Saturday, October 7, 2017

Join us for the fourth annual Loved+Sent Servant Event! This is a day when our church body and our friends work on diverse service projects all across St. Louis. It’s an opportunity to get a little outside our comfort zones, be a blessing to our community, and get to know new people by working alongside them. Most importantly, we get to use our hands and our hearts to reflect our Savior, Jesus.

Schedule of Events for Saturday, October 7

8:30 a.m. – Doors open at Christ Memorial and Reliant
9 a.m. – Send-off at Christ Memorial and Reliant
10 a.m. – Arrive at morning and all-day sites
12 p.m. – Morning sites conclude
1 p.m. – Arrive at afternoon sites
3 p.m. – Afternoon and all-day sites conclude

All Day Sites

Arnold Food Pantry offers emergency and temporary assistance to residents needing help with food and personal items. The pantry is staffed by volunteers from within the community. We will be sorting food that has already been delivered and stocking shelves.

Length of Project: 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Bethlehem Lutheran is one of Christ Memorial’s sister churches, located in North St. Louis county. A strong outreach congregation, Bethlehem is seeking assistance with the upkeep of their facility. For this mission, possibilities may include window washing, interior painting, landscaping, and light handiwork based on the capabilities of volunteers.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: 14 and older

Materials to bring: Work gloves. Other materials TBD by site leader.

Camp Wartburg is a Lutheran camp and retreat center located in Waterloo, Illinois. The camp serves youth and adults primarily from the south county and southern Illinois areas. Camp Wartburg has a variety of service opportunities available—some indoor, others outdoor. Volunteers will help build new group-initiative course elements, landscape (raking, mulching, and planting), cut wood, and do other fall cleaning.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: Tools (optional), rakes, work gloves

This mission will involve watching young children on the day of the Loved+Sent Servant Event. Christ Memorial is sponsoring this daycare for families with young children who have volunteered for Christ Memorial mission projects.

Length of Project: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Age Limit: 13 and older

Additional Info: Mission held at Christ Memorial

For this mission site, servants will come together for directed prayer. This is a full-day event with a commitment of 15 minutes or more. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Length of Project: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Additional Info: Mission held at Christ Memorial

Christian Friends of New Americans links people with opportunities to connect with immigrants and refugees living in the St. Louis region. CFNA partners with local Lutheran congregations, schools, individuals, and various grant-giving foundations to offer a range of programs and services for new Americans. For this mission project, we need volunteers who are comfortable learning simple skills for various indoor and outdoor maintenance projects. Projects are likely to include tuckpointing, painting, and carpet shampooing. The Center has three levels, so volunteers should be comfortable using stairs.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: 13 and older

Materials to Bring: TBD by site leader

Volunteers will provide free car washes to those who drive by Christ Memorial. Tasks will include directing traffic, filling and emptying buckets, and, of course, washing the cars! The goal of this mission site is to give the community a welcoming impression of our church, hopefully helping them feel comfortable visiting someday.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: Buckets, soap, sponges, towels, and materials to make posters.

Additional Info: Mission held at Christ Memorial

Crave Coffee House has served as a unique ministry space since 2003. Crave is a coffee house during the day and is home to worshiping communities (including our own Reliant community) on the evenings and weekends. For this site, volunteers will be doing a variety of maintenance projects including exterior landscaping, indoor cleaning and organizing, and possibly painting.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: Gardening tools, drop cloths, paint brushes, paint rollers, roller heads, and cleaning supplies.

EAGLE College Preparatory Schools partner with Compass Education Programs to provide world-class education to children all over the St. Louis area. Volunteers for this project will assist with various indoor and outdoor maintenance projects at one EAGLE Prep school in St. Louis City.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

The Garden of Courage is a community garden in North St. Louis. Volunteers will help with general maintenance of the garden, which may include raking, weed pulling, digging, and other outdoor tasks. Be prepared to work outside all day, and stay tuned for details as the event gets closer.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

The Gravois Park neighborhood has an established community garden and is expanding its green space to other areas of the community. Stay tuned for details on this project as the event gets closer. Tasks may include raking, weed pulling, digging, and other outdoor tasks. Be prepared to work outside all day.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Age Limit: 12 and older (preferred)

Materials to bring: Work gloves. Other materials TBD by site leader.

