This year marks year three for Lincoln Lutheran’s Community Outreach Team. Formed by teachers and students, and funded by a series of grants, this group impacts community organizations in the Lincoln community.
A typical event begins with a student-led devotion, then continues with a unique service outing, and concludes with a donation to that agency. For each outing, there is at least one student, one parent and one Lincoln Lutheran staff member.
“We spend so much time in our roles as teacher-student-parent,” coordinator Joel Stoltenow said. “Sometimes it’s nice – and important – to spend time together as fellow believers serving in God’s Kingdom.”
Executive Director Scott Ernstmeyer appreciates how students have engaged in the COT. “The COT has allowed some students to embrace leadership roles while all who’ve had a chance to serve have discovered an appreciation for the true needs within our community.”
Last year 179 individual volunteers served 789 hours in 17 different outings (see list below). This year, we are at it again. Each year, the goal is 1,000 hours and 20 outings. However, we have had limited interest or involvement from families. If this group seems like something you might want to join, please contact Joel Stoltenow (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 402-770-3927.
Our next outing will take place on October 1st with Jacob’s Well at First Presbyterian Church (18th / F Streets). Other upcoming events include: City Impact, Habitat for Humanity, People City’s Mission and Veteran’s Affairs.
Opportunities to Serve:
Habitat for Humanity, People’s City Mission, Streets Alive!, Friendship Home, City Impact, Veteran’s Affair, The Arbors, Jacob’s Well, Lighthouse, Salvation Army, Lancaster Manor, Barnabas Project, F Street Community Center, Partnership of Healthy Lincoln, NonProfit Hub, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safe Quarters, 8th Grade Community Witness Project