As “A Community of Servants sharing in the Word and Work of Jesus” we truly care about the community around us by sharing God’s love and work to others. We participate in all kinds of activities and partner with other organizations to help those around us who are in need. Below is a list of programs that we currently participate in and support by helping make a difference in the lives of the people who we serve in the community.
Rise Against Hunger
On Saturday September 8th Grace will hosted a Rise Against Hunger event with other Lutheran Churches in the Valley and St. John’s Catholic Church. This year’s event was held at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro. It was a great success with 88 volunteers packing 23,000+ meals for the hungry in Haiti.
The Rise Against Hunger meals include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetable and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. The packing event has a number of work stations including both sitting and standing tasks.
AT THRU-HIKER HOSTEL
(May - June)Our congregation provides a place to shower, rest, watch movies, cook a meal and sleep for hundreds of hikers that take the challenge of hiking more than 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Volunteers provide hospitalit
Prepares, provides, and serves a nutritious lunch once every six weeks at the soup kitchen at Second Presbyterian Church and breakfast once a month at Basic City United Methodist Church.
FOOD BANK PROGRAMS
We support a number of other programs to help feed those in need. These include the School Pantry Program and Augusta County Crop Walk.
HOMEBOUND MEALS FOR THE ELDERLY (NOVEMBER)
Monday through Friday in November of each year members of our congregation pair up to deliver hundreds of hot nutritious meals to area elderly that are homebound. This is part of an ecumenical ministry coordinated through valley program services for the Elderly.
RENEWING HOMES OF GREATER AUGUSTA
Congregational volunteers assist homeowners with home repairs and construction projects.
VALLEY MUSIC ACADEMY
Our congregation provides space to the community not-for-profit organization that provides private music instruction to children and youth and organizes community youth choirs and a variety of other services, including scholarships to music students when needed. Contact the Valley Music Academy (VMA) at 540-949-7470 or visit their website at www.valleymusicacademy.org.
VIRGINIA SYNOD, ELCA HOSPITALITY MINISTRY
Members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church set up meeting rooms, provide sound system support, welcome participants and provide meals and snack for a wide variety of Virginia Synod and ELCA meetings and conferences each year.
WARM SHELTER MINISTRY
Grace members prepare meals and are volunteer overnight hosts at the Waynesboro Area Refuge Mission (WARM). We sponsor a bedroom at the shelter and keep it supplied with linens and other essentials. Volunteer craftsmen constructed the room's furnishings.
WAYNESBORO CROP WALK
Held at Ridgeview Park. For years the Waynesboro CROP Walk has been one of the top five Walks in Virginia in walkers, money raised, and churches involved. You can access additional information about the Waynesboro CROP Walk by going to www.crophungerwalk.org or www.crophungerwalk.org/waynesborova.