Mission Partners

We are the body of Christ in the world, and just as our own bodies have many parts, each with their own functions that work together, we also work together, using our God-given talents for the greater good of the world.

Doing more than we could by ourselves, we partner with other groups to make the world a better place. Here are some of them:

Calumet Lutheran Camp and Conference Center (www.calumet.org)
Located in New Hampshire, Calumet is the outdoor ministry center of the New England Synod of the ELCA and a popular destination for Our Saviour’s members: children go to sleep-away camp, teens attend confirmation camp and serve as counselors, and adults and families vacation and participate in retreats there.
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (www.ccgb.org)
As a member congregation, we support a variety of CCGB programs, including Janus Center, which provides shelter to boys and girls ages 11-17 who feel in danger or are experiencing serious conflict at home, in school or with law enforcement; Project Learn, which helps school children do their homework and succeed in school; and the CO-OP Center, which helps men and women succeed in transitioning from court and correctional supervision to independence.
Covenant to Care for Children (www.covenanttocare.org)
Our Saviour’s is an active partner with Covenant to Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Connecticut's abused and neglected children. We regularly provide cribs, beds, school backpacks, diapers, formula, clothing, Easter baskets, Christmas gifts, gift cards, and other goods and services to help the children assisted by this organization.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) We support both the New England Synod of the ELCA (www.nesynod.org) and the national church organization (www.elca.org) in approximately equal proportions. The funds that go to the Synod are used for the care and development of congregations and their staffs throughout New England, and partnership support of affiliated seminaries, colleges and universities, campus ministries, Camp Calumet, and Lutheran Social Services. The funds received by the national church organization are used to support Global Mission (partner churches in 60 countries, 349 missionaries and the Lutheran World Federation), Outreach (seed money to start new congregations), Higher Education (eight ELCA seminaries, 28 church colleges and universities, and 140-plus campus ministries), Youth and Congregational Ministries (Lutheran Youth Organization, outdoor ministries, youth programming, programs for congregational renewal) and much more.
ELCA Missionaries- Our Saviour’s directly supports the missionary work of the Rev. Arden Strasser and his wife Dr. Susan Strasser, former members of the congregation. Arden serves as missionary to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia, appointed by the ELCA. Susan serves as country director for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Read more at www.raisinghopeinafrica.com.
ELCA Mission Partners - We support two local congregations situated in low-income areas: Resurrection Lutheran Church in New Haven, and Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors Lutheran Church in Bridgeport.
ELCA World Hunger (www.elca.org/hunger) - Our Saviour’s is an active supporter of ELCA World Hunger, a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies – relief, development, education, and advocacy – to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world.
Lutheran Disaster Response (www.elca.org/disaster) - Through this organization, we work to bring God's comfort, healing and renewal to those affected by disasters, from the Japan earthquake and tsunami on the other side of the world, to Hurricane Sandy in our own backyard.
Continuing Religious Education – Our Saviour’s provides financial support to men and women connected with our congregation who make a commitment to becoming a Lutheran pastor. A number of former members have accepted the call to ministry.
Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (www.habitatcfc.org)
Our Saviour’s supports this nonprofit, Christian housing organization with monetary contributions and monthly volunteer work to build simple, affordable homes for low-income families.
Lutheran Social Services of New England (www.lssne.org)
LSSNE supports 48 Lutheran social ministry programs in New England, including an adoption program, a refugee program, a program for single mothers and their children, an adults with disabilities program, a children and teens program, the Good News Garage car-donation program, and older adult programs, including the Lutheran Home of Southbury and the Neighbor to Neighbor eldercare program, began by members of Our Saviour’s.
Operation Hope (www.operationhopect.org)
Operation Hope offers services to people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, including separate shelters for men, women and families, a Community Kitchen and a Food Pantry. In addition, Operation Hope owns and operates rental housing units for low-income individuals and families through its Micah Housing affiliate. Our former pastor, the Rev. Henry Morris, was a founding member of Operation Hope, and our congregation continues to provide regular support through gifts of food, health and beauty items and monetary donations.
Seafarers and International House (www.sihnyc.org)
An ELCA-affiliated ministry dedicated to the welfare and special needs of seafarers and sojourners, SIH provides in-port pastoral care, worship and counseling, advocacy services, and lodging at the SIH guesthouse in New York City. Pastor Mark has been active in the ministry’s leadership and as a port chaplain, while members regularly make financial contributions and gifts of new clothing through the Christmas-at-Sea program.
Other Mission Partners

Community Supper – Our Saviour’s is among area churches that regularly participate in the Community Supper program to feed the hungry and homeless at Golden Hill United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Volunteers cook, serve and clean up after the meal, and donate clothing.

Fairfield Counseling Services (www.fcsinc.org) – A member of Our Saviour’s serves on the Board of Trustees for this private, nonprofit counseling ministry established in 1969 to help improve the mental and emotional well being of adolescents, adults and families in the Town of Fairfield.

Haiti Lumiere de Demain (Haiti's Light for Tomorrow) (www.haitilumiere.org) – We support this nonprofit organization, focused on promoting literacy in Haiti through a book-lending program, encouraging further education through merit- and need-based scholarships for secondary schools, and sponsoring afterschool programs. Louis Elneus, the organization’s president and founder, is a member of Our Saviour’s.

Project Crossroads (www.holston.org/ministries/missions/project-crossroads) – Located in the heart of Appalachia in Marion, Va., this Christian ministry repairs homes for low-income families and individuals. Members make mission trips to support this ministry while staying at the nearby Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center.

Weekend Backpack Project – Our Saviour’s members contribute food to fill school backpacks, providing much-needed meals for underprivileged children on weekends and school breaks, when federally funded school breakfasts and lunches are not available. The backpacks are distributed through Golden Hill United Methodist Church, Bridgeport.