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New City Parish is a non-profit urban coalition of eight Evangelical Lutheran Churches located in Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Compton. As an organization, we focus on transforming our communities through collaborative, holistic ministries and social outreach programs. We seek to proclaim a message of hope, to advocate for the poor and marginalized, to teach people how to think critically for themselves, and to heal and comfort those who are hungry and suffering within our communities.
Last year was busy year for our Food Outreach ministry. Between our five participating distribution sites, we were able to serve 18,500 hot meals and distribute 12,200 bags of groceries impacting over 40,000 people. This level of success would not have been possible without your support, for which, we are extremely grateful.
Despite this success, this year has brought new challenges for New City Parish. Continued cuts to food stamps and other assistance programs has put a strain on our already struggling families which, in turn, causes more strain on our own resources. Supply at the local food bank has been down forcing us to use local retailers to supplement our distributions at a high cost to us. In order to reduce cost and preserve our volunteer base, some of our sites have opted to reduce the number of days they serve and/or cut hours. In face of all these challenges, we remain committed to providing for the growing needs within our communities but, we need your help.
During the months of March and April, New City Parish will be participating in the Feinstein Foundation's annual $1 million giveaway. For the last 18 years, the Feinstein Foundation has divided $1 million between organizations around the country working towards ending hunger. All donations and pledges collected by NCP between March 1 and April 30 will be calculated to determine the amount of money we receive from the Feinstein Foundation at the end of the challenge. The more donations and pledges we raise, the bigger portion of the $1 million we receive.
Last year, we managed to raise $4.990 from individuals and congregations. Our goal for this year is to triple our amount. This money would greatly enhance our ability to meet the growing hunger needs of our communities. Hunger and food insecurity are unfortunate realties of our society but together we can work towards finding an end.
Please join us in our fight to end hunger in Los Angeles County.
You can send donations via snail mail to:
New City Parish, Inc.
1009 N Market Street
Inglewood, CA 90302
you can make a donation through PayPal on our website
Rev. Scott Fritz
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On Valentine's Day, February 14th, members of the New City Parish Gospel Choir paid a visit to one of its long-time members, Liz Stevenson. Liz joined the NCP Gospel Choir a couple of years before her congregation, Chapel of Peace Lutheran Church in Inglewood became an official member of the coalition in 1998.
At last November's Annual Fall Event, NCP honored Liz and her husband Max Stevenson with "Living Saints" awards in which Max accepted on behalf of his wife. This ministry couple began the food outreach ministry at Chapel of Peace and had been running it together, sometimes by themselves, for nearly 20 years. When they began the food outreach there were but a handful of people coming and now it is commonplace to see up to 200 people coming for grocery bags and the community breakfast every 3rd Saturday of the month at Chapel of Peace.
In November 2013, Liz suffered a stroke and has been in a nursing home in Hawthorne since that time. She was thrilled to have the Choir sing for her and was doing her best to clap along as they sang some of her favorite Gospel songs.
Special thanks to our NCP Gospel Choir Director, Mark Coates for arranging this wonderful event for all who came out to sing with Liz!
A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Inglewood and the New City Parish Gospel Choir, was honored as part of the 2014 St. Lucia Court at Gustavus Adolphus College this past December. We are extremely proud of Janet and all of our college students near and far. Below is an article from the Gustavus Adolphus College website.
74th Annual Festival of St. Lucia is Dec. 11 Posted on November 19th, 2014 by
Matt Thomas '00
The 2014 St. Lucia Court. Front row: Sarah Barnes, Janet Jennings (Pictured seated in the center), and Laura Swenson. Back row: Rac hel Hain, Kendyl Landeck and Sharon Singh.
Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its 74th annual Festival of St. Lucia at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in Christ Chapel. As part of this seasonal tradition, six sophomore women have been chosen to serve on the Lucia Court.
This year's court consists of Sarah Barnes from Prior Lake, Minn., Rachel Hain from Roseville, Minn., Janet Jennings from Inglewood, Calif., Kendyl Landeck from Moscow, Idaho, Sharon Singh from Rochester, Minn., and Laura Swenson from Eagan, Minn. The women are chosen based on courageous leadership, strength of character, service to others, and compassion.
The Festival of St. Lucia is one of many Swedish traditions during the Christmas season and is traditionally held on December 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by rising early in the morning to prepare and serve baked goods and coffee to her family. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.At Gustavus, the St. Lucia Court traditionally sings carols in the College's residence halls during the early morning hours on the day of the crowning. Lucia is chosen through a campus community vote, which will take place online Dec. 2Type your paragraph here.