Social Ministries



God's Work. Our hands. Our faith in action:                                              Spiritual Gifts

As fellow members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we give of ourselves everyday and in many ways, to help those in our neighborhood and around the world. We share our blessings, financially and with our time. The items below show some of the ways we help as the ELCA and Magnolia Lutheran Church.

The unexpected result of all of this is that, 
in discovering the promises of our faith, 
we receive more than we have given. 

Saturday Dome - Greg Von Wald


Saturday Dome - Rachel Kurtz Make a Difference



10,000 Socks - The team worked tirelessly in encouraging the entire congregation to support 10,000 pairs of socks for our 10,000 homeless neighbors. This was one of our congregational goals set by our Ministry Plan. The Sock Drive started in October 2013 and concluded in March 2014. In 20 weeks we met this astronomical goal. Efforts included an opportunity to give socks to homeless neighbors as a Christmas gift; Christmas decorations of socks on the Christmas tree; Epiphany Sunday gift giving for Jesus (gold, frankincense…and socks!); a Sock Hop Dance with live music; and matching funds opportunity from members and friends of our congregation. All socks were given to Compass Center in Pioneer Square.


Weekly Giving to the Ballard Food Bank -Every Sunday, we ask members and friends of Magnolia Lutheran to bring canned and non-perishable food items to be given to our local Food Bank. In addition, we supported the food bank with cash donations including the funds our young people collect on Superbowl Sunday.

Community Lunch Program – in cooperation with other Lutheran churches we prepare substantial, home-cooked lunches for hungry men, women and children in our community. Every year during one month we spend 5 to 6 hours weekly cooking and serving hot lunches for 200 – 250 people. 

Cookies for Operation Nightwatch - In mid-Fall, we provide over 1,500 homemade cookies for homeless in Seattle. 

Swedish Pancake Breakfast - Held every year in early December, we serve about 375 people. The number of pancakes served is about 1200 - 1300. The proceeds are given to Lutheran Community Services and ALS Northwest Chapter. Special recognition is given to Chris for his fine work on this ministry. 

Holiday Bazaar - This event is held  in conjunction with the Swedish Pancake Breakfast. The proceeds are provided to Columbia Lutheran Home, and to Lutheran World Relief. 

Our congregation raises funds for ALS Evergreen Chapter (Lou Gehrig's disease), in memorium of our former pastor Rev. Doug Langholz.

Magnolia Lutheran is a member congregation of Compass Housing Alliance, which provides a wide range of services and housing options for homeless and low-income individuals and families in the Puget Sound region in the Lutheran Tradition. We support this organization through fund raising and volunteer activities. 

School Backpacks - Annually new backpacks filled with requested school supplies are provided by the members and delivered for homeless children’s return to school. 

Mary’s Place at Magnolia UCC - In June 2014, we joined effort with members of local congregations to provide hospitality and care to the women and children in Mary’s Place who spent 10 days in emergency shelter at Magnolia UCC. 

Clothing for Homeless Teens is collected and distributed annually to Youth Care. We give warm coats, sweaters and sweatshirts. Special thanks to Syrene. 

Christmas Tree of Giving - In addition to socks, we also give shoes because “what good are socks if our homeless neighbors cannot keep their feet dry” (Donna). Members and friends purchase $25 gift cards to be distributed to our homeless neighbors by Lutheran Compass Center. The funds collected buy many gift cards for new sturdy shoes for the winter months. 

Christmas Wreaths and Garlands are sold every December to members, neighbors and friends of Magnolia Lutheran Church with the net proceeds dedicated to helping Magnolia families with rent and utilities through the administration of Queen Anne Helpline. Hats off to Tom, Lynn and Kristina for leading this each year.

Health Kits - Thanks to everyone who donates items for the Personal Care Kits. Thanks to you we were able to ship 60 Personal Care kits along with the beautiful quilts made by our Quilters. Thanks to Celeste, coordinator, and Mary, Barbara, Victoria and Emily for their help assembling and packing the items. Also thanks to Ken and Helen for taking the items to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for the In-gathering for Lutheran World Relief.

Quilters - Once a month the Magnolia Quilters meet on Thursdays for conversation, mutual care, lunch and stitching together pieces of cloth into lovely blankets for warmth and protection. A blessing of the quilts occurs annually as quilts are sent off to Lutheran World Relief. Special recognition to Laurie for her devotion and leadership in this ministry. 

We raise funds and donate to Lutheran Community Services.

MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School in Tanzania



We sponsor girls who attend the MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School in Monduli, Tanzania, Africa. We recognize Heidi for her fine work with this ministry.






Here I am, Lord.