Amazing Grace Quilters
This dedicated group of quilters meets twice a month to lovingly craft quilts for people in need around the world. This last year Amazing Grace Quilters sent 216 colorful handmade quilts to Lutheran World Relief. Locally in Grays Harbor they provided 69 quilts to local individuals through Friendship House, Clothing Bank, Salvation Army, and Union Gospel Mission. They also made eight special confirmation quilts for the young people of our church being confirmed. In addition to quilts the Amazing Grace Quilters group collects necessities including 161 school kits and 302 health kits to send to Lutheran World Relief. Meeting at the same time as the Quilters is our Maintenance Crew. They do an amazing job maintaining our almost 100 year old building!
Grays Harbor Youth Center
The Grays Harbor Youth Center is housed in the bottom floor of our Parish Hall and administered by Catholic Community Services. Homeless teenage kids, ages 13 to 17, find safe shelter and a variety of support services at the Grays Harbor Youth Center. Youth live in an atmosphere of mutual respect, where personal responsibility and accountability are nurtured. In addition to temporary living accommodations, youth receive an evening and morning meal, educational support, and access to medical and dental care, mental health services, and other services aimed at assisting youth in long-term stabilization.
Amazing Grace was the first church in Grays Harbor to host Rivercity, a homeless camp for displaced 'campers' in our community. In the summer of 2015 approximately 20 campers called our parking lot home. When the 3-month limit on hosting the camp was reached, the campers moved on to another host church. We continued to support Rivercity, where ever it was located, with contributtions of prayer, time and money. In December of 2016 we hosted the homeless camp in our parking lot again. These people were our guest till May of 2017 when the camp was disbanded. There were several that moved up into housing due to the stepping stone of the organized homeless camp.
Cold Weather Shelter for Homeless
We have hosted a cold weather shelter for the homeless in our parish hall on a few occasions as needed. Most recently we collaborated with the local group Revival of Grays Harbor to provide this service.
The first Sunday of each month we highlight the needs of the at-risk youth in our community. Our 'Caring Cupboard' is a one-stop donation site for the Gravity Center, Youth Center and other entities that serve Grays Harbor Youth
Union Gospel Mission
Once monthly teams from Amazing Grace prepare and serve a meal to the local Union Gospel Mission in Aberdeen.
Under the Bridge Ministry
Once monthly sandwiches/lunch made to be distributed to those living outside.
Grays Harbor Food Bank
Several times during the year Amazing Grace collects food for the local food bank, including specific items for holiday baskets and soup on 'Souper Bowl' Sunday.
God's Work, Our Hands
During this event we branch out into the community and serve in various capacities. This past year groups served a meal at the river homeless camp and made updates to a home in disrepair for an individual in need. Also supplies were gathered and packaged for needy.
We also support the following ministries ...
Friends in Need – emergency funds for local people in crisis
Habitat for Humanity
Family Promise of Grays Harbor
Living Stones Ministry at the Shelton Correctional Facility
Namibia – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia - our sister synod
Pacific Lutheran University
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
... and more!