Ministries to the Community

In addition to the ways Luther Memorial fulfills the mission to be welcoming to all, there are a number of ministries and organizations which use the facilities regularly.  The church is used by some group of the church or community each day.  The following is the list of those ministries that serve the community.

Alcoholics Anonymous-- Closed female meeting, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

 

To Our House--Luther Memorial is a support congregation for this program which provides thermal shelter for homeless men in the New River Valley during cold months.

 

Newcomers Club—at group that meets monthly in the Fellowship Hall.  It is open to all new residents of the community.  They also sponsor a wide spectrum of activities like a book club, hiking group, or sewing circle to encourage friendships.

 

LIttle Hokie Hangout--is a partnership with the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, LMLC to help address the chronic lack of affordable childcare in the NRV.  This initiative is particularly directed to assist students at Virgina Tech attempting to parent and go to school.  For more information email childcare@vt.edu

 

Parents Morning Out—is a parent cooperative that creates regular opportunities for parents to have free time while the children are in play group. 

 

Polling Place—the Fellowship Hall is used during state and national elections.

 

Scouts—Cub Scouts and a Boy Scout troop meet in the building on a weekly basis.

 

Special Meetings—The  church makes its facilities available to a number of community groups throughout the year.

 

Katharina von Bora Haus—The Katherine von Bora house is named for Martin Luther's wife who took in a number of refugees during the Reformation.  This house, owned by Luther Memorial, is operated in cooperation with New River Family Shelter to provide shelter for up to 90 days for families who find themselves homeless.  Members also assist those living in the house with transportation and relocation needs.