Our 250th Anniversary – a year of community outreach!

Our 250th Anniversary – a year of community outreach!

250th Anniversary

During 2015, First Lutheran Church celebrated 250 years of ministry in Christ’s name. One of the ways we celebrated was through monthly community outreach projects. Typically our goal involved collecting at least 250 items or $250 for each month’s project.

During the year, we collected a total of $14,280.87 and over 6,000 items to give away to organizations serving people in need near and far!

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January — $265.00 plus 352 items including hats & scarves for Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.

February — $2,365.00 plus 45 grocery store gift cards and 1 iTunes card for PA Wounded Warriors

March —  $829.00 plus 119 canned hams (= 395 hams!) for Project SHARE

April —  $2,521.50 = 252 mosquito nets for the ELCA Malaria Campaign

May — $740.00 plus 268 household items for Domestic Violence

June — $893.75, equivalent to four scholarships for the YMCA day camp

July — $2,113.35 plus over 4,750 school items = 250 school kits for Lutheran World Relief

August — $600.00 plus too many school supplies, socks and underwear to count for Head Start

September — $1,035.00 for our sister parish in El Salvador, Divine Redeemer

October — $550.27 plus 377 food items for the Gettysburg Seminary student food pantry

November — $1,410 plus 185 toys distributed evenly between Toys for Tots and Salvation Army

December — $957.50 for the First Lutheran Grace Fund (the pastor’s discretionary assistance fund)

Thanks to all who helped us celebrate – we are looking forward to our 251st year of ministry and beyond!!