Throughout the year the members of Grace Lutheran Church touch the lives of many people in our area and around the world through various OUTreach projects.
2016 CURRENT PROJECTS:
THE LAYMEN PLAYMEN, INC. is a multidenominational Christian community theatre group that is supported by Grace. The purpose of the group is to provide theatrical productions with the proceeds to be used to help serve the needs of the less fortunate in the Hatfield community. The group is committed to serving the Lord and the needs of the local community. For more information on the group and the upcoming production see http://www.laymenplaymen.org
During the month of September we collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for Manna on Main Street in Lansdale and the Hatfield Food Cupboard.
On Sunday, October 9, 2016 a team of walkers from Grace will participate in the North Penn/Lansdale Area CROP Walk. Funds raised by our walkers are distributed by Church World Service. CWS mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless.
2016 Winter Coat Collection for Children: The Hatfield Community Christian Coalition sponsors a winter coat collection for children in the Hatfield Area. The goal is to provide every child in Hatfield with a warm coat for the winter season. Coats will be collected from now until October 30th. Coats will be distributed to area children during the month of November.
Projects completed in 2016:
In January we celebrated Grateful Grace, a special offering to help other churches or communities that have suffered hardships. This offering reflects the gratitude that our congregation feels for the help we received following our church building fire in December 2011 and to acknowledge that we are still blessed with resources which could help other people suffering hardship.
In 2016, the Grateful Grace offering is supporting Christ United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, PA. Christ United experienced a fire similar to Grace and is rebuilding.
As other congregations have given generously to us since the fire, Grace now gives to other congregations in need. Please give generously. Use the pink-bordered envelope in your offering envelope box or mark a plain envelope clearly with “Grateful Grace”.
In February (Valentine’s Day), we provided gifts for Laurel House which is a local shelter for abused women and their children. The shelter also provides educational opportunities for the mothers.
Rice Bowl Project: We collected a special offering each Sunday during the Lenten season. Our gifts are shared with three special agencies: Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, The Hatfield Food Cupboard, and the ELCA World Hunger appeal. Thanks to all who shared their gifts to help others.
In May we honored and remembered our mothers through the purchase of pink and white carnations. The funds raised by this project are shared with Nehemiah’s Way, a local shelter for women and children.
2015 Warm Winter Socks-Hats-Scarves-Gloves were collected for the homeless people in Philadelphia. The Indian Valley Lutheran Cluster churches were hosts at the Welcome Church for both the worship service and fellowship time following the service on Sunday, November 29th. The Welcome Church is a church without walls providing a ministry to those who call the Logan Square area their home. These gifts were appreciated by those who must battle the upcoming winter weather outdoors.
In November and December, we collected gifts for area families so they could experience the JOY of the Christmas Season with their families.