Community Partnership Opportunities
As a congregation of passionate servants partnering with the Huntsville community to transform lives through Christ, we at Grace Lutheran have developed these collaborative efforts with other area churches and non-profits. We invite you to find a project that speaks to your heart and join us. Let’s join together and affect lives for eternity!
Grace is reaching into the neighborhoods of Madison County demonstrating Christ’s love!
Be the Church
We encourage Grace members to sign up for community projects that demonstrate the love of Christ through Be the Church. One Sunday a year, our congregation meets outside the church walls to give back to our community through service outreaches.
English as Second Language (ESL) Ministry
A core group of Grace Lutheran members dedicated their efforts and time with the inception of the English as Second Language (ESL) ministry and have continued to refine the process of building connections and bridges to our community. While we initially held classes off campus, this ministry effort moved to the campus at Grace Lutheran about seven years ago. The ESL classes focus on strengthening skills in the use of the English language. It is important that students be regular in attendance. Also, special instruction is provided to help with things that students must cope in the community (citizenship, cooking, medical, etc.). Students are encouraged to let us know of those needs where they need help and we seek to provide a special class with helps.
There is an ongoing need to recruit students and additional volunteers with servant’s hearts who can be there consistently to build and grow this ministry. The ESL ministry has served 25–30 persons/week. If you are interested in helping/serving, the ESL ministry meets on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Grace Lutheran. Also, there is one Sunday morning adult class that meets during the bible class/Sunday school hour. The class instruction environment is relaxed, and you do not need to have any teaching experience to participate. Volunteers are not required to speak Spanish. For those teaching the lowest level students in familiarity with English, it is helpful to have some Spanish speaking skills but not necessary. The ESL leaders provide teacher and childcare volunteers with the instructional materials and a light meal is available for the children. Childcare is also available, along with basic bible instructional activities for the very young. We invite youth and adults of all ages to participate in this ministry, as volunteer staffing is essential.
Currently there is a need for teachers who can teach or substitute to give the regulars a break. Consistent and regular participation is important due to the relational dynamic of this ministry. The ESL ministry is open to member involvement and those living in the community with a heart to reaching out in a discipleship manner. The ESL team encourages you to come and observe and then to consider and become involved. For information, call (256) 690-3422.
The 2019 schedule of classes is as follows:
- Thursday, January 10 – Thursday, May 23 [Classes will not be held on March 21 (spring break) and April 18 (Maundy Thursday).]
Note: Classes are offered on a beginner, intermediate, and advanced basis.
Our state partnerships help us do more! By working together, we are pooling our resources to effectively meet the needs in our community and beyond.
A fraternal financial organization for Lutherans, we sponsor projects and community events throughout the state. The North Alabama Thrivent chapter is always on the lookout for ways to build community. From picnics to baseball games, we want to see our world reached in the love of Christ. For information regarding our chapter or events, please contact Frank Childs.
National and International Partnerships
Walk to Defeat ALS
ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects tens of thousands of people in the United States, with more diagnosed each day. ALS is a neuromuscular disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, slowly degenerating motor control in the body. Muscles begin to atrophy, eventually causing paralysis and even death. The financial cost to families supporting a loved one with ALS is very high ($200,000 a year), so we walk to raise funds to research a cure but also to help those families provide for the everyday needs of their loved ones with ALS. You can search for and join a walk online.
Habitat for Humanity
Working with Thrivent, would you consider volunteering to help us build houses for low-income families? Teach your children that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” by working together on projects of benefit to those in need. We use laborers of all different abilities and skill levels—from carpenters to bricklayers to clean-up crew—everyone can help! Workdays are posted on the Thrivent bulletin board.
We are collecting used eyeglasses for people around the world who otherwise have no opportunity for vision correction. Please bring your used eyeglasses to the church, and drop them in the box labeled “LOG Eyeglass Donations.”