The Service Ministry encourages the Emmaus congregation to respond to God’s love by addressing human needs locally, nationally and internationally. We provide opportunities for members to address social issues including hunger, homelessness and poverty. Many service opportunities are listed below.
- Eugene Mission Quilts and coffee collection in January
- The First Place Annex Night Shelter: The First Place Annex is a permanent home for the Interfaith Night Shelter Program, which rotated among faith communities in Eugene, Springfield and beyond for more than a quarter century. Emmaus volunteers one week in winter to provide breakfast, dinner and evening activities.
- LWR-Lutheran World Relief Collect items for personal care kits in March/April
- Blood Drive: Twice yearly usually during April/October (Mat Purvis)
- Camp Lutherwood Spring workdays
- First Place Family Shelter Toilet Paper Challenge in June
- Relay for Life in July/August (Sandra Arsenault)
- LWR-Lutheran World Relief Collect items for school kits in July/August
- Crop Walk in October: (Jackie Barbour)
- Pies for Whitaker Thanksgiving Dinner in November (Edla Johnson)
- St. Vincent DePaul Turkey and Ham Collection in mid-November
- Giving Tree in December (Marilyn Deaton)
Monetary and other specified gifts are solicited from the congregation for six local charities during the month of December.
- ELCW-Emmaus Lutheran Church Women
- School Kits, Infant Layettes and Health Kits: Naomi and Mary Circles – Women of Emmaus
- Quilting: Monthly (Emmaus Quilt Makers)
- Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
- FISH (Friends In Service to Humanity) on the first Sunday of the month (Lori Nicklin)
We collect food and clothing on a regular basis for FISH. The containers are in the Gathering Place next to the coat rack.
- FOOD for Lane County, Dining Room on the fifth Wednesday & Thursday of the month (Jackie Barbour)
Monthly opportunities to serve at Food for Lane County’s “restaurant.” We provide volunteers for both prepping and serving food.
- God’s Work, Our Hands community service projects ELCA
- OFRAH (Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger) meets monthly (Jackie Barbour)
- St. Vincent de Paul Camping Program is ongoing throughout the year (Deena Frosaker)