Family Promise Update 

Our Savior’s Lutheran will continue to be a support to Community Church the week of August 23-29th. For now, this ministry will continue in a different way. Currently there are no in-person visitations or overnight stays. The families are staying on-site at Family Promise in West Bend.

On August 25, 27 & 28 we can help by:

~Bringing dinners to the facility by 3 p.m. daily (724 Elm Street, West Bend). Dinners can be prepared hot, frozen or require heating.

~Bringing additional food and snacks (they have a large storage capacity). 

Other things that are needed: 

~Gift cards to restaurants

~ Disposable masks 


~Disinfectant Spray 

~ All purpose cleaner 

~Taxi tickets (City of West Bend Taxi Vouchers $45) 

~ Gas cards (for Family Transit Van) from Shell South, BP, Mobil & Kwik Trip $25 

For more information or to volunteer, call Joan Petersen at 262-353-9560 or email her at 


  • Lac Lawrann Nature Conservancy, West Bend
    • Saturday, September 12
    • 9:00 a.m. – 1 1:30 a.m.
    • Plant native flowers in the bird cemetery and/or gather fall plant seeds. Lunch will be available after project completion.
  • Cleaning Supply Collection at Our Savior’s
    • Saturday, September 19
    • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Household cleaning supplies, sanitary surface wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue boxes, dish soap, laundry detergent pods, dryer sheets, personal bar soap, shampoo, and more
    • Curb-side drop off collection at the corner of Silverbrook & Hawthorn Drive
    • Or, bring donations when you come to worship service or drop off at the entry in the west lobby
    • Donations will be given to Family Promise, Karl’s Place, Friends, Casa Guadalupe and other places with needs.
  • Remember Sock-tober Fest and Sock-It-to Me?
    • Saturday, September 26
    • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Fall is coming and along with it, colder days and nights. The need returns quickly for ankle socks for men, women and children.
    • Another Curb-side drop off collection at the corner of Silverbrook & Hawthorn Drive
    • Or, bring donations when you come to worship service or drop off at the entry in the west lobby
    • Donations will be given to homeless shelters for men, women and children in Washington County and Milwaukee.

Project information and volunteer sign-ups coming in August

Many of you know that our family has a nonprofit called Building Hope in Haiti. My heart is extremely heavy right now because of an overwhelming situation that our friends in Haiti are facing. Our Father Roosevelt, from the extremely impoverished mountain of Morne L’Hopital Haiti, has a relationship with the Gesu Parish down at Marquette University. The people of Gesu funded the clinic on the mountain and the school lunch program. Unfortunately, Gesu is not able to provide the financial support this year. Not having church + people out of work = lower offerings, all due to COVID. I know, not a unique predicament for these times. There is another nonprofit, Project Fleri, that has offered to pay for the clinic’s nurse. One of our board members who sponsors 5 kiddos and has made several trips to Haiti with our daughter, Jessie, has committed $100/month toward the clinic. We will need to find an additional $400/mo to keep the clinic, which also vaccinates the kiddos, open.

The school lunch program serves the whole school, 600 kids a day. I am estimating that 100 are sponsored through Building Hope in Haiti, as we have additional students who go down to Port Au Prince for trade school, etc. The cost is 50 cents/day/child. Sounds cheap at first, but doing the math: 50 cents x 600 kiddos = $300/day. $300/day x 5 days a week = $1500/week. That means $6000/month, $60,000 a year! Yes, the estimate is for the whole school, not just our sponsored kiddos. We need 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread!

Our first priority at this point is to find the additional $400/month to keep the clinic running. After that, we will work on funding the lunch program, perhaps just 2 or 3 days a week, if necessary. As I write this, the tears are flowing as my heart aches at the thought of the kiddos going hungry. The school lunch program was a guarantee that students would get rice and beans in their bellies at least once a day. Additionally, we needed to come up with another $1500 to purchase two masks for each of the school children and the teachers, plus soap and bleach. Many of the classrooms have benches for the students to sit, one right next to each other. Social distancing is a luxury they do not have.

I am so grateful for OUR SAVIOR’S ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE! They generously responded to my plea for help, providing a check for $1300. This will cover the cost of many of the masks! MESI! I know this may sound like a crazy mission. We started down the path 7 years ago. Jessie had just come back from Haiti, feeling overwhelmed. She had just found out that there were not 42, but rather 102 kiddos who DREAMED of going to school. I told her that God had big plans for her. And He did (we have about 120 sponsored students, preschool through trade school), and still does. I know that many many people are experiencing difficult times right now. I get that!

But I am asking for your prayers, any financial assistance you may be moved to provide and that you share our need with friends and family. Corporate support would also be amazing. For those of you able to help, checks can be written to BUILDING HOPE in HAITI and either left in the offering basket, dropped off at church or mailed to me: Jill Gigante, 5455 Cascade Drive, West Bend, WI 53095. If you would like a receipt, please include your email address. Online donations can be made by visiting our website: Click on Give Hope and choose how you would like your money spent.

Trusting that through Him, even this is possible,

Jill Gigante 262-388-0273

Craving Coffee?
Mt Meru Coffee is still Available for purchase. We have ground beans and K-cups. You may pick them up any time or use curbside pickup by calling the church office at 262-334-9551.

We have a variety of options! For $10/bag choose from regular, decaf, french vanilla, hazelnut, butter pecan or chocolate raspberry. We also have hand picked peaberry for $15/bag. K-cups come 12 in a box and are $8.

We hope to be able to serve coffee again in the fall! If you have any questions regarding our coffee ministry contact David Graves, Ellen Lidtke or Marilynn Orlopp. See you at church!

We Need YOUR Help
…with the Sunday services. NO experience necessary! Duties include setting up equipment as needed (occurs rarely and only for CSS) and running the sound board, which is very easy. Everything is preset and just a matter of pushing buttons to turn microphones and instrument channels on. Minor adjustments may be needed, but they, too, are very simple. Training is provided. This is a great opportunity for a student to earn service hours and be part of the service. Please email Jon Coutts at or call (262) 685-7378 if interested. Help continue to “Be the Change” at Our Savior’s! 

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“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.” ― Steve Goodie

Click here to see a list of projects that are needed on the grounds and the outside of the buildings at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. There is a wide range of things that need to be done! We are encouraging families or individuals to sign up for a project or two to take the lead on. Tasks can be done at your family’s convenience. Materials can be provided by OSCL or you can bring your own. Once you’ve found a task or two that you will take the lead on, sign up here. Questions? Contact Chuck Pamperin, OSLC Property Manager, at 262-338-1223  or by email Thank you for your help!

You may have noticed that there have been more items painted at OSLC. Many thanks to Michcadet Gethand who has spent many hours painting the door and window trim on the South outside wall of the Hearth Room. He also painted the furnace vent stacks located on the West wall of the church. At the time of this writing, he is working on painting the railing that is above the East side retaining wall.

Look how great the property is looking! Thank you Terry and Mary Driscoll, Dick & Marilynn Orlopp, Mike Kurtz, Terry Driscoll, Michecadet Gethand, and Chuck Pamperin for all of your hard work!