Social Ministry & Missions
Social Ministry takes place within the congregation, the community, and throughout the world. God calls us to take care of one another and the least among us. God’s Work – Our Hands!
Our Social Ministry & Missions Team is led by Council Member John Hanks. John can answer any questions, and help you find a way to support those in need! If you would like him to contact you, please leave a message with the church office, 801-278-1412.
These are some of the programs and ways that we offer support; click on the name to visit their website:
Family Promise – We belong to the Utah branch of this national, interdenominational organization that supports families who find themselves in the circumstance of homelessness. OSLC is one of a number of congregations in the Salt Lake Valley that serve in rotation as a host site, offering temporary shelter and meals to our guests one week at a time, four or five times a year. While their basic needs are being met, guests are able to save their earnings, which allows them to move into housing within 30-45 days. Of the families who transitioned from the shelter program and participated in the Housing Retention program, 100% remained housed at the important benchmarks of 6, 12, 18 and 24 months post-shelter.
children ages 6-12. Since 2005, Royal Family KIDS of Sandy has provided a week of Christ-centered camp for
children in Utah’s foster care system. In 2012 we added a year-round mentoring and club program for kids who have
attended camp. The local organization has no paid staff and relies on many volunteers to make this happen. Please
go to our website to see how you can help!
Crossroads Urban Center – Throughout the year, we collect food, clothing, and household items for this downtown Salt Lake ministry which serves the needs of the homeless and those living in poverty.
Utah Food Bank – Periodically, a group of our members donate time (and energy!) for a fast-paced, fun evening at the Utah Food Bank sorting food or packaging items to be distributed to homeless individuals or those who are in need.
Stephen Ministries – Stephen Ministries is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, either physically or emotionally. Many OSLC members have gone through the Stephen Series training and have one or more “care-receivers”. “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NRSV). Click here to learn more and to listen to Continuing Ed Presentations!
Rivers of Mercy – Rivers of Mercy is a Christ-centered orphanage in Juarez, Mexico, whose desire is to show Christ’s love to the neglected, mistreated, and suffering children in the area. They provide children with a safe home where they feel loved and where they can know the love of Christ. OSLC members make a blanket for each child that comes to the orphanage, and we send a portion of our offerings to help with their operating costs.
Lutheran Social Service of Utah – (LSSU) is a charter member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA). LSSU has access to a vast network of human services, expertise and care. LSA organizations serve 1 of every 50 people — 5.8 million people each year — through 300 (+) agencies in the United States and the Caribbean. LSA agencies are among the largest providers of senior care and residential services. Lutheran Social Service of Utah provides all services — except affordable housing and international adoption — without fee or charge.
Oasis Village – Oasis Village serves to provide Christian based support for families of AIDS patients in Zambia, Africa, providing shelter, clothing and education. In 2006, 36 members of OSLC spent several weeks at Oasis Village, working on the beginnings of the on-site school building. OSLC continues to provide funding for a teacher and other support for the school.
Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Jordan, UT – We provide financial support for this Lutheran mission congregation in South Jordan. Rev. Emily Ewing is the pastor.
Rocky Mountain Synod- ELCA – Our offerings support the ministries of our synod, which serves 175 congregations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and El Paso, Texas. The RMS provides support, networking opportunities and equips the congregations within the Synod to carry out God’s work in our communities and the world.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — Over 10,000 congregations and 4.2 million members belong to the ELCA. Our offerings support the ministries of our denomination, including Lutheran World Relief, the World Hunger Appeal, The Malaria Campaign, and Lutheran Disaster Response.
We do not post addresses and phone numbers on our site to respect privacy.
Please call the church office at 801-278-1412 for help in making a connection.