The outreach ministry of OSLC extends beyond our local community to serve and grow with others globally. Our sister relationship with Fe y Esperanza (Faith and Hope) Lutheran Church in El Salvador began in 2004. We are blessed to accompany Fe y Esperanza and their Pastor Abelina Gomez to strengthen their faith and ours through visits, prayer, communication, and education sponsorships for students of their congregation. Our sister parish is part of the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s companion relationship with the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod.
More El Salvador Ministries
Our ministries in El Salvador have also included Habitat for Humanity Builds and many other projects by our members David and Nancy Slinde. David and Nancy lived and served as missionaries for two and a half years in El Salvador, working for improved education, social justice, food security and community development. We continue to accompany the Slindes in their mission work of relationship building and on-going projects.
Learn more about the mission work of the Slindes at their Blog.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry, Habitat for Humanity builds houses that are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families around the world. Our Savior’s supports Habitat for Humanity by participating in Sign-A-Board fundraisers and volunteering at builds in our community and in El Salvador.
Full Shelf Food Pantry
At Our Savior’s, we seek many avenues for answering Christ’s call to care for those in need. We are pleased to join other congregations and volunteers in the important ministry of The Full Shelf Food Pantry. This organization has served Washington County residents since 1982 when it was created to distribute donated food needed for temporary relief to families during a period of sizable increase in unemployment. The original objective of the agency was to serve as a local, centralized distribution center for those families previously being helped by individual congregations.
Harvest House is a community service outreach program that serves a free meal to anyone in need every Saturday morning from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the lower level of St. James Episcopal Church in West Bend. Our Savior’s, in partnership with other local churches, supports the Harvest House by preparing and serving the meal four times a year. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact the church office for the specific dates Our Savior’s is serving.
Our faith community recognizes how we are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet right here in the greater Washington County community. During November and part of December our Narthex becomes a haven of brilliantly wrapped presents of all shapes and sizes as we help families have a better Christmas through the Gingerbread House Gift Giving Program sponsored by the Youth and Family Project of Washington County.
Kits N Quilts
Good fellowship, delicious snacks and coffee, and happy hands create quilts, health care kits, baby care kits, school supply kits, and other items for those in need. The items made go to our local Lutheran Social Service agency and worldwide through Lutheran World Relief. The items reach out to places like Africa and Haiti, the local food pantry, Seeds for Hope, Hephatha Church, Habitat for Humanity, domestic shelters, and others in need.
Hephatha Celebrates Peace and Community Service
The fellowship of OSLC and Hephatha Lutheran Church Milwaukee began in 2005 with our awareness of a vibrant church in one of the most violent zones in the city. Their Pastor provides a summer program of service and values training for youth and adults to strengthen the life of the neighborhood and the church. The program “Instruments of Peace” also empowers members to avoid and/or defuse conflicts. The ministry concludes with a celebration day of swimming, fishing, canoeing, games and picnicking at a country retreat center.
While we are one of many partner synod congregations, our gifts are unique: quilts, school supplies, support of the community Hopkins Lloyd School with socks, warm winter clothes and coats. Our vision and mission is to bring the participants into a deeper faith and hope for their future.