United Evangelical Lutheran Dr. Martin Luther Church
Caring & Fellowship
Within the local community we cook a monthly breakfast before the Shiner Community Food Bank opens their doors, supporting this community effort through donations and volunteers. We are the charter sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 231 and host monthly 4-H meetings. We have sent "care packages" to our college students, and honored first responders. Our annual Giving Tree helps make Christmas special for local families in need. Monthly "Noisy Offerings" take our loose change and forward that cash to various missions. We help sponsor a missionary in Mexico, Rev David Brondos, who works in Mexico City training church leaders and pastors. Our hearts are also with Allee Gomulka, who grew up in our congregation and serves in Tanzania with ELCA Global Missions. Our local efforts collecting school kits or helth kits and crafting quilts all support Lutheran World Relief, a global extension of the Lutheran church that helps others around the world. Our Women of the ELCA also support and work on mission activities at a variety of levels.
Caring & Fellowship
Our basic missional goal of service is embodied in both caring and fellowship. By serving others through our strong hospitality team, we live out god's love for others. Through caring ministries and fellowship opportunities, we step beyond our own church family to live out the ELCA focus of "God's Work. Our Hands."
Creating a connected church family takes time and fellowship. Elementary, Junior High, and High School Youth all are offered ways to connect - from a summer pool party, to community afterschool events such as KIX (Kids in Christ), to Fifth Quarter gatherings after football games, and even overnight lock-ins. Both men and women meet for fellowship, whether it be for barbeque or a book club. Our mor life-experienced members and friends join monthly in a luncheon for Vintage Ministry and regular canasta or domino games. Congregational dinners, potlucks and receptions foster fellowship in a larger setting. Informal fellowship opportunities evolve from groups of members joining together to do God's work of caring for others.