The mission of HTLC’s Outreach Ministry is to reflect Christ beyond our own doors. In doing so, the Outreach Ministry Team seeks to raise awareness about the needs of others and provide opportunities for congregation members to do God’s work with their own hands. We also strive to be socially responsible in allocating our budget funds to support both local and global charities.
Pastor Will Rose
Linda Varblow (Chair)
Linda Kinsinger (Congregational Council Liaison)
A few examples of the recent work of the Outreach Ministry Team are highlighted below. We welcome new members, fresh ideas, and the working of the Holy Spirit among us!
Email Chair Linda Varblowanytime with comments, questions, or suggestions.
Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day
We honor the extraordinary example of Dr. King by initiating a service project each January. In 2017 the Outreach Ministry Team and Quilting Ministry sponsored a “no-sew” blanket project and made 12 blankets for critically ill children in the Triangle. In 2016 Outreach joined with Womenship to collect four carloads of clothing for Dress For Success. Other past projects include a winter coat collection and the hosting of a Red Cross blood drive.
Project 5000 is inspired by the miracle in which Jesus fed 5,000 followers with five loaves and two fish. Every February, we fill 100 boxes with nonperishable food to benefit needy families through the Inter-Faith Council Food Pantry.
CROP Hunger Walk
The Chapel Hill/Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk supports hunger relief efforts globally and locally. Holy Trinity has long been a sponsor of this event. In both 2017 and 2016, we fielded a team of 30+ people to walk four miles, raising $5,000+ each year to help stop hunger “one step at a time.”
Lenten and Advent Offerings
Each year, the Outreach Ministry chooses a charitable recipient for the Lenten and Advent service offerings. In 2016–17, the beneficiaries were Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
Food for Schools and Grocery Cards
Through PORCH, we are sponsoring $500 worth of healthy snacks at Smith Middle School for the 2017–18 year. Through both the Outreach Ministry budget and direct appeals to the congregation, we annually collect grocery store gift cards for local families enrolled in the free lunch program at public schools. These cards help cover the cost of groceries during school breaks; we distribute them in May and in December. Our May 2017 distribution was valued at $1,075.
God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
The Ministry Team proudly leads projects each year to celebrate the ELCA’s God’s Work Our Hands Sunday. In 2016 we gathered approximately 100 volunteers to pack 17,712 meals with Stop Hunger Now (since renamed Rise Against Hunger) for global distribution. In 2015 we offered three opportunities: One group made casseroles to benefit the local community kitchen, another put together hygiene kits for a homeless shelter, and another cleaned up the trash-strewn park behind a public housing unit.
The annual Giving Tree provides us with an opportunity to share the giving spirit of Christmas by fulfilling the wish lists of local needy children. In 2016 the congregation donated more than 150 gifts to benefit 10 Orange County families, in addition to 88 Food Lion/Wal-Mart gift cards to provide food over the holiday break.
The Outreach Ministry Team regularly appeals to the congregation for school supplies, gently used toys and and books, craft materials, and other supplies for local groups in need. Beneficiaries include local schools; community groups such as KidSCope, which uses our facility for childcare classes; pet shelters; and prison ministries.
- Lutheran Services Carolinas: We currently are forming a team that will provide logistical, social, and material support to recent immigrants to the Triangle area. In the past we have supported the resettlement of seven Burmese families in our community.
- TABLE: We collect fresh fruit the first Sunday of each month to donate to TABLE, which feeds hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
- Inter-Faith Council: We collect donations for the Food Pantry every Sunday and field volunteers to cook at the Community Kitchen twice each month.
- Habitat for Humanity: We are sponsors of the Building Hope Partnership and regularly send volunteers and/or lunch supplies to active Habitat teams.
- Budget Donations: We regularly donate Outreach funds to the Inter-Faith Council, Habitat/A Brush with Kindness, Compass Center for Women and Families, TABLE, Church World Service, and ELCA Global Mission.