Humanitri seeks to move families and individuals from crisis and uncertainty to stability and self-sufficiency. This organization strengthens families facing personal crisis by channeling principles of faith and social responsibility to improve their quality of life. For this site, Humanitri will be having a furniture and home goods donation at their office on Grand Ave. There will be two teams of volunteers.

One team will be located at the Humanitri office to help with the collections of donated items and to load the items into a U-haul. The team will then go to the Humanitri storage site to unload the items.

The other team will work with a Humanitri staff member to pick up items that are to be donated. The items that are collected will then be taken to the same storage location. All of these items will be given to families participating in the Homeless to Home Sweet Home program and The Next Steps program.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: 13 and older

Materials to bring: None

Humanitri seeks to move families and individuals from crisis and uncertainty to stability and self-sufficiency. This organization strengthens families facing personal crisis by channeling principles of faith and social responsibility to improve their quality of life. Volunteers will be helping with yard work in and around a number of houses that are owned by the Humanitri organization.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: Ages 13 and older

Materials to bring: Lawnmowers, rakes, trimmers, and work gloves

Lutheran South provides high quality Christian-based education for grades 9–12. This mission project will take place on school grounds and will be focused on outdoor maintenance activities such as removing old bushes and planting new ones, weeding, mulching, and doing other general outdoor cleanup work.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: Rakes, gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, hoses, trimmers, tarps, and other

Lydia’s House provides transitional housing for abused women and their children while working in faith to end domestic violence. For this mission, we will be doing various indoor and outdoor maintenance projects.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

Our Little Haven serves the youngest victims of abuse, neglect, and mental or behavioral needs through programs designed to offer and facilitate early intervention. For this mission, we will do outdoor work around the grounds and possibly some indoor cleaning.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: 10 and up (preferred)

Materials to Bring: TBD by site leader.

Rainbow Village enhances the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable, and well-maintained neighborhood homes. For this project, we will be doing various indoor and outdoor maintenance.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (likely to finish earlier)

Age Limit: 16 and older

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

St. Louis is becoming home to many people fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries. While several housing initiatives exist that help provide housing to these refugees, the homes are often in need of cleaning, painting, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and much more. Volunteers for this mission site will be assisting with various indoor and outdoor maintenance projects to make these homes safer, cleaner, and more comfortable for their residents. We will also be hanging out with and getting to know the residents so we can build relationships with them.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

ThriVe provides pregnancy-related healthcare to women in St. Louis and St. Charles. Volunteers will sort donations and restock them, label baby bottles, and complete some special maintenance projects around the facility such as sanding and painting doors and railings.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: 16 and older

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader.

Morning Sites

Anyone who lives around St. Louis knows that flooding is a common issue here! The flood buckets Christ Memorial keeps in stock are full of materials to help clean up after a flood. These buckets are given for free to people whose homes have been damaged by flooding.

For this mission site, volunteers will be assembling new flood buckets.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

Additional info: Mission held at Christ Memorial.

Katy Cares provides housing help, with a therapy focus, to mothers and children affected by homelessness. Volunteers will meet at Christ Memorial to sort personal care items and package them into ziplock bags. The completed bags will be delivered to Katy Cares at a later date and will be distributed to the homeless in St. Louis.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader with last-minute needs.

Additional Info: Mission held at Christ Memorial

To show appreciation to those who serve our communities, volunteers will be baking and packaging dozens and dozens of cookies! Volunteers are asked to bring cookies they have already baked (chocolate chip, oatmeal, or any kind they like) and help put together packages. Volunteers may also bake and decorate cookies in Christ Memorial’s kitchen with provided cookie dough. The cookies that are prepared during this mission project will be delivered by a separate group during the afternoon.

Length of Project: 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Age Limit: 8 and older

Materials to bring: Cookies! (optional)

Additional Info: 

  • Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Christ Memorial for devotion and send-off
  • Mission held at Christ Memorial
Volunteers will meet at Christ Memorial to put together blankets—another group will deliver these hand-made items to the Community Care Center Nursing Home during the afternoon.

Length of Project: 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader with last-minute needs.

