“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!
Christmas Outreach Will Kick Off the Fund Drive on November 13th
It’s hard for me to realize that the Christmas Season is upon us. With that said, we will begin our Fund Drive for Christmas Outreach at our annual meeting on November 13th. The Christmas Outreach Project provides financial support for families who have children attending Valley Interfaith Child Care Center (VICCC). The goal of VICCC is to provide high-quality affordable, educational, and nurturing care for young children (ages 6 weeks to 5) of income-eligible working families in the New River Valley. The mission of VICCC is to provide support for the low-income working population of the New River Valley as they strive to become more self-sufficient. There is a significant barrier to low-income parents seeking to participate in the local job market. These parents may be left with a difficult choice. Without childcare, some parents are unable to hold a job, leaving them dependent on public assistance and unable to strive for their family’s self-sufficiency. VICCC operates a licensed nonprofit childcare center that provided high-quality care at a subsidized price that our families can afford. VICCC parents can report to work knowing that their children are in a safe and loving environment where they will benefit from a curriculum that stresses literacy, self-esteem, and school readiness as well as a nutrition program tailored just for them. Instead of providing financial assistance to the center, Christmas Outreach focuses on the families.
In 2021, we had an extremely successful fundraising effort, and raised $ 8,307.46. We were able to provide $400 in financial support to 19 low-income families whose children attend VICCC. In addition, we were able to provide a couple of prepackaged snacks and one books for all 40 children who attend the center. VICCC also provides the same book each month to each child as part of their curriculum. We were able to provide 2 months of books for the center.
VICCC will soon identify the families for Christmas Outreach. We hope to help at least 20 families this year. The Department of Social Services has lowered the requirement to receive childcare assistance including paying the copay until the end of 2022. We will be giving financial assistance to each family instead of
paying their copay. With the increase in cost of food, gas and other products, this help will be greatly
appreciated to make this a Merry Christmas. I would like to challenge the congregation to raise $8500 this year. That will allow us to give each family $425 in financial support, provide two months of books to the center and provide a gift bag to each child in the center.
Thank you for your support of Christmas Outreach. Our help means the world to these families. Peace, Teresa Cassell
The Feeding Southwest Virginia Mobile Marketplace is designed to provide fresh, affordable, convenient groceries and produce to underserved demographics and rural locations. This grocery store on wheels offers healthy affordable foods, and is stocked with a selection of pantry staples and fresh produce. Click here to see an example order form (up-to-date order forms will be available at the market).
All people are welcome, and we accept EBT, credit, and debit cards. No cash or checks.
The Mobile Marketplace will be in Blacksburg every second Tuesday of the month from 9:30 am - noon at Warm Hearth Village, 2603 Warm Hearth Drive. For more information, contact Molly Watkins at 540-342-3011, ext. 7046 or via e-mail.
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. The Food Pantry continues to serve clients during the COVID19 pandemic. 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. Parenting classes offered at Luther Memorial will resume when it is safe to gather in-person. 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. MCEAP continues to assist residents during the COVID19 pandemic. 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.