Our church’s location in the heart of downtown provides us with the unique opportunity to compassionately connect with those in need. Our church is often a point of contact for many who find themselves in need of crisis support and are not sure where to turn. These “walk-in” individuals are drawn to seek help from the church because, as one young woman told me last summer, “Mom always said when you need help, go to church. God’s people are there to help.”
Do you have a special sense of concern for those who are struggling to find their place in the world? First Lutheran is seeking help from volunteers to help our staff compassionately connect with such individuals, for the need is often greater than we are able to effectively meet as staff alone while still performing the duties of the jobs entrusted to us. This is particularly true in the warm summer months when our church experiences an increase in foot traffic. This new ministry, pairing volunteers with people in need, is known as Compassionate Connections.
Two opportunities to connect to the Compassionate Connections ministry are available to you. Maybe you will be called to serve as a Compassionate Connections volunteer, or perhaps you’d like to donate supplies that go into the hygiene kits to support this venture. Hygiene kits include: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm, nail clippers, deodorant, tissues, comb, razor, shampoo, conditioner, body wash or soap, travel tissue packs, and lotion. Items highlighted in bold are of highest need. To donate these items, drop off at the Information Desk or Care and Health Office. If you have any questions, please contact Care and Health Coordinator Jordan Stone.
In whatever way you feel called to help, please pray for our church’s ministry in the downtown community, that we would live into the vision of “God’s people, there to help!”
~Rev. Katherine Olson