Service Ministries

Memorial participates with a number of service ministries and non-profits to serve God's world.

You can find more one-time events and upcoming service dates by visiting the events calendar.

 

Caring Ministry

A small group serving for two months at a time to be the hands and feet of Christ. This group will serve those in need within our church community and in the St. Croix River Valley. Serving on a caring ministry team will allow each person/family to connect in a meaningful way with one another and our neighbors.

Commitment
One hour meeting each month of service
Communicating with team via email/phone (as needed)
1-5 hours of service and growth a month

To find out more about Caring Ministry, click HERE; or, contact Pastor Elizabeth if you are interested in serving on a caring ministry team!

Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala

Memorial Lutheran Church is in an accompaniment mission with a sister congregation, La Virgen de Santa Elena, in rural Guatemala. Through prayers, visits, and other shared ministry projects, we grow in faith with our brothers and sisters in another part of the world.

For more information about this partnership, visit http://www.ilagpartners.org/.

Adopt-a-Highway

Once or twice a year Memorial is responsible in the clean-up of the right of ways/ditches on County Road 18 from the corner at County 21 and County Road 18 to Manning Avenue.  Weekends vary as to weather and availability of volunteers.  Clean-up time takes approximately two hours with 12 people sharing the clean-up duties.

Arrangements are made through Washington County including bags needed for disposing of trash.  Washington County also hauls the roadside debris once our clean-up is complete.

The Family Place provides day and night shelter opportunities and programming for families without a permanent home.

Our volunteers will prepare and serve meals, joining with the residents at the table. Please check the event calendar, or contact Nick for more info and for upcoming dates to serve.

 

This well-known organization provides food around the world, including right here in the US, for children facing severe hunger. We have the opportunity to partner with them throughout the year and serve by packing meals, as well as with financial gifts.

Check the events calendar for upcoming shifts.

Habitat For Humanity

We invite you to join us on any or all work days. When Memorial serves, the sign-up sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall for this opportunity to directly help our neighbors.

Also, Dan Randall, Habitat coordinator at Shepherd of the Valley, would like to make it easy on us all. If anyone is interested, they can email Dan directly at djrandall13@yahoo.com and he will provide you with all of the information you need to know.

 

Any questions, contact Russ Vogt at RussV1@aol.com.

Hope for the Journey Home is housed at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale and serves as a shelter for homeless families in the Washington County area. The program is designed to provide shelter from one to about 13 nights, with kids bused to their usual schools each weekday morning and parents getting help finding work and housing through a day resource center at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, a partner in the effort.

As partners in the effort to provide shelter to those in need, Memorial Lutheran Church not only provides financial assistance to this program but also recruits volunteers to serve with supervision and meal preparation on a quarterly basis.

For more information on this wonderful ministry, please watch this video.

Look for volunteer needs in the church fellowship hall, as they become available, or you can contact the office.

Lutheran World Relief School Kits

These kits are an ongoing ministry opportunity at Memorial. We rely on continued donations of funds and supplies to complete these kits. For 2013-15, this is where our children’s offering was directed. These kits help with the education of children around the world. For a list of items to donate, click HERE.

Quiliting and Prayer Shawls

Do you like to Quilt, Knit, Crochet? Would you like to learn how? Are you looking to meet new people while contributing to the work of God? Join our Quilters every Monday at 9:00 am at Memorial as they work together sewing threads of love. Contact Nancy Johnson at 651-436-7833.

Our Prayer Shawls are made with love as a mantle of God’s healing presence. Prayers for healing are said while these shawls are being knit both at home and as a group on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact Laurie Mueller 651-702-2607.

The Sandwich Project MN

The Sandwich Project provides sandwiches to residents of twin cities shelters as they head out for the day. We help by preparing the sandwiches to be distributed.

When these dates arise, you can find them on the events calendar.

Valley Outreach

Valley Outreach has been feeding our hungry neighbors since 1983 and assisting our neighbors in need with other basic services (clothing, household essentials, and emergency financial assistance) since 2005. Before 2005, they were known as the St. Croix Valley Food Shelf and the St. Croix Emergency Food Shelf.

They currently are giving more than 40,000 pounds of food to nearly 400 hungry households every month through their Food Shelf, giving clothing and accessories to more than 350 households every month through The Clothing Closet, and giving an average of $6,500 in emergency financial assistance to about 25 households each month through the Emergency Fund.

Memorial volunteers quarterly for one week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Five volunteers are needed to stock shelves, unload truck, dispense items.  Also, as needed, donated food from Memorial must be delivered to the Food Shelf in Stillwater.

For more information on how you can participate, contact Nancy in the church office. Visit http://valleyoutreachmn.org/ to learn about this wonderful ministry.