Lent Offerings - 2020
Each Season of Lent, RLC designates a few ministries to support in reaching out with Christ’s love to all people. This year, the following three organizations were chosen:
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for our friends and neighbors facing hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 40 years. The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. In terms of total food distributed, the Food Bank ranks in the top 15 nationally among 200 Feeding America food banks and first in NC.
Urban Ministries of Wake County engages our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and by laying foundations of home.
H. E. R. O. E. S. Care (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support) is a collaborative effort among well established non-governmental organizations (NGOs) designed to provide complete and proactive support for members of all branches of the military and their families through pre-deployment, deployment, family reintegration and post-deployment. The program consists of a network of tens of thousands of trained caregivers and thousands of professional mental health care and service providers working together to provide an unprecedented system of support for military members and their families.
Please use the Lent Offering envelopes or indicate ‘Lent Offerings’ on memo of checks.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP)
Leaders and participants travel to the most impoverished area in the Appalachian Mountains to help repair homes for one week in June.
This outreach to the blind provides a monthly fellowship dinner for those who are blind or visually impaired. Volunteers provide transportation, prepare and serve food to guests, and help set up and clean up.
Contact: Annette Langefeld-Kennedy
The Coffeehouse is a monthly social event for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers help make these nights special from beginning to end by volunteering to set up, greet guests, serve refreshments, and clean up.
Click HERE to learn more about The Coffeehouse at Resurrection and at other churches.
Contact: Brenda Peterson
Gateway Baby Bottle Fundraiser
Gateway Women’s Care is a local pregnancy resource ministry offering compassion, hope, and non-judgmental help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancy. Gateway is dependent on the generosity of our community to provide services cost free for its clients. They receive no government or taxpayer aid. The annual baby bottle fundraiser is held in conjunction with Sanctity of Life Sunday.
Contact: Deb Oesterling
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer as part of a team in home construction for families in need.
Lutheran churches came together in 2006 to fund and build a Habitat Wake home in Raleigh. In partnership with Thrivent, Lutheran Coalition then built homes in 2007 (Raleigh), 2008 (Knightdale), 2009 (Cary), and 2015-2016 with the Building Independence project in Raleigh. The 2018 Build started an annual building effort.
Contact: Tim Hiteshaw
Lutheran Coalition, 2019 Build, September 7-November 9
2019 Habitat for Humanity
The Hometown Support Program pairs services members, veterans and their families or other primary caregivers with extensively trained Stephen Ministers serving as Hometown Support Volunteers (HSV).
Contact: Bruce Kennedy
Resurrection partners with several local agencies to provide support. Volunteers are needed for year-round special events and collections.
Contact: Cynthia Wyse
Meals on Wheels
Deliver noontime meals to Cary area elderly and shut-ins.
RLC delivery teams can always use substitutes. If you are available and interested in giving 2-3 hours from 10:30 am-1:00 pm every 3rd and 5th Thursday of the month, please contact Else Travers.
Contact: Else Travers
Mission Team Outreach
Resurrection partners with several agencies, local and abroad, to bring help, hope, and service to people in need.
Contact: Ron Bostick
Partnership between RLC and Lutheran Church Uganda. Together we serve the people in various parts of Uganda.
Contact: Cheryl Fike
During this annual spring event, RLC members gather together to reach out to our local community and those in need by working hand-in-hand with a variety of agencies.
In 2019, volunteers participated in packing lunches for the homeless with Brown Bag Ministry, stocking, cleaning, and organizing the food pantry at Western Wake Crisis Ministry, cataloging Christian materials for the Christian Library International (CLI) prison ministry, doing trail maintenance and repairs at Camp Agape, worked with Habitat for Humanity, knitting hats for preemies at WakeMed, and other service-oriented tasks.
Contact: Jan Boyer
2019 Operation Inasmuch
This program supports individuals who are unemployed, under-employed, concerned about their job future, or just need career advice. Website usage is available to anyone, as many times as needed.
Contact: Bob Shimmel
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families For Children creates extended family-like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact. There are a variety of ways to serve including General Supporters, Host Family, Family Friend, Family Coach, and Resource Friend.
Contact: Dan Shaltanis
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Sleep in Heavenly Peace builds beds for families who do not have the means to provide beds for their children. Volunteers help build, deliver, and assemble beds in homes under the direction of SHP team leads.
Contact: Deb Oesterling