2011 On The Road With Jesus

‘On the Road with Jesus’ is the Sunday when the people of Luther Memorial become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world.   

In 2011, our youngest team leader was 10.  He was concerned with supporting military troops, and in that way, to support his stepfather deployed in Afghanistan.  Members and family friends donated well over 200 pounds of soda, snacks and other food items for the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock Airport and then spent some time with soldiers who were present that day. 

 Our oldest team leader (somewhere north of 90 years) was concerned about her fellow residents at a retirement home who rarely get to church.  An old fashioned hymn sing was her answer.  Office staff prepared large print copies of favorite hymns and our Servant Team showed up to sing along. 

 In all, we had 14 Service Teams this year, with an estimated involvement of  75 members or more. Our passions took us down the road to a facility in Syracuse to perform needed landscaping, and to our sewing machines to make dresses for little girls in Africa and/or other Third World nations (our goal is to make 100). We wrote to all of our members in military service around the world and to our dear shut-ins. Knitting and crocheting squares for lap blankets to be sent to the VA Hospital kept some handcrafters busy (we made about 55), while others visited our veterans and members of the choir shared a vocal serenade during lunchtime at the healthcare facility. A free pay-it-forward car wash was provided in our parking lot for the benefit of all community members driving by, and we even managed to figure out how to get a collapsed garage cleaned up at a city property!

The list continues……… Many members completed Lutheran World Relief cards that will be sent to Congress asking them to support development assistance for international agriculture, food security and nutrition and to support water projects that will help develop stronger communities capable of growing food, earning income and being self-sufficient. Others worked on a brochure folding project. We remembered our four-legged friends when a couple gathered food items and supplies for local shelters, while another couple provided food for our two-legged friends involved in outreach activities that were going on at church.

Our efforts were diverse & inspiring. We have included some pictures here for our mutual enjoyment and we look forward to On The Road With Jesus 2012!