“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!
New Exciting Program - Micah’s Closet
The Social Ministry Committee is pleased to announce a new ministry opportunity called Micah’s Closet. This program, started at St. Michaels Lutheran Church, buys a new set of fall and spring clothes for children who are in need at Prices Fork Elementary. We plan on adopting 20 children at Eastern Montgomery Elementary to expand the program. Micah’s Closet works closely with the school staff and social workers to provide new clothing for identified children. The school staff or the social worker selects the children who need clothes and provides the sizes. We never know who we are helping to protect the child. We are asking for money to help buy the clothes for the children this fall. It cost about $185 to provide a child with one week’s worth of clothes. This includes 2 pairs of pants, 3 pair of shorts, 7 shirts, 5-10 pairs of underwear, a light jacket, and 1 pair of PJs. We need to raise $3700 to sponsor the 20 children. We need your help for this worthy project. Donations can be made for Micah’s Closet for August Change for Change, mailed to the church office or placed in the offering. Please note Micah’s Closet on the memo line of your donation. Again, we would like to thank our fellow church members for all your support for the Social Ministry projects!
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.