Additional Info: Mission held at Christ Memorial

Laclede Groves is one of the Lutheran Senior Service Communities in St. Louis. Laclede Groves offers independent living, short-term care, residential care, memory care, and skilled nursing care. Volunteers will be raking, trimming, and completing any other requested yard work around the outdoor grounds.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: Rakes, work gloves, trimmers, cutters, and leaf blowers.

Operation Food Search distributes more than 35 million dollars’ worth of food and necessities to over 300 community partners in Missouri and Illinois. For this project, we will be partnering with OFS to create bags for the Cooking Matters Starter Kit project. This project distributes kits to participants who lack basic cooking tools at home.  Volunteers will sort collected donations, shop to purchase remaining supplies, and create bags for each of the kits.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Additional Info: This mission will start at Christ Memorial, and volunteers will also travel to local stores.

This is a great mission site for families with young kids! Kids will paint pumpkins and write notes inviting people to attend worship and the picnic the next day (October 8). Then, parents and children will deliver the pumpkins and notes to residents who live around Christ Memorial.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages, especially young children and their parents

Materials to bring: None required. Optional painting and decorating supplies to supplement those that are provided.

Additional Info: Mission held at Christ Memorial

This is a great mission site for families with young kids! Kids will paint pumpkins and write notes inviting people to attend a fall festival at Reliant the following Saturday. Then, parents and children will deliver the pumpkins and notes to residents who live around Reliant.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages, especially young children and their parents

Materials to bring: None required. Optional painting and decorating supplies to supplement those that are provided.

Additional Info: Mission held at Reliant/Crave Coffee House in Midtown

South County Pregnancy Help Center provides advice for women regarding pregnancies, whether the pregnancies are unplanned or the woman had difficulty getting pregnant. Their programs are geared toward helping both the individuals and their families. This mission group will assist with various indoor and outdoor maintenance projects.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

Southview is a senior living community in the Affton area that offers assisted living and dementia/memory care and innovative activity programs. Volunteers will be visiting Southview to sing to the residents. Please note that the Christ Memorial choir is spearheading this mission, but there are spots available for non-choir members!  Join with the choir on familiar songs as you sing for residents!

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Additional Info: Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Christ Memorial for devotion and send-off and to organize car pooling

St. Stephens Food Pantry in Ferguson strives to show God’s love and compassion to all His people, especially those in need! Volunteers will stay at Christ Memorial to sort through canned-good donations, which includes checking expiration dates, marking through the UPC codes, sorting, and boxing. Individuals are also needed to deliver the food to both pantries upon completion of sorting goods.

Length of Project: 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: Canned goods and permanent marker

Additional Info: Mission will start at Christ Memorial and then will travel to the pantries

After the unified church service on Sunday, October 8, Christ Memorial will be hosting a picnic for all the members and guests, approximately 700 people. Volunteers on Saturday afternoon (October 7) will set up for the picnic. We’ll be completing the following tasks, plus anything else that is needed:

  • Moving furniture
  • Setting up tables and chairs
  • Going to get a dunking booth and possibly corn-hole games
  • Preparing some food items
  • Setting up the children’s area with tables and chairs for crafts
  • Setting up serving tables with warmers, plates, utensils, condiments, ice chests, and bottles of water

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: 13 and older

Materials to bring: None

Additional Information: 

  • Mission held at Christ Memorial
  • Some volunteers will also be traveling to local stores
Word of Life provides Christian-focused education to children from preschool through eighth grade. Volunteers for this project will complete painting and landscaping projects around the school.

Length of Project: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: TBD by site leader

Afternoon Sites

Volunteers will meet at Christ Memorial to pick up baked goods that have been prepared by morning volunteers. We will then deliver these goodies to local police departments and other public servants as expression of gratitude for their service.

Length of Project: 1–3 p.m. (12:45 devotion and send-off)

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Additional Info: Meet at CM prior to going out into the community

Community Care Center is a small skilled nursing facility in the Lemay area. Volunteers will meet at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church to pick up blankets that will be made earlier in the day by another group of volunteers. We will join with others and deliver the gifts to residents of the nursing facility as we visit with them. This is greatly welcomed by the Center, as many residents do not have visitors.

Length of Project: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Age Limit: All Ages

Materials to bring: None.

