St. Peter Lutheran Church partners with the American Red Cross to host four blood drives each year. Red Cross staff is on site in the St. Peter Lutheran Church Fellowship Center from 11:00 am – 4:45 pm to receive donors and collect donations. Upcoming date: Tuesday, June 29th, 2021.
You can be someone’s hero and you could help save three lives when you donate. Most people have blood to spare, yet there is still not enough to go around, whatever your reason, consider donating and making a contribution to a healthy and reliable blood supply. And if that’s not reason enough, the homemade cookies are delicious! Click here for details on scheduling an appointment.
Members of St. Peter help to provide Christmas gifts for families that are not able to afford them for their family. Suggestions for families are accepted from the Food Pantry, members of the congregation, Hazle Findlay, and the Family Caring and Sharing Resource Center. Five to seven families are selected each year and contacted for a list of needs and gift ideas. Names are kept confidential and the individual items are hung on the Giving Tree. Members choose items to purchase, wrap and return to church. Packages are then put together and delivered to the individuals/families prior to Christmas. It is through this act of love that members share the joy of Christmas and let families know that God knows and loves them. To suggest a family or to learn how you can be get involved, contact Giving Tree Coordinator, Diane Thurston at (989) 388-2069.
St. Luke Church in Lansing hosts a soup kitchen that feeds about 200 people every Saturday, and St. Peter Lutheran volunteers help with that meal twice a year. We help to prepare and serve the meal, as well as clean up, to demonstrate the love of Christ for all. Twelve to fifteen volunteers are needed to help with tasks and serve the people of the community. Adults and teens are invited to participate, and this is a great opportunity for families to serve together.
Click here for details on our next serving opportunity! To find out how you can get involved or to volunteer, call Al & Renee Schmitzer who coordinate this ministry. Their number is (989) 224-8663.
In conjunction with the Soup Kitchen, St. Peter organizes a special Gifting Room for those who attend. Congregation and community members collect and donate new and gently used items like blankets, coats, hat, gloves, mittens, and other winter clothing. These are arranged and displayed in a room adjacent to the soup kitchen dining room and made available free of charge to those who attend. In addition to the items previously mentioned, personal hygiene bags filled with new toothpaste, deodorant, soap, socks, etc. are given to each attendee. The Gifting Room is one more way that St. Peter Lutheran Church strives to spread the love of Christ and serve our neighbor. The 2018 Gifting Room is scheduled for December 8th. To find out how you can volunteer to support this ministry, contact Coordinator Bonnie Gregory at (989) 292-4152.
St. Peter realizes it’s important to feed the body as well as the spirit and so, in Christian love, members operate the St. Peter Food Pantry. Families wishing to utilize the pantry can contact the Church Office at (989) 224-3178. Members are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, paper products, and laundry soap. Donations can be left in the basket in the back of the church or in the Fellowship Center. To learn more about the food pantry, making a donation, or volunteering to help, contact the Food Pantry Coordinators. The Food Pantry also prepares food baskets for families at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Suggestions for donation items include:
It’s been said that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Collecting tabs from pop cans and other aluminum cans is one way that members and friends of St. Peter Lutheran Church turn trash into a valuable resource for the Mid-Michigan Ronald McDonald House in Lansing. The house, adjacent to Sparrow Hospital is a home away from home for families of hospitalized children who are able to stay near their sick children at no cost. Tabs which are useless after the can is opened are collected and turned into money which annually raises nearly $2,000, enough money to pay the utilities for a month. Tabs can be placed in the box in the back of church or left in the Church Office.