Outreach to our community is a priority at First Lutheran
The sewing group makes quilts that are given to residents of nursing homes in our area. These quilts are not only beautiful but delightfully warm and are an expression of God’s love for those who may be forgotten. The quilters also provide quilts for First Lutheran graduating high schoolers and are cherished blankets to take to college. Our own members who can no longer get to worship are also gifted a quilt at Christmas time. Additionally, quilts are supplied to Lutheran World Relief for distribution around the world.
Community organizations are welcome to use our facilities.
Currently Narcotics Anonymous, a scouting group, and community knitting group meet there.
Through our monthly stewardship appeals we support local non-profits such as the fire company, seminary food bank, and world hunger relief.
Our weekly book group provides stimulating conversation and community. We choose a variety of books that open our hearts and minds to God’s Word and society issues.
Our choir enhances our worship experience through their choice of music. This group enjoys singing a variety of music.
Our college students and military personnel receive Sonshine boxes from the congregation periodically. These boxes contain snacks and gifts that remind those away from our community that we are still remembering them in prayer.
How We Help
Laundry Love is a joint ministry with other churches in the New Oxford area.
We go to the laundry mat and pay for people’s laundry as we get to know our neighbors.
The food bank that serves New Oxford began as a few nurses in the congregation realized a need for this service. As the need grew, the food bank outgrew our space and moved to the borough building on Peters Street. It is now operated by New Hope Ministries and offers much more than just food. People may receive help with bills, job training, budgeting, and more. First Lutheran continues to support this food bank with donations, monetary aid, and volunteers.
Each year we provide backpacks and school supplies for each of the children residing at the homeless shelter in Adams County.
This is such a popular outreach that we usually have enough resources to supply each child with a gift card to purchase some new clothes as well.