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St Paul's Lutheran Church, ELCA ~ 420 West Avenue South ~ La Crosse, WI  54601 ~ (608) 784-2304 ~


St Paul's Lutheran Church, ELCA ~ Advocacy and Support

helping hands image demonstratng St Pauls Lutheran Church helping hands through advocacy and support programsOpen bibleSt. Paul’s advocacy and support mission is to educate, promote and elicit support for missions that serve the needy, both domestically and worldwide. We are commanded and motivated by the Scripture passages:

Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

If you do away with the yoke of oppression… and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:9-10

Circle of Support

(COS) is a program that offers mentoring and companionship for folks who are caught up in the cycle of incarceration. Because of the way our justice system is set up it is very difficult for an individual to make it out of the seemingly never ending cycle in our jail/prison systems. When a person is released from jail or prison they are sent out the same way they came in. They may or may not have a place to live, money to find housing, medications they need, or even food. Many have no choice but to rely on old friends, those whose influence is not one of being a productive member of society. The COS, made up of 5 or 6 functioning members of the community, offers support that many don't get from friends or family. Circle members are not expected to provide money or housing, just good advice. COS members often know of opportunities and options available in the community that could help folks out of the cycle. Most circles meet weekly and chat like old friends. If you are interested in forming your own circle, or joining an existing circle please contact any member of the Outreach Ministries committee. Monetary donations are also welcomed and encouraged.

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is the social ministry arm of over 800 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations in these areas.  Lutheran Social Services reaches over 100,000 people of all faiths through their programs which include adoption, alcohol and drug treatment, home health care, disaster response and more.  St. Paul’s educates our membership on what LSS does and needs and then solicits funds for those needs.

Giving Tree - For Goodness Sake Christmas Project

This program brings the county and area charitable groups together to help those in need.  Donations of cash, clothing and household goods are needed. 

Giving Tree gifts donated by St Pauls Lutheran, ELCA in La Crosse, WI

Wipe Out Malaria

Worldwide Malaria kills more people than AIDS. St. Paul's raises money to help fight malaria through various programs and events throughout the year. Help wipe out malaria with your generous support.

Helping Hand

This fund within our congregation assists individuals and families requesting help for necessities which are funded according to the monies available.  The pastor administers these funds.

Feed the Kids at Salvation army, St Pauls Lutheran Support groupSalvation Army

"The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination." 

St. Paul’s members volunteer, educate, and provide  financial support for the organization and its activities.

FEED THE KIDS—is the Salvation Army summer program to insure that kids get fed during the summer. St. Paul’s will again be helping to pack lunches on Mondays from June 16 through August 25. Please contact LaVerne Ness or the church office if you can help. We again will be supplying fresh fruit on Mondays. If you would like to help defray the cost of the fruit, please make check payable to St. Paul’s and drop it off at the office or in an offering plate.


ELCA World Hunger

ELCA World Hunger improves the lives of people in need in the United States and around the world by:

  • providing immediate relief for people affected by chronic hunger and poverty;
  • assisting whole communities through long-term, sustainable development to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty
  • advocating for justice by changing laws and systems
  • educating members of the ELCA in awareness of issues relating to hunger, poverty and justice

These major functions of the World Hunger Program are guided by the related objectives adopted at the 1987 ELCA Constituting Convention. 

La Crosse Jail Ministry

St. Paul’s provides financial, material and spiritual (prayer) assistance in serving the needs of inmates.  We receive a list of material needs from the Jail Ministry Chaplain and we provide as many of those needs as we can along with gift treats at Christmas time.   Some years we have provided cases of soft-cover Bibles for the inmates.