Ministries


Ladies of the Cloth – Our ladies of the parish assemble on Tuesdays to sew and knot quilts to be given to those in need.  The group averages three to four quilts per week.  These quilts are distributed to organizations like Lutheran World Relief and Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries  or they may go to meet specific needs within the community.  All are welcome to come and help, even if you have no experience sewing or quilting.  The group is eager and willing to include anyone who is interested in helping out.

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)  Our WELCA group is a way for the women of our parish to come together for the purpose of serving the church and the community.  Our WELCA group has worked to do collections for the Altoona Domestic Abuse Shelter, has worked to knit prayer shawls for our shut-ins, has worked with the Red Cross to host a blood drive at the church, and does ongoing collections to support the area food banks and Lutheran World Relief.  Our WELCA group also offers the opportunity for fellowship with the ladies of the church and with WELCA members from other congregations.

 

Claysburg and Williamsburg area Food Banks – our parish does an ongoing collection of food and necessaries for our area food banks.  We take the collection once a month but also collect to meet any special needs of these organizations.  We also have members who volunteer on the food distribution days.  If interested in working with and at the food bank, please contact the pastor.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring – Every December and January our churches gather food as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring which goes from Christmas through Super Bowl Sunday.  Food and funds are collected to help support our ministry to Claysburg and Williamsburg food banks.

 

Vacation Bible School each summer we host a Vacation Bible School for the children of the parish and the community.  We have a lot of involvement from the church both in planning and in working with the kids.  What our hope is that each year our VBS can be an opportunity to kids come and learn about Jesus in a fun way. 

 

Camp Sequanota – is the summer camp and retreat center of the Allegheny Synod (website).  Members of the Newry congregation were instrumental in the building of the camp in the late 1940s.  Today our parish supports this ongoing ministry of the Allegheny synod by financial contributions. We have also many members to attend as campers and to serve as staff and councelors.

 

Kids Club the third Friday of every month (during the school year) we our young children come together for Kids Club.  We gather for dinner and then the children hear a Bible Story, we do a craft that reflects the story or the current season, and have a chance for fun and fellowship.