Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

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The people of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia work with children, families and individuals to restore the promise that life offers. Our services are born of faith, but open to all.


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Nominate someone with a great story of service!

As part of our 125th anniversary in 2013, Lutheran Family Services will again sponsor the Hearts & Hands award. First created in 2008 for our 120th anniversary, the award celebrated dozens of powerful stories of people serving their churches and communities near and far.

We are eager to add a new group of dedicated individuals to join those chosen in 2008: Top winners Don and Joann Tolmie and Tori Smith; and runners up Antoinette Goodrich, Hunter Fauber and Jerry Kite. We recently caught up with Hunter, who was honored for founding the Verona Community Food Pantry. He says that it is still booming with 30 churches and 100 volunteers supporting the effort. Download your nomination form here or visit www.lfsva.org

Hearts & Hands award returns

Do you know a person with an inspiring story of service? We think you do! As part of our 125th anniversary in 2013, Lutheran Family Services will again sponsor the Hearts & Hands award. First created in 2008 for our 120th anniversary, the award celebrated dozens of powerful stories of people serving their churches and communities near and far. We are eager to add a new group of dedicated individuals to join those chosen in 2008:

Top winners Don and Joann Tolmie and Tori Smith; and runners up Antoinette

Goodrich, Hunter Fauber and Jerry Kite. We recently caught up with Hunter, who was honored for founding the Verona Community Food Pantry. He says that it is still booming with 30 churches and 100 volunteers supporting the effort. Nomination forms will be sent out the first week in January and will be available at lfsva.org in December.

Our history organized and online soon!

For the last year, there has been a whirlwind

of organization, scanning and annotating

happening in the history room at Lutheran

Family Services. To help celebrate our

125th anniversary, we have created an

electronic archive that brings to life the

Lutheran Children’s Home of the South

through photos, newsletters, minutes and

an eye-opening number of fascinating

letters. The archive will be available at

lfsva.org the first week in January.

Give more and save more!

The NAP Tax Credits now apply to 65 percent of your gift of

$500 or more – a significant increase from the previous rate of 40

percent. For a $500 gift you can take $325 off the bottom line of

your state taxes! Make your gift early; tax credits are on a firstcome,

first-served basis, and may run out before the end of the year.

November is Adoption Month.

Of the more than 5,000 children in foster care in Virginia, 1,124 are waiting to be adopted. During National Adoption Awareness Month in November, help us continue the conversation about adoption by visiting us on Facebook at AdoptLFSVA.

A little donor with a big heart. Ava Bellecci of Newport News is a generous young lady. When she received a birthday gift of money from her grandparents, Jan and Al Miller of Hampton, she decided to donate part of it to “children without parents.”
We thank you Ava, and wish you a happy fifth birthday. Your $5 contribution has been put toward our adoption program to help children find families to love.

A little donor with a big heart. Ava Bellecci of Newport News is a generous young lady. When she received a birthday gift of money from her grandparents, Jan and Al Miller of Hampton, she decided to donate part of it to “children without parents.”

We thank you Ava, and wish you a happy fifth birthday. Your $5 contribution has been put toward our adoption program to help children find families to love.

Give the gift of warmth

They are mothers with young children and erratic child support, young

people with minimum wage jobs, disabled older adults living on a

meager income alone, or heads of households who can’t find work.

And are all facing a personal energy crisis: they can’t pay their heating

bill and are in danger of having the heat cut off. But with help from the

Human Warmth Fund, they do not have to choose between heat and

food or medicine.

Last winter the Fund helped more than 160 households in the

Tidewater region, dispersing more than $20,000 to help pay heating

bills. Supported by Tidewater area Lutheran Churches and managed

by Lutheran Family Services, the fund is staffed by volunteers housed

at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

• Helping is easy. To make a contribution, contact Ellen Bushman at

757.722.4707 ext. 1302 or ebushman@lfsva.org. Or you can take

the chill out of winter at the second annual “Chilly“ Cook-off,

5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church,

4200 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. Email ebushman@lfsva.org

to learn how to enter your prize chili in the cook-off.


Get ready to Do-si-Donate!

Dust off your dancing shoes for the Turkey Trot Square Dance Fundraising Event, a two hour event in which all will enjoy boot tapping line dancing, partner swinging squaring dancing with caller Bob Clinebell and much more! This fun-for-all-ages event begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8918 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Va. 23503.

 

Tickets are available at $10 per person or $25 for families of 3 or more, with all of the proceeds going to the Human Warmth Fund, a ministry of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia and Lutheran Churches of Southside Virginia that provides financial help to those who face imminent cut off of their electricity or gas heating in the Tidewater area. 

 

Call 757.495.9856 and leave a message to secure you ticket for this evening of fun. 

 

To help us provide emergency energy assistance to families in need, donate here . Please note in the comment section that you would like your gift to be designated to the Human Warmth Fund.

New brand. Now what? 
As you can see from our new masthead, Lutheran Family Services has a very different look. But that is only part of our “rebranding” story. Over the last 18 months we have taken a journey that has uncovered the deeply held values and beliefs that form the core of our agency. Through interviews, research and analysis, well known branding expert Kelly O’Keefe and his branding team helped distill our essence down to two powerful words: promise, restored.
 
And that is what we do: We restore the promise that life holds.
If our branding team gave us the insight, our design team, 93 Octane of Richmond, gave us a new graphic identity! The new LFS look will be evident in our publications and on our website , which is undergoing its own transformation. Please visit often to see our progress and special historical features to celebrate our 125th anniversary 2013. 

New brand. Now what? 

As you can see from our new masthead, Lutheran Family Services has a very different look. But that is only part of our “rebranding” story. Over the last 18 months we have taken a journey that has uncovered the deeply held values and beliefs that form the core of our agency. Through interviews, research and analysis, well known branding expert Kelly O’Keefe and his branding team helped distill our essence down to two powerful words: promise, restored.

 

And that is what we do: We restore the promise that life holds.

If our branding team gave us the insight, our design team, 93 Octane of Richmond, gave us a new graphic identity! The new LFS look will be evident in our publications and on our website , which is undergoing its own transformation. Please visit often to see our progress and special historical features to celebrate our 125th anniversary 2013.