Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
~St. Francis of Assisi
Following the leadership of our clergy, the people of St. Francis take very seriously the charge to be the hands of Jesus in our broken and hungry world.
Members of the congregation are active in the life of our community serving on a variety of boards including the school district, hospital, YMCA, and Cooperative ministry Council, to name a few. Others are active as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, The Doves shelter, Cert, Lakota Lutheran Center, and a wide variety of service clubs. This year Our EBay selling site known as “Prairied Treasures” sold donated items and gave $1,000 to the Local Youth Shelter, $500 to the Humane Society, and $500 to Doves.
November is Peanut Butter month for the back pack program. Bring an 16 oz jar of peanut butter to Sunday worship.
Cat Pack and Pup Pack Programs
By far our largest outreach project is the weekend backpack program. Started four years ago by our Rector’s wife, Debbie Hogue and a small group of committed members, the program provides a weekly backpack full of food for school children who rely on school breakfasts and lunches. Last year the group sent home over 5,000 packs of food to children in both the Scottsbluff and Gering school systems. The annual budget for this program exceeds $30,000 and has become a community wide ministry involving a wide variety of churches and service groups. For more information, click here.
“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~St. Francis of Assissi
Friends of Tamar
Started in Omaha by Theresa Houser, herself a victim of sexual violence who, after years of working through the aftermath of her assault, decided to put together a program to provide needed items to someone who is leaving an abusive situation for a safe place. To help with the immediate needs during, Friends of Tamar provides bags filled with simple but necessary items such as underwear, toiletries, simple children's items, and phone cards. Each bag contains a personal note from the person who packs it, often a former victim, who encourages the recipient that she/he is not alone. Our parish Friends of Tamar group packs about fifty bags annually and delivers them to DOVES for distribution.
Our parish participates in the local Soup Kitchen, and we are responsible for providing food and service on the last Thursday in months with five Thursdays. You can participate by contributing to the food fund or by helping prepare, serve, and clean up after the meal. Our meals are prepared in our kitchen and served across the street at First Presbyterian Church.