Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Monday, December 11, 2017

Outreach

If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn how you can help, contact us at info@lolaz.org.

Christmas Giving Tree (formerly Adopt-A-Family)

One of the ways Lord of Life members can share the joy of Christmas with others is through the Christmas Giving Tree Project. In this outreach ministry we work with over 100 families chosen from Pan de Vida Lutheran Church in El Mirage, Thompson Ranch, Nadaburg and Desert Oasis elementary schools.

Each year, members have an opportunity to choose names of children for whom they wish to purchase gifts. Size information will be made available. This program allows us to share our gifts of food certificates, clothing, toys and quilts with our neighbors in need. Detailed information about the program will be in the November LifeLines.
 

Eve's Place and Eve's Treasures

We actively support this safe house that provides shelter and empowerment based programs for victims of domestic violence.  We support the safe house and the thrift store through donations and volunteer service.

Food Bank Brigade

The Food Bank Brigade gathers at a food bank on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to help stock shelves and organize supplies.  The first weekend of each month, Lord of Life gathers food donations to be given to the local food banks. 

Gleaning

Each year the church gleans citrus trees to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank.  The citrus gleaned is used in the food bank as well as a juicing program designed to preserve the fruit and provide a trade with other states for their fresh produce.  The cost to have your tree gleaned is also given directly to the food bank to fund the gleaning project and fund their general services.

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran is a church downtown that specifically ministers to the needs of the homeless and hungry. They are always in need of towels, sleeping bags, blankets, men's underwear and socks for their homeless program. There is a bin in the Social Hall Donation Center for items you would like to donate. Monetary donations are also accepted to keep the program open.  We actively support this organization by collecting donations, distributing clothing, and periodically serving breakfast to aid the homeless in downtown Phoenix.

Habitat for Humanity

The local Habitat for Humanity organizations is aided in its efforts by Lord of Life support.  Both donations of time and money are given generously by the congregation.  In addition to the actual building of the houses, Lord of Life offers a unique "shopping trip" for new home owners.  Upon completion of the home, the home owner is invited to the Lord of Life campus where they are invited to "shop" for items for their new kitchen.  Items include silverware, dishes, pots, pans, and other kitchen essentials.  All these items, along with a quilt and needlework picture are provided to the new home owner as a gift from Lord of Life.

Lutheran Thrift Shop

If you have items that you are no longer in need of, please consider donating these items to the Lutheran Thrift Shop. There is a bin in our donation center in the Social Hall or for larger items, you can call the shop and arrange a pick up.

The Thrift Shop is in need of volunteers. They would welcome help for a half day a couple a times a week or a full day. If you are interested please call 623-815-7061 and ask for the Day Manager. They can tell you what days they need help and answer your questions.
 
The most urgent need is for male volunteers to help with pick-ups and deliveries on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. It is critical they have someone to drive our truck on those days. So men, if you can drive a small truck or can help us with pick-up and deliveries, please call us at the above number, leave your name and phone number so the store can contact you.
 

Pan de Vida Tutoring

This tutoring is an after-school program at Pan de Vida Lutheran Church in El Mirage. We currently have students in grades K-10 who come to Pan de Vida for one-on-one tutoring every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The program usually starts in October and continues until mid-April. We have a three-week holiday break in December and a one-week break in March.

We are in critical need of regular and substitute volunteers. The volunteer tutors are members of churches, Lutheran and other denominations, in the West Valley. 
 
Computers were donated by a local computer club and have filled that important need, but internet service is essential in order to access the excellent learning resources available. Monitary donations are accepted to cover the cost of this service as well as supplies.
 

Thompson Ranch School

We have an exciting partnership with this school, in the Dysart School District, providing classroom volunteers and educational supplies.