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.

Come back to this page between now and October for updates and registration info.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 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

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

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

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.

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

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 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.–12 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

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. Please bring a canned food donation for food drive.

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.

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 Sunday. 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

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

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: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Additional Information: 

  • Mission held at Christ Memorial
  • Some volunteers will also be traveling to local stores

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

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: 1 p.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

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

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 a.m.–2 p.m.

Age Limit: All ages

Materials to bring: None

Additional Information: Mission held at Christ Memorial

Registration Opens September 2

Return to this page in September to get information on how to register.

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.

Prior to registration, this page will be updated with the send-off location for each mission site. Your site leader will also confirm the send-off location with you before the event.

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!