In the Tierrasanta community and neighboring Serra Mesa community, there are thousands of military families. Through our Military Outreach Ministry, Tierrasanta Lutheran Church will endeavor to welcome and support our military community by working with both the Murphy Canyon Chapel and the MCAS Miramar Chapel and their Chaplains. By addressing particular needs of our military neighbors, we hope to make a difference in the lives our ministries touch.
Twice a year, we work with the Murphy Canyon Chapel to host a children's clothing fair to distribute clothing to military families in need. With the help of the congregation and Tierrasanta community, we are able to collect gently used and like-new clothing for our areas military children.
In May and November, we host a food distribution for area military families. With the sponsorship of congregation and community members, we distribute 3 days worth of food in May, and in November a Thanksgiving Day meal, along with additional goodies.
Each December, we invite a number of local military families to join with some of our military families in an Christmas Advent Celebration. This event will vary in format from year to year but is focused of bringing families closer together as the work through the advent projects and reading. It is a joy to watch as relationships deepen and eyes of wonder explore the possibilities of the season.
ministry provides support to individual military families that find themselves
in extremis situations and who have sought help through their respective
Chaplain. This support could be financial support for food or other
necessities, transportation support, or possibly something else. The goal
is to provide whatever support necessary to enable the family to get through
the situation they find themselves in and back on stable grounds.
Wreaths Across America honors our fallen military buried at National Cemeteries, by placing wreaths on each grave at Christmas. While not a TLC ministry event, we support WAA by encouraging the congregation and anyone else to sponsor wreaths and take part with us in the laying of the wreaths prior to Christmas and the clean-up after the New Years.