“They will know we are Christians by our love”
Following is an listing of some of the ministries supported by St. Martin’s through volunteer time and talent and/or designated giving.
Christian in Action is one of the local food pantries that is part of the Community Action Coalition (CAC) in Dane County serving outlying areas. St. Martin’s joins St. Francis in supporting this ministry annually by donating all foods and financial donations from the annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service to the pantry. In addition St. Martin’s supports this ministry with financial donations through out the year.
World Vision is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. St. Martin's Senior Youth have adopted a young boy from Bolivia and support him both spiritually and financially.
Giving Tree is an adopt a family/individual program that fulfills the Christmas wishes of those in poverty or financial crisis during the holiday season. The program has adopted hundreds of families and more than 1,500 individuals over the years. All Cross Plains families and individuals registered with Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) are adopted. Others are secured from congregational recommendations, area social workers and the church staff. The Giving Tree is one of the largest congregational outreach ministries of St. Martin’s with almost all members directly involved either by purchasing wish gifts, donating gently used clothing and toys or by helping with organization, additional shopping for unfulfilled gifts, wrapping, sorting, distributing or in other ways. St. Martin’s volunteers turn the church library into a Clothing/Toy Closet of gently used donations so families who come to the church to pick up their wishes can shop for additional items. All items remaining are donated to MOM or St. Vincent de Paul.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds and repairs houses for people in need using volunteer labor and donations. A Habitat for Humanity home owner receives no profit, no interest mortgage loans and builds alongside the volunteers. St. Martin’s volunteers have participated in several Habitat area builds in Madison, Mazomanie and Fitchburg and continue to lend their working hands and giving hearts to this effort.
Lutheran Campus Ministry gives spiritual and social opportunities for college aged students including bible studies, worship services, food, and a variety of volunteer events. It is an ELCA ministry for all Christian students driven by and for those involved in all aspects of the ministry with spiritual opportunities to serve, grow and develop leadership experience. St Martin’s supports this ministry by providing home cooked meals during finals weeks and through a financial donation.
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan offers many services including addiction treatment, adoption and foster care, housing, parenting, counseling and helps to meet the needs of older adults and those with disabilities. St Martin’s supports their efforts with financial donations.
Lutherans United, Assisting after Disasters (LUAD) assists disaster survivors bridging the gap between the emergency of disaster and long-term recovery by providing supplies and social, emotional and spiritual support.
Lutheran World Relief seeks lasting solutions to poverty and injustice and in doing so, compels American Lutherans to put their faith into action. St Martin’s Quilters have donated many quilts through the years, quilts that will provide shelter from the sun, become a bed at night, a room divider or even a home. In addition Personal Care kits containing a bath towel, toothbrush, comb, nail clippers and two bars of soap were donated and packaged with the quilts as gifts of hope by the congregation of St. Martin’s.
Madison Area Lutheran Council (MALC) provides the Chaplains for the Dane County Jail Ministry in Madison who are fully supported by contributions to MALC. MALC also organizes the annual South Central Wisconsin Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading where donated St. Martin's quilts and personal care kits begin their journey to be distributed worldwide. St. Martin’s has supported this ministry by sending Christmas cards with a personal message from individual members of our congregations for those incarcerated and through an annual financial donation to help support the chaplaincy.
Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) – St Martin’s joins seven other local churches that comprise the MOM Community Service Council (CSC) in an effort to end Hunger, prevent Homelessness and promote independence in the Cross Plains, Middleton and West Madison area. St. Martin’s supports client needs, takes an active role in volunteer recruitment and participates in seasonal MOM programs. Our members volunteer their time and talents by serving on the MOM Board of Directors, serving in and donating to the Food Pantry, by volunteering for the Seniors Program as drivers and with chore assistance for those clients 60 or older. The MOM Sharing Christmas Program is heavily supported by the Giving Tree; the Plant a Row Garden provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to the food pantry and fully stocked school back packs. In addition St. Martin’s supports the MOM mission through financial donations.
Plant a Row is a garden outreach ministry that has donated thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to local food pantries over the years. The garden is located on St. Martin’s grounds and is prepared, planted, watered, weeded and harvested spring through fall by volunteers. The garden also provides flowers for the sanctuary during the summer months.
Porchlight (Men’s Homeless Shelter) gives emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling, and affordable transitional and permanent housing to homeless people in the Dane County area as they transition into permanent housing and employment. During the summer months 60-70 men are served per night; that number increases to 90-150 men during the winter months. The shelter is open 365 days a year. St. Martin’s volunteers have been preparing, delivering and serving food every other month throughout the year and the ministry is also supported by our financial donations.
St. Martin's Quilters meet weekly during the school year to cut, pin and sew colorful pieces of fabric together to create one of-a-kind quilts that are donated to several local and international ministries, including Lutheran World Relief for distribution in third world countries. Locally quilts have been donated to MALC for fundraisers and to Middleton Outreach Ministry for distribution to those in need, with a few are always held in reserve for emergency requests.
Salvation Army Shelter for Families gives short term shelter, food and case management services to homeless families. The shelter, located in downtown Madison, houses up to 18 families for a period of 90 days. Each family is provided private quarters, three meals a day, shower and laundry facilities and enrichment activities. Case managers work with each family to assist with housing and employment searches and arrange transportation to/from school for school-aged children. St. Martin’s supports this ministry through financial donations.
Wisconsin Coalition against Domestic Abuse is the leading voice for victims of domestic abuse in Wisconsin. They partner with communities to prevent and end domestic abuse by educating shelter, program volunteers, advocates, law enforcement and legislatures to provide safety and support to survivors. The areas of domestic abuse include Aging & Disability, Children & Youth, LGBT, Rural & Tribal and Teen Dating Violence among others. St. Martin’s supports this mission through financial donation.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice in nearly 100 countries worldwide. St. Martin's 'Youth 30 Hour Hunger Famine' is supported by our 8th through 12th grade members. The Youth learn about hunger, raise funds to help the hungry and then go hungry themselves for 30 hours to raise awareness.
Giving Tree – Maureen Berghoefer email
Habitat for Humanity – Phil Fish email
LUAD – Bob Nelson email
Lutheran Campus Ministry – Maureen Berghoefer email
Lutheran World Relief – Maureen Berghoefer email
Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) – Deb Archer or Gail Johnson email
Plant a Row – Ralph Schulenberg email
Porchlight – Doris Fish email
St. Martin's Quilters – Bev Brunner email
Youth Missions – Contact the church (608.798.2777 or email@example.com)
All other & Team Leadership Circle (TLC) Representative
Maureen Berghoefer email