Serving Our Community
OP Lutheran works alongside a number of worthy area organizations to help meet the needs of our community through various collections and service projects. Our members are proud to belong and serve these groups. Do you have a heart for serving the Overland Park and larger Kansas City community? You’re welcome, too!
Mini Food Pantry
Overland Park Lutheran Church installed a new mini food pantry outside of its main entrance in 2018 to serve anyone in the community. The food pantry is stocked with canned goods and other basic non-perishable foods and is accessible 24/7 year round. Take what you want, Leave what you can!
Overland Park Lutheran Church partnered with the local Strang Line Neighborhood to offer a community garden on our property beginning in 2017. Individual plots in the garden are available to residents in the neighborhood and members of the church. Those interested in a plot can contact Janiece at (913) 706-8910.
Metro Lutheran Ministry
Metro Lutheran Ministry (MLM) was founded in 1971 by metro Lutheran congregations as a response to poverty and homelessness for people of all races, religions and nationalities in the greater Kansas City area. MLM is now supported by Lutheran and non Lutheran congregations. With 20 paid staff persons, over 1,600 volunteers and seven service locations, over 20,000 people are served annually. MLM uses a holistic approach to services and programs to remedy the immediate need for food, clothing, shelter, utilities, and transportation. Strengths and outcomes-based counseling and case management guide the receptive client towards greater independence and self-reliance.
The congregation of Overland Park Lutheran supports MLM financially, as well as through volunteerism and collection of food and other items needed to carry out their ministry.
Hollis Renewal Center… A place to be surprised by God!
Hollis Renewal Center is located in Kansas City, Kansas. Facilities are available for meetings, outdoor activities, or retreats. As a renewal center, it offers a group or individuals the opportunity to have a spiritual place for prayer, reflection, renewal or learning.
The center partners with congregations, which include Overland Park Lutheran Church, that choose to belong to the Hollis Renewal Center. There is no charge to visit the Hollis Renewal Center; however, there are fees for the facilities or programs offered there. The grounds offer a great escape from the city with nature trails and wildlife.
Events are planned throughout the year and can be found on their website under Event Calendar.
Blessings Abound Thrift Store is a faith based not for profit that accepts gently used items and organizes them for sale. Proceeds from the sales are donated on a monthly basis for the purpose of helping those in need, feeding the hungry, and funding outreach programs. Paid staff at the store are minimal; the majority of the store’s work is accomplished through the work of more than 125 volunteers, thus allowing significant contributions for those in need. Overland Park Lutheran congregants support this mission through donations, volunteerism, and shopping at the store.
SAFEHOME provides support for survivors of domestic violence and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community. Overland Park Lutheran Church has been a long standing partner and supporter of SAFEHOME and continues a collection of supplies for them on a year-round basis. SAFEHOME is also one of the recipients of our Panera Bread ministry.
City Union Mission
Each fall, Overland Park Lutheran Church participates in a ministry to help the Men’s Center at the City Union Mission by collecting new white men’s socks.
The Mission is located in Kansas City, Missouri and provides services for the poor or homeless.
Johnson County Christmas Bureau
The Johnson County Christmas Bureau provides holiday assistance to low-income residents of Johnson County, Kansas. At the annual Holiday Shop, pre-qualified clients, by appointment, select groceries, personal care and household supplies, children’s clothing, hats, gloves, scarves, coats, toys, gifts, and books pegged to family size, age, and gender. A Coat Drive is held every October at the church where members donate coats, hats, gloves and other gently-used outerwear to support the organization’s cause.
Panera Bread Ministry
Our Panera Bread ministry is carried out by a group of volunteers who pick up goods donated by Panera Bread, sort, package, and deliver to worthy local organizations—including the Shawnee Community Center, SAFEHOME, and a daycare of the Kansas Youth Advocacy Program. A portion is also set aside for recipients in need known to the congregation.