Additional Information: Meet at CM at 12:45 p.m. for carpooling prior to going out into the community.

Sites with Alternative Times

The Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA) is a St. Louis-based nonprofit soccer program for young people with disabilities. This program is designed to bring the excitement and fun of playing soccer to players who traditionally have not had a place in the youth soccer system. Volunteers will be a “buddy” to players, helping them during the pregame warm-up and the game. Volunteers do not have to be soccer experts; they just need to be willing to have fun. There are coaches on the field who will give directions and assistance as needed.

Length of Project: 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Age Limit: 13+

Materials to bring: None

Additional Info: Please contact the site leader if you would like to carpool from Christ Memorial to the soccer fields in Fenton.

After the unified church service on Sunday, October 8, Christ Memorial will be hosting a picnic for all the members and guests, approximately 700 people. Volunteers on Sunday will be doing final set-up for the picnic, serving food, and cleaning up afterward. You are welcome to attend the service—we will not begin our work until after the service is finished. We’ll be completing the following tasks, plus anything else that is needed:

  • Preparing food in warmers, and setting out food and water
  • Serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and cake
  • Setting up remaining tables and chairs in the gym after the worship service has finished
  • Doing face painting, helping kids with crafts and games, distributing bubbles, and running the dunking booth
  • Wiping off tables
  • Putting away tables and chairs and moving all furniture back to where it belongs
  • Returning the dunking booth
  • Cleaning up all other messes and taking out trash

Length of Project: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Age Limit: 13 and older

Materials to bring: None

Additional Information: Mission held at Christ Memorial

Registration is open!

Click the button below to go to the Serve St. Louis website, where you can sign up for one or more mission sites on October 7.

When you arrive at the site, click “1st time users” to register. (Logins from past years have been cleared out of the system.) Once you’re logged in, filter by sites sponsored by Christ Memorial to find Loved+Sent Servant Event sites.

SIGN UP NOW

New This Year: Two Send-Off Sites!

In previous years, everyone met at Christ Memorial at 9 a.m. for a brief prayer and send-off. This year, we will hold this at both Christ Memorial and Reliant. Your site leader will confirm your send-off location with you before the event.

Collections

We’re collecting a LOT of items this year to be used in various service projects. Whether you’re able to be there on October 7th or not, you’re welcome to participate! Here’s what we’re collecting:

As in years past, please bring at least one non-perishable food item to the event as your “admission.” These items will be sorted and given to local food pantries. Specific items will also be given to Operation Food Search for their family meal kits.

  • General canned goods
  • Cans of tuna (in water)
  • Cans of chicken
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Evaporated milk
  • Egg noodles
  • Rice
  • Peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Water chestnuts
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Plain bread crumbs
  • Biscuit mix
  • Stir fry seasoning packet

You can bring these items to Christ Memorial or Reliant before the event, or to Christ Memorial the day of.

We are collecting the following items to be packaged and given to Katy Cares, who will distribute them to homeless people in the St. Louis area.

  • Gallon-sized ziploc bags
  • Wash cloths
  • Band aids
  • First-aid kits
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Combs
  • Chapstick
  • Nail care items
  • Q-tips
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Small canned items with pop-tops
  • Jell-O cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Mints
  • Mini bottles of water
  • Mini bottles of Gatorade
  • Bibles
  • Hand-written notes

You can bring these items to Christ Memorial or Reliant before the event, or to Christ Memorial the day of.

A team during the Loved+Sent Servant Event will use the following items to assemble flood buckets. The buckets will be kept at Christ Memorial and given for free to people whose homes are damaged by flooding.

  • Paper towels
  • Disposable rags
  • Glass cleaner
  • Cleansing powder
  • Liquid cleaner
  • Bleach (1-gallon size)
  • Scrub brushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sponges

You can bring these items to Christ Memorial or Reliant before the event, or to Christ Memorial the day of.

FAQs

Is lunch included?
No, please pack yourself a lunch. Water will be provided.

What’s the last day to register online?
Friday, October 6. But your favorite sites might be filled up by then!

Can I sign up for both a morning and an afternoon site?
Absolutely!

Will your child (under 18) need to ride with a driver other than you?

Please download the form here and bring it/send it with them to give your permission. Otherwise, they’ll be stuck at their send-off site!