Community Service Opportunities

Community Involvement

“We do food well”

Thanksgiving and Project Self-Sufficiency

For over 20 years, the youth of SOTH have worked with Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex County to provide holiday meals for 20 families. This annual tradition is one that spans the year – involving participation from youth and adults alike. The food is bought and brought to SOTH, where the youth “Sort and Bag”. Then, after church on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, food is blessed and delivered to the families that we have adopted for the year. This is one very tangible way that we are able to share our abundance with God’s people.

Faith Kitchen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover

As a partner in ministry, SOTH has provided meals and workers to the Faith Kitchen for many years. Begun in 1983, the Faith Kitchen grew out of a growing awareness of hunger in downtown Dover. Every Monday – Saturday, the kitchen provides a hot meal to 100 folks. These folks also leave with a sandwich and fruit brown bag dinner.

Currently, Shepherd of the Hills prepares a weekday meal once a month. Folks meet at SOTH to prepare and pre-cook the meal on a Tuesday evening which is then delivered on Wednesday morning to the Faith Kitchen.

The congregation also prepares a Saturday meal every other month for the first Saturday. We are paired with another church – so meals are always bountiful! Our girl scouts, boy scouts, confirmation students, and high school youth participate in the Friday night prep that also includes some fun activities. Saturday morning, we load up and head to Dover – where we feed folks and are also fed spiritually by their community.

The meals are congregation supported through food donations and gift cards to Shop Rite. Please consider helping us feed those for whom food is a scarce resource. The menu is announced, a donation list is set up, and food cards are always available for purchase in the church office.

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