Service Opportunities at All Saints
All Saints has a variety of ways to get involved in serving our community and abroad. We encourage you to contact our Director of Adult Ministry, Ruth Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org), to learn more or to get connected to any of these ministries.
Our Caring Community "shows God's loving care within the All Saints faith community by serving and supporting in times of personal and family need."
It was the result of conversations that began in 2012, when people in the congregation saw a need to extend practical help to those within our own congregation. The most-often requested services are for friendly visits and for rides. We also provide simple meals, and send greeting cards and notes to those who are sick or shut in.
Christmas With Dignity
'Christmas with Dignity' is our annual food-assistance program for our friends in Ironton, Ohio. The event takes place in Ironton in December. Partnering with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, we are committed to providing 500 boxes of a week’s worth of frozen meat, vegetables and side dishes to serve a family of four. The price of one box is about $32. We also collect winter wear.
In 2019 we collected several hundred dollars for food boxes, 276 hats, 236 gloves, and 19 scarves (some handmade!). A huge thank you to the congregation, preschool parents, and the two participating Thrivent Teams.
Habitat For Humanity
All Saints is proud to be a member of the Worthington Partnership of Habitat For Humanity. The partnership is a group of churches who finance and help build an area house each year. If you would like to help with building a house, the partnership workdays are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
No experience is necessary, and hand tools are provided. There are people on the site who will show you how to do a certain task, and work with you. Please contact Ruth Ford to learn more or to get involved.
Hunger Task Group
The Hunger Task Group engages with the congregation in helping meet the hunger needs of our community. The group facilitates volunteers to assist at two area food pantries, organizes food and hygiene drives for the pantries, and leads the 'Christmas With Dignity' campaign each fall. The group meets two to three times a year and welcomes anyone interested!
"Thankfull" Holiday for LSS
Pick up a bag with a grocery list and return it filled with all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal. We accept donations beginning in November.
We have a new focus for the Worthington Pantry every month. Subscribe to our email list for more information. Look for the blue box near the office labeled “Worthington Food Pantry” and put your donations there.
One More from the Store
This ongoing effort asks the congregation to pick up an "extra" of one of their favorite items on each shopping trip to help our neighbors at the LSS pantries. Personal care items are always especially needed, as the pantry cannot buy them at a discount and they are not eligible purchases for those using government food assistance programs.
Our 'Justice Ministry Round Table' meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (except in December).
“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”
— Micah 6:8
All Saints Lutheran Church will, with God’s help, fulfill our baptismal vow of working for justice by advocating for God’s children and preserving God’s creation.
Justice Ministry challenges injustice and values diversity. We stand for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty and hunger, promote peace and dignity and defend God’s creation. Justice Ministry takes Christ’s teachings outside the church walls and into our communities, state, nation and the world. We go to where people are, offer to walk with them and show them the love of Jesus Christ.
Our Justice Ministry Round Table meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, with a Christmas break in December. We offer a flexible format for networking and in-depth discussion on justice-related issues. Everyone has an equal right to participate. There is a place for you.
The Laurels of Worthington
Meets the third Sunday of each month at The Laurels of Worthington, 10:20 AM
The third Sunday of each month, we facilitate a worship service at 10:20am in the memory care unit at The Laurels of Worthington. By engaging in fellowship with the residents, we offer an avenue for residents to grow spiritually and to be a part of a worship community. Feel free to join us as we seek to share Christ's love.
Lutheran Social Services Food Pantries
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) focuses their efforts on food, shelter, safety and healing for those in need in 27 Ohio counties. In 12 Ohio counties LSS provides food pantries, mobile food pantries and produce distributions to move their clients’ focus away from their basic needs.
The Champion Food Pantry is asking for volunteers (yes, even during COVID-19). Volunteers will be prepackaging produce for clients to pick up. There will be no contact with clients. To sign up click here and access the volunteer hub.
We are still looking for masks, gowns, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is especially critical at our shelter sites, food pantries, senior healthcare and living facilities, and our Health Center at Faith Mission. You can view other needed items on our wish lists (scroll down to see the tabs on the page). Please deliver the items directly to our program locations.
Operation Christmas Child
Collections accepted in October and November.
All Saints collects gift-filled shoe boxes in October and November every year to support this global ministry. With these shoe boxes, Operation Christmas Child brings joy, hope and the good news of God’s love to children in difficult situations around the world. Stop by the table in the hallway to pick up box labels and/or drop off your donation. We have sample boxes on the table to help provide ideas of what could be included in your shoe boxes.
Helpful Tips to Remember:
We can no longer put toothpaste or candy, of any kind, in the boxes
There cannot be any kind of ornamentation on top of the boxes
If wrapped, the box lid must be wrapped separately so the contents can be inspected and your $9 check for shipping can be applied.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Meets the third Monday of each month, 1:30–3:30 PM
The Prayer Shawl Ministry crochets and provides shawls to anyone who is need of comfort and peace.
The shawls are blessed by time in the midst of our congregation, knitted with prayers, exposed to Scripture, sermons and songs of praise. They carry the joys and heartaches of our people and are surrounded by love. These special shawls comes to offer you a reminder of God’s comfort and peace and with our blessings to you!
The 'Serving You' Small Group
Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:45 PM (Sept.–May)
The 'Serving You' Group is both a Bible Study and service group. They meet to complete a Bible Study and discuss how they may serve the church and our community. Ongoing service includes collecting and delivering needed items for OSU Star House (a center that helps to connect homeless teens to basic services), collecting and delivering items for the homeless, and helping with Tools for School. All are welcome!
Sew Sew Saints
Tuesday afternoons, 1:30–4:00 PM (except December)
The Sew Sew Saints use donated fabric to sew useful items for persons in poverty around the community and world. All sewing skill levels are welcomed. People are needed to sort, iron and cut fabric, assemble quilt kits for congregation members to sew quilt tops at home, and then assemble quilt tops. The tote bags and baby layettes are easily learned as well.
Quilts for Lutheran World Relief
Tote bags for an inner city giveaway
Baby layettes for First English Lutheran Church in Columbus
Tools For School
Each year All Saints partners with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton, Ohio, to provide children of Lawrence County with school supplies and backpacks. Nearly half of the students' families are unable to buy the supplies needed for school, and teachers continually express their gratitude to St. Paul's, and in turn churches like ours, for providing the necessary supplies to help their students get off to a good start in the fall. During July, help is needed to purchase, count and sort supplies, pack backpacks and deliver them to the children in Ironton the first Saturday in August.
Worthington Resource Pantry
Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:45 PM (Sept.–May)
Worthington Resource Pantry serves 8 zip codes in northern Franklin County and southern Delaware County. They provide food and personal care items to those in need.
The Worthington Resource Pantry's March focus is 5 oz. cans of tuna (in water).
To donate, look for the "Worthington Resource Pantry" bin in the main office hallway.