We build long-term relationships with these carefully selected organizations, and we provide budgeted financial support (and often volunteer support) for their ministries. We highlight one organization per month to help our congregation better understand where our mission dollars are going and also provide an opportunity to become involved through prayer, time, and/or additional personal donations. As part of our 3x50 vision goals, we will also evaluate additional local partnerships. Stay tuned for more details and contact Susan Klemstein if you would like to be involved in this process.
Exodus World Service transforms lives of refugees and volunteers. They educate local churches about refugee ministry, connect volunteers in relationship with refugee families through practical service projects, and equip leaders to speak up on behalf of refugees. The end result is that wounded hearts are healed, loneliness is replaced with companionship, and fear is transformed into hope. Our service project involves collecting donations for a "Welcome to America" pack and matching Prince of Peace families to mentor new refugee families. Learn more about Exodus by visiting ExodusWorldService.org or by contacting Prince of Peace member Anne Lewis.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) feeds God's starving children who are hungry in body and spirit. FMSC strives to eliminate starvation in children by sending Manna pack meals to more than 70 countries around the world. They have local meal-packing sites in Aurora, Schaumburg, and Libertyville where ages 5 and older can serve. Watch for Prince of Peace serving events scheduled periodically at the Schaumburg location! Learn more by visiting fmsc.org or contacting Prince of Peace member Dave Froehling.
Grace Christian Academy is located in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. It primarily serves the Hispanic community in its neighborhood. Our Christmas Tree of Giving benefits the students, Grace's choir comes to sing once a year, and we annually collect supplies to help support the school. Learn more about the school at gcachicago.org or contact Prince of Peace members Becky and Ron.
JOURNEYS the Road Home is a non-profit agency that provides both shelter and social services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in 37 towns in north/northwest suburban Cook County. The mission of JOURNEYS is to individually assess and serve its clients, while broadening community awareness and involvement. The agency consists of the PADS Shelter Program, the HOPE Center Supportive Services Program, and the Pathways Housing Readiness Program focusing on intervention and assistance for those in need. Prince of Peace supports the PADS site at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine on the first Wednesday of each month from October-April. For more information, contact Kim Green or Tanya Bergman.
Kids Hope USA is a national mentoring organization that matches one church with one school, and one mentor with one student for one hour per week. Prince of Peace is partnering with Lincoln Elementary, the public school in our backyard that has more than 800 students. Mentors are screened, trained, and matched with students identified by the school as needing another positive role model in their lives. Mentors get to play, read, listen, and share the unconditional love of Jesus with these students. Mentoring occurs at Lincoln for one hour during the students' lunch hour. Learn more at KidsHope.org, through this video or contact Prince of Peace member Ruth Fabel.
Lutheran Church Charities is headquartered in Northbrook and was founded in 1947 to help support Christian human care ministries of the Church. LCC is a recognized service organization of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. LCC works throughout the U.S. and internationally to bring the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ to serve the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those who are hurting. Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) and K-9 Comfort Dogs are LCC ministries where we serve. Learn more at LutheranChurchCharities.org or contact Prince of Peace members Deb Baran, Jim Beckley, or Kathy O'Day.
Prince of Peace is a member of the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our donations to the district are used in the following ways: 30% for mission outreach and church planting here in Northern Illinois (Partner church Crosspoint was a grant recipient), 30% for national and international LCMS work, and 40% for operational synod activities such as assisting congregations in the call process, pastoral guidance, Lutheran school support, continuing education for church workers, and doctrinal supervision. Learn more at ni.lcms.org.
Partners for Our Communities (POC) is a local organization that seeks to connect underserved residents in the Palatine area to services and resources to build a community of empowered people, healthy families, and vibrant neighborhoods. Volunteer opportunities are available at their main location at 1585 N. Rand Road in addition to their Edgebrook satellite location and Winston Community School. We also have a joint community garden with POC on our Prince of Peace campus. Learn more at poc.news or contact Susan Klemstein.
Palatine Township provides vital community services to the area. We work with the Palatine Township on the following programs to help local families who qualify for services:
*Spring Basket Program
*Apple Tree Campaign for back-to-school supplies
*Christmas Tree of Giving
Learn more at palatinetownship-il.gov or contact Susan Klemstein.
Palatine Assisting Through Hope (PATH) establishes a path by which the people of Palatine can walk with those less fortunate to create an ethnically diverse, yet unified community. PATH's mission is to collect food, clothing, and other basic needs for people in crisis in the greater Palatine area. We help supply clothing donations and volunteers for PATH’s Community Clothing Closet located 1585 N. Rand Road. Learn more at PATH-Palatine.org or contact Prince of Peace members Rich & Ramona Tyack.
Together In Missions (TIM) is a program of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in which congregations can adopt and monetarily support missionaries all over the world. Prince of Peace supports LCMS missionaries, David and Rachel Baker, who serve as international missionaries. David is preaching, leading Bible studies, discipling new Christians, and training group leaders to become pastors. Learn more here, contact the Baker family, or contact Prince of Peace member Jean Schlobohm.
Walcamp is a year-round outdoor ministry offering facilities and a variety of programs for youth and families, churches and other groups. Walcamp is located on 180 acres of forest and open fields on the Kishwaukee River in Kingston, Illinois, about 70 miles east of Chicago and 15 miles north of DeKalb, Illinois. At Walcamp Outdoor Ministries, Jesus Christ shares Himself through relationships and creation to declare His love to every person. Learn more at Walcamp.org or contact Prince of Peace member Sean Hoyer.
Our congregation supports Chris and Sue Ladish, who worked for 26 years in Burkina Faso, West Africa. They currently have a new role serving as member care coordinators, caring for the needs of personnel working in sensitive areas of the Mediterranean region. They are based out of their home in Kansas City, Missouri. If you would like more information, please contact Chris & Sue or contact Prince of Peace member Fred Schattner.