Serving the Community
We believe that part of our mission is to be a visible sign of God’s “Kingdom” or reign in the immediate community in which we have been planted. At Lorraine Avenue, we support a number of local organizations, and promote a variety of concrete ways of serving the community.
Lorraine Avenue provides household boxes for refugees setting up housekeeping. The boxes include: Dish Detergent, Laundry Detergent, Aluminum Foil, Plastic Wrap, Paper Towels, Facial Tissue, Toilet Paper, Bath Soap Bars, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Bathroom/kitchen cleanser.
In practical terms, this has meant keeping neighborhood crime down by knowing and looking out for neighbors, watching properties, and working with the community police officer. Neighbors also keep an eye on the church property and notify police and pastors of any suspicious activity. The association keeps property values up by encouraging people to take care of their homes and yards through clean-up weekends and working with various city departments such as central inspection, health department, hazardous waste disposal, recycling information, etc.
It is part of the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church mission statement to reach out to the neighborhood. Our pastors, Lois and Tom Harder, have helped pull the neighbors together further by offering the church as a meeting place for SNA potluck suppers and meetings. They have also personally helped neighbors in many ways – friendship, childcare, meals when a family is going through a birth/death/illness or some other crisis.