By The Rev. Lisa Isenhower
Faith Lutheran Church, Batesburg-Leesville, continues its mission of “Living, Serving, Growing through God’s Amazing Grace” through its service to the congregation, the community and beyond. Here are a few highlights from our recent work:
During Lent, the congregation participated in ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. The congregation’s initial goal of raising $500 was considerably surpassed, as Faith contributed $1623 to the cause.
On March 30, Faith hosted a job fair of twenty exhibitors, the first of its kind in the Batesburg-Leesville community. The job fair, held in Faith’s fellowship hall and sponsored by the Department of Social Services, offered resources to 236 job-seeking members in the community. The fair was a great success, in part due to the hospitality of Faith’s family.
“Threads of Faith,” the prayer shawl ministry of Faith, meets monthly to crochet prayer shawls and baby blankets for members of the congregation and community who are their shut-ins. More than 20 shawls have already been completed and given. In addition, the group makes baby blankets and baptismal stoles for newborns in the congregation.
Operation Reach Out, an ecumenical enterprise of the Batesburg-Leesville churches, continues to be held every Monday night for less fortunate members of the community. A meal is served, followed by a message from Pastor Pele, a missionary involved with the Mission of Hope, a helping agency for the community. Along with other churches in the community, Faith serves as the host and/or sponsor to Operation Reach Out, serving approximately 75 meals on site and delivering meals to shut-ins in the community as well.
Faith’s Witness and Outreach team provides a “Caring Cart” in the church foyer to gather and distribute food and personal hygiene items each month. Different items are collected each month, and the items that are donated are divided between Mission of Hope and the Christian Ministry Center.
“Forward with Faith,” a year-long celebration of Faith’s ninetieth anniversary, will culminate with the final celebration on December 4. Former Pastor Tony Metze will preach on that Sunday. It is hoped that former members and friends of Faith will join us as we celebrate ninety years of God’s faithfulness to us and rejoice in all the ways Faith and its families have lived, shared, and grown through God’s amazing Grace!