Outreach Ministry

The Outreach ministry’s objective is to coordinate the local, national and international outreach programs in support of the Our Savior’s core value “Serving with Jesus Every Place” with our focus being part two of the churches three-fold vision “Service Adventures with the Poor and Poor in Spirit’; and to develop and support advocates who lead these programs.

Outreach Ministry is funded by your general offerings but also funded by special offerings of Kingdom Expansion when a particular ministry is important to the congregation.  Kingdom Expansion has allowed our Outreach Ministry team to respond with funds where they are needed in a prompt manner without separate appeals to the congregation.

An example of this may be:

Kingdom Expansion information is provided monthly on the third Sunday of every month.  Outreach Ministries receives a portion of those contributions based on need and the areas which our congregation supports.  When a need arises, such as an ELCA appeal for drought or floods, our Outreach Ministry team can respond on behalf of our congregation and send a check directly to that appeal.  This way, we are not always asking our congregation for donations at every turn and every need.

We appreciate the generous support of this congregation to Outreach Ministry and Kingdom Expansion

Coordinators for Outreach Ministries:  Susan Weiss and Bill Anderson

Below are ongoing ministries that are supportedby the Our Savior’s Outreach Team
 ELCA Global Links Monthly Newsletter click link below:
Appalachian Service Project – Youth Ministry Mission Trip
July 15-22,2017




Hartland Food Pantry

Come help shelve or provide canned goods and supplies to the needy in Hartland area.  Volunteers needed to help on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:00 am. 
You may bring in nonperishable food items, coupons, and Piggly Wiggly receipts to the donation box in the Narthex. Items will be delivered on a regular basis. The Hartland Food Pantry is located at 555 S. Industrial Drive in Hartland. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
Hours for Hartland Food Pantry are Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m .Donations accepted during these hours only.
Family Promise of Western Waukesha County
Family Promise of Western Waukesha County was developed to provide a collaborative community effort linking existing community resources together to provide cost effective shelter, meals and support services to local homeless children and their families, assisting them to achieve and sustain independence.  Our Savior’s is one of 13 host congregations located in the Waukesha County area dedicated to providing shelter to those families in need on a rotating basis, providing homeless guests with safe and comfortable quarters and meals. 
Are YOU being called to help out? Here are some ways that you can:

Sign up to be a volunteer: This requires a brief training session (about 2 hours) but then qualifies you to spend time with our guests. Please see the sign-up sheet at the kiosk in the narthex at church. We will arrange a training date to accommodate those interested as best we can.

Watch for food and meal sign-ups: Look for our menu sign-up board in the narthex to sign up for providing meals to our guests while they are with us.

PRAY for the Family Promise program, our guests, and our volunteers: This is one of the very best ways that everyone can help to support this ministry! This is such a time of transition for all of our guests—they can certainly use the spiritual support. As for our volunteers—pray that we are gently guided by God to provide for our guests exactly what they need.

If you have any questions or problems, please call Jackie Jones at 602-418-2208.   Look for volunteers wearing the Family Promise badges and ask them about their experience with the program.  They can answer many of the questions that you might have and talk to you about how you might be able to help! Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Here are some statistics that you might find encouraging:

To date (not including our current families):
• 10 families have graduated from our program—into their own homes, many with jobs as well.
• That is a total of 22 kids and 21 adults that we have helped through a very difficult and challenging time in their lives!

Isn’t that terrific? The word is getting out and more folks are calling to see if Family Promise is the right program for them. What a blessing!

More good news—we have a new support church! St Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee will be assisting us during our host weeks. We are very grateful to have them with us.

 More information on Family Promise or to donate or help, see the link to their website below:
Hope Center
502 N. East Avenue, Waukesha, WI   262-549-8726

Hope Center

We directly support Hope Center by collecting needed items in our wheelbarrow in the Narthex.  Items are then delivered on a regular basis to the Hope Center.  Monetary donations are made on a case by case basis and also when they have a Match Day appeal.
Our Savior’s participates in the ” Loaves and Fishes” meal program at the Hope Center.  Several times a year a meal theme is created and volunteers bring food items to be delivered on the meal serving day.  Our Savior’s volunteers then come and help to serve the meal. These are usually served on designated Sundays from noon – 4:00 pm.
Project Move is an important ministry of Hope Center of which Our Savior’s again participates by providing volunteers to help move furniture to those in need.
Coordinators:  We are currently looking for coordinators for this ministry program.  If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact Nancy or Chris Schwartz at 262-533-5033. 

