Sheila Strozier, 414-449-9964,
An old funeral home at 46th and North Ave. in Milwaukee has been the site of mercy ministry in the name of Jesus for decades. Begun by LCMS laypeople with a heart for reaching the city, this ministry – like many other similar ministries – ran into financial problems in 2012 and was forced to close. With the help of SWD, congregations from both the city and suburbs, and generous individual donors, the SOS was able to reopen in the Spring of 2014. Assisted by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, the SOS Center is focusing on after-school programming using the Rebekah’s Garden of Hope (an LCMS RSO) curriculum and summer school programming, this ministry is once again reaching kids with the Gospel. www.soscenterinc.org
On Sunday, April 24, friends of the SOS Center in Milwaukee gathered at Klemmer’s banquet hall to celebrate the ministry and support its programs designed to help inner city youth and families. A diverse group from urban and suburban churches and supporting businesses and community groups raised more than $9,000! The money will be used for the after-school and summer programs, as well as for urban youth to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July. Thanks to all who support this ministry!
The SOS Ministry was again featured on WTMJ-TV news feature, “Positively Milwaukee”, on October 16. “Our LORD continues to shine the light on us as we do HIS work in our community,” says Darryl Winston, SOS Board of Directors member.
Click here to see the news feature. (Watch past the intro.)
SOS Center + partner congregations = VBS Summer Camp for city youth!
By Johnnie Fields, SOS Center, Board President
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
This verse surely conveys what occurred at the SOS Center in Milwaukee this summer as both urban and suburban congregations plus a host of volunteers teamed up to complete a successful five-week VBS Summer Camp under the banner of Sharing God’s Word.
SOS, the congregations, and Camp LuWiSoMo each provided a week long curriculum centered in Christ with plenty of fun and learning to go around.