“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.
During this pandemic, the tragedy of domestic violence has increased. The NRV Women’s Resource Center offers a safe haven and assistance to women and children who have suffered domestic violence.
The five congregations of the Blacksburg ELCA Fellowship (Luther Memorial, St. Michael, Shiloh, New Mount Zion and Christ Lutheran) partnered to support the Women’s Resource Center as our 2020 God’s Work/Our Hands service project.
A variety of non-perishable goods, paper goods and cleaning supplies were collected on August 29th in the Luther Memorial parking lot (donations were dropped off via “drive-through”) and again on August 30th at the Blacksburg ELCA Fellowship drive-in worship service held at St. Michael.
Thanks to the generosity of so many donors, the Blacksburg-Radford ELCA Fellowship was able to donate much-needed supplies to the Women's Resource Center.
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.
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.
We are still conducting our Change for Change collections during the COVID19 closure. 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.