Welcome to Social Ministry
"In as much as you have done it for one of the least of these,
you have done it for me." Matthew 25:40
All Saints Lutheran Church is committed to providing its members and friends with numerous opportunities to "to Share God's love with people in the community and around the world". The Social Ministry Team offers God's people at All Saints many avenues of service through ongoing efforts, short-term and one-time projects. We encourage you to live out your faith through these ministries:
|Fair Trade Coffee|
|Blood Drives||Food Offerings|
|Bread for the World||Navajo Mission|
|Campus LSSS Social Worker||Relief Offerings|
|Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry||WHEAT|
Fair Trade Coffee
Fair Trade food products (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc. from Latin America, Africa and Asia, give small-scale farmers renewed dignity and help to make their communities strong. Sunday morning coffee hour at All Saints uses coffee from Equal Exchange, a partner of Lutheran World Relief.
Contact Marlene Olsen with any questions or if you can volunteer to help sell these products once a month.
All Saints is a covenant church of Bread for the World, a bipartisan, ecumenical movement to end world hunger. We believe that Christian people have a moral obligation to see how our tax money is spent. Join us in advocating for poor and hungry people everywhere.
Learn more about the issues from the web site below. Then contact your two Senators and your Congressional Representative as to how you would like them to vote on these issues that affect poor and hungry people here and abroad.
Contact: Church Office or visit: www.bread.org
United Blood Services are on campus three times a year to collect donations of blood to help meet the ever-increasing demand for blood and blood products in the Valley. Appointments may be arranged in advance, but walk-ins are always available. Please take a few minutes to give the gift of life.
Sponsor code: allsaints Contact: Karen Johnson
Campus LSS Social Worker
Robert Sanders, a social worker with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, comes on campus twice a month to assist members and individuals and families of the community with utility help, resume training and other ways to help with job lay offs and other difficulties.
Mr. Robert Sanders is available by appointment only. Call the Church Office for contact information.
*Note: Due to lack of resources, we can NOT help with rent/mortgage.
Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry
Right here on the All Saints campus every Saturday!!
This ministry distributes mainly PERISHABLE food including dairy, meats, bread and vegetables to folks who have been prescreened and referred by a doctor, Department of Economic Security or a pastor. Recipients are referred to as “needy,” not poor and may remain on Fishes & Loaves' list for 90 days in order to give them “a hands up.”
Typically, set up is at 9am in Fellowship Hall, but sometimes is moved to other areas of the campus, depending on what is going on. Food is distributed from 1 to 2pm.
FANTASTIC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteers are being asked to do several kinds of tasks.
From 9am to 1pm, Room set-up ♦ Unload food from vehicles ♦ Sort food ♦ Set up clothing table.
From 1 to 2pm, assist those in need to their vehicle.
From 2 to 3pm, clean up room.
Shifts for volunteers can range from
2, 3, 4 or 6 hours.
Please call Joyce at 602-999-4335 or
Heather at 602-625-1804.
Volunteers are asked to meet the same dress standard as the food recipients. The goal is not to offend others, or cause others to stumble. Men must wear a shirt at all times. Women must wear crew neck T-shirts. Even the most modest shirts reveal too much when females are bent over. Both men and women must dress in a way that undergarments are not visible and need to wear closed toe and comfortable shoes. This applies to all teenage volunteers, as well!
Volunteers for picking up food at the Roadrunner Farmer’s Market, Trader Joes, and Whole Food Markets will be trained. Call Joyce or Heather (above) to inquire.
Must have a truck, large van or SUV.
Other needs for this ministry include donations of:
Plastic bags, reusable ice, blue ice, and older coolers even if the lids are broken.
On the first weekend of each month, All Saints receives an offering of non-perishable food items. A portion of the offering is packaged for distribution to those who seek assistance at All Saints, while the remainder is distributed through Desert Mission Food Bank, which provides hundreds of emergency food boxes to people each month.
In high demand are: single-serving, easy open, disposable containers of fruit, juice, cereal, tuna, cheese and crackers; family size containers of pasta, rice, beans, sauces and peanut butter. Baby food, formula and disposable diapers are always needed. You can support this ministry by:
- Donating food and other needed items
- Helping to sort, package, distribute donations
Contact the church office with any questions.
On the last weekend of each month, a financial offering is received which is used to alleviate hunger and other forms of suffering. Gifts are regularly channeled through many proven ministries, including:
Children's Village of Honduras
Evangelical Lutheran Navajo Mission, Rock Point, AZ
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Vida Nueva Latino Phoenix Congregation
ELCA: Disaster/Hunger Relief & the Malaria Campaign
University Campus Ministry (UofA, NAU, ASU)
Wheat and Local Food Banks (Desert Mission/Grace Lutheran)
These organizations extend the love of God far and wide, providing emergency and long-term services for those suffering the effects of natural disasters in the US and abroad. Occasionally, offerings are designated to assist local congregations and families experiencing crises.
Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission
The Navajo Mission is located at Rock Point, AZ on the Navajo Indian Reservation. It celebrates the Navajo culture, educates the children who attend the school about the stories of Jesus and provides a sacred worship space for church groups that come to volunteer at the mission. For more information contact Marilyn Kinne or click on the link provded to be directed to the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission website www.nelm.org
LEARN AND DO MORE FOR THE POOR AND HUNGRY
WHEAT - You've heard the name of this organization. ASLC contributes to it in various ways over the course of a year. What is it? The World Hunger Education, Advocacy and Training organization equips individuals with the tools for increased awareness, policy change and positive results. To end the tragedy of hunger, we must not only provide food, but we must also work with and empower those living in poverty. In trying to break the cycle of poverty, WHEAT supports self-help projects and other activities and policies that help eliminate the root causes of hunger.
The Hand to Hand Project makes the fairly traded handicrafts of artisans from around the world available for purchase. These quality, handmade items are from 42 different countries and include kids' items.
The Clothes Silo has been an empowerment project since 1985. It is a resale boutique providing professional clothing at no cost to women entering or reentering the work force through client assistance programs, job training and mentoring. All of the clothes are available to the public at VERY attractive prices. Only VERY nice items are accepted both for wear in the office and for play. Ladies, if you are ready to recycle some of your wardrobe, please contact them today.
WHEAT also has many volunteer opportunities.