At Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, our Outreach efforts stretch from Guatemala to our next door neighbors. In addition to generous financial support our members donate countless hours to our community partners, locally, regionally and around the world. New opportunities to serve are announced via social media and our newsletter "Ramblings". Below is a list of our regular volunteer opportunities.
Last year LCR distributed over $100,000 in designated giving to ministries and community partners. Over $25,000 to hunger ministries alone. In addition, our volunteers collected and helped to distribute over 50 tons of food, helped to build 3 new houses and rebuild 4 others destroyed in catestrophic flooding. Our volunteers taught English, marched with the homeless and protested with refugees and we can't wait for you to join us in our efforts to share God's love.
If you have questions about the outreach ministries at LCR please contact Cindy Zorn or Allison Best.
Bread for the World – "Have Faith. End Hunger." “Bread for the World” is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home & abroad. By changing policies, programs, & conditions that allow hunger & poverty to persist, it provides help & opportunity far beyond the communities where we live.
ELCA World Hunger Task Force - ELCA World Hunger is your church at work in the world. Working through Lutheran churches across the globe & our congregations in the United States, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities most in need. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger support hunger education, advocacy & projects around the world focused on food, water, health care, income & education - addressing hunger from all angles.
Fair Trade – Fair trade is simply trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries. LCR began promoting fair trade products after being introduced to the concept through the ELCA about 10 years ago. LCR sells fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate & soups on the 2nd weekend of every month. This is not a fundraiser but rather an opportunity to introduce the congregation to the concept of fair trade & promote fair trade purchases. Additionally, LCR usually hosts a fair trade fair and/or promotes alternative or fair trade gifts during the World Hunger Appeal each fall.
First Lutheran Church OTR - In addition to providing support through the years through many special projects & support volunteers. LCR collects personal care items, socks/t-shirts & underwear for the clothing closet at Christmas. LCR members can become involved by helping with the monthly Monday Meal, or by asking to be put on mailing lists when work days are occurring. An annual “OTR Join Hands Day” is hosted by Thrivent, & members are encouraged to volunteer their time at this ecumenical event (which also gives volunteer hours at First Lutheran.)
Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) - Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) is a coalition of concerned citizens committed to the ongoing work of peacebuilding, striving to create a community atmosphere welcoming to all people. We believe it is critical not to react to acts of intolerance with silent disagreement, but rather, to transform silence & lethargy into visible acceptance of others by actively confronting intolerance & replacing it with acts which promote peace.
GAPP works to:
1. Promote education & dialogue, especially with various faiths & cultures.
2. Raise awareness of tensions within our community.
3. Monitor hate incidents & hate crimes in our community & help to develop effective responses to these incidents.
4. Highlight the Peace Pole built in Beech Acres Park as a symbol of our community & a focus of community celebrations.
The Centre of Hope, Guatemalan Missions - LCR Missionaries the Doppenberg Family live and work at the Centre of Hope which provides a school for special needs children. Through the Centre they also serve local families through DIG a community empowerment program that provides families with clean water, solar lights, smokeless stoves and teaches sustainability while providing educational opportunities. The Centre is also home to Sanctuary of Hope a registered animal rescue facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of abused or abandoned animals.
Volunteers from LCR have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala every 18 months to participate in this mission work. You can also be involved in this ministry through prayer and student scholarship funding.
Habitat for Humanity - Members volunteer time & talent to work at build sites several Saturdays during the year. No experience necessary. If you can hold a paintbrush, push a broom, & have a willingness to work together to provide affordable housing for worthy families, this opportunity is for you. We also provide lunch for the volunteer work crews on a few occasions during the build season.
Interfaith Hospitality Network - IHN’s mission is to provide homeless families emergency shelter and hospitality through interfaith communities and to work with families to find and retain stable housing. LCR supports IHN with a financial contribution from our Outreach budget. If you are interested in learning more about IHN's volunteer opportunities, contact their volunteer coordinator.
Immigrant and Refugee Ministry, ESL - LCR works with local, national and international organizations to provide logistics and support to the ongoing efforts of welcoming the stranger. The Immigrant and Refugee Ministry currently offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) class in partnership with Heartfelt Tidbits, a local nonprofit organization that supports the needs of refugees and immigrants in the Cincinnati area. Future projects at LCR may include marketing handicrafts made by immigrants, opening community garden plots to these families, and offering Vacation Bible School to the children.
