The Gospel calls us into service to our neighbor. Prince of Peace offers programs that benefit the Rosedale community and its members.
Social Ministry includes a wide variety of Outreach, Service, and Relief ministries. There are many ways for people to do social ministry here at Prince of Peace, with the Social Ministry Committee coordinating most of the efforts. The Social Ministry Committee is chaired by Carolyn Wagner and meets the second Friday of the month (except for July and December).
Below are some of its ongoing ministries.
The first Sunday of the month is "Food Pantry Sunday" when most of the food is brought in, but donations are welcome any time. Cash donations are also appreciated to supplement what is brought in. Bags of food are made up in advance and volunteers from the congregation hand them out every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 12 Noon to anyone who comes to our doors asking for help. Coordinator: Carolyn Wagner.
Streets of Hope
Social Ministry coordinates the efforts of the congregation to support the Streets of Hope Shelter, an ecumenical project of churches in our area. This includes collection of clothing, toiletries, blankets, etc., as well as organizing for the monthly dinner we prepare and take to the shelter (November-April). Coordinator: Barbara Nock.
Food and supplies (esp. towels and blankets) are collected to help low income pet owners through the Meals on Wheels program. Coordinator: Evelyn Armiger Bag lunches for the Needy Bag lunches are prepared and given out to all who come to our door.
Collections for the Homeless
During the year there are collections of needed items for agencies working with the homeless, such as the Family Crisis Center (a domestic violence shelter) and Prologue (reaching the homeless on the streets).
The Social Ministry Committee sponsors an emphasis on ELCA World Hunger during the month of November, and holds a Good Gifts Fair on a Sunday in Ellenberger Hall. People shop for gifts that are given to those in need and in honor of those on their gift list. A favorite part of the fair is the Global Barnyard - farm animals that help people in need to become self-sufficient. Activities at other times of the year also focus attention on ELCA World Hunger.
Social Ministry has been involved in helping collect needed items to send to disaster relief programs such as Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
A sub-committee of Social Ministry works closely with Pastor Matt to address immediate and long-term needs of those who need help.
Please call the church office for more information.