Outreach Efforts at Trinity Lutheran Church
Church of the Week is our annual outreach that provides one week of overnight shelter and meals for the homeless in our community. This year, 2017, our week was February 13-19. We sheltered about 30 people each night and on four nights we prepared and served a meal to about 100 people down at Place of Hope. About 75 volunteers were involved during the week driving the bus, preparing and serving meals and snacks and staffing our overnight shifts for security. This is a once a year opportunity for us to show God's love to our neighbors. Our week for 2018 will be posted on this page when the dates have been confirmed.
Trinity's Social Ministry Resources: Non-perishable food shelf, frozen hams and turkeys. Assistance with gas, bus cards/tickets, hotel (if shelters are full), diapers, baby formula and medical prescriptions.
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 St. Cloud Prison and Benton County Jail. Our volunteers lead both men's and women's Bible studies on the 4th Thursday of each month at the jail and once a quarter at the state prison. 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, 4H, Friends in Harmony, Sauk Rapids Farmer's Market and Playhouse. Our Prince of Peace Lutheran School is also an important part of our outreach efforts. We host a Narcotics Anonymous group called, "Raw Recovery" and they meet here at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.