SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

Where can you get plugged in at LCC? These ministry teams offer countless ways you can serve God by serving your neighbor, your church family, or your community! Click on the team/s listed below if you’re ready to get started!  
   
·      Congregational Care Team
·      Local Outreach Team
·      Meals on Wheels
·      Beacon House
·      Handy Helpers
·      September Outreach (God’s Work Our Hands and CareFest)
·      Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF) Foster Youth Assistance
·      Pack-A-Sack-4-Kids (PAS4K)
       Family Promise
       Ready for Life (Angel Tree)

 

 
 
 

Congregation & Community Care (CCC)

Congregational and Community Care facilitates community involvement through various city and national organizations. Provides fellowship during church gatherings, coordinates visiting and calling members, and helps integrate new members. This team works with various ministries and is also the social and outreach arm of our church.  

Local Outreach Team (LOT)

 
Our Local Outreach Team is involved in ministering to our neighbors, and the national and global community through service.  We partner with various community groups to extend their effort to make a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.  This group meets on Wednesday evenings.  Some of our projects include:

Congregational Care Team

The Care Team here at LCC is here to serve our congregation and friends in the community.

 

Our mission is to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our congregational members and their closely affiliated friends and family who need us or would like us to help during a transitional time in their lives.

Our Goal is to make connecting with LCC easier so we are forming a core of team of “First Responders.” We will be your first contact and we will help connect you with the right person, the right team or the right resource to assist you. You can reach us by calling the office or emailing us at

CareTeam@mylcc.com

Our Team includes the Faith Community Nurse, Prayer Chain and Hospital/In-Home Visitation team. We are also  available to assist you in baptism, wedding or funeral planning or becoming a member of our church.  Contact us if you need assistance with transportation to church or would like to have communion brought to them if home-bound.  Working with other ministry teams here at LCC, we also provide educational opportunities as they relate to your health and well being.

We are blessed with many talented and caring individuals who are willing to help their LCC family. We hope you will call the Care Team and let us help you. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know.

 

To request prayers, please email

prayerchain@mylcc.com

Meals on Wheels
In Pinellas County the Meals on Wheels program is administered through the Neighborly Care Network.  LCC has committed to a one day a week meal delivery schedule. The delivery commitment can be as little as twice a year or as much as every week. The delivery route starts at Crystal Lakes Manor (4100 62nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park) between 10:30 am and noon and deliveries take between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete. Please contact Rita Sewell if you are interested in becoming a delivery volunteer,
rita195382@gmail.com or 727-521-7505

Beacon House

The Beacon House is the men’s homeless shelter run through the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. One Sunday on every other month, LCC volunteers gather right after worship (10:45 am) to make approximately 200 sandwiches for Beacon House. Sandwiches are delivered that day to Beacon House (2151 Central Avenue). This is a family friendly event! Event dates are published on the website, in email blasts, and announced during service.

Handy Helpers
LCC regularly teams with the City of Saint Petersburg’s Neighborhood Team (N-Team) to assist elderly or disabled homeowners. LCC volunteers and N-Team staff team up to paint the exterior of a home. This is a family friendly event, and all supplies needed are provided by the N-Team. Events are scheduled on a Saturday morning and dates are published on the website, in email blasts, and announced during service.

 

Family Promise
LCC hosts the guests of Family Promise for one week, once per quarter. LCC along with other interfaith congregations help these families move from homelessness to independence. During our 4 host weeks per year, LCC provides shelter, food and love to these families while Family Promise of Pinellas  provides case services to secure employment, housing and other social services. Following training, LCC volunteers are needed to prepare our families’ rooms, donate breakfast and lunch items, host dinners, sleep overnight at LCC, spend times with our guests, and breakdown families’ rooms and clean linens. Donation items throughout the year are also needed. Volunteer training dates and a program wishlist are published on the Family Promise Pinellas website. Our host weeks are family friendly opportunities. Host week dates are published on the calendar, website, in email blasts and announced during service. 

Hope Lutheran Food Bank
Weekly LCC collects low-sugar and high-protein pantry items for the food bank at Hope Lutheran in the Narthex. With donations of food staples like peanut butter, powdered milk, rice, canned meat, and cereal Hope Lutheran is able to provide assistance to families in need. LCC is one of the main providers of pantry items to the Hope Lutheran Food Bank.   

Day Star Life Center
Day Star provides the necessities of life to our neighbors in need in order to alleviate hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. LCC collects empty pill bottle (without labels) to be used by Day Star as shampoo and soap containers. During the year varying clothing drives are ongoing. Please check the website, email blasts, and service announcements for details. 

Ready For Life – Angel Tree
Each year many foster youth turn 18 years old and “age out” of the foster care system in Pinellas County, regardless of ability or resources. This can be a scary time for young adults not yet ready to live an independent life. Ready For Life is an organization that supports the material and emotional needs of these young adults. During the Christmas season LCC supports Ready for Life through our Angel Tree gifts. Look for details in November regarding Angel Tree and this important ministry. 

 

September Outreach (God’s Work Our Hands and CareFest)
Each September LCC has an opportunity to participate in TWO outreach activities; one with our ELCA community and one with our City of St. Petersburg community. The second Sunday in September is “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday. It is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the ELCA and dedicate one day to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all people. The last Saturday in September is CareFest, a city-wide day of service sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. Specific activities for these two outreach opportunities vary from year to year but are both family friendly. Look for announcements starting in August on the website, in email blasts, and announced during service.

Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF) Foster Youth Assistance

In March and August LCC has the opportunity to touch the lives of  foster youth in Pinellas County. Prior to the start of the school year, LCC collects school supplies for foster youth. Prior to Easter LCC collects donations to share the message of Christ’s birth with bibles and other Easter basket goodies. Donations are collected in the Narthex and are distributed to foster youth through our partner, LSF. Donation details are published on the website, in email blasts and announced during service.

Pack-A-Sack-4-Kids (PAS4K)
PAS4K is a program that provides for a sack of snacks to be sent home each Friday with chronically hungry, elementary age children in Pinellas County. LCC supports this program through the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Each $4 donation provides a sack for one child. LCC has a standing goal of raising $10,000 per year to support one public school for one school year. Periodically LCC volunteers also have the opportunity to pack the sacks at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. If you wish to make a donation during Sunday collection please add “Pack-A-Sack-4-Kids” to your check memo line. Details regarding packing events are published on the website, in email blasts and announced during service. 

 
 

Shore Acres Rehab Center Visits
Our neighbor, the Shore Acres Rehabilitation Center is home to residents needing short or long-term rehabilitation. Each year near Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day we visit the center after a Sunday service to share smiles, flowers, and cards made by our youth. 
 
Bloodmobile
We host the Bloodmobile quarterly on our campus.  Watch for announcements on our home page to find out when you can be part of this life-saving and life-giving ministry!