission trips to Haiti have taken place on a regular basis, and new
opportunities are always considered. In addition, many members and friends of
Grace participate in sponsoring Haitian school children for a minimal yearly
cost that covers tuition, school uniforms, shoes, school books and a medical
check-up. Current plans include working
with the Haitian Timoun Foundation in a variety of ways, including scholarships
for children and teens to attend school and university.
Our sister church in El
Salvador is Rutilio Grande Lutheran Church, located in the
community of San Jose Buena Vista. We have been in a sister church relationship
since August 2009, and helped in the construction of the new church
building. Currently, many people help
sponsor children and teachers at the local school.
first ever “women only” mission trip was to Guatemala in February, 2012. This
now annual trip includes 8-12 women from Grace who focus on building
relationships with and supporting women who are trying to escape the cycle of
domestic violence. These women have found a safe place to live at El Refugio,
and are involved in classes and counseling sessions as they learn to live in a
new pattern of life. By supporting the women and their children, women of Grace
have grown in their own faith.
additional focus of our work is with a retired missionary nurse Teri, and her
work with House of Healing Clinic in San Lucas Toliman. While in San Lucas, we have worked with a
women’s weaving cooperative, planted medicinal herb gardens, and painted and
prepared guest rooms.
Our Uganda mission
teams partner with Reaching Out With Hope and travel to Uganda to work, worship
and build relationships with the people of the village of Bakuma in the Luwero
District. Staying at Minister’s Village
in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, the village is a drive through a varied
city and country-side, giving all mission team members a snapshot into what
life is like for many of the people of Uganda. Teams tackle a myriad of projects, depending on the passions, gifts and
skills of team members. Some projects in
the past include: health training for
Hope Clinic workers, computer skills for school and hospital staff, leadership
training and worship, community meals for the local community, sponsoring a
district soccer tournament, arts and crafts projects and games with local
children, and sewing skills for all women.
trip is life-changing and as a result of GLC involvement, Hope Clinic and Hope
Chapel are now the center-point of the community, and offer much-needed worship
space and healthcare options.
Our first ever Puerto Rico
team came together when a planned trip to Haiti was not possible due to country
unrest. Quickly organized, this team banded together and were able to work with
families who had been impacted by the last hurricane. Recovery efforts in the aftermath of this
hurricane have been slow, and our team worked for and with the people of Puerto
Rico to help individuals and families get their lives back on track.
Pastor Chad met Titus Nirmal
Kumar in 2003 and this partnership was born. Serving together in the
slums of Delhi, they dreamed together about church outreach locations
surrounding Nellore, India. With eleven current locations, outreach
projects include: afterschool tutoring, medical camps, women’s sewing
center and job creation, clean water projects, feed the hungry programs, Aids
food packets and children’s support, and local grass roots impact partnerships.
Immersion Trips will be offered every two years, with our next scheduled for
January of 2022. A typical travel immersion team will participate in
relationship and witness the grassroots work taking place in Nellore (southern
India), then travel to New Delhi to learn about the world religions at a Muslim
Mosque, Hindu Temple, Sikh Temple, the Bahai Lotus Temple, Gandhi’s Museum,
Chandi Chowk (market) and the Taj Mahal in Agra.
as we work with Lutheran World Relief to show love to our neighbors throughout
the world by making quilts (over 250 per year!). We meet the 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month (except for December and the summer months) from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. There are tasks for everyone so if you don’t
sew, join us anyway! Bring a sack lunch.