Ministries Overview

Lives of Service

At Shades Valley Lutheran Church, we strive for our hands to reach into the community and the world at large to do God’s Work.  Service to local and global communities is important to the mission of SVLC.  We invite you to join us!  If you have ideas of ways we can help, please feel free to call us at (205)871-3512 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food Pantry

We have an ongoing commitment to donating non-perishable items to Oak Mountain Ministries.  In addition, we have special drives.  For example, one of our most popular events is the annual Oktoberfest.  Attendees are asked to bring canned goods.  Our annual goal is to fill up the back of a pick-up truck!

Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM)

Members volunteer to drive children to visit their mothers at Tutwiler prison.  Near Christmastime, we host a party for the children and their families.  We share games, food, singing, and conversation.

Angel Tree

Each Christmas, we provide gifts and food for our AIM families.

Soup Kitchen

Some of our members regularly help serve meals to the homeless through Community Ministries located on the southside of Birmingham.

Habitat for Humanity

We participate annually in a habitat build sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Day of Service

We participate with the city of Birmingham on the annual day of service in commemoration of Martin Luther King day.

God's Work; Our Hands Day

ELCA congregations from all over the country participate in "God's Work; Our Hands" day on the first Sunday in September.  Past projects have included cleaning up community gardens, helping at a wildlife rescue, and visiting nursing homes.

Lutheran World Relief

SVLC supports many of the ministries of Lutheran World Relief.  Our "Happy Quilters" have sewn thousands of quilts that have been distributed locally and world-wide.  We have also collected soup, school kits, and fabric kits.


A portion of our weekly offerings is sent to the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA to support many different ministries.  During Advent and Lent, we designate offerings from our Wednesday evening services for special causes.  Some ministries we have supported have brought clean water to areas that didn't have it, funded missionaries, fed the hungry, and fought malaria.

Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.