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Compassion

Compassion is a value at Oak Hills. We delight in the opportunity to serve and give to others in need, showing love and dignity to people. Because compassion is a value, we talk about it and teach it throughout our congregation – we hope every person is looking for ways to show compassion in their day to day life. Because compassion is a priority, we seek to develop ministries that will regularly reach out in love, showing compassion, building up people, and meeting a need.

 

 

Cherub's Closet

A ministry that God has developed within our congregation is called Cherub’s Closet. This ministry reaches out to new moms to provide new or gently used baby clothing and supplies. This “Baby-Shower-In-A-Box” concept was developed to meet a need for young mothers to help make ends meet as they begin life with a new baby. Most of our boxes are delivered through area hospitals.

A NICU nurse from one of the area hospitals told us she watched as one of our boxes was being opened by a young family. They pulled out one article after another from the box expressing amazement that there was so much in the box. They were very grateful for what was provided. In addition to the necessities - clothing, diapers and wipes - we include a devotion booklet.

We are now expanding our ministry this fall to include a monthly distribution from Oak Hills on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1:30pm. This will mean a greater need for the things we give away, most notably--diapers. 

These are the things we could use at this time:

  • • diapers and wipes                                             • towels and washcloths
  • • used clothing, bibs, coats                                  • boxes (the size that contains reams of paper)
  • • baby blankets, receiving blankets                      • people to help with distribution

If you are interested in becoming involved in this ministry, or you know of someone that this ministry would benefit, please email us.

 Here's a testimonial from one of the Sioux Falls families we've helped...

 

 

 

 

School Adoption - Laura B. Anderson Elementary School  

We have served the staff and collected items for LBA over the last few years, but in the Fall of 2015, Oak Hills was led to deepen our involvement with the school. After a thorough taskforce process, we are seeking to care for the children, teachers, and staff through prayer, mentoring, volunteering, and meeting other school needs. We are so excited to see how the teachers and administrators have responded to our desire to be more involved. There are many ideas being discussed, everyone wants the students at LBA to be encouraged and supported. Our main focus this year (2015-16) is mentoring through Lutheran Social Services. Our goal is that there would not be a waiting list of children wanting a mentor! Consider the following ways of engagement: Prayer, Volunteering, Mentoring and Events.

 

 


The Center for Immigration & Refugee Families - Gardens 

We have a partnership with The Center for Immigration and Refugee Families here in Sioux Falls through gardening. The Center had maximized their garden program at HyVee (on E 10th Street) and had a waiting list, so we invited them to start a second garden program on our church campus. In 2015, 80 individuals from six different countries benefited from growing fruits and vegetables through our partnership. We are grateful to be a part of this fantastic program that is helping families assimilate into our culture.