We are involved in many outreach activities in our local community and around the world. Opportunities to serve locally range from volunteering through non-profit organizations we support & partner with, participating in local programs at Peace like PACEM & Adopt-A-Family and being a Justice Ministry Network member for Peace with IMPACT. Globally, we partner with ministries in SW Virginia, Haiti, Honduras, India and, West Africa, through mission trips, prayer and financial support.
Through money raised from a yard sale, we provide food, clothing and gifts at Christmas-time for several local families. Volunteers are needed to shop, wrap and deliver gifts in time for a joyous Christmas. You can also help with the Yard Sale and with Christmas gifts.
Christmas Miracle Offering
In 2005, we were given a Christmas Miracle Challenge. We were challenged to spend only one-half on Christmas gifts of what we would normally spend and to bring the rest in for a Christmas Miracle Offering. This first Christmas Miracle Offering had enormous impact in Togo, West Africa where the money was used to purchase land for a church and at Gerizim Church in Honduras where the money was used to pay teacher salaries and keep the church school running when it was in danger of being overrun by debt. We've continued this Christmas Miracle Challenge annually and it continues to make an impact both locally and abroad.
Fill the Well
The Green Team leads the congregation to help provide clean water across the world through the Lutheran World Relief.
Food Bank Ministry
There is a basket in the narthex for collection of non-perishable food for the Food Bank year round. We have an annual Harvest Table in November to collect food for the holidays.
Peace has been involved with several mission trips to the Gerizim Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The church has a vibrant worship life and small groups ministry and is also active in the community. The church operates a school on the church property, provides lunches for children through feeding stations throughout Tegucigalpa, and also runs a medical clinic. Pastor Roberto, shepherd and founder of Gerizem, has seeded over 100 churches throughout Honduras and Central America.
Interfaith Movement Promoting Action for Congregations Together is an organization consisting of representatives from various area churches whose purpose is to form partnerships in the area of social justice in the Charlottesville community.
Peace continues to support the ministries of an indigenous missionary and his family in India.
People and Congregations Involved in Ministry is an interfaith collaboration of congregations in Charlottesville that helps people find shelter at night, especially during the cold winter months. For two weeks in the winter Peace provides dinner, shelter, and breakfast for Charlottesville area homeless women.
People of Peace serve as reading buddies for some first graders at Hollymead Elementary School who need extra help in reading.
Salvation Army Meal Ministry
The first Friday of every month, members of Peace Lutheran Church prepare and serve dinner at the Salvation Army Shelter in Charlottesville. Volunteers gather at the Transient Center Kitchen at 5pm to prepare the meal and are free to leave at 6:30pm when serving is done. Transient Center residents do the wash-up and clean-up. However, many of the volunteers stay to enjoy the meal and fellowship.
Southwest Virginia Mission Team
For two consecutive years, Peace has sent a mission team to the Nora area in southwest Virginia to provide outreach and support for families in need.
Since 2001, Peace has been developing a relationship with this congregation through their Pastor, Emmanuel Guidi, who visited us several times. He has planted nine churches and visits up to twenty congregations in Togo to council, advise and educate their leaders. Peace has given financial support to their ministry in the past through Christian Aid Mission. Christmas Miracle offerings were collected in 2005 & 2006 to support our brothers & sisters in Togo. A representative from Advancing Native Missions, Gary Darcus, brought the gift from Peace to Togo in Februrary 2006. Peace made it's first mission trip to Togo in August 2007.
Women's Prison Christmas Ministry
Each year the Chaplain of the Fluvanna Correction Center for Women organizes and administers a Christmas gift program for the women inmates who now number about 1300. Each gift consists of a bag of toiletry items, Christmas (and all occasion) greeting cards and postage stamps.