Help at Welcome Center
Saturday November 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Welcome Center provides shelter and resources for legal Asylum seekers and helps them along their journey. A grroup from OSLC will be heading to the center to volunteer. Helpers may be sorting clothes, helping people "shop" or playing with children. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in Peterson Center Fellowship Hall or contact the church office.
CROP Hunger Walk 2019
Sunday, November 10
1:30 pm Check in, 2:00 pm Walk
Grace Lutheran Church, Phoenix
Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. You can help make it happen.
For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources. From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks help end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service.
This year, the local designee of the Phoenix CROPWalk is HART Pantry in Peoria which serves teenagers who experience food insecurity over the weekends when they cannot access school meals.
Feed the Hungry
Please help feed the hungry by contributing to the local food shelf housed at our sister congregation, Trinity Lutheran. There is a collection grocery cart in the lobby of the sanctuary, or feel free to drop of food in the office during the week.
In addition, ready to eat food is distributed to people experiencing homeless who come to our church.
Host a Coffee Hour
Each week after worship OSLC offers a time of fellowship. Simple treats are served along with coffee, lemonade and tea. This is a wonderful time to catch up with long time friends and meet new folks, as well.
Coffee Hour cannot be a success without many helpers. Not only do we need volunteers to set up and clean up, we need people to bring treats to share. That’s right- coffee hour is potluck style! If you have something to share, simply put it in the hall before church. If you are able to help set up and clean up, sign up on the bulletin board in the hall. Never hosted before? We have people who can show you how things are done.
Help with Worship
Many people share their gifts each Sunday morning to make our worship flow smoothly. If you would like to help out as an usher, reader, to set up communion, or even greet people who attend, please contact the church office or Pastor Karn. You may also sign up on the sheets posted in the Narthex/lobby of the sanctuary.
Serve Pancakes on Nov 17
OSLC regularly helps to prepare and serve a pancake breakfast at Grace Lutheran in downtown Phoenix, one of our sister congregations. If you would like to help, please sign up with the church office then be at Grace at 6:30 am to begin cooking.
Grace is now officially certified by Maricopa County to serve food to the public! This means they are wanting as many helpers as possible to get a Food Employee Certificate (formerly a Food Handlers Card).The card can be obtained for only $8.00 and it is good for 3 years (for an extra $2.00 you can choose an option to be able to print out your card anytime during the 3 year period.) To take a simple test and receive your Food Employee Certificate go to http://www.azfoodhandlers.com/Register3.aspx.
Thanksgiving Food Distributon
November 26, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Help distribute food (outdoors) at the Saint Mary’s site this Thanksgiving. All volunteers should arrive by 7:00 am at the AZ State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (enter at 17th Ave & McDowell - the parking lot will be on your left) where you will be bused to the food bank. If you prefer to use Uber or Lyft, the food bank is at 3131 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017. Dress attire - all shirts must have either long or short sleeves, and close toed and comfortable shoes are a must. This is a wonderful opportunity to distribute holiday meals to families needing assistance. Questions? Speak with Sally R. who is organizing the OSLC group.
Join the Piecemakers!
Join with others to make quilts for the Crisis Nursery.
No sewing experience requires...all are welcome! Contact the church office or Dianne for more information.
Share Your Musical Talents
If you play an instrument or sing, we would love for you to share your musical talent! Music enhances our worship experience. If you are interested in solo or small ensemble participation, please contact our Choir Director, Terry Williams.
Grand Canyon Synod Global Engagement Team
If you are interested in helping congregations in our synod connect more globally, particularly in the areas of hunger relief and the Senegal partnership, consider joining the Global Engagement team. Led by Pastor Karn, this synod team meets regularly at the synod offices (1819 East Morten Ave., #100A, Phoenix, AZ 85020).
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Do you knit or crochet? Then come to an informational meeting about the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Prayer shawls to be given to people who need to feel wrapped up in the love of Christ and find out how you can help. Want to know more? Speak with Lennie Andrews or contact the church office.