Shalom is excited to engage in and support the mission of God in our community and throughout the world. We set aside at least 11.5% of our general income to support and express Christ’s mission beyond our congregation. Our mission commitments for 2019 include:

SON Program :  SON stands for “Serving Our Neighbor” and each month, Shalom buys groceries for 10 to 15 families in need from the Starbuck and Glenwood area.  The food items are boxed and delivered to these families in order show the love of Christ in a practical way.  We take the command to “feed my sheep” both spiritually and literally.
Compelled Ministries/India Evangelical Team is a network of native missionaries who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and plant churches among unreached people groups in India and South Asia. In 2015 more than 1000 villages were reached with the Gospel for the first time, and now 200 native missionaries are being trained to pastor new believers! They also care for more than 500 children in orphanages and support 3000 children in being able to go to school, teach 5,500 illiterate adults to read and write, provide healthcare in remote areas that lack access to medical care, and give practical help and encouragement to persecuted Christians.  In addition to monthly support, Shalom holds a fund raiser each Fall to raise money for special projects such as purchasing motorcycles for missionaries, orphan support and building church buildings.
Minnewaska Area Youth for Christ serves about 25 youth per week in Bible studies and recreational activities, many of whom do not have a church home.  We feel a strong tie to YFC as many of the junior high and high school youth who attend our Wednesday afternoon Soul Food program have also been involved with YFC.
Praise FM is a Christian radio network of 8 stations in the Midwest and an internet streaming ministry that is heard round the world. Many Shalom members have their radios tuned to 101.5 or 103.9 FM  to be encouraged through worship music and Christian teaching throughout the day. We are excited to help support this ministry of spreading God’s Word and encouraging worshippers.
Terebinth Refuge: Terebinth Refuge is a Christ-centered non-profit shelter and transitional home that provides strength-based, trauma-informed healing and holistic services to women 18 and older who are escaping sexual exploitation and sex trafficking and assists their transition into a life of health, stability and independence. 
Pope County Mobile Food Drop is a monthly food distribution program with no income requirements available to anyone who lives in the county. The event is held at Glenwood United Parish on the second Tuesday of each month. Registration begins at 11 am and distribution begins at Noon. The program is coordinated by United Way of Douglas and Pope County. What is available varies each month but includes fresh produce and dry goods.

Home of Hope for Tartu Academy of Theology – This Lutheran seminary in Estonia is in need of a facility which they will share will several other ministries to equip Christians to share the Gospel throughout Estonia and other Baltic states. The new facility will also provide short term housing for missionaries who are on furlough. Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, MN offers a safe home where Veterans can reside while they and their families heal from invisible wounds of war. A team of specialists provides wide ranging services and resources to help Veterans heal and reintegrate into their families and communities. Assistance includes Chemical Dependency Counseling, PTSD classes, Chiropractic, massage and reflexology, art and journaling, outdoor adventures and therapy horses, and group sessions for those who have been in direct combat. Pastoral care is also available through area clergy volunteers. Pope County Mobile Food Drop is a monthly food distribution program with no income requirements available to anyone who lives in the county. The event is held at Glenwood United Parish on the second Tuesday of each month. Registration begins at 11 am and distribution begins at Noon. The program is coordinated by United Way of Douglas and Pope County. What is available varies each month but includes fresh produce and dry goods.

Other mission projects are supported on a special fundraising basis and through designated offerings.