As Christians, our faith calls us to compassion – to care for the sick, feed the hungry, visit the lonely and love one another – we are the hands and feet of Christ in this hurting world. It is in this context that we strive to follow the greatest commandment to ‘Love God with all your mind, with all your heart and love your neighbors as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-40)
In what ways are you willing to love and serve others? We’ve got opportunities for all.
Every November on Election Day, Our Savior’s holds our Chili Supper. This annual event, which is well known in the community, serves several hundred bowls of chili each year. The proceeds from the event are split between three mission recipient organizations – one local, one national, and one international. Due to the popularity of the event, we depend on the help of dozens of volunteers to make it happen. Whether it’s helping decorate, prep, cook, serve, clean-up or donating food items, we couldn’t do it without our volunteers.
Father Carr’s Meals
Our Father Carr’s team prepares a special casserole recipe several times a year in their homes. Once prepared the casseroles are brought to church where our Father Carr’s team coordinator picks up and delivers the meal to Father Carr’s Place 2B in Oshkosh.
Our food pantry is stocked by members through non-perishable food and/or monetary donations. It is available for use by both church and community members who need assistance. Since it is a small pantry with limited items, we are limited in what we can give. Our goal is to help connect people with community resources who are better able to assist them long-term.
Fox Valley Warming Shelter
Each month, members of our congregation donate food items, prepare and/or serve a dinner meal at Fox Valley Warming Shelter. This has been a wonderful outreach program and partnership for us.
“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Day
Are you ready to get your SERVE on? Join us as we go out to give a helping hand throughout our community. This day happens the second Sunday in September and is definitely a highlight for many. From homeless organizations, local schools, animal shelters or the home of someone disabled or elderly, our mission is to do God’s work with our hands!
In 2008 a couple from our congregation went on vacation to Guatemala and were so moved by the experience, they started our Guatemala mission partnership. We’ve supported and partnered with From Houses to Homes to build homes, provide stoves, beds, education and medical care for the poorest of the poor in Guatemala. We send a mission team every other year to build two houses, and we support their missions with yearly contributions.
We’ve been all over the map! Since 1997, Our Savior’s members have gone out into the world to make a difference in the lives of others. Our first mission trip was in response to major flooding in the Red River Valley area in North Dakota. We’ve been organizing trips every year since then to different locations. Places we’ve gone include Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, New York, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, Romania, Slovakia, and several trips to Guatemala.
Who can participate in our trips?
It all depends on the location and mission work. We’ve lead all youth trips (ages 11-18), all adult trips (ages 18 & up) and mixed trips with entire families participating. Trips are open to church members first and then non-members if there are available spots.
How much does a trip cost?
Again that all depends on the location and type of work that we are doing. Typically the out-of-pocket expense is $150 – $550. Our goal is to allow everyone to experience serving others regardless of their financial ability. To help offset costs, we typically hold fundraisers events. We also offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance.
To view and print the forms required to attend our mission trips, please click on the forms below:
Quilting and Mission Auxiliary
We love our quilters! Every year they make several dozen quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other organizations around the community. The group also makes school bags, bibs, pillows, walker & wheelchair bags, lap robes and baby sweaters for nursing homes, hospitals and others in our community. You don’t need to have any sewing skills to join this lively group as there’s always cutting, sorting and tying to do. Fabric donations are always appreciated and can be dropped off at the church during office hours.
Each year Our Savior’s members ring bells for the Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday in late November or early December. Several shifts are available for families, individuals, or groups to participate.
Students in India Program
As part of a program run through Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry, Our Savior’s members sponsor students in India. For only a $300 per year sponsorship, a student’s tuition, school supplies, and room & board are covered. It’s a wonderful program that helps many children in impoverished parts of India who wouldn’t normally receive an education or proper care.
If you are interested in any of our ‘Reach & Serve’ opportunities or have any questions, please contact Ministry Associate Marcie Kimmes, at 725-3956.
Organizations We Partner With and Support:
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