Salvation Army

“Feed the Kids”
summer ministry
This  is a great opportunity for kids and families! Help prepare and distribute sandwiches and sack lunches to children in need. The lunches are made at the Community Center, 445 Madison St. in Waukesha and then taken to be distributed at Sentinel Park in Waukesha. If you under 18, you will need a permission slip to ride to the park. Please report to 445 Madison St. on the second floor.  Have your hair pulled back or wear a baseball style hat.  Closed-toe shoes preferred.


Mt. Meru Coffee Project

Contact:  Jay Mikulec

“Doing justice never tasted so good.”  Buy fair trade coffee from our fellow Lutheran in Tanzania.  Mt. Meru Coffee is a partnership between Lutheran churches and local coffee farmers in Tanzania.  This is some of the best coffee in the world?  The project buys directly from the farmers with proceeds providing funding for schools and clinic.

You can purchase whole bean or ground coffee in regular and decaf.

Coffee is on display in the Narthex by the fellowship coffee area.

Special flavored coffees are offered for gifts around the holidays.

Ronald McDonald House

Contact:  Lori Kroeger

Help prepare and serve a meal to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are in the hospital.(Provided periodically throughout the year.)

Bread of Life

Contact:  Linda Westlie

Bread of Life is a program to help feed those in need in the Lake Country Area.  Churches work together to pick one day every 3 months to provide and serve a meal at St. Charles Catholic Church in Hartland.  Volunteers cook and serve from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Giving Tree

Contact: Vicki Pratt

The Christmas Giving tree is put up in the church Narthex in November with tags that describe a gift need for children or adults.  Three charities are represented.  Interfaith Senior Program, Salvation Army, and Hope Center in Waukesha.   Items are collected unwrapped and then delivered to the appropriate charities before Christmas.

Tanzania Partnership

Wr.e help to sustain and strengthen our relationship with Imbaseny Parish in the Meru Diocese of Tanzania (East Africa).  Our Sunday School children collect offerings for the Alianga School.


We also support Tanzania and our Imbaseny Partnership financially and by providing volunteers for help build the kindergarten, do vision screenings and provide eyeglasses to those in need. In 2013, ten volunteers traveled to Tanzania.

Disaster Rehab Team -Disaster Relief
Contact: Gary Jasiek – Call the church office at 262-367-6000
The rehab team spends a week (usually in the fall) traveling to an area of the country that has been devastated by a disaster such as a tornado, floods or a hurricane.  We have done everything from installing wood floors to building a house in areas like Joplin, New Orleans, Nashville, Biloxi and Cedar Rapids.  You don’t need to be a skilled craftsman to join us, as there are jobs for all skill levels on each trip.
If you are interested in joining our team, please contact me at the number listed above or by email.  It is a very rewarding experience.
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2015 Trip – Conway, Arkansas
The men’s disaster rehab group from Our Savior’s traveled to Conway, AR the week of October 18-24, 2015 to help that area rebuild from a devastating tornado. Conway is approximately 25 miles north of Little Rock, and it along with neighboring cities of Mayflower and Vilonia were hit with an EF4 tornado in April of last year. In addition to the enormous amount structural damage done by this tornado, 14 people were killed.
2014 Trip – Oklahoma City
Eight men from Our Savior’s, comprised of Bill Schumell, Jim Tremaine, Matt Feyen, Jim Mars, Jim Arshem, Mark Klokow, Gary Jasiek and Joel Bowers, traveled to the Oklahoma City area the week of October 20-24, 2014 to help with their disaster recovery efforts after three deadly tornadoes hit the surrounding areas last May.  The group worked in the Shawnee area (30 miles east of OK City), which was hit with an EF4 tornado on May 19th.  Completed projects included building water pump houses to protect the pumps from freezing, installed a fence and working at the 1 Day Ranch finishing off stalls, constructing an interior wall and doors, installing a drop ceiling as well as installing drywall and taping.  The facility houses abused horses and dogs and offers therapeutic riding for at-risk youths, adults and disabled individuals. It was the group’s sixth trip to various parts of the country to help with disaster recovery efforts.