Outreach Ministries at Home and Throughout the World

Sharing God’s love to all people near and far truly is the mission of Shepherd of the Hills.   You are welcome to join us in any ministry that speaks to your heart.

Knowing that all that we have is a gift from God, Shepherd of the Hills extends these gifts by joyfully giving a percentage of our worship income to a variety of local and global organizations, such as:

- Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

- Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA

- Lutheran Counseling Network

- Camp Lutherwood, Bellingham WA

- Trinity Lutheran College, Everett WA

- University of Washington Campus Ministry

- Tent City 4/Local Housing Concerns

- Hope in a Blanket

- Songea’s Kids

- Lutheran World Relief

- LWR Quilts

Local Outreach

 We are able to reach into our local community through a partnership with the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

The last Sunday of each month is "Shopping Cart Sunday" at SHLC.  Members bring donations of food and clothing to the shopping cart placed prominently at church, and volunteers deliver these to the food bank.

An annual Food Drive and Community Party is held each summer, with fun activities for kids, such as pony rides and water play, as well as free food for all ages.  It’s a great chance to meet neighbors while helping to fill the shelves of the food bank, at a time when the food insecurity of some families is increased by missing out on the free school lunches kids would receive during the school year.

As part of our two-year capital campaign, ten percent of all gifts received for the campaign is given to the Northwest Washington Synod with the directive that these funds be used to support newly formed, mission-start faith communities in this local synod of the ELCA.

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday is an ELCA-wide day of service, held on the first Sunday after Labor Day as the kick-off event for the new program year in September. In 2014 SHLC sent a group of volunteers out with the mission of cleaning up trash along S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road; another group helped sort donations at Eastside Baby Corner; at the same time other service projects were completed at the church.  In 2015 "God's work. Our hands." Sunday is September 13. Come to worship, then lend a hand to make a difference!

One kind of hands-on project that can be fun to do as a group is called "Hope in a Blanket". This ministry, started by SHLC high school youth, provides no-sew fleece blankets to young sarcoma patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The soft, colorful blankets give comfort and a sense that someone cares during a difficult time in these children's lives. 

Shepherd of the Hills leads monthly worship services for the Marianwood Nursing Center and the Spiritwood Assisted Living Center, both located in Sammamish. Residents who might not be able to attend church otherwise have the Word and Meal brought to them, and receive spiritual nourishment. 


Global Outreach

Mission Support assists Songea’s Kids, a non-profit agency caring for at-risk orphaned and vulnerable children in Songea, Tanzania. A number of church members are active board members of this charity.

The SHLC Mission Quilters sew beautiful and functional quilts that are given to Lutheran World Relief for distribution around the globe, often in areas struck by natural disasters. The quilters meet monthly and welcome new members (no previous quilting skills required!), as well as donations of fabric (preferably cotton). 

In response to appeals for assistance after international disasters, such as the Haiti Earthquake, members have responded generously with gifts to Lutheran World Relief, one of the most respected organizations in providing immediate assistance to those stricken around the globe.

These are just a few examples of ways we at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church share God's love, locally and globally.

Prayerfully consider joining us as we share God’s love with all.