Holy Shepherd has a number of opportunities to live out this portion of our mission together and we’re always looking for more. On this page you will find some of the opportunities to
“Serve and Reach Out JOYFULLY to All” – God’s Work. Our Hands!
The Interfaith Shelter program unites the religious community in its effort to assist the homeless. Congregations provide overnight lodging and meals for three to five families for a week at a time on a rotating basis. volunteers and the participating congregations provide families with basic human needs – shelter, safety and sustenance – and a spirit of warmth and hospitality as they regain their independence.
The mission of Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver is to decrease the incidence of teen suicide by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth. Each September a Walk/Run/Bike-a-thon is held to raise funds for this program.
Habitat for Humanity in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, builds, and renovates houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities for those in need. The affiliates work with donors, volunteers, and homeowners and are directly responsible for family selection as well as the legal, organizational, fund-raising, financial and construction aspects of the work.
A group of dedicated women gather twice a month to make large quilts for Lutheran World Relief and assemble baby layettes for Jeffco Health Services. Meeting Time: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 9:00 am.
Caring Ministry offers many opportunities to care and stay in touch with the Holy Shepherd community: prepare & deliver food to the ill and homebound; provide rides to worship and other activities to those in need; send greeting cards in time of sorrow as well as celebrating another year of a life well-lived; and last, but not least, providing food or serving in time of grief . . . fellowship and food helping to begin the healing process.
Sr. High Mission Trip
Each summer the Sr. High Youth Group, along with a few older “youth”, spend a week – 10 days serving others in a variety of ways. Mission trips have taken them to Juarez, Mexico to build a house; Long Beach, Mississippi to help families recovering from Hurricane Katrina and Wind River, Wyoming, to repair and upgrade various sites on the reservation, to name a few. Each trip is a faith building experience, growing deeper in God’s love by sharing His love with others.
Campus Ministry Website
Campus Ministries bears witness to God’s amazing grace within the context of higher education. Sensitive to the pastoral needs of those on campus and engaged in the intellectual discourse of the university, campus Ministry strives to communicate the Gospel in fresh ways.
National and International programs conducted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America receives a substantial portion of our mission’s budget.
ELCA World Hunger Appeal
Each November we have a special offering for the World Hunger Appeal. These monies provide hunger relief and development around the world. The primary goal of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal is to help people help themselves through long-term development.
This organization of Christians form various denominations monitors the Congress and the Executive Branch pushing for change that will positively impact the hungry, the disenfranchised and the powerless at home and around the world.
Capitol Hill Community Services
This organization, located at 1420 Ogden Street, helps feed the homeless and less fortunate people in the downtown area. There is a need for volunteers who might want to help with lunches.
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a faith based, non-profit human agency helping children and families during their most challenging times. They have been committed to serving all people, regardless of race, religion, gender or age.
Denver Indian Center
This center works hard to care for Native American Indians in our community. Many activities are offered for small children in the Indian culture. Because of our toy drive for this center at Christmas time, many Indian children get gifts that they would never have without the generosity of our members.
This ministry encourages people of faith to actively work as stewards of God’s creation.
Rainbow Trail & Sky Ranch
These are Lutheran camps that provide for outdoor fellowship, ministry and recreation. Our support allows individuals and groups the opportunity to spend time at these beautiful facilities.
Godparents for Tanzania (G4TZ) provides scholarships to students in Tanzania to help them pursue their education and contribute to their families, their communities, and their country. In Tanzania, and many other poor countries, there is no free public education beyond primary school. Parents must pay tuition for their children to attend school. Sadly, if parents cannot afford this, then their children stay home. By supporting this ministry we are providing impoverished children the chance to expand their lives beyond the shamba (small family farm) and give a greater good to the community.
Each year the Jeffco Action Center serves more than 30,000 individuals. Their services include a homeless shelter: an emergency services program that provides a food bank, rent and utility assistance. The program also offers medical assistance, clothing bank, bus tokens, work readiness support and tenant/landlord counseling. Additional services include a hot lunch program for people who do not qualify for the Meals on Wheels program and a Santa Shop.
An organization in the Rocky Mountain Synod which invites individuals to spend a year living in “Intentional Christian Community” and volunteering their time and talents in service to urban people who are poor and/or victims of injustice.
We currently help sponsor Nathan and Sharonette Bowman who minister to Kuwamizu and Matsubase Lutheran Churches in Japan. They also serve as Chaplains to a Children’s home for 90 children, a baby home for 15 babies, four nursery schools for 240 children, a kindergarten for 220 children, three senior citizen’s homes for 170, and a day care center that has about 1800 senior citizens passing through each week.
Other Mission Events
“Dining Out For Hunger”, a fund raiser for the ELCA world Hunger Appeal as well as special offerings for World Hunger
Christmas Mitten Tree, Toy collection & “Shares” to support our neighbors in need.
“Have a Heart Month” in February to collect various items such as underwear and baby diapers.
“School Supply Drive” – For our local school in our neighborhood
“Equal Exchange Coffee” – Coffee purchases to support fair trade. Equal Exchange coffees go far beyond the cup, supporting women’s leadership at producer co-ops, environmental preservation through crop diversity, improved yields through soil analysis, and much more. Fair Trade is a way of doing business that ultimately aims to keep small farmers an active part of the world marketplace, and aims to empower consumers to make purchases that support their values.
“Wilderness on Wheels” – Providing ACCESS TO NATURE for people of all abilities, their family and caregivers for over 30 years. The 1-mile boardwalk rises to 9,000 ft and allows everyone – young and old, disabled and abled, individuals and groups – to roll and stroll through the beautiful Colorado mountains.