Believing it is our commission and our joy to walk with Jesus and be Christ to others, the Mission and Ministry Partnerships Team takes responsibility for serving “the neighbors God gives us.” Being mindful that many people lack basic needs, we attempt to nurture in ways both material and spiritual. We are especially passionate in supporting local education. St. Paul’s is a dedicated partner with many local, county and global service organizations and projects. Read more to see where your heart’s passion for ministry might find a home.
As you can see to the right, we are partners in mission with many organizations on local, county, national and international levels. Please visit their links to learn more.
Ongoing missions very close to the hearts of our St. Paul’s family also include:
Angel Tree Party With Christ Church of Lake Forest and Sign of the Dove, Waukegan, we participated in a Christmas program for children of Lake County Jail inmates. One hundred volunteers provided gifts, refreshments, and entertainment for 100 children.
Grounds for Going We encourage reasonable wages and educational opportunities for people around the world by selling fair trade products such as coffee, tea, and chocolate. When our members raise funds in this way, we are able to support many missions; including book donations, leadership training scholarships, going-away-to-college supplies, and a Panama Medical Mission.
Crocheters, Knitters, Quilters There are many loving hearts and creative hands at St. Paul’s. Many crocheters and knitters contribute their work to a holiday sale that supports many missions, and at every baptism one of their blankets is given to wrap in our love our newest brother or sister in Christ. St. Paul’s quilters have over time pieced thousands of quilts from donated fabrics and sent them via Lutheran World Relief to people who need shelter, warmth, and to know that someone cares. Recently the quilters also made blankets for Waukegan 2 College seniors to be cozy in their new dorm rooms.
Whittier Community Partnership The children, faculty and staff of Whittier Elementary are literally some of the closest “neighbors God gives us.” We love to support their programs. Volunteers mentor and tutor the students, work at their fundraising events, and even garden. This year every child in the third, fourth and fifth grades received the gift of a book from their friends at St. Paul’s.
There isn’t a mission group or project at SPLC that wouldn’t welcome you to learn more and join in!
Global Missions ELCA missionaries have helped establish growing churches throughout the world. As a result, we are now part of a much larger story — a global community of more than 70 million Lutherans in 79 countries. In this dynamic church, we walk with our sisters and brothers in Christ to share God’s love far and wide.