The Serving Ministry coordinates and provides a variety of opportunities to serve others in Christ's name.

 Serving Opportunities are endless, but currently include:

 **Bloodmobile -- Blood drives will now be held on at the Brecksville Community Center next door.  Please make an appointment on the Red Cross website at

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**Clothing/household donations to Redeemer Crisis Center

Redeemer's wish list changes periodically.  At this time, they need jackets, winter coats, hats and gloves for children especially teenagers.  Clothing for teenagers is needed since the Cleveland Public Schools no longer require uniforms.  Toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, hair brushes are needed.  No Make up please.  They do need towels, sheets, blankets and bedding, kitchen dishes, small kitchen appliances, and general small items to furnish a home.  Think about items you use in your own kitchen and bathroom.  Electric fry pans would be helpful for those households without stoves.  Thirty-cup hot water/coffee makers are helpful to heat water to wash when there is not hot water in the home.  We are also collecting school supplies and back packs for the children and will continue this throughout the year to replenish materials used.  Place your donation in the coat room in or near the bin. 

**Journey Center for Safety and Healing formerly The Domestic Violence Center is in need of good used baby clothing (doesn't matter whether it is girl or boy).  Don't throw away your old cell phone--donate it to JCSH by placing it in the bag in the Gathering Space.  Contact Shirley Fisher if you are able to assist.

**Meals Ministry  contact Judy Coleman or Tonya Pagel if you would like to participate in this ministry of providing meals to our members who are dealing with an illness or loss.

**OASIS - Please refer to the home page for food donations needed.  Online and mail in donations are always appreciated.

**Rise Against Hunger --See photos below from our August serving event.

**Lend-A-Hand program (click for more information)  Please donate one food or paper item per month or per shopping trip.  Cleaning supplies are also needed.   Place items on the shelves in the coat room.   

**Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM)

         Our mission is to promote shalom (peace, well-being) and justice (right relationships) through a Christian ministry of service and advocacy with those who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting.

        LMM was established in response to the urban unrest of the 1960's, specifically the upheaval in Hough. Today, LMM serves and advocates with people currently and previously involved in the criminal justice system, youth at-risk, people with disabilities, people dealing with long term care needs and people who are homeless.  

LMM includes the Men's Shelter - due to covid restrictions and space, we are not accepting clothing donations and Women's Re-Entry Program (WREN) - we are not accepting donations at this time.  Monetary donations are always welcome and will be used for food and housing expenses.  Checks can be made payable to CRLC and put in the offering plate.  Please note LMM in the memo line and we will make sure the donation is sent to LMM. 

LWR Lutheran World Relief    

        Mission: Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering. 

        World War II left an estimated one-fifth of the world’s Lutherans homeless. Initially prompted by sending aid to their German and Scandinavian kin, American Lutherans soon realized that aid could be shared fairly only on the basis of need. In the late 1940s, the focus was Palestinians forced from their homes by the creation of the state of Israel, the 1950s focused on Asia, and the 1970s & ’80s Africa.

**Chaplain Partnership (formerly Lutheran Chaplaincy)

           Chaplain Partnership employs professionally trained chaplains who serve in institutions that contract with us for spiritual care services. Our partner institutions are located throughout the northern half of Ohio and include hospitals, long-term care facilities, and a facility for the developmentally disabled.  We also offer our expertise as a search service for healthcare institutions seeking a chaplain.



 Ronald.McDonald.HouseAluminum pull tabs are being collected throughout the year and will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (northeastern Ohio chapter). There is a large jar in the Gathering Space by the stairwell. A local recycler helps to turn these tabs into money for the Family Fund. This money then is used for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House for emergencies and giving families special moments while staying close to a hospitalized child at little or no cost.




MB Project


On Sunday August 16th we had a rite of dedication of quilts that were made from material donated by the family of the late MaryBeth Bartik. MaryBeth loved to sew and made some of the most beautiful quilts for past CRLC projects with the Quilting Group. Members Dorthea Kramer, Erica Perlman, and Linda Eckenbrecht used the material and designed and sewed the quilts. The quilts will be donated to the new Harmony House in Akron, the Domestic Violence Center Shelter, and the smaller sized quilts to the NICU at Metro Hospital. This is just one more way that MaryBeth and CRLC are touching lives in our community. Pictured here is Dan Bartik, MaryBeth’s husband, among some of the quilts.




Rise Against Hunger

Sunday morning, October 17th

at 9:30am

Save the date for our next meal packing event.  We need 100 volunteers to pack 15,000 meals at the cost of $5,850.  Please join us as we resume this fun, meaningful service project to help the most vulnerable in the world.  Sign up in the Gathering Space or contact the church office to register to help.




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  Rise Against Hunger

August 25, 2019

 7th Annual Serving Sunday 

 We partnered again with Rise Against Hunger

and packaged over 20,000 meals!! 

Thank you to all who helped.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be participating in Rise Against Hunger in 2020.

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