Outreach Efforts at Trinity Lutheran Church
Community Referrals: Community meals and shelter at Place of Hope and Salvation Army, Project Heal, United Way 211, Good Samaritan Fund for help with damage and security deposits, rent and car repairs, Tri-Cap for energy assistance, Catholic Charities for financial counseling, Faith in Action for minor household repairs, transportation and housekeeping, Community Furniture Program, St. Cloud Area Legal Services and Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project for those who have been incarcerated and are returning to the community.
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40
Our Radio Broadcast reaches thousands of people in Central Minnesota each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. on WVAL 800 on the AM dial and reaches around the world live on the internet at www.800wval.com. Sermons are posted on our website on Monday mornings so you can listen to those messages anytime.
Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship and it was founded in 1982 by an ex-prisoner who witnessed firsthand the strained relationship between prisoners and their children, Angel Tree has grown to become the largest national outreach specifically for the children of prisoners. Angel Tree reaches out to children of those in prison so they can experience God's Love at Christmas. Our members purchase and wrap a toy and article of clothing for each child and these are delivered the week before Christmas.
We bring God's Word to those incarcerated at Benton County Jail. Our volunteers lead women's Bible studies on the 4th Thursday of each month. Gabriel's Boxes are provided to St. Cloud Hospital for distribution to parents of stillborn children. Each memory box contains a lamb, a book titled, When Your Baby Dies Through Miscarriage or Stillbirth, a small scissors and a bag for a lock of hair, a bookmark, two wristbands which say "forever in my heart" and a card expressing our sympathy. Along with the Gabriel's Box the hospital provides a kit for a hand and footprint.
We subscribe to the Newcomer Service in St Cloud. This service is dedicated to assisting those new to our area to settle into their new community. Each month we get names of new residents in Sauk Rapids. These newcomers are either visited or phoned. We share with them what we believe and extend an invitation to join us for worship.
Our Community Outreach also includes welcoming groups to use our facility. We currently extend hospitality to the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H, Friends in Harmony, AARP Driving Course, Narcotics Anonymous and Playhouse Childcare. We are also a preschool campus for our Prince of Peace Lutheran School.