Engaging in Community
The Garden of Love and Social Justice Action Team ministries are part of our commitment to actively engage with the community, addressing both immediate needs and broader social justice issues.
Compassionate care and support are extended to persons in the downtown community who are homeless and with other needs. Every Tuesday the ministry center opens its doors, offering brown bag lunches and gently-used clothing. Meal kits, coats, and blankets are also distributed for emergency needs. Volunteers assist in setup, preparing sandwiches, and at regular “Sorting Saturdays” to organize donations. Local community relationships enhance connections and support.
Social Justice Action Team
A Social Justice Action Team has taken on broad areas, such as environmental consciousness, with specific initiatives including forums, the Zero Waste Church project, waterway cleanup, a learning hike, and the creation of a pollinator habitat outside the church. In the past year, in the area of race justice, the group has been involved in a collaborative relationship and grant project with Good Shepherd, Irving, a Lenten study with St. Phillip’s, and racial healing circles. Support for refugees has increased, through collaborations with Journey’s End and Jewish Community Services, including providing furniture and household items to set up homes.