The Lincoln Lutheran Community Outreach Team has taken community service to the next level this school year, its second year since its beginning in 2015. The group focuses on sharing the love of Christ to their neighbors.
The inspiration behind the Community Outreach Team is rooted in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Matthew 25 reads, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Jesus tells us that when we serve our neighbor, we serve Christ. Likewise, when we choose to not serve our neighbor, out of sinfulness, we ignore Christ.
For some student volunteers like Nick Schmeling, the Community Outreach Team allows him an opportunity to gain perspective on his own life and the lives of those around him. He explains that his service has helped him realize that “[He]’s far better off than some people, even when [he] thinks [he]’s not.”
Nick goes on to say that it has helped him grow as a Christian knowing that “there are a lot of people out there who don’t know the love of Christ, and we need to do more to help them with that.” Thus, that is the focus of the group’s service activities.
Over the past two years, many students have gained lasting memories through these service events. Service opportunities have ranged from cleaning and organizing areas, serving food, visiting local nursing homes, and even siding houses for those who can’t do it themselves, among other things. For Caleb Ziems, his favorite service activity was last year’s trip to Jacob’s Well.
Andrew Blum says his favorite aspect about serving with the Community Outreach Team is helping people. To those considering joining the team he says, “I’d definitely recommend joining because it’s good to help people and it’s a lot of fun, too.”
Other than the service, the Community Outreach Team gives each service organization they visit a donation of $100. If you would like to join the Community Outreach Team, or just want to try out a service event with the team, contact the team’s leader and coordinator, Mr. Stoltenow. You can contact him in person, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are plenty of great opportunities to serve throughout both April and May, so if you’re interested, you should feel free to get involved.