Within Luther Place, the Steinbruck Center accompanies members of the community on their social justice journey by providing opportunities and spaces for meaningful service and mutual transformation. This ministry continues to evolve, reform, grow, and we welcome new ideas. Email Program Director Bianca Vazquez for more information or visit the Engage section of the website to join a group or event online.
Our regular opportunities for service and learning include:
On the first Thursday of every month, Luther Place members cook and serve dinner for the Luther Place Night Shelter, a transitional shelter operated by N Street Village. Join us in the basement at 5:30 pm to help cook!
On the first Sundays in January, April, July, and October we offer neighborhood walking tours. This is an opportunity to get to know the Logan Circle neighborhood and wrestle with the complexities of being a justice-focused congregation in a gentrifying neighborhood. Meet us at the N Street door immediately after 10:30 am Worship!
Community organizing, at its core, is about building relationships, finding common ground, and transforming our communities. WIN is currently doing listening around affordable housing, living wage work, and issues that support Muslim and immigrant communities. To engage a campaign and learn more, contact Bianca.
Picture: WMATA Action on May 7, 2017
Steinbruck Center staff provides educational resources and schedules service opportunities for any interested small group. Grab four friends and reach out to us!
The Community Craft Collective is a collaborative of artists from N Street Village, Logan Circle residents, and members of Luther Place Memorial Church. The collective creates an outlet for creativity, healing and relationship building, as well as an opportunity for income generation for people experiencing economic hardship and/or homelessness. For more information, contact Sarah.
Community volunteers can support the Community Craft Collective in a variety of ways. We are always looking for:
- Experienced crafters and craft sellers to work with members on display, pricing, inventory techniques and sales
- Mentors to work one-on-one with artists in the collective
- Spanish and English speakers to translate for meetings and sales
We are always looking for donations! Download the Community Craft Collective Wish List
The Steinbruck Center hostel ministry arranges alternative break and immersion trips for youth, students, and adults to engage in justice work. The Center works to immerse volunteers in the Luther Place, N Street Village, and Logan Circle communities, and connect volunteers with opportunities that address the needs of Washingtonians experiencing homelessness and poverty across the city. Day-long programming is also available. To learn more, visit The Steinbruck Center.
We work with church youth groups, and groups from colleges, universities, and seminaries.
For booking or more information about any of the hostel programming opportunities email Experiential Learning Coordinator Sarah Johnson or call 202-667-1377.
See, I am doing a new thing. -Isaiah 43:19
We believe that there is no limit to the way the creativity of God can be experienced. Our living God calls us to be both innovators and stewards; join us on this journey!
The Community Choir welcomes everyone to join in leading worship on Sunday morning. We are a group of racially and generationally diverse singers, who bear witness to the expansive nature of the Gospel. You don’t need to read music, or have formal training; just a desire to praise God with the gift of your voice. We rehearse in the Sanctuary, Sunday mornings at 9:30 am; no mid-week commitment is required. Join us as you’re able.
As we move into a time of transition around Music Ministry, we want to share our process for music making in worship over the next weeks. As of now, we are securing substitute musicians for both the morning and evening services. The Sunday morning choir will continue in their role as worship leaders. Over the next weeks, a team of leaders will gather to begin organizing a musician search. Please direct any questions to Pastor Karen or the Council leaders. We pray that God orders our steps.
The Ambassadors of Praise is a choir of women who live up to their name. We joyfully represent the body of Christ, both at Luther Place and in the broader community. Rehearsals are Wednesday at 3 pm in the Sanctuary at Luther Place and is open to the public.
Whether you’re new to the area, or are a D.C. native, you’re invited to consider faith through fellowship with the 20’s & 30’s ministry. We welcome and invite people for whom church might be new, as well as lifelong churchgoers, into a responsive community of young adults who are interested in exploring how God shows up in our lives and communities.
The 20’s & 30’s are exploring a theme of reconciliation. It is our prayer that we might grow together through listening, fellowship, and service. If you have an idea for a new activity or event based on our theme, we’d love to hear from you.
Join us every third Thursday of the month at 7 pm for happy hour at Baan Thai (1326 14th St.). We “Sin Boldly” over appetizers and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as we consider timely topics related to scripture and social justice. This is truly open to all. If you’re new to Luther Place, this is a great chance to Meetup with new people who are excited and enlivened by the work God is doing in our lives. We hope to see you there.
Joyful worship builds up an appetite! Meet one of our leaders in the back of the Sanctuary after 10:30 am service once a month to enjoy food and fellowship in the vibrant 14th Street neighborhood.
