We believe that the Christian faith is a busy, restless, active thing. And that means reaching out beyond our comfort zone to serve those in need. In a small but meaningful way, we want to help change the world. Over the years, we’ve found that the most effective way for us to make a difference is by partnering with others to reach out in Jesus’ name.
Faith in Action
One weekend each May, we cancel our usual worship services in order to go out into our cities to serve. On May 13-15, 2016, we’ll formed 22 different ministry teams and spend the weekend caring for the earth, feeding the hungry, bringing joy to the sick, and more.
Once a month we get together to serve. Join us and bring a friend to serve at our upcoming monthly Faith in Action events:
April 16, 2016: Feed My Starving Children at Concordia University – Prepare nutritious, simple meals to be sent to hungry children around the globe.
To learn more or to get involved with our monthly Faith in Action events, contact Conni.
Maine Township Food Pantry
The first Sunday of each month we collect donations of non-perishable food and personal care items in Park Ridge for the Maine Township Food Pantry. Every single item we contribute has a significant impact.
Beginning in September, 2007, Pastor Fred began teaching the Alpha Course to inmates at the maximum-security Stateville Prison in Joliet. And in 2008, we began distributing easy-to-read Bibles to inmates at Stateville in a ministry we’re calling “Under the Door” (cause that’s the only way to slip a Bible inside a cell at Stateville!). Now, when we visit Stateville, we give inmates the newly published Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond, written by Pastor Fred, with input from inmates, family members, and prison chaplains. To learn more about our Prison Ministry, contact Ben.
In addition to our financial support of national and international emergency relief and development efforts, we also support cross-cultural and international missionaries through our congregation’s contributions to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Every October we join with neighboring churches to raise funds to combat hunger by joining in a 10k walk through Niles and Park Ridge.. We’re always excited about this opportunity because it gives us a chance to work together with all kinds of other Christians and to help raise money to help the poor in real and immediate ways. One quarter of the funds raised goes to the local township food pantry and rest goes to fight hunger nationally and internationally. For more background information about CROP, go to www.churchworldservice.org.