Community Outreach



Little Dresses and Britches for Africa

The time is here to begin thinking about our project for African children.  We have many supplies in Jensen Lounge, but we need volunteers to sew!

Please feel free to pick up what you need from Jensen Lounge on Sunday mornings, or on weekdays by request (during office hours).

Dresses are fashioned from pillowcases while T-shirts are re-purposed into britches for the boys.  We’d like to see more britches this year, but both dresses and britches are welcome.  For patterns or more information, contact Doris Butt at 570-326-0483. 


Can you help us collect school supplies for kids in need in other countries?  To the children who receive the School Kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not.  All kits must contain the same specific eight items . . . no substitutions and no additions.  A list of needed items is listed below.  Pick up a flyer listing items in the narthex, or click here to download a flyer.

Whether you buy all of the supplies to fill a bag or buy multiples of one particular item:

Be a good steward – get more for your money.  Watch the summer sales for school supplies!  Monetary donations will also be accepted to offset the cost of shipping and any extra supplies needed to complete the kits.  Make checks payable to Messiah Lutheran Church  (memo: LWR School Kits)

Items should be brought to the church by August 27.


 GOAL:  150 SCHOOL KITS . . . Questions?  Contact Sally Congdon (570) 547-6193

Pick up a flyer listing items in the narthex, or click here to download a flyer.

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Messiah’s Food Pantry is in need of:  Canned tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, single-serve packages of cereal, pudding cups, canned soups that make a meal, chicken noodle soup, canned fruit are currently the most needed items.  Please place only non-perishable food items in the collection bin.  Be sure to check the expiration dates on the products.  We still have “lotsa pasta” so no macaroni for a while, please.

Please place donations in the bin in the Bald Eagle Alley hallway or drop them off at the church office weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

FREE Clothing Exchange:  Saturday, November 11, 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Gently used articles of clothing and accessories for all ages and seasons are now being accepted.  Please bring only those items that are in good repair and suitable for wear.  Items may be placed in the appropriately marked bin in the telephone alcove whenever the church building is open.

Acceptable items, in addition to clothing, include:  hats, gloves, shoes and boots, scarves, ties, belts, purses, duffle bags (in good repair), socks, NEW underclothing in the original package.  Not acceptable:  badly stained clothing, clothing with rips or tears, previously worn underclothing, clothing that is in obvious need of laundering, toys, household items.

Help is needed for set-up and to staff the exchange.  Set up:  Friday, November 10, 9 a.m.-12 noon – PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!

Shepherd of the Streets is in need of the following items:  baby items (shampoo, powder, lotion, soap, diapers of all sizes); regular sizes (not sample sizes) of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and shaving cream; toothbrushes (adult and child); disposable razors; new combs; bar soap.  Please place items in the appropriately marked bin in the elevator alcove.  Monetary donations will also be accepted by Shepherd of the Streets.

Help Family Promise thrive at Messiah! We are looking for volunteers for this ministry. If you would be interested in learning more about this program, contact Jill Lavallee at (919)622-5255 or by email at Monetary donations are needed and can be given to the church office or placed with the offering. Be sure to make note that the offering is for Family Promise.  Thanks for all you do to support this program!!!

Our next host week is August 22-29, 2017.

Family Promise is in need of Office Angels for the Day Center.  Messiah’s coordinators are also seeking volunteers to provide meals and fellowship, drive the families to and from the Day Center, and to act as sleepover hosts during our host week (4 times per year).


Messiah Lutheran Church belongs to the Family Promise of Lycoming County, Inc. network, serving homeless children and their families in the community.

Other helpful links:

Shepherd of the Streets is just one of the ministries supported by United Churches of Lycoming County.  For more information about United Churches of Lycoming County, visit their web site at
Pack 41 of the BSA is chartered by Messiah Lutheran Church.
Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, or to volunteer, visit their web site at: