Each week we’re spotlighting a ministry at St. Peter’s to show our mission in action. This week, we’re looking at our Local Social Ministry.
We respond to God’s call to reach out to the neighbor down the street, with a variety of tangible and relational offerings of support. Specifically, we support Love INC., the Lancaster County Council of Churches food ministries, Homes of Hope, the Community Meal program of the Council of Churches, Habitat for Humanity projects, and domestic disaster efforts.
Additionally, we collect food in our “Feed My Sheep” program in the narthex, host the Manheim Township Ministerium children’s clothing bank named Lydia’s Closet, offer direct aid to people in need through food offerings, gift cards, and utilities and gas needs, and support our local Lutheran retirement community, Luther Acres. We support the Manheim Township School district through our Christmas giving trees and other collections.
Lydia’s Closet Volunteers Molly Olmstead, Judy Wenrich and Pat Conlon
“We answered a call from the MT School District on the need for clothes for students. This is an ecumenical endeavor with St. Matthew Lutheran and Neffsville Mennonite Churches and other area Manheim Township Churches. Parents and children are invited to come and shop with dignity. We offer a personal shopper for the families to help coordinate clothing and also want to make it feel as close to shopping in a store as possible. We believe by helping to meet the basic needs of the students, it will help them to do better in school. We are answering the call of Jesus when he tells us, ‘Whatever you do to the least of these, you do it to me.'”