Grace Lutheran Church houses "Grace Place" Ecumenical Food Pantry serving those in need within Northfield, Linwood, and Somers Point. Currently the Food Pantry is providing meals for over 500 adults and children in our area. Each year, Grace Place distrubites food baskets at Thanksgiving. The pantry is suppled by purchasing food at discounts from government agencies, and by donations from the churches of the cities served, businesses, organizations, and individuals. The food pantry is open Monday thru Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and closed the first full week of the month. Volunteers from Grace, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic, and Christ Episcopal staff the facility. Monetary donations and donations of non-perishable foods, household products, and personal care items are always welcome. The Food Pantry may be contacted at 927-9982 during operating hours. More information and a list of current Food Pantry Needs are available on the Food Pantry page in this section.
The Women of the ELCA (also known as the Lutheran Church Women or LCW) is one of the most active service and social groups at Grace Lutheran. The LCW meets the second Tuesday of the month from September thru June. However, to say the LCW only meets once a month does not tell the whole story. In between meetings, there are group get togethers, telephone calls, and much individual work to pull together all the activities they sponsor. Two of the larger activities are the annual Cookie Walk (where Christmas Cookies are baked, donated, and sold by the pound to raise funds for church activities) and the Shore Medical Center baby shower (where new baby outfits and supplies are provided and given for the babies of disadvantaged mothers). The LCW also sponsors the annual Christmas at Sea donation drive for the Seaman's Institute, Port Newark. Red stockings are also used to raise funds for charitable gifts. In the past, the red stocking fund raiser has benefitted Operation Support our Troops and The Atlantic Riding Academy for Handicapped Children. The WELCA's newest project is to collect new hats, gloves, and scarves for students in the Somers Point School District.
Grace Stitchers meet during the week to have fun socially and to make useful items to help others. Examples of their work include: knitted hats and mittens for Native American children; lap robes for the Vineland Veterans Home; and hats blankets, botties, and mittens for the LCW's Annual Baby Shower for Shore Medical Center. Grace Stitchers meet on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Church Lounge. Come join us!
We often say that the church is much more than just a building; however, our building does not sit idle during the week. In addition to the Ecumenical Food Pantry, Weekly Bible Studies, and the women's organizations that use our Fellowship Hall on week days, several self-help and support organizations use the facilities in the evenings during the week and on Saturdays. See the Support Groups page in this section for a listing of groups and meeting times.
Each month, usually on the third Sunday, Grace Lutheran takes a special collection to support a charitable organization or cause. We call this our "Joy-full Noise Offering," because it is supported with "loose change" - - mostly coins - - dropped into large metal cans before our regular offering. It's amazing how a few coins from everyone can add up to help a worthy cause. See our Joy-full Noise page in this section for more information and to learn about the organizations that we support.