St. Paul Lutheran Church maintains strong relationships with the following ministry partners. Contact information for each of these organizations is located on the right side of the page.
Friends of the Carpenter is a local ministry in Vancouver serving people who are in need of safe harbor, purpose, and community, while working together with local faith communities. FOC uses wood as a medium for crafting religious and common items, seeks to witness the love of Jesus Christ through developing relationships, providing for people’s needs in transition, and helping people get connect with area congregations.
Learn more here: friendsofthecarpenter.org
Friends in Service to Humanity (F.I.S.H.) is a group of concerned people providing food, clothing and other services to people in the community. Located at 906 Harney Street in Vancouver, 360-695-4903 they are open Monday–Friday 10am–3pm.
Learn more at: fishvancouver.org
Winter Hospitality Overflow (W.H.O.) is a ministry to homeless people in the Vancouver area. A cooperative project of communities of faith and local service agencies, we provide welcome, shelter, hospitality, warm smiles, safety and meals during the coldest and wettest seasons of the year. In our seventh year, WHO offers shelter at both St. Paul and St. Andrew Lutheran Churches, and receives the cooperation of Share, Council for the Homeless and over 30 communities of faith in the greater Vancouver area.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God’s grace in our lives. We also work hard to put our faith into action. In today’s complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways. With nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and nearly five million members—we welcome you to experience this church right in your community. Explore the ELCA, and help us celebrate our gift of faith—with action.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is part of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA. The word “synod” means “a way together” and is used as a term describing one of sixty-five geographical groupings of congregations in the ELCA. The Southwestern Washington Synod is comprised of 92 congregations in an area spanning from Federal Way to the Washington-Oregon border and from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean. The synod assists congregations and rostered leaders with their functioning as a congregation, providing resources, guidance and oversight to many areas of congregational life.
Learn More lutheranssw.org
Faith Partners for Housing: Mobilizing Faith-based resources to expand Affordable Housing in Clark County, WA. Faith Partners for Housing is an interfaith coalition formed in 2015 to encourage and assist the faith community to explore and implement strategies to alleviate the severe shortage of safe and affordable housing. It is an effort to address one primary cause of homelessness—the shortage of affordable housing. Studies show that Clark County needs 3,000-6,000 living units to close the affordable housing gap. Housing stability is needed for our most vulnerable neighbors, especially seniors on a fixed income, families who are low income and singles/families who are homeless.
For More Information: www.faithpartnersforhousing.org