Direct Service provides for the immediate needs of the most vulnerable in our local community, in our nation, and around the world. We hear the calling of Jesus to care for the least of these sister and brothers. We recognize that the needs that face our community are too much for us to handle on our own. We partner with the wider Church, other faith communities, non-profit agencies, and government entities to help those in need.
Peace Lutheran continually collects non-perishable food items and shares what is collected with local feeding programs, like Roadrunner Food Bank, Casa de Peregrinos, or the Aggie Cupboard. On the Second Sunday of each month we invite people to share monetary gifts for the feeding ministry we are supporting.
These days of service each year is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. We encourage all God’s people to do service work throughout the year, but we specifically set aside two Sundays to participate in projects as a congregation.
Past “God’s Work. Our Hands.” projects include: Lollipop Bouquets for First Responders on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, Homeless Kits, community partnership with the Munson Senior Center, and Community Garden Restoration with La Semilla.
Peace Lutheran has a 20 year history of partnering with Jardin de Los Ninos to care for homeless or near homeless children. Jardin de Los Ninos used Peace Lutheran facilities for many year before they moved to the Community of Hope campus. This partnership continues with our annual Shoe Tree leading up to Christmas. Our congregation provides almost 100 shoes for children in need every year.
We partner with a public school in our neighborhood, Conlee Elementary, to make sure that all children have the supplies they need at the beginning of the school year. The school supplies that our congregation collects are brought into worship, prayed over, and delivered to the school in mid-August each year.
Our congregation participates in Direct Service nationally and internationally through ELCA Relief and Development Work. Take a moment to explore the ELCA website and see how the churchwide expression of our congregation allows us to participate in the transforming work of Direct Service beyond Las Cruces.