Our vision statement compels us to "build a strong community and make the world a better place." Our focus is on our neighbors in need, often addressing hunger and homelessness as well as the needs of the elderly and disenfranchised. To this end, we do several congregational collections and special projects throughout the year, including collections of food, clothing, money, and more. In addition, groups within the congregation (e.g., Dorcas Rachel Women’s Group, Lutheran Youth Organization, aka LYO) facilitate many of their own special projects, for example assembling hygiene kits, or assisting in person at Loop Ministries.
We also engage in some year-round ministries. For example:
We provide service opportunities and donations for our various ministry partners. To review our current collections and volunteer opportunities, click HERE.
Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services provides services and opportunities to assist refugee families with the transition to living in Rochester and encourage economic and social integration while maintaining their own cultural heritage.
We have committed to accompany the Mutombo family who have resettled to Rochester from the Democratic Republic of Congo as they get settled into their new home.
Spend time with the children playing, reading, and/or helping with homework while the older children and parents attend English classes. Click here to sign up.
Winter clothing and blankets are needed. There are collection boxes in the foyer.
Click here to learn more.
Pittsford Food Cupboard provides food for individuals and families in Pittsford, Mendon, Honeoye Falls, Brighton, East Rochester and some areas in the city of Rochester. Established in 1998, the Pittsford Food Cupboard is supported largely by the Pittsford Community.
A collection box is in the Grand Foyer for non-perishable donations.
Family Promise of Greater Rochester (FPGROC, formerly RHAIN) assists families at risk of or experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence by providing person-centered, holistic services in collaboration with the greater community.
Need donations and volunteers to paint and move and assemble furniture for new Day Room.
LOOP Ministries is committed to serving people who struggle with food insecurity, who live in and around the Rochester city center.
Collecting dry goods such as clothes, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, ties, shoes, socks, purses, wallets, bags, bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains and tablecloths. Place items in the Washington St. closet.
ELCA Ministry addresses disaster relief, world hunger, refugee services and poverty.
Eastern Service Workers Association supports low-income working families in the greater Rochester community.