Oley Valley Food Pantry
The Oley Valley Food Pantry is held at Friedens Lutheran Church on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Oley Valley Food Pantry has been providing food for low income families in the community since October of 1997. The Oley Valley Food Pantry distributes approximately 13,000 pounds of food per month. The majority of food comes from the Helping Harvest Food Bank. We pay a maintenance fee of between 0 and 19 cents per pound which pays for their physical operation - heating the building, running the massive drive-in freezer, paying salaries, electricity, etc. For every dollar we receive, we can get $20 worth of food from the Helping Harvest Food Bank.
Little Free Pantry
Little Free Pantry helps us to share food with others. The concept is simple: anyone may place or take items inside the pantry at any time.
In many circumstances, people find that they are short of money, food and resources for nourishment. This time may be on a weekend, during weather-related emergencies or when traveling away from home.
While those with transportation and money can go to a conventional store and purchase what they want or need, there are some who do not have that advantage.
Conversely, there are people who wish to donate items in small quantities but may not have the place or opportunity to do so.
Our Little Free Pantry is open anytime! This ministry is an adjunct to the Oley Valley Food Pantry, which operates monthly on the third Wednesday of each month.
Meals for Opportunity House
We prepare and serve dinner to those at The Opportunity House on the 3rd Sunday of January, March, May, July, September, & November.
A community informed of the inherent risks of opioids and the brain science of addiction will de-stigmatize addiction and promote a culture of acceptance and support filled with compassion and hope.
We are called to explore how our faith community can be a center of spiritual and community support for families with a loved one in the midst of addiction.
Disseminate recovery and support resources to those with addiction or need for support within our community.
Pray for people who suffer from addiction/opioid use disorder.
Increase awareness of the addiction epidemic through:
promoting public forums
collaborating with local non-profits and community groups on prevention and awareness events
Congregational Care Team
Tanzania (Global Ministry)
The Iniho Lutheran Parish, a congregation of the South Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, is a vibrant Christian community led by Pastor Thomas Chaula. Fed by the Word and Meal, the church cares for the many AIDS orphans, as well as those who are living with HIV. Friedens has partnered with Iniho to provide money to build a trade school and dormitory in order to develop skills and jobs for parentless young people.