CARE AND SERVICE MINISTRY
This ministry offers support to families of those recovering from surgery, illness or injury, or for those celebrating the arrival of a new child. Meals are arranged and brought to the home for several days to help individuals and families adjust during the transition period following those experiences.
If you know of someone who might benefit from these services, or if you are interested in being involved in providing meals, please contact the church office at (310) 545-5653.
This group designs and creates greeting cards that are sent to families of the church and school for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, illness, and the loss of loved ones.
This group enjoys fellowship while creating beautiful blankets for new-born babies within our church and school. They also do other needlework crafts, and sponsor a Craft Faire fund-raiser just before Christmas. They are also willing teachers, so if you want to learn a needle craft, this is the place.
Prayer requests may be submitted on Sunday mornings or by calling the church office. These requests are shared with a special group who pray for the needs of God’s people. Prayers are kept confidential unless requested to be listed in the bulletin.
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), an auxiliary organization with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is focused on affirming women’s relationship with Christ and developing their spiritual gifts through fellowship, Christian growth, and missional service. The women of the LWML work on projects throughout the year such as a yearly luncheon/fashion show fund raiser, Palm Sunday breakfast, and a Christmas party. The First Lutheran LWML is open to ALL women. For more information check out their website at www.lwml.org.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
At Thanksgiving time, let us be mindful of those less fortunate and pray for them as we reach out with God's love. First Lutheran will be collecting non-perishable food items such as canned goods, rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, etc.. Items will be collected during the month of November. Please contact the church office at 310-545-5653.
The Altar Guild prepares the church for Sunday worship. They set up the communion ware and cleanup after worship. They also decorate the sanctuary for Christmas and Easter.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Experience the power of a simple gift! During the month of October shoeboxes are packed full of goodies for Operation Christmas Child that will be sent to children in other countries. These shoeboxes are often the only gift that these children receive. You can help out by donating items for the boxes or by packing a box at home and bringing it in yourself. For more information about Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse check out their website, www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Secret Shop is a store where children are able to buy small handmade items for family and friends. Gift wrapping is also available so the recipients will be truly surprised. The Secret Shop items are created throughout the year by a wonderful group of “elves” and in early December the shop is open for business to our church and preschool.