We don’t limit God’s presence to the four walls of our beautiful church. Once a month, we bring church to our homes—literally. We practice hospitality by sharing dinner at a member’s home and digging into scripture readings lead by our hosts.
This year our readings are grounded in themes of reconciliation and forgiveness. We’ll explore a reading through various translations and interpretations offered by the group. During this time we grapple with the sacred and work to unlock the mysteries revealed in the Word. Come ready with your Bible or favorite scripture app!
For more information, check the Luther Place 20s & 30s Facebook Group.
Early fall is the perfect time to escape the concrete jungle and enjoy the majesty of God’s creation. The Luther Place 20’s & 30’s usually drives out to the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community to take a step back and consider the big questions that sometimes get crowded out by the demands of living and working in Washington, D.C. More information about the annual Fall Retreat is available via the Luther Place 20s & 30s Facebook Group. If you have questions about or suggestions for the Fall Retreat, please send them to Vanesa.
“Justice is what love looks like in public.” –Dr. Cornel West
At Luther Place, we take Dr. West’s adage seriously. The congregation strives to make our community more like the Kingdom of God today. We invite you to bring your compassion and energy to our various volunteer activities.
You are encourage to engage the gifts of community through a variety of fun, faith-filled, and meaningful groups for children, youth and families.
Kids in grades 3rd-6th are invited to ministry activities that are filled with faith, fellowship, and fun! Events include bowling, lunches out, and gatherings with peers from local churches.
7th-12th graders and friends are invited to StLuthRef. This partnership is a ministry between St. Paul’s, Luther Place and Reformation churches. StLuthRef gathers for monthly youth group meetings and retreats.
People of all ages are invited to quarterly family-oriented activities such as farm festival day, parents night out, and an annual retreat.
Families with young children (infants-4 year olds) are invited for fellowship with lots of coffee, the last Sunday of each month from 9:15-10:15 am in the Chapel.
As the LGBTQ community of Luther Place, we believe that all people are God’s children, and all are welcome at Christ’s table. We at Luther Place are a diverse community in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, (dis)abilities, age, and socio-economic status. Embrace! is an intentional space to bring together those pushed to the margins of society, to accompany each other in our faith journeys, and to embrace everyone in God’s peace.
Luther Place has been a Reconciling In Christ (RIC) congregation for more than two decades through ReconcilingWorks, an organization that “advocates for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.”
“Welcoming Churches” by Believe Out Loud
Embrace! celebrates Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday each year on the last Sunday of January. LGBTQ members participate in worship as readers, assisting ministers, communion assistants, and more.
In addition to RIC Sunday, the Luther Place congregation celebrates Pride Sunday during Capital Pride weekend in early June and participates with other Lutheran congregations during the annual Capital Pride parade.
Embrace! typically meets on the second Sunday of each month for brunch after 10:30 am Worship. Brunch is often hosted at the Parsonage, but occasionally the group goes to a local restaurant.
In response to the need for affordable summer camps in the Logan Circle neighborhood, ArtSmart Summer Camp was established in 2012. ArtSmart Summer Camp is a community arts-based summer program run by Luther Place Memorial Church for 40 young people (1st through 6th grade). In 2016, the Middle School Leadership Program was established for 7th and 8th graders.
The camp runs Monday through Friday for four weeks. Campers experience a weekly theme through music, drama, art and games, as well as spending afternoons engaging physical activity.
You are invited to engage ArtSmart Summer Camp through your time, talent and financial resources. Please contact Krista Sickert-Bush for more information.
ArtSmart 2018 is TBD
You’re invited to SoulFiesta, which is a celebration of summer and the end of ArtSmart Summer Camp! In collaboration with Norwood Housing Cooperative, N Street Village, Luther Place Church and Thomson Elementary School, the Logan Circle community gathers to create convivencia ministry centered on relationship and mutuality. It provides space for individual and communal transformation through culture: food, music and the arts.
SoulFiesta 2018 is Saturday, July 28 from 4:00-7:00 pm
Community Care is how we sustain a vibrant community, our intentional practice of supporting and nurturing one another in all stages of life, in celebration and sorrow. Please email Pastor Karen for more information or visit the Engage section of the website to join a group or event online.
As a Stephen Ministry congregation, we are part of a nationwide program that provides training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip lay caregivers in the congregation. These “Stephen Ministers” provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered support and care to people who are experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life transitions.
The Elders Ministry is in recognition of the wisdom our seniors bring to our community. We gather as a group a few times a year and stay in touch by phone, mail and visits.
Men’s Fellowship is open to all men with an affiliation with and interest in the ministries of Luther Place. The group meets at various times and dates each month, which may include breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hours, BBQs, or other outings as a group. Contact Jeff Serfass for more information.