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Steinbruck Center “Reaches In” to the Congregation

By: Dick Rortvedt

MaineSince Luther Place founded the Steinbruck Center in 2001, (initially N Street Village was a partner, but subsequently it has been a ministry of Luther Place Church) it has been largely known for its outreach, primarily to college and high school groups from around the country. These groups stay in our 28-bed third floor hostel while engaging in experiential learning, including direct service, about issues related to urban poverty and homelessness and faith-based social justice approaches. In 2014 the Steinbruck Center won the Community Partner of the Year Award from Break Away (a national alternative break organization). From June 2014 to June 2015, Steinbruck Center hosted 47 groups totaling 650 participants; so far in 2016, 25 groups and 600 students participated in programs.

This year, one of the main pillars of Luther Place’s ministry involves the Steinbruck Center reaching into our own Congregation to provide similar experiential learning and service opportunities for our church members. On April 3 seven Congregation members participated in a brisk walking tour of the gentrifying neighborhood surrounding Luther Place. On April 7, nine members prepared and served a delicious meal of salmon, mashed potatoes and asparagus to the women of N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter (LPNS) located on the fourth floor of the church.

Future Steinbruck Center-organized opportunities for learning and serving:

  • Sunday May 1 after the 10:30 am service. An open house will be hosted in the hostel and you can learn about the Community Craft Collective.
  • May 5, June 2 and July 7 at 5:30 pm. Prepare and serve supper at LPNS on the first Thursday of the month.
  • July 10 after the 10:30 am service. Neighborhood walking tour.
  • Coming in Fall 2016… Steinbruck Center will organize several weeks of the Sunday morning adult spiritual formation sessions on social justice issues.

For more information about the Steinbruck Center see their website: www.steinbruckcenter.org or contact:

Program Director, Bianca Vazquez at steinbruckcenterdirector@lutherplace.org

Experiential Learning Coordinator Sarah Johnson at steinbruckcenter@lutherplace.org

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