“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,
you did it to me.” ~Matthew 25:40
We believe that discipleship under Jesus Christ calls us to extend Christian compassion and helpfulness to the ill, the aged, the orphaned, the underprivileged, the imprisoned and
all in need of aid in body or soul. Luther Memorial has a longstanding tradition of mission and community service in the New River Valley. Our faith community strives to live out our commitment to Christ through participation in many programs that benefit God’s people locally, and around the globe. Below is a sample of some of our community outreach partnerships.
Micah's Mini-Pantry at Luther Memorial is stocked with non-perishable foods & personal hygiene products; all items are available for free to anyone in need, but our goal is to specifically address Virginia Tech student food insecurity. Find out more... Click below for a list of needed donations - thank you!
Each month consider donating the suggested items to keep
Micah’s Mini Pantry (MMP) and Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry (BIFP) shelves full.
In partnership with the Blacksburg Quilters Guild, LMLC quilters and sewers are making cloth tote bags which will be filled with annual holiday food bags for clients of the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry. The bags are simple to sew, and kits containing supplies and instructions may be picked up in the Luther Memorial Narthex. All completed bags should be returned to the church by Dec 5.
Pick up your kit in the LMLC Narthex.
November's Change for Change focus is on Valley Interfaith Childcare Center (VICCC). The VICCC provides a nurturing environment for
children from low-income families to learn and grow. Luther Memorial
supports this program by helping with several families’ tuition payment
during the month of December. This year we will be sponsoring 22 families.
Through the month of November, we will be collecting Change for Change
donations for this Christmas project. Please consider supporting Valley Interfaith Childcare Center by making a donation to Change for Change during the month of November.
The Interfaith Food Pantry is a joint ministry of over twenty-five churches in Blacksburg of varying denominations. The Interfaith Food Pantry relies on cash and food from churches, individuals and other organizations, and serves qualified residents of Blacksburg and McCoy. Find out how you can make a donation or volunteer by visiting their Facebook page.
Lutheran Disaster Response shares God's hope, healing and renewal with people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Click here to find out about current programs.
NRV CARES (New River Valley Child Advocacy, Resources, Education, and Services) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families.
NRV CARES strives to improve the lives of the smallest and most defenseless members of our society, while helping to support an environment where families can thrive. Contact NRV Cares for more information.
In partnership with New River Community Action (NRCA), Luther Memorial offers the Von Bora House, located on the church campus, to eligible families identified by NRCA who are in need of housing. These families may live at the house rent-free until they can get back on their feet; NRCA pays all utility bills, and Luther Memorial maintains the home and provides furnishings. In addition, the church quilting group gives every family a quilt, and children are provided with books.
Valley Interfaith Child Care (VICCC) was organized in 2004 to address the needs of
low-income working parents with infant and toddler children, who had few or no choices
for good, affordable places to leave their children while they worked. VICCC now provides high-quality, affordable, fully-state-licensed care to the children of income-eligible working families of the Valley, offering
a nurturing environment for children from
low-income families to learn and grow.
Each week, members and guests at Luther Memorial worship services may drop spare change into a special box on leaving the sanctuary. These funds are given to local charity organizations to support their work.
You may mail your contribution, marked “Change for Change” to Luther Memorial, 600 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP) is a 100% volunteer-run organization providing food, clothing, household items and financial assistance to Montgomery County low-income, unemployed, elderly or handicapped individuals and families. MCEAP strongly believes in providing a hand up instead of a handout. Please contact MCEAP for information on how to donate or volunteer.
Quilters meet periodically to create quilts
that support persons in need, including victims of flood, fire or other disasters. We also donate quilts to residents of the von Bora House, owned by Luther Memorial and operated by New River Community Action organization, a service that provides shelter for persons experiencing homelessness.