Trinity Galewood Blog

Meet Katherine Lutz, DCE Fieldworker

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Katherine Lutz, a junior in the Director of Christian Education program at Concordia University Chicago, serves as a DCE fieldworker at Trinity Galewood in Chicago. (Pastor Dave McGinley also is a Concordia Chicago DCE graduate.)

Galewood’s diverse neighborhood in Chicago is not far from Concordia’s campus. Katherine is heavily involved in doing ministry that specifically reaches out to the neighborhood and the Chicago public elementary school adjacent to the church. She also organizes KidStreet for Sunday mornings.

Katherine says, “This year for Spring Jam, as I was organizing that camp, my bold prayer was for 70 kids to show up and the Lord provided. Exactly 70 kids from Galewood and surrounding neighborhoods walked in the door. The kids who come to Holiday Hoops and Spring Jam camps [during school breaks] hear more about Jesus, learn new basketball skills, have new hip hop moves, and ultimately and most importantly leave knowing that they are loved.”

Many of these same kids also had the opportunity to be mentored by students from Concordia University through last year’s after-school program that occurred once a week through the Galewood park district. Katherine and other volunteers went to the park building weekly to teach 30 kids about different careers and dreams they could aspire for. This was a time spent getting to know the struggles and joys in kids’ lives.

This fall she also helped with Crossroads mentoring program, led by John Daniels, another CUC student. The focus here was on nurturing small groups of middle schoolers from the public school as they met weekly after school at the church.

Katherine also was a big part of recruiting students to help with Trinity Galewood’s Fall Party on October 31 and organized the indoor crafts that gave hundreds of kids a break from the outside games, candy tent and bounce house. She has been a huge help to Pastor Dave and is gaining valuable experience for her future career.