Since the organization of All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church as a congregation in 1977, the main outreach ministry has been to college students attending Slippery Rock University. Additionally, we have the pleasure of serving students attending nearby Grove City College. We are also very grateful for the opportunity to connect with international students, many of whom are experiencing the United States for the first time.
The official membership of All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center consists of about 25 families of various ages and make-ups. Throughout the Fall to Spring academic year, we have an average worship attendance of about 40-50 people. All Saints is known to be a community of Christian people who warmly receive students and welcome them with open arms.
Many of our members have chosen to become adoptive families of international students who lack the familial support enjoyed by most American students. We recognize how difficult it must be for international students unfamiliar with American culture to become settled and acquainted with how things work. We do our best as a congregation to help meet students' needs, from providing rides to the grocery store, to providing coats, hats, and mittens to those who will experience their first cold and bitter winter.
Once a month, for ALL STUDENTS, we host a homemade Korean meal provided by a dear friend of All Saints. These delicious meals are served on a Saturday evening and are offered FREE OF CHARGE and with NO OBLIGATION to further particpate in the church's ministries. This meal event is regularly attended by 50-80 students who enjoy their opportunity for free food and the conversations and new friendships that can result. Again, please note that these meals are open to all students, regardless of religious or cultural background.
The following activities are provided to help enrich the faith of students so inclined: