Serve with us!
Service Opportunities with Georgetown Lutheran Church
Open to all - friends and neighbors welcome!
To quote from our congregation's 250th Anniversary history: there are two distinct threads woven through GLC's 250 years that mark defining characteristics of our community today: our innate welcoming nature and genuine care for our community.
We Welcome Everyone. This congregation lives into Paul’s words in Galatians 3:28, that in this community we are “no longer” our ethnicities, sexuality, housed, or homeless. Unbound by the labels and stereotypes that confine our culture, “all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” When new neighbors, challenges, or needs have appeared on the horizon, Georgetown Lutheran Church has seen them not as threats but opportunities – new friends to welcome into God’s love. From the foundation of the Washington Free Clinic in 1968, this church has remained open to those who need us – expanding that welcome as a Reconciling in Christ congregation and opening up our sanctuary itself to shelter our neighbors during the Georgetown Winter Shelter.
We Care for Our Community. Serving our community, even through the toughest years, has never been an afterthought or something to get to when everything is calm or the budget allows. Responding to needs near and far defines and gathers us as a church. Our history reflects the faithfulness of thousands of sandwich meals packed in our kitchen through Grate Patrol, feeding one and all at our Thanksgiving Eve dinner, and reaching out in care when someone is hurting.
250th Anniversary Service Campaign:
A key element of our 250th capital campaign was a drive to complete 250 hours of service together, as a congregation, between May 2019 and May 2020. We met that goal!
264 of 250 Service hours complete!
Current Service Opportunities:
Current service opportunities can be found on on our dedicated Covid-19 site.
Recurring Service Events:
Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner: On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we offer a community meal for anyone - hungry, lonely, or celebrating our community. Turkey, ham, and all the fixings, a wonderful community event. Volunteers welcome, and everyone sits and eats together. Please see our Covid-19 site for information about the 2020 Pre-Thanksgiving dinner.
Grate Patrol: Since 1982, GLC has supported the Salvation Army's Grate Patrol program. During normal operations, church volunteers make brown bag meals with sandwiches, juice, chips, and fruit for individuals in need on the 2nd and 5th Sundays of every month. Although Grate Patrol is suspended during Covid-19, GLC continues to provide financial contributions toward this program.
God's Work, Our Hands: Each year, in early September, we join with ELCA churches nationwide to commit to a service project in our local community. In 2017, we helped document the presence of an early Georgetown African-American cemetery in need of restoration. In 2019, we sent boxes of school supplies abroad to support Lutheran World Relief. In 2020, observing all of the precautions for Covid-19, we volunteered in-person at the Capital Area Food Bank to support families in need.
Georgetown Saturday Suppers: GLC sponsors regular meals, in concert with other Georgetown churches, for those in need in Georgetown. Saturday suppers are provided at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (1334 29th St. NW), and Sunday Suppers are provided at Georgetown Presbyterian Church (3115 P St. NW). This ministry has shifted from hosted meals to pre-ordered boxed meals, in response to Covid-19, and we appreciate your financial support of this switch (to donate to Saturday Suppers, please click here and select "Other Donation" and write-in "Saturday Suppers" ).
Winter Shelter: GLC hosts the annual Georgetown Ministry Center winter shelter for two weeks each year. Volunteers are welcome to provide dinners, stay overnight, or help with coordinating. The 2020 Winter Shelter is currently suspended due to Covid-19 -- details will be forthcoming.