SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS

MISSIONS & OUTREACH

" ...and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea (HERE) and Samaria (THERE),

and to the ends of the earth. (EVERYWHERE)"  Acts 1:8b

Please visit our Missions Facebook Group to see what we've been up to in the field.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

SERVE GOD, SERVE OTHERS

MISSION OF CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH – Assist in delivering clothing and household items to Mission of Christ, located at 9th and Center in Milwaukee.  Deliveries are made in the morning the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can also help Shepherd of the Hills minister to the clients of Mission of Christ’s household & food pantry.  The 3rd Saturday of each month we meet & greet clients with a beverage & a treat.  We provide treats every other month.  Participate in this blessing by baking 3-4 dozen of your favorite treat.  Treats should be packaged to “grab & go” and need to be at church no later than 8:00 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday.

SOLES FOR JESUS WAREHOUSE EVENT: This mission exists to share the love of Christ by distributing shoes to the underserved in sub Saharan Africa.  Join us as we gather at the warehouse in Milwaukee to prepare shoes for shipment to Africa, Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 – 11:00 am.  We will carpool from Shepherd at 8:15 am.  It’s a great family service project!  To sign up or for general questions, please contact John Thierfelder (608-213-5500, jrt083@gmail.com).

SLEEPING MATS FOR HUMANITY:  Join us February through June on the 1st & 3rd Monday and/or 3rd Saturday of the month from

9:30-11:30 a.m. to help recycle plastic grocery bags and create sleeping mats for the homeless and other people in need.  We will meet in Room 201.  We are looking for people to do the following with plastic grocery bags:  sort, flatten, fold, cut into strips, tie strips together, crochet and weave into mats.  

MISSION PARTNERS

A PLACE OF REFUGE MINISTRIES – This crisis shelter in South Wisconsin offers housing, parenting skills, and employment preparation to expecting mothers, while showering them with the message of unconditional love and forgiveness in Christ. Thousands of women have been helped through this vital ministry. They are in regular need of items for mothers and babies, such as diapers, sleepers, baby shampoos, etc.


THE CAPTIVE PROJECT – This outreach innovatively focuses on the urban community, targeting the high crime areas of Milwaukee with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, helping to promote unity within the Christian community as they mentor and disciple people in the heart of the city.


CECELIA PLACE – Every Thursday from 10:30-11:15 a.m. we share conversation and a devotion with a group of residents at Cecelia Place, an assisted living facility off of Capitol Drive in Pewaukee. Also, each December we celebrate Christmas with the residents by bringing cookies and singing carols on a Saturday afternoon.


CITY ON A HILL – We support this ministry financially, but also each December we celebrate Christmas with the families involved in City On A Hill’s programs. The Family Christmas Party activities, in Milwaukee, include face painting, balloon animals, Christmas crafts, family portraits, cookie decorating, and a special Christmas program.


CONCORDIA SEMINARY STUDENT SUPPORT – Shepherd of the Hills is committed to financially helping men and women prepare to become full-time church workers. We currently support men studying to become pastors and women preparing to be deaconesses at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC LUTHERAN MISSIONARIES – We have been partnering with our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic through the mission work of the South Wisconsin District of the LCMS. Join us in prayer as we continue to lift up this important work.


FREE AT LAST – We partner financially with this ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod that brings the love of Christ to those who are, or have been, incarcerated. We work with brothers and sisters in Christ at the Milwaukee County House of Correction. Opportunities to help with this ministry vary widely, including leading/participating in Bible Studies, providing music for worship services at the House of Correction, and mentoring former offenders upon their release through Free At Last.


MISSIONARIES TO INDIA – Our financial support of missionaries assists in leadership of a Bible School and Children’s Home in Dimapur, India, located within the state of Nagaland. More homes are needed for destitute children in need of help. Please pray for this ministry - for rest and relief for the staff there, and that the Lord would lead their vision and enable His work through his people.


GOD TOUCH MINISTRY – God Touch Ministry manages restoration homes for men and women who desire to build a relationship with Jesus Christ and build/rebuild relationships with their family & community. Located in the city of Milwaukee, they partner with the Milwaukee County House of Correction and help people transition back into society by providing a healthy community of support and accountability around them. Their restoration homes also provide a positive influence in the neighborhoods around each home.


GROCERY BAGS – A very active food pantry on 24th and Wisconsin that services a diverse inner-city community is in need of plastic and/or paper grocery bags.  The congregation is small but they continue to offer programs that have a positive impact on their community.  Shepherd would like to help them on an ongoing basis.  We will put a container at the Information Center and you can bring your grocery bags.  Thank you for supporting this opportunity to give and go green too!


HOPE CENTER BREAKFAST AND DINNER SERVICE – Make and serve a breakfast, or serve a supper in Waukesha to nearly 100 men, women, and children at the Hope Center soup kitchen.


