Outreach Programs

St. Paul has many programs and projects that impact the local community as well as the greater world beyond our neighborhood. Many of our members and friends are not aware of these efforts, and the great opportunities they present to show Christ’s love to others. Here are some of them:

  • Adopt a Platoon: Dave Hall is the coordinator. This project collects cash and material donations. The product is “Care Packages” sent to an isolated US Military unit overseas. “Adopt A Platoon” is a National Organization. See www.adoptaplatoon.org/. We have had about 10 different groups over the years since 2002.
  • Community Meal: In cooperation with other Berea churches offers meals on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM to community members. The community meal is currently being held at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
  • Fair Trade coffee and chocolate sales: Marianne and Bob Trausch are the coordinators. Proceeds go to benefit Lutheran World Relief and the coffee is OUTSTANDING! Watch for Bob in the hallway outside the church office between services.
  • Habitat for Humanity: This program provides decent, affordable housing to dramatically change a family's life. The cycle of poverty is broken, health, physical safety and security improve, educational and job prospects increase, a sense of stability and dignity grows and money is freed up for other essential needs. Many of our members work on local building projects.
  • Pre-School: The Early Education Center provides a quality Christian education for children 3 - 5 years old and offers support and guidance for parents.
  • Redeemer Crisis Center: is a ministry serving low income families with meals and the necessities of life. Located on the near west side. We help serve meals, pack groceries and have an ongoing clothing collection. Contact the office if you would like to help.
  • Sheep & Goats: This is a project to collect an extra offering in response to the challenge in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25. “Whatever you did for the least of these …”. A different social concern is chosen every month and all donations for the month go there. Recipients have included Lutheran Metro Ministry
  • Support for Providence House: Cindy Cain coordinates donations and special projects. Providence house is one of the nation's oldest operating crisis nurseries offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis.