Community

Many opportunities are available for members to take part in the church community.

Youth

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Horeb values the youth of our congregation and community. We seek to provide opportunities for service, fellowship, and education for youth, grades 7 – 12.

These opportunities include:

  • Sunday School …..two years – twelfth grade.
  • Confirmation classes …..beginning in seventh grade.
  • Social events …..movies, bowling, professional sports events, lock-ins.
  • Outdoor activities …..summer camps, bike trips, canoe trips, retreats, and servant events.

Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

This congregation affirms the vocation of each woman: married or single; employed, unemployed, or retired, homemaker, in a professional career, or in volunteer service to church and community.

Women of our church family are linked to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through the formalized structure called Women of the ELCA. Within our congregation, the Guild and seven other small groups called circles provide opportunities each month for personal enrichment, mutual support, and service to church and community, locally and globally.

Circles

There are four Circles providing Bible study and other activities varying with each Circle.

  • Faith Circle – service projects are the church library and Lutheran World Relief kits.
  • Monica Circle –the circle decorates the church altar for festival days, buys cloth diapers for a Nicaragua project, and sorting and packing boxes of clothing for the Mississippi Project.
  • Rebecca Circle –this circle serves wedding receptions held in the church, school kits for Lutheran World Relief, and reaching out to grieving families for a period of one year.
  • Sarah Circle –they provide a memento gift to children at their baptism, making monthly contacts with the local food pantry and the Community Clothes Closet and making baby quilts for Nicaragua.

Altar Guild

Responsibilities of the Altar Guild are preparations for communion services, changing the altar cloths according to the church season and making sure they are clean and in order. One member makes the baptismal towels, embroidering each with a gold cross. This towel is given to the family as a memento of the baptism.

Guild

This group of ladies meets the first Wednesday of each month for Bible study and fellowship.

Service

Members of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Horeb seek to serve people within our local community as well as people throughout the world in a variety of ways:

  • We are involved in the operation of the Community Clothes Closet (an outreach ministry of area churches to those who cannot afford the clothing they need).
  • We are involved in the operation of the Mount Horeb Food Pantry (an outreach ministry of area churches to those who cannot afford the food they need).
  • We have Care Teams who visit and provide other services to shut-ins weekly.
  • We work with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.
  • We help to provide meals for a men’s homeless shelter in the city of Madison.
  • Our sewing group makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other mission projects.
  • Our women’s circles, Guild, and Sunday School conduct various service projects.
  • The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a program in which members knit or crochet shawls in prayer and others take the shawls to people in need of spiritual comfort.

Fellowship

Fellowship is an essential element of our life together. Participation in coffee fellowship between worship services, potluck meals, picnics, and serving as worship greeters all provide an atmosphere of hospitality for new and renewed friendships.

A sense of belonging to the community is also personalized through small group involvement in circles, recreational activities, committees, musical groups, and outreach ministry.

Ministry

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Horeb wants and needs people to be involved in the life of our congregation. Each one is vital in making our congregation’s ministry happen. God gives each special gifts to use in ministry and we are invited by God to use those gifts to the glory of Christ Jesus. Everyone is urged to share their gifts for the good of our congregation.

This page identifies service opportunities. Each year in the fall members are invited to express their commitment to service through the Stewardship drive. Forms are available listing the opportunities and soliciting involvement.