Calvary Lutheran Church breaks ground on new Angel Attic shop
RUSKIN - Said to be a ministry of hope, Angel Attic is getting ready to broaden its wings over the community. Last month, Calvary Lutheran Church broke ground for the new home of its venerable thrift shop, a 4,000-square-foot building that will provide office, storage and retail space. Angel Attic works in conjunction with the church's food pantry, Community Cupboard. The new thrift store is the first phase in the development of the church's 25-acre property on State Road 674. Future plans include an 18,000- to 20,000-square-foot multipurpose center, 600-seat worship center, fellowship center, recreation facility, café and meeting rooms. The site could one day house a youth center, adult daycare, a school and an activities center.Started in a small church closet eight years ago, the Angel Attic ministry has rapidly grown. Today it brings in about $3,500 in proceeds each month to help the Community Cupboard feed an average of 325 families a week. With so little space to provide an increasing amount of children's items, household goods, furniture and resale clothing for the community, expansion was essential. Until construction of the thrift store is complete, both ministries are temporarily relocating to 19 Seventh Ave. in Ruskin. "Missions are lived out every day by being a light to the community," said the Rev. Jack Palzer. "It is led by the congregation that ministers food, care and compassion." For further information, call (813) 645-1305 or visit www.calvarylutheranchurch.net.
Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]