Social Ministry

Exeter Area Food Pantry

Reformation Lutheran Church food pantry Exeter AreaThe Exeter Area Food Pantry was founded in 2011 by a group of community members and local churches concerned about the hunger problem in the Exeter area. Reformation serves as the host site for the pantry on the third Friday of each month. Clients are eligible for food assistance based on residency in the 19606 or 19508 zip codes and income guidelines used by the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Need our service?

Clients can register for the food pantry by calling 610-572-2344 and leaving a message with their name, phone number, and number of family members.

How to help?

Volunteers work each pantry day to set up and distribute food to pantry clients. To get more information, email the pantry at eafpvolunteers@gmail.com

How to donate?

Donations, both monetary and food, are gratefully accepted. Checks should be made payable to Reformation Lutheran Church with Exeter Area Food Pantry on the memo line. Food can be dropped off at the church the Thursday evening before pantry from 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. or Friday morning 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.


Family Promise

Reformation Lutheran Church Family Promise

Family Promise of Berks County, an inter-denominational organization, opened its doors in July 2006. This program provides temporary accommodations for homeless families. Reformation Lutheran Church has been a host since 2007. Families are provided with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and overnight accommodations. Reformation supports Family Promise by opening its doors for up to three families for a full week, two times per year. The members of Reformation donate food, enjoy dinner with the families, and spend time getting to know them during their stay. This has been a very rewarding experience for our church family.


Clothing Drives

Clothing drives at Reformation are held twice a year, spring and fall. Donated clothing is shared between Reformation’s clothing bank and other churches in need. We accept clothing for all ages, but the most urgent need is always children’s clothing.


Children’s Clothing Bank

Reformation Lutheran Church clothing bankThe children’s clothing bank provides clothing to children of all ages, from infants through high school age. The clothing bank is open every other month on the same day as the Exeter Food Pantry give. We also provide clothes upon request from families or schools. We are available for the families of Family Promise and fire victims in the local area. All the clothing is donated by church and community members. Volunteers are welcome to help sort donated clothing before and during distribution times. If you have any questions or need assistance from the clothing bank, contact Karen Hawk.


Health Ministry

The Health Ministry at Reformation has been established to reach out through our faith to provide quality education, prevention, and resources to help improve the health and well-being of our congregation and community.
Current health and healing activities include:

  • monthly blood pressure checks after church services
  • services of healing – held quarterly after regular worship
  • blood drives held at the church

Continue to check the calendar for opportunities to improve the health and well-being of you and your family.


Opportunity House

Reformation Lutheran Church Opportunity House serving mealOur congregation provides dinner at Opportunity House the third Thursday of every month. Groups of volunteers shop, cook, transport, and serve the meal. The dinner consists of baked chicken, potato filling, bread, and a vegetable. Volunteers then make a dessert of their choice to finish the meal. All are welcome to help with transporting and serving the meal to the families at Opportunity House.

 


Care Team

The objective of the Care Team is to provide emergency, short-term support for families in need in the Exeter community. Need can be a house fire, unemployment, illness, or other emergencies. Determination of those families in need is through the school district nurses and/or guidance counselors, members of Reformation, or emergency personnel. Support can be given through clothing, gift cards, household supplies, and/or shelter.


Hope Lutheran Partnership

Reformation supports the missions of Hope Lutheran Church, our partner church in Reading, by organizing and coordinating the work of members of our congregation by providing

  • financial assistance through donations to Hope’s food pantry
  • material assistance through donations to the sewing program at Hope Hangout, their after school program
  • emotional assistance by fulfilling the Christmas wishes of the Hangout children with our Christmas Angel Tree
  • donation of time by congregation members at Hope Hangout

Burger-A-Month

The Burger-A-Month program requests that participants to go without their favorite burger or fast-food sandwich one day per month. The saved money shall be placed into a marked envelope which can be found in the narthex. All monies are sent to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Consider making a commitment to do something to slow the spread of hunger in our world.


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