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Outreach Ministries

 

Outreach efforts reflect inner faith as we strive to walk with Christ, sharing love and hope. Our parish tradition of community service continues to this day as we work with local agencies and organizations to aid those in need. We invite you to join our efforts if you have time and energy to spare.  Or, if you prefer to support our mission with a donation, click  the Online Giving tab and specify how you wish your gift to be used.* 

Our history of care 

Rector James Lloyd Breck and others helped Native Americans in the 1800s. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Christ Church provided education and assistance for Hmong refugees after the Vietnam War. Story cloths celebrating our connection with the Hmong community are displayed in our church. As a member of the worldwide Anglican communion, we have supported missions in Pakistan, South Sudan, Kenya, Haiti, Zimbabwe and other places.

Community Service 
In recent years, Christ Church has provided funds, food, warm things to wear, and volunteers to:

  • Little Free Pantry                                                                  

  • Episcopal Relief & Development

  • St. Clare Health Mission

  • Salvation Army

Little Free Pantry     
A church member restocks the pantry daily with a few of each
item in this list. Shelves usually empty within an hour.   

  • Easy-open cans of stew, pasta, beans, mac & cheese or spaghetti

  • Single-serve cereal boxes, fruit cups, energy bars, boxes of raisins

  • Men’s and women’s underwear

  • Socks

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

  • Soap bars

Items listed below are not stocked since many pantry visitors lack a place or equipment to cook.

We cannot accept donations of:    

  • Fresh or frozen meat, fruit or vegetables

  • Rice, spaghetti or other items that require cooking

  • Anything in glass jars

  • Anything that needs a can opener             

        

Cash, checks or online donations are gratefully accepted.  

  • Mail a check to Christ Church, P.O. Box 2908, La Crosse, WI 54602-2908.

  • Put an envelope marked “Little Free Pantry” in the offering at any worship service.

  • Use this secure link within our website, Online Giving

To donate larger quantities, contact Jake Delwiche ( jakedelwiche@gmail.com ) to learn when and

where to deliver your most welcome gifts.

Sunday Potluck and Thursday Community Lunch

All are welcome, whether or not you bring a dish. There’s plenty for everyone.

  • Sunday Potluck – Every 2nd Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. service.

  • Thursday Community Lunch – Served most Thursdays at 12 noon.

Volunteers prepare salad, a hot meal, sandwiches, fruit and dessert. Coffee, milk and juice are available. Donations are accepted but not necessary. We look forward to your friendship and fellowship.

Purls of Wisdom  

Dedicated knitters and crocheters prayerfully create items
for those in need. Their
 mission is to warm their hearts
while keeping others warm. As team leader Jenn Burchell

says,“We patiently welcome all skill levels - even beginners.
We will happily teach and coach as we enjoy friendship
and laughter.” 

 

This group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays on the
first floor of Vinter
 Hall. The entrance is on 9th Street.

 

Whether you want to learn a new skill or just chat, join us!  If you have questions, send an email to info@ceclax.org so Jenn can contact you. Come enjoy fellowship amid the sound of clicking needles.

We partner with Northside Elementary School to provide hats, mittens, and scarves for students throughout the winter. Our association with the Warming Center will continue as well. Last year we made 200 hats for the homelessCold weather comes all too soon for those least able to endure it.

Monday Meals

Christ Church works with Trinity Lutheran and other area churches and service groups to provide weekly meals. On assigned Mondays, we prepare and pack 150 to 200 meals to be given out during a regular Hunger Task Force food pantry pickup at Trinity. We will be responsible for 4 meals during 2024. If you would like to help with any aspect of this much needed service to north side residents, please email info@ceclax.org for further information. Financial contributions are also welcome. Simply mark Monday Meals on your check or envelope.

 

Safe Families for Children 

This organization seeks to keep children safe and families
together.
It is rooted in faith, fueled by radical hospitality,
disruptive
 generosity, and intentional compassion. It is
building a network of caring and compassionate volunteers
to
 support familie
s facing social isolation. Its goals are to
prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce the number of
children entering the child welfare system,
 and support
and stabilize families. However you are called to support
children and
 families, there is a place for you. 

To learn more or get involved, visit https://safefamilieswi.org  
or call (608) 844-8475, ext. 0 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F.
Send mail to P.O. Box 141, La Crosse, WI 54602-0141.

 

 

 

Community Concerts

We host concerts for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,
 La Crosse Chamber Chorale, other groups, and
professional musicians. Our sanctuary's size and
excellent acoustics  
make it ideal for musical events.

Narcotics Anonymous

The La Crosse chapter of this recovery program meets
each week at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of
Vinter Hall, our administration and classroom wing.
NA supports those who are battling narcotic addiction
in a format similar to Alcoholic Anonymous.

Salvation Army

Younger members have made the Salvation Army
their special mission. They led donation drives to
collect warm c
oats and hundreds of boxes of
macaroni and cheese. They made an
d delivered
sandwiches to the Army's kitchen. (Their smiles in
the center photo above show their ent
husiasm
for helping others.) They also sponsor our annual
Angel Tree gift project, which invites parishioners to
donate new clothing for students in need.

Crossroads UCM (United Campus Ministry)

With several other La Crosse churches, we support
students from 3 colleges with food, prayers and
worship opportunities. United Campus Ministry

and Common Ground (a coffee shop and meeting place)

are on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus at
1334 Pine Street, La Crosse. 

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SFFC helped a Western Technical College graduate escape homelessness and domestic violence. Staff and her home host family provided respite child care for Lisa's
2-month old baby while she trained to be a school bus driver and earned  her WTC degree.  She has a supportive, ongoing connection with her host family. Prepared now for a better future, she is also rebuilding relationships with her 4 other children. 

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  • United Campus Ministry

  • Safe Families for Children

  • New Horizons

  • Warming Center

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