As the body of Christ, we are called to serve those who are in need. We are to help the hopeless, comfort the lonely, speak out for justice, protect the vulnerable, and care for the less fortunate. We are to love Christ by loving others.
Cooperating Churches of Sussex (C.C.O.S.)
Seven are churches, including Christ Our Savior, help feed the hungry, give financial assistance, and support the community through food drives, fundraisers, and other events. Such events include Giving Tree: Christmastime gift drive and Mini-Workcamp: confirmation students participate in spring clean-up jobs for seniors living in the community around us.
Sussex Outreach Services (S.O.S.)
S.O.S. meets the immediate and long-term needs of the Sussex-area individuals and families by providing food, informational resources, client advocacy, counseling, educational programs, preventative health programs, and emergency assistance. Christ Our Savior donates items, gives monetary contributions, and serves at the food pantry once a month on Monday from 5–7pm. We have a toilet paper drive in fall, and have a peanut butter and jelly drive in the spring, as well as ongoing collection in the donation center. Contact: Brain Kusserow
This meal happens on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Community Center of St. James Catholic Church. This meal is open to the entire community. Each month the C.C.O.S. takes on various roles to prepare, serve, and clean up from this meal. Contact: Diane Otto
Greater Metro Milwaukee Area Ministries
This is a comprehensive, seven month transitional living program for homeless men who choose recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Christ Our Savior provides meals and eats with the residents monthly. We also help support the Alumni House: sober living apartments. We collect items year-round at the donation station. This fall, we had a Friday Fish & Chicken Fry event to raise funds for Serenity Inn. Contacts: Kris Pena & Mark Stieglitz
Hephatha Lutheran Church
God’s presence in the “thick of it.” Located in the middle of crime and poverty, Hephatha Lutheran Church is home to multiple age groups, cultures, and economic differences. Christ Our Savior prepares meals for children at Hephatha Church following the “Kid’s Praise” worship service once a month. Over the summer, COS brought meals and Vacation Bible School to the children of Hephatha Church. In response to their needs, Christ Our Savior organized a Bed Drive and donated 3 twin beds, 1 full bed, bedding, sheets, pillows, and towels to families. Contacts: Kim Lewin & Amy Berken
Bread of Healing Ministries
What began over 10 years ago as a response to hunger in the 53205 zip code has been growing year after year. Now with growing poverty in the community, Christ Our Savior helps feed individuals in poverty by preparing and serving a meal once a month at Cross Lutheran Church. Each January, we have the Mac-n-More food drive to collect nutrient rich food needed at the food pantry. In addition, we have on-going collections at the donation station.
This is a non-profit, faith-based, senior living community. Christ Our Savior donates cookies to them regularly for their hospitality hour. Contact: Joan Singer
Outreach For Hope
Outreach For Hope supports life-giving ministries that serve with the people of low income communities in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA. COS participates in the annual Outreach for Hope Family Bike Ride to help raise funds for this ministry.
Souper' Bowl of Caring
A nationwide event, the Souper’ Bowl of Caring takes place on NFL–Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a day where money and food is collected by the youth for area food pantries
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Throughout the year, COS collects needed items such as school supplies, clothing, and Christmas gifts and donates them to the reservation in South Dakota. We also make trips out there to help build homes and make homes handicap accessible. This summer, four members of COS joined with nine others to go on a mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through Worldwide Hunger Relief to complete home repairs and create handicap accessibility. While there, two decks were built, electrical work performed, windows replaced, and metal roof installed providing improved safety and health to the Lakota Sioux. Contacts: Sam Mayek & Brian Lubnow
Lutheran World Relief
The Quilters of COS also provide comfort and love through their beautiful quilts that are donated to Lutheran World Relief. These quilts are sent through Lutheran World Relief to places ravaged by violence, and around the world to bring warmth, cover and comfort.
Worldwide Hunger Relief
Poverty, homelessness, violence and abuse exist in all nations, continents and islands. Through Worldwide Hunger Relief, we support and package dried meals that are shipped to countries in regular need and to places hit by natural disasters.