The Outreach Ministry Committee coordinates Our Father’s ministry of love including such things as distributing Thanksgiving food and gifts to the needy, providing food, transportation or baby sitting for members in need, home visitation of seniors and sponsoring refugee families or other low-income families. Members who have special talents such as roofing, car repair, home maintenance, etc., and services to volunteer to people in need can contact the church office.
ALTERNATIVE GIFT AND SERVICE MARKET – The Alternative Gift and Service Market is a market put on each year the weekend before Thanksgiving by various individuals, families and groups, to provide us with an opportunity to give alternative gifts to our family and friends benefiting mission efforts worldwide to provide food, water, shelter, safety, and resources to those less fortunate. 100% of each donation goes to provide those services. There is also a service market where you can sign up to participate in service opportunities in the local community.
BENEVOLENCE – Benevolence Meetings are held periodically to review requests and designate benevolence offerings. Check the church calendar to see when the Benevolence Meetings are taking place and attend the meeting to help make these outreach decisions for OFLC! All members can also request consideration for financial assistance for a group or organization. Just fill out a request form and put it in Jeff Bridge’s mailbox in the office area prior to the next meeting. You can pick up a request form in the office or print off this Benevolence Request Form and return it to Jeff’s box.
BONFILS BLOOD AND MARROW DRIVES – Two or three times a year, the Bloodmobile comes to Our Father and we have the opportunity to save lives through blood donations.
FACES (Formerly called MOSAIC) – This is an outreach to provide a Christmas gift and meal to mentally challenged adults in our community. People volunteer to buy the gifts that are requested by the adults, and also volunteer to decorate and serve the meal here at Our Father in December. In partnership with people who have disabilities, Mosaic provides support and advocates that all may realize God’s gift of wholeness of life. To learn more, visit www.mosaicinfo.org. Mosaic is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is recognized by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
FAMILY HOMESTEAD HOUSE – Our Father participates in this local outreach to provide adequate housing needs for homeless people in the metro area. The ministry involves cleaning, painting, home repair, etc.
FOOD DRIVES – Various food drives are done throughout the year for the Salvation Army’s Food Bank. The “Let’s Be Neighbors” food drive in September involves the whole neighborhood and has provided much needed food for Interfaith.
JOBSEEKERS – Our Father has hired a professional in the field of Career Development to assist as a “Resident Coach” to the JobSeekers group. Valerie Ness has been in the field for over 15 years and has a Career Coaching business called Summit Careers. She has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in OD and Leadership and works as a Recruiter in Littleton. Valerie facilitates our Wednesday morning meetings from 8:00 – 9:30 am. She will review your resume, give directions, role-play difficult interviews… whatever you need to become SUCCESSFUL and EMPLOYED! All unemployed/under-employed people are welcome to join OFLC JobSeekers. All services provided by OFLC JobSeekers are free of charge.
MEALS ON WHEELS – This is a metro area program that distributes meals to the elderly and the homebound. Church members are encouraged to volunteer as drivers.
MOPS – MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS meets at Our Father Lutheran Church (6335 South Holly Street, Centennial, CO 80121) most first and third Fridays of the month during the school year from 9:30-11:30 AM. MOPS. MOPS exists to meet the needs of moms who share a desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. A program for the children, called MOPPETS, is provided; however, registration is required. For more information, please contact Holly Garin at 303-249-3633 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 303-779-1332. Also, go to our MOPS page to find out more!
NURSING HOME VISITS AND WORSHIP – Provides worship to nursing homes on several Sundays and visits in between.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES – In the summer, OFLC partners with The Salvation Army to collect school supplies for local children in need. Donated items will be distributed by The Salvation Army Centennial Family Service Centers Food Pantry.
THANKSGIVING BOXES – The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we give boxes with food and supplies to families in Denver who are in need. Members sign up to fill the boxes for a specific family a couple of weeks in advance and bring them to church. They are picked up and delivered to Denver families in need.
YSLETA LUTHERAN MISSION/ALTERNATIVE THANKSGIVING – Each year, a trip is organized to go to El Paso, Texas to the the Ysleta Lutheran Mission. The group leaves the day before Thanksgiving with supplies to feed approximately 500 people in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico over the holiday weekend. The group usually has a mission project either on the Mexican or American side of the border to work on, as well as cooking for and feeding the people