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Using Our Gifts


We believe that love for God always goes hand-in-hand with love for our neighbor. Here are some of the ways we seek to serve our neighbors here and around the world:

  • Social Ministry supports the overall mission of CTL, which is to be “centered in Christ and reach out to care,” and focuses specifically on helping to meet the physical needs of neighbors both in our community and around the world. Some of the organizations we help support include: ELCA World Hunger, the ELCA Malaria Campaign, Elgin PADS homeless shelter, Ecker Center for those dealing with mental illness, Community Crisis Center for those dealing with domestic abuse, Christmas White Gifts and school supplies for students in District U46, Living Well Cancer Center, All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry, CROP Walk for hunger, Little Angels for the developmentally disabled, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention.
  • Soup Kettle is a community ministry that provides meals every day of the week for people who need them. CTL volunteers help with setup, serving, cleanup, and hospitality for the guests the fifth Friday of each month.
  • Dress a Girl Around the World is an ongoing ministry creating dresses from pillowcases and other miscellaneous materials that are then sent to girls in countries throughout the world. CTL volunteers sew together or at home. Others donate supplies.
  • Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is a member of the Habitat for Humanity - New Hope Partnership which is affiliated with the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley The partnership consists of several area churches whose mission it is to work together to build or rehab homes through volunteer efforts including labor, donated building materials, financial contributions, and homeowner participation.
  • Hooks and Needles is a special crafters’ ministry that creates prayer shawls and baptismal blankets.
  • A Community Garden is planted on the church grounds in the Spring to help grow vegetables to be given to local food pantries so people can enjoy fresh produce.
  • CTL is host to a number of community organizations. Included are Cub Scouts (CTL is the charter organization) , a Community Crisis Center support group, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Wild Ones prairie gardening group, other garden clubs, a sewing guild, homeowner association meetings, piano recitals and more. If your community group is looking for a place to meet, talk with us!
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