HOPE STREET MINISTRY – Filling a three-story apartment building at 2522 W. Capitol Drive in Milwaukee, Hope Street Ministry provides a safe place to live and a nurturing community for families dealing with the pain of addiction. Volunteer to paint and clean an apartment being prepared for a new family, and spend time sharing a meal with the residents within this Christ-centered community.


INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – This multi-campus ministry is sharing the Gospel of Christ and transforming students and faculty, renewing campuses, and developing Christian leaders. These campus communities witness the love of Jesus as they grow in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people, and God’s purposes in the world. Volunteer opportunities arise periodically as we partner with our own missionary, Amy Jacobsen, Area Director for InterVarsity.


LIVING HOPE INTERNATIONAL – This Christ-centered organization has embraced the mission to rescue children, train leaders and reach the nations with the Gospel. Centered in Puebla, Mexico, this youth home has cared for nearly 500 vulnerable and at-risk children since 1994, providing a home, education, and even missionary training, as many of their youth graduate and seek to share the Gospel of Christ around the world.


LINC MILWAUKEE – With the goal of making a comprehensive and coordinated effort to impact the City of Milwaukee with the Gospel, LINC Milwaukee is working to raise up local leaders in the church and plant new churches throughout Milwaukee.


LUTHERAN INDIAN MINISTRIES – This Native American ministry continues to reach out to people of all ages with the message of God’s love and His plan of salvation. Recent financial support has helped with the construction of a new student center at Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry in Lawrence, Kansas. This student ministry center is located adjacent to the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with the construction at Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry.


NORTHWEST LUTHERAN, LUMIN SCHOOLS – The Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN) currently operates five urban elementary schools affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and a sixth Christian school in Racine. Enrollment is at record numbers at nearly 1,600 students combined! Over 170 servant hearts make-up the staffs that are equipped and excited to serve God’s children.


MADAGASCAR – Shepherd of the Hills is partnering with a Lutheran church and school in Madagascar in the rural village of Matsinjorano. With the help of Vicar Jean Rajaonasy, we are building relationships with the children and families in Matsinjorano by providing hand-made quilts, school supplies, toys, and even tables and chairs for the school building, all with the goal of sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus.  


MISSION OF CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH – Assist in delivering clothing and household items to Mission of Christ, located at 9th and Center in Milwaukee.  Deliveries are made in the morning the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can also help Shepherd of the Hills minister to the clients of Mission of Christ’s household & food pantry.  The 3rd Saturday of each month we meet & greet clients with a beverage & a treat.  We provide treats every other month.  Participate in this blessing by baking 3-4 dozen of your favorite treat.  Treats should be packaged to “grab & go” and need to be at church no later than 8:00 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday.


NEVERTHIRST – Neverthirst is an international non-profit Christian organization dedicated to bringing clean and living water to the poor. Not only is clean drinking water provided, but the Living Word that brings eternal life is also brought to the poor through the local church throughout India, Cambodia, South Sudan, and Sudan.


NIKKI’S PLACE AGAPE HOME – Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Agape Home for babies with HIV/AIDS opened in May 1996 as a response to the plight of children impacted by the spread of HIV/AIDS across Thailand. Many of the children who come to the Agape Home to live are, or are at risk of being, HIV positive. Many of them have already lost their parents to AIDS, and there are no other options for their care. Agape Home provides a loving family for 100+ children aged 0-21yrs.


SO-SEW QUILTS – Adults and children, including Kidz Konnection and Confirmation, have been busy since January making quilts for The Robyn’s Nest.  A quilt will be given to a child when they are placed in foster care.  We have created over 120 quilts.  Quilt squares will be available again at the Information Center beginning September 4th.  If you would like to help children sew or if you are five or older and would like to sew, our next So-Sew-Saturday morning is October 22nd.


SOLES FOR JESUS – Soles For Jesus (SFJ) exists to share the love of Christ by distributing shoes to the underserved in sub Saharan Africa. Join us as we gather at the SFJ warehouse in Milwaukee to prepare shoes for shipment to Africa. As we support SFJ financially as a congregation, there are also opportunities to volunteer with SFJ fundraising activities like their annual run/walk and their fashion show luncheon.  Please contact Pastor Aaron for more info.


SOUTH WISCONSIN DISTRICT OF THE LCMS – Shepherd of the Hills supports the work of the South Wisconsin District of the LCMS. The resources we send are used to reach out in the name of Jesus to people all around our District.


ZACHARIAH’S ACRES – The mission of Zachariah's Acres is to connect children with special health care needs, and their families, to the miracles of nature so they may know their Creator. Look for future opportunities to serve on their pristine land in Oconomowoc by visiting their website.