The Social Ministry and Outreach ministries at Trinity many and varied! As a church we keep our doors open to the community and actively seek out way to share the love of Christ with the city of Kalamazoo and beyond! If you’re looking for a way to plug in, you’ll find plenty of options here!
Throughout the year:
The Christ Clothes Closet is open every Thursday from 1-2:30 and serves anyone in need of clothing in any size. They accept donations of gently used clothing and shoes in all sizes year round and are always in need of new socks and underwear. They serve and average of 180 people a month.
We house a Loaves and Fishes Pantry where volunteers provide food Monday – Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m.
The quilters meet on the 4th and 5th Thursday January through October. They complete 150-160 quilts or more each season! After they are displayed in church on Social Ministry Sunday, they are packed and sent by Lutheran World Relief wherever there is a need.
Every third Tuesday, we play Bingo at Ministry with Community and this has been a real success.
Every first and third Sunday of the month we sell fair trade coffee. The money goes to small farmers so they can make a profit and keep their farms going.
The SCRIP table sells gift cards after services each Sunday to support Trinity’s ministries.
Trinity supports LSSM (now Samaritas) by giving every child in their care a BACKPACK filled with school supplies each fall.
We support the local grassroots organization S.W.E.L.L. (Sharing with Everyone Lutheran Love). Their volunteers raise money to support LSSM foster kids, SEITA Scholars at WMU and others in need.
We are also building an active Stephen Ministry with laypeople—Christian men and women, trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing an unusually difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or separation due to military deployment.
On the 3rd weekend in August, we hold our annual Rummage Sale. The profits are used for the Pastors’ Good Samaritan fund. This is also a great ministry for our neighborhood as we provide clothes and household goods at a very low price.
In October we prepare shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child
We sponsor the Angel Tree for the Salvation Army. This provides gifts and gift cards for children who might not have Christmas presents .
We sponsor Alma’s mitten tree which provides mittens, hats and scarves for children in need.
In the spring, we participate in the Crop Walk to raise money for Loaves and Fishes.
We provide lunch for Western students at Solid Grounds Student ministry for one month each year.
During Lent, we collect money and items for health kits which are sent to Lutheran World Relief.
Our members use Thrivent Grants to sponsor a variety of outreach projects.