Serve in Milwaukee

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:40

Milwaukee is the city where we live and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ. Here through the mission, we worship and serve the hidden Jesus we meet in the poor and needy.

Like Mother Teresa said, not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.

Below are some of the small yet great-love-giving missions that we are involved in the community.

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Our church helps prepare and serve meals for people in the Milwaukee area at 6 different sites.  Come let’s serve together. See details below.

1st Monday of the month, 5:15-6:30pm

at St. Benedict Community Meal

1015 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233  (click here for map)

Leader: Jim Schacht, 414-332-2834

We provide desserts and serve.

See website for further information on St. Ben’s.

1st Saturday of the even months, 4:00-6:00pm

at Summerfield United Methodist Church

728 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (click here for map)

Leader: Pastor Janet Hartzell 414-964-2424

We serve a hot meal on the first Saturday of every even month at the church in downtown Milwaukee. Click HERE to learn more about Summerfield United Methodist Church and their Meal Program.

2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm

at Guest House

1216 N 13th St, Milwaukee, WI 53205  (click here for map)

Leader: John Wierschem, 414-238-7989

A hot meal that is cooked in our church kitchen is served for those in the shelter program.

See website for further information about the ministry of Guest House.

3rd Friday of the month, 3:00-5:00pm

with MacCanon Brown Homeless Ministry at Hephatha Lutheran Church,

1720 W Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53206 (click here for map)

Leader: John Fruncek,

A meal that is cooked in our church kitchen is shared.

See website for further information on MacCanon Brown Ministry.

3rd Friday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm

with St. Vincent De Paul

(even months) at 1300 S 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204  (click here for map)

(odd months) at 2600 N 2nd St Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (click here for map)

Leader: John Wierschem, 414-238-7989

A meal that is cooked in our church kitchen is served.

4th Friday of the month, 3:45-5:45pm

at Milwaukee Rescue Mission

830 N 19th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233  (click here for map)

Leader: John Wierschem, 414-238-7989

Serve the evening meals for their staff, women and children, and men at this homeless sheltering facility.

See website for further information on Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

The women of UMW’s Ruth’s Circle, along with other volunteers, gather weekly on Wednesday from noon-4 to work at the free clothing store in the United Methodist Children’s Services, 3940 W Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208 (click here for map).

We collect gently used clothing. (You may drop off clothing donations in the barrel marked “UMCS” outside the church elevator or call me to schedule a pick-up.) 

Each Wednesday some volunteers work “behind the scenes” sorting, washing and hanging the clothes; while others work directly with the customers in the clothing bank.  Toiletries are also distributed in the store.  Donations of soap, shampoo, deodorant, diapers, toilet paper and other hygiene products are collected in the basket under the UMW table. Cash donations for the purchase of toiletries are always welcome.

Anyone who expresses a need for clothing or toiletries may shop in the store, at no cost, once a month. As volunteers in the clothing bank we strive to love, care and serve.

All are welcome to volunteer in this ministry. You do not have to be a member of Ruth’s Circle to volunteer. If you’d like to carpool on Wednesday please let us know.  Carpool departs from our church at 11:30.

Contact: Beth Groble


The Church and Society Committee’s mission is to promote systemic change in order to achieve peace and justice in our world, as we are called to do by Jesus Christ.  We are motivated by the following words: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.

We advocate for issues and educate members surrounding social issues. Past topics have included: Immigration, Health Care, Prison Reform, Environment, Poverty and Hunger.  Come join us for education and mission efforts. {CURRENTLY NOT MEETING IN PERSON} Our monthly meeting is held on the first Thursday of every month, 6:00 pm, at the Wesley Room in the church. You can contact Steve Lirely at for questions you may have.


Church & Society hosts Zoom panel discussion on environmental justice

Click on the image below

to watch our panel discussion from May 13, 2021.

Environmental justice – where, how, and why is it missing in Milwaukee?

The concept of environmental justice recognizes that the benefits and burdens of environmental quality are unevenly distributed through communities.

The panel is sponsored by the Church & Society Committee of UMCWFB.

