The Social Ministry Team seeks to connect Faith Lutheran to our broader community, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, through acts of service and solidarity. The team meets monthly on the the fourth Sunday of each month following worship. The team is still meeting during the COVID19 pandemic, but via zoom instead of in-person. If you would like to be a part of the Social Ministry Team, please contact Colter Murphy, Director of Youth and Service.
Faith Lutheran Church makes breakfast for the Jesus Center every third Saturday of the month, and volunteers at the Torres Shelter about once a month at different dates. If you're interested in lending a hand or want to find out more information, give the office a call or email Colter, our Director of Youth & Service at email@example.com .
Faith Lutheran Church proudly participates in Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other aid to people in developing nations.
We are companions with the Kagitumba Parish in Rwanda in prayer and communication, and assist them as they build their new church. They serve under the leadership of Pastor Mukama Eddy Santos.
Each year Faith Lutheran hosts the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) Thanksgiving Dinner, and provides a delicious, traditional thanksgiving meal to the residents of CHAT.
Blue Bags are the collection of food donated by the congregation to benefit the hungry in the Chico area. They are collected by Margaret McMillan about once every other month. Blue Bags can be dropped off at the office.
Blessing of the Backpacks is the collection and distribution of backpacks and supplies for school students. Things like notebooks, pencils, glue, crayons, and other supplies are collected and stuffed into backpacks.
Faith Lutheran Church has banded together three times since 2018 in order to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters. In the wake of the Camp Fire, Faith worked with Living Spaces in order to provide mattresses to those without. This went on from 2018 through most of 2019. After the fire Faith also distrubuted masks and other necessities. The second event was Camp Noah, a camp for kids who have suffered from the affects of natural disasters. Here, kids could play games, have fun, and talk about their emotions in a healthy and constructive way. And finally, Faith continues to act during Shelter in Place. We provide groceries for our members who cannot safely go to the store; our members hand-craft masks not only for our members, but other folks in our community; and CDs of our online sermons are delivered safely to our congregants without computers.
God's Work, Our Hands is a day of all-congregational community service in lieu of traditional worship. Last year, we went up to Paradise Lutheran Church and helped them paint, clean, and unpack furniture in an effort to get their congregation up and running after the Camp Fire.
Once a year, some members of our congregation head down to Rancho Santa Marta to help with construction projects like building schools, painting, working in the orchard, and of course getting to know the locals.