Inter Parish Ministries (IPM) - Inter Parish Ministries provides food, clothing & communal support to those in need in eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County and empower clients with information, support and services to improve their lives through the following programs:
Choice Food Pantry: Access to food and clothing is provided every 30 days at two Choice Food Pantries located in Newtown and Amelia, Ohio
Resources & Referral: Provides a safe haven for families to discuss concerns, locate resources to address short-term needs, & move to long term solutions.
Emergency Assistance: Helping through times of crisis by supplying food, clothing & other needs.
Back to School Backpacks & School Supplies: Annual program to assist families with required school supplies for their children.
Elder Ministry: Weekly visits & planned activities at local nursing homes.
Holiday Toy Store & Adopt-a-Family Program
Disaster Relief Teams – The Disaster Relief trips work to bring help to those in need following a natural disaster. These disaster relief trips involve debris removal & semi-skilled construction work to help the neediest manage through an extremely difficult time. This also includes walking along-side those in need & providing emotional & spiritual healing.
We traditionally coordinate a trip every November & sometimes one in the summer. We have made trips to New Orleans, Iowa, Alabama, New Jersey, & Maryland.
Manna from Heaven/Appalachia – Manna from Heaven is a rural 501-3c located in southeastern Appalachian Kentucky. LCR has had a seven-year relationship with this food pantry located in a very depressed area in Pike County. Members of LCR have been making monthly trips to Manna from Heaven delivering food, clothing, household goods, toiletries, as well as hope and friendship to the people of Myra, Kentucky.
Manna from Heaven has received financial support from LCR’s Outreach budget, from LCR members, and from Outreach grants and ELCA Domestic Hunger grants. This financial support has been leveraged by 50x with food acquisitions from Master Provisions in Northern Kentucky and Northern Kentucky Kids Against Hunger, with supplemental donated frozen food items from Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s restaurants.
LCR has developed the “Seeds of Change” Program, giving LCR members the opportunity to purchase seed packets and gardening tools that provide the people in Pike County the opportunity to grow their own food supply -- promoting a sustainable food source.
Monday Meals – Monday Meals is a once-a-month outreach through LCR, usually the last Monday of each month, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. LCR members bring food items & assist with all aspects of the meal. Between 75 – 100 clients from Inter-Parish Ministries, SEM (Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry) & the surrounding area join us in fellowship. The ecumenical endeavor fosters relationships, & also involves outreach assistance from other community churches.
Navajo Lutheran Mission – The Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy is located on the site of the Navajo Lutheran Mission in the heart of the Navajo reservation in Rock Point, Arizona. The school seeks to meet the educational, health, social & spiritual needs of the Navajo people in this community. Through the efforts of the LCR Navajo Mission Task Force, LCR supports the 40 students at the Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy. Since the children’s parents have limited resources, LCR fills in the gap by remembering them on their special day by sending each child a birthday present. At Christmas, the task force collects donations of personal hygiene items from the congregation to send to the children & also sends gifts at Christmas to the children & teachers. Teachers are also recognized during “Teacher Appreciation Week.” The committee also collects year-round: soup labels & box tops to support the Mission School. Fundraising activities include a Valentine’s Bake sale & a Fall Fry bread Sale. The monies derived from these sales allow the task force to provide support.
Belterra Park Racetrack Ministry – LCR partners with other churches in the community to provide meals for the migrant workers at Belterra Park Racetrack each summer. Volunteers have the opportunity to cook and serve a hot meal and participate in an optional worship service.
Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry (SEM) - SEM is the Southern Ecumenical Ministry, organized in 1967 to encourage the Christian churches in Eastern Hamilton County & Western Clermont County to accomplish mission work they may not be able to do individually. The current SEM project is the SEM Food Pantry located in Mt. Washington.
Wernle Children’s Home – Wernle has been changing lives & creating hope, providing quality, loving care to abandoned, abused, & troubled children for more than 133 years. The social service agency provides behavioral health care services for some of the most difficult to manage boys & girls in today’s society. The Wernle way encourages doing what is right, not what is easy. They are highly respected in their field & have a high success rate with their kids. Wernle is an affiliated social ministry of the ELCA. A professional staff provides comprehensive treatment in a residential setting to approximately 36 boys & 10 girls ranging in ages from six to twenty-one, with the average being sixteen. The center has seven main buildings on their campus in Richmond, Indiana.