The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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This church does both at nearby school

When a church chooses to take an active role in trying to make the world a better place, it doesn’t have to look far. St. Luke Lutheran Church, Waukesha, Wis., found a cause virtually in its backyard.

One gift St. Luke Lutheran Church,
One gift St. Luke Lutheran Church, Waukesha, Wis., offers its nearby school is “Snack Packs.” Member Richard Huttner (right) distributes the packs.

Less than a mile away is Saratoga Elementary School, where 65 percent of its 253 students come from homes at or below the poverty level, said Jill Ries, principal.

Today this southern Wisconsin city of 68,000 is a community in transition as more and more low-income families move there, fleeing nearby urban centers such as Milwaukee.

How could St. Luke , a church of 2,200 members, help? One if its pastors, Gary J. Liedtke, had a vision for an outreach ministry focusing on a neighborhood school. So earlier this year St. Luke signed a formal partnership with Saratoga to help out on multiple fronts.

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