The Outreach Ministry provides service opportunities for all people in the congregation.
These are the various missions we serve.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Compass Housing Alliance.
The Compass Housing Alliance provides a wide range of services and housing options for homeless and low-income individuals and families in the Puget Sound region. Lord of Life has had a strong connection with this ministry for many years. Each year the congregation sends a team to provide dinner at the shelter in Seattle, sews quilts for the women's transitional home and sends a financial gift. October marked the opening of a new ministry - the Veterans Center at 403 S. Second Street across the street from Renton High School! It provides 58 new units of affordable housing to homeless single female and male veterans and veterans with families. Services offered on site by trained staff include counseling, case management, educational and support groups, child and youth programming, a computer lab/library, referrals and linkage to a range of community based organizations and veterans programs.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Living Water.
The Living Water ministry began April 2008... Funds Raised - $24,585 Projects Completed - 15+ In the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with an abundance of water. Clean water is a scarce resource for over 1 billion people. Women and young girls often walk over 3 miles to collect 5 gallons of water each day----carried on their heads. On an average day more than 4,000 children will lose their lives from causes traced to unclean water. The spare change in our pockets can make a difference in bringing clean water sources to others. Look for the tin bucket by the baptismal font as you enter the sanctuary to leave your donation. List of Completed Projects Living Water Partners Living Water Brochure How to start a Living Water Ministry To learn more about water issues.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Lutheran World Relief.
Each year Lord of Life supports the work of Lutheran World Relief by sewing quilts and making kits to be sent around the globe. You can join us by purchasing items for the kits or working with the quilting team. Watch the bulletin boards, newsletter and The Weekly to find specific quilting days or items we are currently collecting. When you make and send a Quilt, you are not only comforting someone you have never met, but providing an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, it can be:
a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;
a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;
a sack for transporting those goods to market;
and most importantly a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.
CLICK HERE for details on building a School Kit
Why school supplies? To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. Public school is usually free, but in the places where LWR works, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford. And when parents can only afford to send one of their children to school, girls rarely get priority…yet the education level of mothers has the biggest impact on development.
CLICK HERE for details on how to build a Baby Care Kit
A Baby Care Kit from LWR is like a promise. It says to that baby, Your needs will not be neglected by this world. You matter to us. When you send Baby Care Kits, you provide encouragement by welcoming these little ones into an international community that cares.
In an effort to support those in our community who are hungry the Outreach Ministry collects food items year round to be delivered at the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank. Each month over 1,500 families visit this facility and need our help!
The following items are always in short supply and welcome donations:
Simply bring your items to church and leave them in the blue basket in the Nathex!
A meal is provided each day of the week by the Renton Meal Coalition. Grace Feast is a part of this important work in downtown Renton to offer a hot meal to those who are hungry. In December of 2012 Michael Leifer approached Lord of Life with a request for a meal to be provided on Sundays – the only day at that time without one. The Sunday Grace was birthed. This meal is now provided by a variety of churches with a welcoming atmosphere and place for conversation. Lord of Life will be providing 4-5 meals during the 2014 year. Keep watch for opportunities to bring food items, cook or serve in the coming months. Funds raised will be used to assist the Renton Meal Coalition in this work.
Each month at Lord of Life members have an opportunity to financially support a “Benevolence”. According to the dictionary, a benevolence is an act of kindness that serves a charitable rather than a profit-making purpose. This giving is outside our giving to support the facilities, staff and programs at Lord of Life. There is a different benevolence supported each month. The following is a summary of the benevolences currently supported by Lord of Life.
Gift of Grace Lutheran Church
Gift of Grace is Lord of Life's sister congregation in many ways. Working with Pastor Jami Fecher, Lord of Life was instrumental in forming Gift of Grace 18 years ago. Gift of Grace Congregation originated the Grace Feast ministry which Lord of Life has emulated and grought to Renton. Gift of Grace has committed itself to ministry with the homeless and less fortunate. Now, Lord of Life has an opportunity to partner yet again with this unique and powerful sister congregation.
Luther's Table in Renton
"Good Food & Generous People" Luther’s Table in downtown Renton is a satellite ministry of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, supported by the ELCA and NW WA Synod and looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It is a coffee shop/bakery by day and a music venue/pub by night. Luther’s Table is built around the idea that community, conversation, trust and faith are found around the table. Following Christ’s example of eating and drinking with people, walking alongside them in their lives and on their journey of faith, it creates community among those for whom church is a challenge, an offense, or just not for them. It widens the walls of the church, models moderation and teaches through example that we are sinners, but by the grace of God we are also saints. Luther’s Table is experimenting with grace to see how far it can really go.
REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches) is a coalition of churches and faith groups dedicated to offering themselves to each other and the Renton community in support of compassionate, healthy and sustainable ways of living together, and allying with and advocating for those whose dignity and worth is compromised through lack of resources. REACH is structured around two programs: the Reach Center of Hope, a day and night shelter for women and families; and the Renton Meal Coalition, which provides hot meals for anyone who needs them. Lord of Life supports REACH through the Outreach Ministry and Grace Feast.
Lord of Life Scholarship Fund
For over 30 years the Lord of Life congregation has been supporting the development of our youth through the Lord of Life Scholarship Program. Each year the number of scholarships and the amount varies depending on the number of applicants and the funds available. To date nearly 170 scholarships have been awarded. As a result of the generosity of the congregation and the thoughtful stewardship of the committee, scholarship amounts have slowly risen over the years and the funds held for the future have been maintained or increased each year. With generous contributions we can send our Lord of Life youth out into the world with the support of their church.
Lutheran World Relief
LWR is a non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering around the world. In 2014, LWR helped 4,763,599 people in 35 countries via 153 projects. LOL assists in this effort by making quilts and donating items for and assembling baby care kits and backpacks of school supplies.
Center of Hope & Vision House
Center of Hope and Vision House provide housing and resources for women and children in Renton. Center of Hope helps for the time of waiting between requesting housing and finding placement into a program. Vision House provides housing and resources for up to two years.
Compass Housing Alliance
This agency provides housing, shelter and support services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Puget Sound region. LOL makes and donates approx. 40 quilts a year to the Renton housing complex.
MaaSae Girls School
You can make a difference! The education of a Massai girl is an amazing transformation. The small, shy, pastoralist girl becomes the young, confident educated woman. She is ready to face the world and contribute to her family and community. Some graduates return home, some enter colleges, universities or vocational schools and others seek employment. All have been transformed by their education at the MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School.
Lord of Life Preschool
Our preschool serves as a ministry to the children and families of Lord of Life and the surrounding community. The goal of the preschool program is for each child to recognize their worth as a person, build self-confidence, and know how much God loves them. Gifts given this month help to provide a children's Bible to each student at the end of the school year.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything we do.
Pine Lake Academy
This school is located in Kodera, Kenya. Several years ago the LOL Sunday School children decided to designate their Sunday school offerings to sponsor four students at the school. The offering each summer from Vacation Bible School also goes to support these four children. For $300 per year each student receives two meals a day, school uniforms, books and supplies and most importantly an education. The Sunday school and VBS offerings alone are no longer sufficient to support these children so the LOL congregation voted in 2015 to have it added as a Benevolence of the Month.
Good Samaritan Fund
This fund is used to assist our church family and others in our local community in times of need. The fund is entirely supported by your donations and is administered by a small committee at Lord of Life, including the Pastor. If you have questions or a need, please don't hesitate to speak with the Pastor.