All in need are welcome to "shop" the Holmen Lutheran Food Pantry which is open during church hours. Non-perishable items are donated by the community to be shared. In the event that our pantry is closed, please check out the pantry at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Holmen. Donations are always welcome and can be dropped off at the entrance of the pantry. For more information, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Ministry is a nationally recognized ministry in which caring persons walk with an individual going through a crisis in their life. After extensive training, each "care giver" is paired up with a ‘care receiver.’ With God’s guidance, volunteer ‘Stephen Ministers’ are led through a journey of listening and ‘being there’ for the person in need—becoming truly God’s love in action. All conversations are strictly confidential. For more information on having a Stephen Minister or being trained as a new Stephen Minister, please email Pastor Allison at email@example.com. Stephen Ministry has excellent online information with helpful videos on how this program works as well. They can be found at https://www.stephenministries.org/stephenministry/default.cfm/1596.
Trick Or Treat
This event brings together youth and adults from Holmen Lutheran Church, Holmen High School, and other area churches to trick or treat for canned goods to help families in need in the Holmen school district. Approximately 175 people trick or treat each year collecting close to $8000 worth of food. It is a wonderful event and all are welcome to participate. For more information, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two food basket distributions—one in the fall (before Thanksgiving) and a second before Christmas. For the Fall Distribution, non-perishable items are collected from the “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat” event and sorted onto tables in the fellowship hall. Families in need of food are invited to come and "shop" with volunteers assisting them at each table and helping get their bagged food to their cars.
Items remaining after the Fall Food Distribution, and ones received from the Rotary Lights “Holmen Lutheran Night,” are used for the Christmas Distribution. Families are again invited here to our fellowship hall where volunteers assist in a discrete, confidential manner. For more information, please contact the church office at email@example.com.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This ministry of care and support is generously supported by knitters in our faith community. With each stitch, a prayer is prayed for peace, love, and comfort. The shawls are then available as gifts for persons suffering illness or grief—for whom they become warm reminders of God’s love surrounding them and the prayers and support of our faith community. If you are in need of a prayer shawl to give to someone in need, or would like to donate money for yarn to be purchased, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team’s mission is to offer meals on a short-term basis to support individuals or families challenged by a difficult life situation such as illness, loss of a job, deployment of a spouse, hospitalization, or accident. A schedule of days to provide meals is determined and then the meal ministry team is contacted to help. If you are in need of meals or would like to be a part of the meal team, please contact the church office at email@example.com.
The Caring Tree helps those children in the Holmen School District who are in need of Christmas gifts. Each child (names are kept confidential) has two tags on the tree, one for a fun item and one for a clothing item. Holmen Lutheran Church members and others from the community take tags off the tree, purchase the item(s) listed, wrap the gifts, bring them to the church, and then the Service Ministry Team and other volunteers distribute them to the families the day of the Christmas Basket Distribution. For more information, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holmen Lutheran volunteers help set up the huge light display and decorate our own Holmen Lutheran tree at the annual Rotary Lights at Riverside Park in La Crosse. In exchange, we receive part of the food collected on one of the nights the park display is open. On our designated night, we pick up the food items and use it for our Christmas Food Basket Distribution. Upon wrap up of Rotary Lights, we also receive a a monetary donation used to purchase additional food. Come join in the fun of Rotary Lights and bring your canned goods!
Quilts for Lutheran World Relief and KidzCare
Show God's love through the gift of warmth and comfort. Quilters meet on Tuesday mornings to cut and sew quilts to be sent around the world through Lutheran World Relief. In addition, several times a year, children's quilts are made to be given to kids at local hospitals as a way to bring joy and connection during a difficult time. All skill levels are welcome! Please contact the church office at email@example.com for more information.
Days for Girls: Making Feminine Hygiene Kits for Girls
Feminine hygiene supplies are too expensive or often unavailable for girls around the world. This group meets regularly to make reusable period supplies to be sent to girls in need. This means that girls can stay in school and not have to miss a week each month. With education, they can better choose their future and move out of the grip of poverty. Please click here for more information: https://www.daysforgirls.org/. To be a part of this group at Holmen Lutheran, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. No sewing skills are required.
Funeral Meal Servers: Hospitality and Care During Funeral Fellowship
This ministry serves catered meals following a funeral service at Holmen Lutheran. As loved ones gather to visit and share stories, this team hosts to let grieving families sit and be together. To be a part of this important ministry of hospitality, please contact the church office at email@example.com.