Below are the various ministries and outreach opportunities we offer at Our Savior’s that you can get involved in.
ANNUAL CLOTHING SALE
Our Spring 2024 Clothing sale is yet To Be Determined! Join us in the fall of 2023, Saturday, Oct. 14th, 9am – 2pm, for a bake sale, Household Treasure Sale that will also include a few Quilter items, and stay for pie & coffee, and treats & activities for children! This event will raise a few funds that will be used by the women’s committee, WELCA, to disperse to their favorite outreach organizations around town – in the past that included Quad Cities Food Shelf, Salvation Army, Bill’s House, etc. The women of the church organize the sale and the proceeds are given to many area non-profit organizations. In the past we gave to a LSS house in need, Katherine’s House, Bill’s House, Quad Cities Food Shelf, Ruby’s Pantry, Mesabi Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and other non-profits. We do not keep the proceeds. It is a fun way of helping our community in many different areas.
NURSING HOME WORSHIP
We are slowly returning to scheduled worship services at area Assisted Living/memory care units-currently we serve at Waterview Pines, the 3rd Thursday at 2pm, if covid/flu/rsv restrictions are not in place. Our Pastor leads worship and prayer. The times may change in the fall of 2023. You can call us if you have questions or need a loved one to be visited and offered communion in a facility.
QUAD CITIES FOOD SHELF
Many of our congregants volunteer regularly here to organize food boxing and distribution events and often do food contribution drives throughout the year and gather items the food shelf may be in need of.
A Rutabaga Project “Little Food Pantry” (an area AEOA project) is located outside our doors by 12th avenue, facing the nursing home across the street. It is designed by AEOA to be stocked by neighborhood residents and any one who likes, and the church adds food as we collect a different themed food item every month. It is also to be shared with anyone in need, no questions asked. If you have extra food in your pantry at home, you can drop it off inside the little pantry any time that is convenient to you – and you can take food items if you are in need! It is for everyone in our community. *Reminder that it is not a refridgerated pantry, it is insulated, but not refridgerated. So shelf stable items are best until it gets cool enough to handle food that requires refridgeration (below 40), until it starts to freeze. Thank you for your consideration!
We have several people who attend the usual annual trip to Jamaica- we took a break for covid but will be returning – hopefully- sometime in late 2024 or 2025. We help with a medical clinic, an orphanage and building houses, much like Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested, you can always find Bob R. if you attend a service and ask him for details, or call our office at 218-741-6207.
During winter we also have a clothing rack with winter jackets, sweaters and hats, gloves and scarves. People are free to drop off items they have at home that are gently used and that you wish to donate. Just leave it on the rack! You are also free to take an item if you need, it is a ministry for all.
This Library is located by our Little Pantry and is also open for the public to donate books, or take books as desired. Stop by and check it out! If you have good reading material at home feel free to stop by and donate it to be shared by the public.
In the past, we have had a few members attend a mission companion trip to Honduras, our Synod Companion Partner. If you are interested in attending, hop on to our synod’s website, www.nemnsynod.org