Hope Lutheran Church Ministries
Jesus taught that the most important commandments are to love the Lord God with all our hearts and minds and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Martin Luther taught, “A Christian is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.”
As followers of Christ, who also bear the name of Lutheran, we understand that the freedom we have been given through Christ is a call to go forth and serve our neighbors. The ministries of Hope Lutheran Church strive to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the Milton community and to the world beyond, through proclamation of the Word and through Christian service.
A BeFriender is someone who listens with compassion, accepts people as they are, respects another’s spiritual journey, and embodies the caring presence of God. BeFrienders provide pastoral care for people in all kinds of difficult and transitional situations. They are trained volunteers who extend the care of a faith community. BeFrienders provide pastoral care through a listening presence for anyone experiencing:
- Cancer or chronic illness
- Resident of a skilled nursing facility
- Stress of being a caregiver
- Death of a loved one
- Any other need for a listening ear or pastoral care
GIFTS Mens Shelter
The mission of GIFTS is to show Christ’s love to homeless men in Rock County by advancing renewal and hope through a unified Christian effort. The vision is to be a comprehensive, Christ-centered ministry providing the resources needed to transform and restore the lives of homeless men, one at a time. Hope Lutheran partners with St. John Lutheran Church in Janesville to provide volunteer services for a week two or three times each year. Volunteers provide and serve meals, do evening intake and spend the night.
Little Free Food Pantry
The mini pantry movement is a grassroots, crowd sourced solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, mini pantries help neighbors feed neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods. Joining this movement Hope’s little pantry strives to provide nonperishable food items to help those in need. The pantry is located on our campus and is accessible at all times.
Lutheran World Relief
Today and every day, Lutheran World Relief Quilts and Kits of Care give families around the world some of life’s essentials, as well as a reminder that they are not alone. From chronic poverty and conflict to drought and typhoon, the intensity of humanitarian needs continues to increase. Members of Hope work to complete kits and quilts throughout the year for shipment in September. It strengthens fellowship within our congregation, serves as a faith witness to our community and brings members closer to their global neighbors. The gifts given through these projects are an immeasurable blessing to families around the world.
- Baby Care Kits
- Personal Care Kits
- School Kits
Milton Food Pantry
The Milton Food Pantry collects food and school supplies and distributes them to families in need in the School District of Milton located in Rock County, Wisconsin. Food, school supplies, and monetary donations are accepted every Wednesday morning 9am – 11am. Please call the office to arrange other times when volunteers can accept donations. Distribution days include every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm as well as the first and third Mondays of the month from 6pm – 7:30 pm. Besides having a collection point for needed items in our facility, Hope provides 2 or 3 volunteers to work every six weeks on Wednesday afternoons. Volunteers also deliver Meals on Wheels every day during that same week.
One Apple Lunch Bunch
One Apple Lunch Bunch serve the Milton community by providing free summer lunches for the 4k-6th grade students of Milton. Lunch is served starting the first day of summer school and continues until the last day of summer vacation. Members of Hope volunteer to make and serve lunches for a week or two during the summer.
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