As individuals and as the Body of Christ we are salt and light. Therefore we encourage members of the congregation to participate and as a congregation we support various evangelistic efforts. The following are various societies and groups we support.
Mission Societies and Projects
“The Siberian Lutheran Mission Society (SLMS) encourages, enables and supports the important work of Lutherans and The Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC) in Siberian regions of Russia.”
Tian Shan Mission Society
“In partnership with LCMS, TSMS is dedicated to wholistic ministry among Muslims in Central Asia.”
“The Project’s mission is to strengthen the Ministry of the Gospel within their congregations and their outreach to the people of English speaking countries in West Africa – Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, and Ghana.”
This project “is dedicated specifically to providing a remedy for this crying need, equipping leaders for the dramatically growing church in Africa.”
Local Congregational Work
Hispanic mission at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mountain View, California
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For almost 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.
Support of the Word
“Lutheran Bible Translators makes God’s Word accessible to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts.”
This organization “exists to show the love of God to people with visual disabilities and to bring them into a growing relationship with God.”
“LDMS will engage in evangelism and Christian education training to help Deaf Persons and their families see Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and engage in stewardship and leadership training to help Deaf Persons serve Jesus Christ as His redeemed people.”
“Through the mission gifts of people like you, LHF translates, publishes, distributes and introduces books that are Bible-based, Christ-centered and Reformation-driven.”
“Christ to the Nations — Lutheran Hour Ministries develops culturally relevant programs and projects that proclaim the Gospel to the unchurched, encouraging those people who are reached through these ministry efforts to respond by contacting staff or volunteers. Nations to the Church — Lutheran Hour Ministries then cultivates relationships with those who respond to ultimately facilitate a relationship between them and a congregation, thus helping grow the kingdom of God. “
“Weekly message, devotions, other resources in Spanish. You can download free Lutheran Hour Ministry booklets in Spanish at: www.paraelcamino.com/booklets.asp. Titles include: Stress, Divorce, Where is God when I Suffer?, Bringing Up Children, Depression, etc.”
“InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.” During the month of January, the congregation hosts Hotel de Zink, which is a “15-bed emergency shelter program that alternates locations through congregations in Palo Alto and surrounding neighborhoods. The shelter is hosted at a different church each month, where volunteers set up nightly beds and serve home-cooked meals for homeless adults who would otherwise be forced to sleep in cars or on the streets.”
The congregation supports this food pantry. The InnVision/Urban Ministry Food Closet is located at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and serves more than 200 people every week; entry to the Food Closet is at 425 Hamilton Avenue. The Food Closet, open Mon – Friday 9:00am to 2:30pm, welcomes donations of food, as well as donations of time to help serve clients.
“The Gospel is at the heart and center of the LCMS’s work of mercy throughout the world. Never an end to themselves, acts of mercy that provide relief for the body and emotions provide an entrée to proclaim the Gospel which addresses the spiritual needs of those who receive this mercy.”
The mission is “to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.”