Central Lutheran Church reaches out into the community to spread the joy of life in our Lord Jesus Christ:
Meals on Wheels
Both men and women of Central participate in the Meals on Wheels program, delivering nutritious hot food to shut-ins one week per month. One pair of volunteers is assigned to each day’s route, and about two hours are required to complete each Monday-through-Friday mission.
Soup Bar Code Collection
We collect and send Campbell’s Soup and other bar codes to the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Arizona who redeems them for playground, study, and other equipment. We are pleased to have had a part in helping them get a mini-bus. Their is a container in the narthex and a list of products.
Recycled Postage Stamps
Used postage stamps support a project that supports handicapped individuals. The stamps are sent to Stamps for a Living & Deaf/Reach in Washington, D.C. Participants there remove the stamps from the paper, sort them by country, type of stamp, value, etc., and repackage them for sale to collectors. Stamps are deposited in a container in the narthex.
White Rock Center of Hope
Several years ago, under the leadership of Central member Donagene Christian, a ministry was organized to assist the hungry in the White Rock area of Dallas.
The White Rock Center of Hope is a non-profit organization providing Emergency Aid and Steps to Self-Sufficiency to persons who live in the East Dallas (TX) zip codes 75218, 75228, 75238, and portions of 75214 and 75223.
The Center is supported by a community coalition of 50 churches plus civic and social organizations. Eighty-one cents of every dollar received is directly used to help over 1,000 individuals each month. Many volunteer opportunities are available.
The White Rock Center of Hope is located at 10021A Garland Road, (Dallas, TX) near the intersection of Garland and Peavy. The location provides ample parking and easy access from Garland Road by car and bus lines.
Boy Scout Troop 861
Central Lutheran Church chartered Scout Troop 861 in October 1963 and has continued to renew the charter with the Boy Scouts of America. One of Central’s members serves as scouting coordinator and functions as the liaison between the church and the troop.
The troop has provided several hundred boys with the opportunity to be Boy Scouts in a year-round, outdoor-centered program that seeks to strengthen the home and family and helps to support their church, school, and community. Twenty-eight of these young men have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, a rate well above the national average.
The troop meets on Monday evenings, plans a camp-out each month, and has a summer program consisting of summer camp and a high adventure. The Scouts raise money for these summer activities with their annual sales of fall and spring flowers, popcorn, and camp cards, and they volunteer their time to help with various projects at Central.