Missio Dei "Mission of God"
There are so many ways to reach out to the community! Find out here how you can get involved and make a difference!
Monthly Outreach Challenge
March - Support our Youth as they feed the hungry people of Fullerton at First Lutheran! Collect pennies and change from your couch, pockets and cars and drop them off in the penny jar in the Narthex. Proceeds will be used for food purchases. Can we fill the jar?
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a Christian denomination committed to service and justice throughout the world. 10,000+ congregations throughout the United States support local, national and global ministry through Mission Support benevolent dollars. These dollars support people and programs with an ongoing presence committed to service and justice in the name of a loving God.
ELCA Disaster Relief
A relief agency within the ELCA that engages emergency needs immediately, both on an individual and a collaborative way with other Lutheran Christian groups and Christian ministries from other church organizations. Every dollar donated goes to the needs they are intended to reach (this is possible because the infrastructure is supported through the Mission Support dollars mentioned above). The ELCA Disaster Relief has been engaged with people in Southern California (fires), to New Orleans (Katrina), Haiti (earthquakes), Pacific Rim (Tsunamis), to name just a few recent events.
ELCA World Hunger
ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world. Between 70-75 percent of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally, and 20-25 percent are spent domestically. The 2010 anticipated dollars in the program from gifts and offerings is just over $20 million.
2nd Harvest Food Bank
On the first Saturday of each month, volunteers from St. Paul meet at Richman Elementary School in Fullerton to distribute 5,000 lbs of food from 2nd Harvest Food Bank. On a typical Saturday, 150 families are served with food staples to assist them in providing sustainable food and nutrition in their homes.
On the second Sunday of each volunteers from St. Paul gather at First Christian in Fullerton to prepare and serve a meal to the homeless and those in need of meal.
Pathways of Hope
Pathways of Hope is a special organization to the people of St. Paul, and works closely with local governmental agencies, congregations and community volunteers to identify and meet the needs of the homeless and economically disadvantaged in the Southern California area. Although Pathways of Hope is located in Fullerton, California, it touches a much larger community as we work together to combat homelessness. Pathways of Hope’s programs and services include transitional housing for families and individuals, rapid re-housing services, food assistance, homelessness prevention, and community outreach. For our latest events please see our calendar.
Crop Hunger Walk
St. Paul is key participant in the annual Crop Hunger Walk that happens every spring in Fullerton. A program of Church World Service, area faith communities walk and raise funds for hunger. The 2010 walk raised a state of California record of just over $88,000 for hunger. 25% of these funds stay locally, with the balance working nationally and globally to meet hunger needs.
Operation Christmas Child
Each year in October and early November the children and youth of St. Paul decorate shoe boxes and fill them with gifts. These boxes are then collected and celebrated in worship with a blessing before being sent to an area collection point where they are then sent and distributed to children around the world. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse and St. Paul is excited about participating every year.
A Christmas Tree appears every year in the Narthex and on the tree are tags with the brief description of a child (age, gender, etc). people pull the tags and then shop for an appropriate gift for the child, wrap it and then place it under the tree. About one week before Christmas the gifts are collected and then later distributed to area children in need.
Julie Stanley Memorial Fund
Julie Stanley was a beloved mom and spouse in the St. Paul Community when cancer grasped her from life as we know and understand it at an early age. The fund in her memory helps to assist elementary children who might not otherwise be able to participate in extracurricular school activities, particularly at the elementary level.
Brendan Nygard Memorial Fund
Brendan was a young man when life caved in around him. He touched many in our community and he is deeply missed. This memorial fund is intended to assist people who are in need of treatment for addictive behavior, especially those related to drugs.