SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS

THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE

WHAT IS THE THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE?

It's been a long-standing tradition for Shepherd to raise a special offering around the Thanksgiving season to aid food pantries and our mission partners. Over the years, this has become a challenge of sorts, prayerfully challenging ourselves to give generously as we come together and thank our God for his promises and faithfulness.

 

The distribution of our 2021 Thanksgiving offering will be equally divided between the Starfish Fund, local food pantries, prison ministries in the Greater Milwaukee area and Living Hope in Mexico. These ministries continue to be in need due to the pandemic.  

 

Our tradition of announcing the total collected during our Thanksgiving worship service, then celebrating with pie after our service has made this a very special evening. Most importantly we will continue the tradition of giving away 100% of the offering collected!

 

We simply ask you to prayerfully give as the Lord leads you and that you join us in worship on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. This service will be live streamed and childcare will be available. 

 

If electing to give online, please select Thanksgiving Offering. 


CHALLENGE OFFERING RECIPIENTS

LIVING HOPE INTERNATIONAL

The Living Hope Community is a campus-style permanent home for the children of Esperanza Viva Youth Home in Puebla, Mexico, and is the base of operations for Living Hope International and all of its affiliated ministries.

Living Hope International is a US-based 501c3 organization operating a multi-faceted, Christ-centered ministry which has a vision to reach the world with the Gospel. We rescue vulnerable at-risk children, and train, equip and send leaders to the nations, while drawing individuals, churches, businesses and foundations to join us in our mission.

Shepherd has supported this mission partner for years and has also taken multiple mission trips to the campus in Puebla, Mexico. 


PRISON MINISTRIES - MILWAUKEE

Jesus encourages us to care for the "least of these" in Matthew 25. In the Book of Acts we are given the command to be Jesus' witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Together at Shepherd of the Hills we are committed to caring for people in our community, in the Milwaukee area, and all over the world through our mission partners.

 

The people of our congregation have generously supported and served different prison ministries in the Greater Milwaukee Area for many years. We have walked alongside people like Chaplain Afam Ikanih at the House of Correction, Patrick Batom at Free at Last Milwaukee, Marty Calderone at God Touch Milwaukee, and now Frank Woods at Genesis Lighthouse. These ministries walk alongside men and women who are incarcerated or are coming out of incarceration, often recovering from addiction.


STARFISH FUND

In 2001, a monetary fund was started to help us show God‘s love and mercy to those who need it. We titled the account the “Starfish Fund“ after a story that poignantly points out each one of us can make a difference. It is our goal to always keep this fund alive. The fund puts our faith into action. Those that we help get to see God and His love through our efforts. The types of requests that we receive include help for physical needs (food, clothing, and furniture), monetary needs (rent, and car repairs), medical needs (prescriptions, glasses, and ongoing medical costs), and emotional needs (counseling or treatment).

 

During the COVID pandemic, we have seen a tremendous increase in the need for our Starfish Fund. Please consider generously supporting the needs of the people right here in our own community.


LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

Shepherd has been working with our local food pantries for many years as we understand the importance of taking care of God's people right here in our local neighborhoods. 

When you think of food pantries, food rather than money come to mind first. However, although food is always needed, there are times when demand is higher than supply and/or needed items are not on the shelfs. Items such as diapers and wipes for young mothers are purchased with the monetary donations received.

Your financial offering helps fill the need gaps at our local pantries.