St. James provides support to many community ministries through volunteers and financial assistance.
St. James provides emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families two weeks per year in our building through the Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. program. The Slentz House, 117 York Street (owned by St. James) is used as Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. Resource Center during the day for this ministry. Members volunteer with the program by serving as hosts, overnight volunteers, breakfast cooks, and on the board of directors.
Gettysburg Soup Kitchen
Gettysburg Soup Kitchen, located at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church on West High Street in Gettysburg, provides a free noontime meal, seven days a week. St. James supports the Soup Kitchen through financial assistance, by providing a meal once a month, and through volunteer time of its members.
SCCAP (South Central Community Action Programs)
St. James provides financial support to SCCAP’s Circles Initiative (working to help families move out of poverty) and Homeless Shelters; St. James also collects donations to give to their Food Pantry.
Habitat for Humanity
St. James is a partner congregation with Habitat for Humanity and provides financial support and volunteers.
Lower Susquehanna Synod
St. James values its relationship with other churches. We support the Lower Susquehanna Synod and its mission and ministries through financial support, prayer, participation, and through members who serve on synod committees and in leadership roles.
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa)
St. James members keep informed about the advocacy ministry work of LAMPa and members attend the yearly Lutheran Day at the Capitol.
Lutheran Camping Corporation
St. James supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation in Central Pennsylvania by offering scholarships for children to attend either Camp Nawakwa or Camp Kirchenwald. Weekend Confirmation retreats are also held at Camp Nawakwa. Several members of St. James volunteer at one of the camps and St. James has also been a strong supporter of their capital campaigns.
St. James has a Mission Fund which provides one-time grants to non-profit organizations in need as funds are available. Recipients have included: Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S., the Adams County Literacy Council, Healthy Options Food Program, Augusta Victoria Hospital, Casa de la Cultura, Source of Life Ministries in Haiti, as well as other organizations.
United Lutheran Seminary
St. James supports the United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus through scholarships. Our Social Ministry Committee sponsors meals for seminarians and their families during the school year.
Other community groups which have received financial support from St. James in the past include: Adams County Rescue Mission, Survivors, Inc., Gettysburg Fire Department, Child Advocacy Center, Pedals for Progress, Lutheran Social Services, Mission of Mercy, and more.
St. James provides emergency assistance for Gettysburg residents who need help with gas, food, utility bills and prescriptions.