Although our outreach ministries change, depending on the needs of the community and society at large, several components are constant.
Food Pantry: For 30 years our congregation has operated an on-site food pantry. Ms. Gretchen Macht, the volunteer coordinator, graciously gives of her time to assure that the pantry is stocked and managed by a large team of congregational and neighborhood volunteers. The Lakeview Food Pantry is open every Monday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and has the capacity to serve about 20 families, (80 individuals) on the days of operation. It is fully accessible on the lower level of Lakeview Lutheran Church. The Food Pantry is a walk-in pantry. Please bring and ID and proof of address. Individuals interested in making financial or in-kind donations to the pantry, or who may be interested in working in the pantry, should contact the church directly.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner is held every year on Thanksgiving Day. Anyone from the community is invited to participate in this turkey dinner with all the trimmings at no cost. It is served family style in our dining room beginning at noon. Carry-outs are available to those who live in the area and who are unable to come to the church. About 250 people enjoy this event each year.
CROP Walk: The people of Lakeview Lutheran Church take seriously the task of reducing world hunger. Each year about 75 individuals from the congregation participate in the annual CROP walk in Madison in October. Each year members of the congregation raise around $5000 to be donated to Church World Service through this CROP walk. Money raised at this event is used to reduce hunger throughout the world, within our nation and in Dane County. A portion of all money contributed to CROP through this congregation goes directly to local food pantries.
Lutheran World Relief Quilts: In October, members of the congregation donate quilts they have made throughout the year to Lutheran World Relief to be distributed to areas of need throughout the world and in our nation.
Knitting/Crocheting Ministry: Each month folks who knit and crochet gather to enjoy fellowship and ministry. They knit a variety of projects including prayer shawls, skullcaps for military personnel, afghans for Warm Up America etc. All skill levels are invited to attend. Coffee is served!
ELCA Disaster Relief is supported financially through special giving and through in-kind collections as various needs arise in our nation and the world each year. One hundred percent of the financial gifts given to the ELCA Disaster Relief Program are used for victims of catastrophic events.
Summer Mission Trips are planned for the high school youth of our congregation and community. These trips are taken to locations and cultures unlike our own so that youth and adult chaperones may experience the opportunity to develop new relationships through mission work such as house painting. Mission trip exposure assists all who participate to end stereotypes, to respect and grow from diversity, to consider the pluralistic society in which we live, to improve self-esteem, to learn new skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the love God has for all people.
Disaster Recovery: Working closely with Lutheran Disaster Response, Lakeview Lutheran Church routinely sends out adult work teams to provide rehab and recovery services. Recent locations include: Biloxi, New Orleans, Minot, and Crisfield, MD.
Habitat for Humanity is an area of outreach supporting home ownership for low income families. Our congregation supports construction projects with labor throughout the year.
Road Home Program: Volunteers at Lakeview Lutheran Church are pleased to be able to host families with the Road Home Homeless Program four weeks each year. We give thanks for the volunteers from Burke Lutheran Church who buddy with us to accomplish this task.
Red Cross Blood Drive: Quarterly Blood Drives are offered at the church.
MUM Just Bakery: Classroom space and support is provided daily for the Madison Urban Ministry baking program.
Vera Court Literacy: Twelve children make bi-weekly use of our building to improve literacy and reading skills.