Lord of the Lakes actually started as a mission church! We have been serving God in the Winneconne area since the year 2000. We believe that together; we can accomplish great things in the name of our awesome God … because it is in our hearts.
Throughout the year, we gather together to support many needs both in our local community as well as those worldwide. We do God’s work in ways that no individual, congregation or synod can do alone.
2015 Missions . . . as God as our guide, these are some of the projects we will be working on this year . . .
The Malaria campagin completed this January. We were able to collect enough money to purchase (253.21) Mosquito Nets which includes the delivery (via Simple Hope, Feb, 2014) to the remote areas of Arusha, Tanzania.
The Souper Bowl of Caring project ties in with OUR abundance of food and friendship; while at the same time, there are people worrying about staying warm, finding shelter and a warm meal. Starting on Super Bowl Sunday and throughout February, we are collecting food for the Winneconne Food Pantry. Monetary donation will be send to the ELCA Hunger Program.
On April 26, 2015, we were so fortunate to hear about the stories of hope from Pam and Karen of Simple Hope, as they return from the Tanzanian trip.
The Busy Hands group, throughout the year, makes quilts for the needy. Many of the quilts go to the Lutheran World Relief. There is also a portion of the quilts that have been given to the Day by Day warming shelter. The goal this year is to make (65) quilts. If you would like to participate, check the calendar for Busy Hands meeting dates, or you can cut 10.5″ squares of fabric at home and drop them off in the office.
“Christmas in July” Back to School Fair is a local program that Lord of the Lakes sponsors. Typically, we have a tree in the Gathering Area with tags on – items requested are for students from Lutheran Social Services – Winnebago County Shelter Care, Oshkosh.
The YOUTH GARDEN was planted in 2013 on the east end of the church, as the youth received grant money. The raised gardens were built, planted and produced 115 lbs of food for the Pantry. Blessed be the garden workers.
The Food Packathon is a program where we pack food (rice/veggie/vitamins) for the hungry in Tanzania. These food bags cost $1.50 and feeds a family of six. During the Packathon, you learn about the people and tribes that the food goes to and about the needs of these people. The food bags are packed here at church, prayers are said for the Tanzanians, Fair trade items are available for purchase. The 2014 Packathon produced over 22,000 rice meals. We are so grateful that we are able to help in this small way to those really in need around the world. Save the date! November 14, 2015 from 8am – noon is our next Pack-a-thon.
“Adopt a family” and “Operation Christmas Child” These giving programs are the Christmas gifting we enjoy at the end of the year. Tags are made available with items of need from families in the Winneconne area. The Winneconne School District counselors have provided us with the needs – which primarily are the clothing, boots, household items type of needs. Monetary gifts go towards gas and grocery cards. We are once again reminded – in such a visual way – that the Lord has blessed us greatly and we joyfully share our abundance with others.