Laurel Avenue members demonstrate Love In Action in many different ways. If you are interested in joining any of our ministries, please contact us. We would love to have you!
Laurel Avenue has been involved with Serve City for several years. In the beginning of this ministry we used our Fellowship Hall as a safe place for many to rest, shower and have a hot meal. Now that Serve City has their own building we continue to work with them as they minister to the local homeless population. Every 1st Thursday of the month one of our Life Groups will be in charge of preparing and serving a meal to the residents. The meals are broken down into dishes and are posted on the bulletin board awaiting volunteers! We not only need volunteers to make the food but also to serve the food and interact with the residents during mealtime. We can never have too many smiling faces involved. Please see your Life Group Leader and check the bulletin for information! Serve City is always accepting donations. See their website for more information and ideas of ways to help.
Serve City is located 1.8 miles from church at: 622 East Avenue Hamilton, Ohio 45011
On the 4th Sunday of each month, at 5pm, a group of ladies meet at the church building to create homemade cards. One member will volunteer to come up with the card design for that month and is responsible for the materials needed to create the design. As a group, the cards are assembled and addressed. We send cards to members who are ill or need encouragement. An average of 50 cards are sent out each month! What a blessing it is to put a smile on the faces of our friends. Come join in the fun or donate Invitation Size envelopes or stamps. See Jill Dunaway for more details.
Every Thursday from 10am -12pm we open our doors to those in our community who could benefit from a little help here and there. This program does have a few simple rules such as only giving out 2 bags per person, every 60 days. During the week volunteers organize bags of food to be handed out. To help keep the pantry stocked we ask for the congregation to donate items. Significant time and effort has gone into The Adopt a Pantry Item program, which lists nutritious and easy to prepare meals. To "Adopt" an item means to be responsible for bringing in 75 cans, boxes, etc... of your item over the course of 3 months. That can be broken down into 25 items a month, or you can buy in bulk and bring them all in at once! If 75 boxes sounds like a lot, encourage a friend to join you and share the burden. See Barb Finfrock to get involved with this great ministry.
Keeping the food pantry stocked and organized helps us to help others! If ever an immediate need arises we are prepared and able to act quickly.
On the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am-11am we open the doors to our clothing room, located in the basement of the building. We have a wonderful array of clothing and shoes neatly displayed. Each month a different Life Group volunteers to be in charge of the room. Volunteers can help locate items and sizes as well as keep the clothing room organized and tidy for the next person. Periodically we take the Clothing Room outside for a big event in the parking lot. If you would like to donate, sort items, or volunteer in anyway please see Wilma Zeigler for ways to help!
Keeping the clothing room stocked and organized helps us to help others! If ever an immediate need arises we are prepared and able to act quickly.
Mid-Western Children's Home
Laurel avenue has been supporting the Mid-Western Children's Home (MCH) for over 50 years. Through the love and compassion of Christ and licenced by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, MCH provides children and families with much need support through difficult times. Children are not always able to stay with their biological families for many reasons. MCH provides a safe a nurturing place for these children aged 6-18 years old. As a congregation we support the group home to alleviate costs. Check the back of your bulletin for a list of items we are currently collecting! Items can be brought in and placed on the table outside of Room 12 for delivery. Some of our past support projects include - assembling "Movie Night" baskets, buying gifts for the children at Christmas, donating toiletries and other non-perishable items. MCH is supported by other area churches and though-out the year we all participate in different fundraisers such as the Caring Hearts Gala in February and the Golf Outing in the Summer. Keep an eye out for the next opportunity to be involved!
The Ladies of Laurel is a get together for the women of the congregation to be more involved and aware of the activities going on at the church. They have fellowship with one another at a local restaurant and discuss community outreach opportunities. The group suggests a different area of focus each month and also has on going projects to bless others in our community. All ladies at Laurel Avenue are invited to attend our fun night out!
Check the calendar under the members tab for times and locations.
The group is currently focused on are donations for: Children's Services- Wipes, Pull-Ups, Pacifiers Military packages- Letters, Travel Sized Toiletries, Individual Wrapped Snacks, Magazines Benevolence items- Tic Tacs, Gum, Kleenex, Magazines
All donations can be taken to the church building and placed in the designated boxes in the foyer before the next meeting. Please see Pat Kerr for more information.
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