In Our Community

Inspired by our faith, we are a church engaged in our community.

We connect with our community in a variety of ways: sharing space with small groups and local organizations, distributing meals to neighbors who are hungry, welcoming and supporting refugee families and neighbors experiencing housing insecurity, advocating for peace and justice, and always learning more about and engaging in the relief and development work of our denomination, the ELCA.

Providing Food for the Hungry

When people come to our office and ask for food, we provide them with a sandwich lunch and any other goodies we have on hand. This includes cookies, granola bars, socks, deodorants, t-shirts, other toiletries and items they request. We also serve with The Night Ministry a few times a year, the next time we serve is April 27, 2023.

Connecting with/through Local Organizations

Chicago has so many strong and impactful organizations!

In recent years, we have been thankful to serve and work with/through The Night Ministry, Refugee One, ONE Northside, and others in this list of community connections.

Lakeview Lutheran Parish

With the three other congregations of our same denomination in this neighborhood, we learn, serve, worship, and aim to be a witness to God’s love in Lakeview.

An annual Thanksgiving worship occurs the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Other events and more information can be discovered here.

Annual Pet Blessing

On the First Saturday of October, we gather for an annual pet blessing. All creatures and their humans are welcome to join us for a community worship service that lasts about a half hour and includes singing, prayers, and an individual blessing for each animal. If your pet prefers to stay in the comfort of their own home, you are invited to bring a photo and receive a blessing on their behalf.

Thanks for all who joined us in 2021 (some pictured here!) This year, the Pet Blessing will be on October 7, 2023.

Christmas Coffee, Cocoa, & Carols

Young adults in our congregation often travel to their families of origin over the holidays, so we gather in December on a Saturday morning for breakfast goodies, carol singing, and decorating the sanctuary for Christmas. People of all ages are welcome to join us for a time of festive cheer, holiday trivia, and song! In 2023, we plan to gather on Saturday, December 16th.

Learn about Our Mission Endowment Fund

Because of the generosity of those who have gone before us in faith, we are able to share our resources with community partners and congregations through annual grants.

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