COMMUNITY SUPPORT MINISTRIES

Bethesda Thrift Shop

Bethesda’s Saginaw Thrift Shop is one of 20 stores across the country that are owned and operated by Bethesda Lutheran Communities. All profits support Bethesda. The stores are run primarily by volunteers from many churches. St. Lorenz volunteers typically work the first Friday of each month as cashiers, sorters, and general retail positions. It’s a fun way to help while getting to know others. If you are interested, please call Ruth Maurer at 989-652-2243.


Care-A-Van

We are able to eliminate the stress of trying to find affordable rides for important appointments with our Care-A-Van ministry. We serve members of the congregation and community who need transportation to and from Worship, medical appointments, and other important appointments. We are in need of volunteers who have a valid drivers license, dependable transportation, pass a criminal background check, and are willing to transport members without compensation within Saginaw County. For more information about volunteering or getting a ride, please contact Arleen Cronk via email or phone at 989-274-5253.


Christian Citizenship Ministry (CCM) 

March for Life in Washington D.C.

Picture hundreds of thousands of people in front of our nation’s Supreme Court Building, making known their opposition to Roe v. Wade. Picture you are part of that massive crowd! Our Christian Citizenship Ministry coordinates an annual bus trip to our nation’s capital, allowing us to join in protesting abortion, stand for sanctity of life, encourage our Christian leaders, and pray. We do this because God commands us to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. The trip will help you see important issues with new eyes. CCM helps underwrite the cost for students to attend March for Life, but people of all ages can get on that bus!

 

For more information, contact Suzanne Hall via email or phone at 989-652-9807.


Clothesline Thrift Store

We take donated clothing and sort, display, and sell them at quite reasonable prices. All proceeds go to various charities. All help is volunteer, and volunteers sign up to work at their convenience for 3.5 hour shifts Monday through Friday from 10:00am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-5:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am until 2:00pm. If you are interested in helping out, please call Louise Gioe at 989-652-3178 or Judy Kern at 989-652-2346.


Community Service Ministry

We strive to provide guidance and support for individuals facing financial difficulty. These efforts mainly involve the members of St. Lorenz, the 48734 zip code, and the immediate surrounding communities. Our primary emphasis is to provide basic financial guidance and advice for budgeting and debt reduction. We may also offer limited and short term financial assistance to avoid utility shut off, help with rent/mortgage, assist with food/fuel, or help overcome various other bills and debt. Community Services is not designed or prepared to provide for immediate and greater emergency needs such as homeless shelter/housing, next day utility shutoff, and the like. For these greater needs, please contact “211 Northeast Michigan” at 211 or toll-free 888-636-4211; www.211nemichigan.org.


For more information or to make an appointment with a Case Advisor, call Scott Mueller at 989-652-6141, and leave a brief message with contact information.


CrossRoads Counseling Ministries

CrossRoads Counseling Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry which offers professional counseling and educational services to anyone and is supported by many Christian churches from the area, not just St. Lorenz and not just Lutheran. Some of their resources include Stephen Ministers, Prayer Partners, and financial assistance for counseling through the Good Samaritan Support Program. The unique features regarding CrossRoads is that the building is owned by St. Lorenz and much of its support is provided by St. Lorenz, but the ministry itself is not limited to just St. Lorenz. For more information including counselor specifics, please visit us at crcounseling.org.


Franklin Avenue Mission (FAM)

St. Lorenz, along with other area congregations, assist the poor and handicapped of Flint by providing a meal and a Bible Study. If you would like more information or would like to help, contact Beppie Schroeder via emal or phone at 989-652-4516.


Hands of Friendship

By joining the Hands of Friendship ministry team, you would help welcome new members of the Frankenmuth community by presenting them with a smile, warm conversation, information about the community, and a modest but wonderful, kindhearted gift. This is the spirit of gemütlichkeit, and it is the embodiment of, not only St. Lorenz, but Frankenmuth at large.

 

Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in one of the school classrooms (unless otherwise indicated). Training is on-the-job by going out with an experienced member and “learning the ropes.” It only takes a time or two before you feel comfortable helping. For more information, contact the Vicar via email or phone at 989-652-6141.


National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is the first Thursday in May.  Locally, we join other Christians in front of City Hall around noon.  Across the land, we pray for our country and its governmental leaders.  Prayers and songs are offered collectively, followed by small group prayers.   We are thankful to live in a land where we have the freedom and privilege to do so!  Join us!   You can help us get the word out by allowing a yard sign on your lawn for one week prior. We will put the sign in your lawn and pick it up afterward; no hassle for you!

 

For more information, contact Martin Hall via email or phone at 989-868-3366.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawl ministry provides needed items that are crafted with care and prayer, including blankets, chemo hats, socks and mittens, hats for newborns, and helmet liners for soldiers. As each item is created, the person stitching it says prayers for its recipient as they do the work; sometimes without knowing who it will eventually go to! The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Tuesday from 2-4 pm at The Rock to knit, crochet, and have good conversations. Anyone interested in joining is welcome; and if you need to learn how to knit or crochet they are willing to teach you. For more information, contact Lois Miller via email or phone at 989-652-8018.


Short Term Mission Trips

For our short term mission trips we partner with Mission Opportunities Short Term (MOST Ministries), a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. As our sending agency, MOST does require basic background checks and provides excellent training materials suitable for groups or individual preparation. By partnering with MOST, we strive to achieve our ministry goal; to assist Missouri Synod affiliated Lutheran congregations in Central America with Gospel outreach to the local community. Helping these congregations be the “Hands of Christ” in their community gives them greater opportunity to present the “Heart of Christ” to their neighbors. We strive to do this through congregational-held servant events that meet the perceived needs of the community as defined by the local congregation. If you are interested in joining us on one of our medical/dental or eyeglass clinic trips, please contact Pastor Mike Fitzgerald via email or phone at 989-652-4858


Willing Workers

The principal purpose of Willing Workers is to share Jesus’ love through caring for others by assisting them in daily activities and/or needs. Specifically, Willing Workers provide help for individuals and non-profit organizations who are physically or financially unable to do maintenance or repairs as needed or have need of tasks requiring group assistance. Willing Workers accomplish many tasks that are done each year in support of those in need. We are always looking for individuals with various skill sets such as carpentry, construction, electrical, plumbing, painting, wallpaper, drywall, etc.  We can also use individuals who are willing to help with moving furniture and appliances, yard work, or general help on any project. For more information about willing workers, contact Scott Mueller via email or phone at 989-652-6141.