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Social Ministry

The mission of the Social Service Ministry is to enable the people of the Emmanuel to demonstrate Christ’s love by attending to the physical needs in our community and the world around us.


“Social“ in this sense does not mean “a friendly gathering” (as in ice cream social), but rather “relating to the welfare of human society” (as in social work). Social Service Ministry tries to rally congregational support for at least three projects each year: one addressing local (Elyria/Lorain County) needs, one regional (northeastern Ohio) needs, and one national and global need.

Social Service Ministry also promotes synodical Mission Support (our fair-share support of the synodical, regional, and churchwide expressions of the ELCA) which is channeled through the Northeastern Ohio Synod in the form of monthly remittances. The Church Council has adopted a position that a minimum of 10% (tithe) of contributed income be earmarked for Synodical Mission Support. Social Ministry also advises the Church Council and Endowment Fund Administrators on how other funds targeted for local, regional and global benevolence might be spent (in other words, those funds in addition to the Synodical Benevolence remitted through the NEO Synod).

Goals of the Ministry

  • Developing new crew chiefs for Community Meals on the first two Mondays of the months.

Will you help?

This ministry is always looking for new hands and minds to assist Emmanuel in working to improve the lives of all. Below is a list of ideas in which you may participate.

  • Help with the Community Meals served by us the first and second Mondays of every month at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church.
  • Influence government through ELCA's e-Advocacy tools for writing Washington D.C. and the Ohio state government.
  • Read the ELCA's social statements.
  • Fill a Christmas Stocking for children served by New Covenant Lutheran Church on the eastside of Cleveland.
  • Help a senior with chores at home.
  • Help with Habitat for Humanity.


  • ELCA Division for Church in Society
  • ELCA Task Force on Human Sexuality
  • ELCA e-Advocacy Tools
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Complete Elyria Meals Calendar 2008


  • Tom Fox