Panelists are Arijit Sen, UWM associate professor of architecture and urban studies, and graduate student members of the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School, a UWM multi-disciplinary project. Students, faculty, scholars, and community members explore ways to see and interpret their city by engaging in storytelling, ecological conservation, heritage preservation, and civic engagement.

For more information about our panelists, click HERE to read the media release.

Click HERE for all of resources mentioned during the program by Professor Sen.


Recently Emme Henley, a youth member of our church, completed a school project on Inclusivity for those who immigrate to the United States for various reasons.  She has willingly agreed to allow us to share her video project on our website and social media.  This project covers some very important aspects and attitudes about how we receive foreign visitors and immigrants and the perceptions our attitudes may present.  Please take a few minutes to view her project and we welcome your thoughts, ideas and questions.

Please check out the General Board of Church and Society website for more information on the advocacy works of the United Methodist Church.

The film series on the issue of racial disparities, titled “Movies With A Message,” was sponsored by us in January and February 2017. See below for more information on the films.

January 11 and 18

An Oscar nominee for best documentaries

“Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, this documentary will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking.”  Manohla Dargis, The NY Times

January 25

Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback. What’s behind the growing racial divide in American schools… and what’s the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education?  –

February 1

A 29-year-old African-American filmmaker sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month! Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.

February 8

Sold out at Milwaukee Film Festival, this film witnesses the intimate stories of three residents in zip code 53206 . It awakens us to the high toll mass incarceration that takes on individuals, families and the community.  “It really showed that there’s still hope among youth in the community and if we come together, we could actually make a change” (WISN-12 ABC)

The active participation and engagement our church members and community residents showed in the film series encouraged us to take a step forward.

Our focus has historically been internally focused education about societal issues. To become more proactive in achieving our mission and marching with our friends of faith for a more just world, we now began exploring joining 39 congregations, including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, to become a member of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).   

MICAH (founded in 1988) is a multi-racial, interfaith organization committed to addressing justice issues that have an impact on the people of Milwaukee county. Through the strategy of congregation-based organizing, MICAH has won many improvements for the residents of Milwaukee and continues to empower people to create a community that reflects values of faith, justice, and equality. (For more information on MICAH, check out their website HERE)

As we explore this exciting opportunity, we invite members and friends of our church and all the United Methodists in Milwaukee to walk and partner with us.

Introduced to our congregation were some highlights of MICAH’s achievements for Jobs and Economic Development, Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, and Public Education.

A meeting with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger from MICAH is held on Thursday, September 7, 6:30pm in the Chapel.

You are invited!

“When we look at the realities of central city Milwaukee—concentrated poverty, mass incarceration, joblessness, high school dropout rates, the school-to-prison pipeline—there is no doubt about the stark realities of injustice.  These trauma-producing realities seem to be too massive and too complicated for us to be able to do anything about them.  But when people of faith come together and pool their research, their gifts, their commitment to do what is right, their courage, then we discover that what we can do together surpasses what we can do by ourselves.  MICAH gives people of faith the opportunity to walk with sisters and brothers and with people at the edges—receiving from them and advocating with them for the change that makes life better for all of us.”  – Rev. Joseph Ellwanger

Learn to Succeed Tutors at Marvin Pratt School (formerly named Silver Spring School) at 5131 N. Green Bay Rd.learn-to-succeed-tutors-group

We are in our 28th year (as of 2018) serving minority students, K-4 through 5th grades, by tutoring in reading and/or math.

Mission:  1. To provide a caring person who is interested in helping students in the Milwaukee Public Schools, and to work with them in a one-to-one setting.

2. To give concerned Christians an opportunity to participate in an organized program in an area of childhood need.

Schedule: 2 hours once a week. We work, both as substitutes and full time tutors, each working with 4 students, 1/2 hour each.

Contact: Loretto Steinmetz, (414) 352-3578,

University Christian Ministries (at UW-Milwaukee)

Contact: Sue Krezoski  

Schedule: once in the Fall and in the Spring Our Spring date is Wednesday, April 24.

Mission: The University Christian Ministry is an ecumenical Protestant organization that provides for the spiritual needs of students and supports those considering a career in the ministry. Women from our church prepare and serve lunch twice a year at UWM campus. UCM is the recipient of our loose change offering.

Our Community Partners in Service

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