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Community Outreach

We are FOR our community. We desire that eastern Polk County thrives and is a great place to live. Join us in serving our community with the love of Christ.

Connect thru serving

Whether behind the scenes or with others, once a week or once a year, on the weekends or during the week, we have a variety of ways for you to use your gifts and interests to serve your church family.  Fill out the form to find out more.

Hold a door.  Offer a sincere hello.  Make a guest feel welcome.  Give directions.  Make coffee. If you can offer a smile and a welcoming presence, we invite you to check out our hospitality volunteer options.

All aspects of behind the scenes tasks that make our Worship Services click.  Includes non-technical and technical opportunities.

Whether it’s making a phone call, writing a card, or reaching out in times of need, our care team volunteer options help you serve those in our congregation who need encouragement.

Our young people are longing for faith-filled connections with other students with caring adult leaders to mentor and encourage them.  Volunteer openings for birth through high school.

Use your hands and skills to maintain and improve our grounds both indoors and outdoors.  One-time and on-going opportunities available.

We want to be a church that is FOR the community, and for that reason we seek to connect with the wider community at local events through social and serving options.

Do you have the desire to lead discussions, mentor others in their faith walk, or serve in a leadership role through a ministry team or committee?  Let us know where your interests fall.

Our Ministry Partners

Below is a brief synopsis for each of our community and international ministry partners.  If you would like to see what opportunities are available to partner with them, please click on the image to visit their webpage for direct contact information.  Or, if you would prefer a direction connection at one of these ministries and how Lutheran Church of the Cross partners with them, e-mail Tim Hummel at

  • Blessman International is a Christian, faith-based mission organization working to meet the needs of impoverished children and families in the South African province of Limpopo. 
  • Blessman International partners with volunteers and donors to provide sustainable programs that support the children of the South African province of Limpopo.
  • Network of Christian churches and community partners that mobilizes eastern Polk County for compassionate service toward our neighbors
  • Provides local food pantries, meal opportunities and limited financial assistance for rent and utilities
  • Freedom for Youth Ministries empowers youth across Iowa, through the love of Jesus Christ, to break out of their current bondage, discover their God-given talents, and lead transformed lives.
  • To unite the Christian community to reach out to our youth in Iowa and empower believers to demonstrate their love for Jesus by sharing their time and talents with the youth we serve.
  • Provides food, clothing, shelter, and life recovery support for men, women, and children in desperate need in Des Moines Area
  • Goal is to provide rescue, recovery, and restoration to change people’s lives forever.
  • Summer program that feeds nutritious lunches to kids facing food insecurity in the Southeast Polk district
  • Provides educational opportunities, leadership growth, and a positive environment for students to grow and thrive during the summer time.

• Train and equip indigenous leaders southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar)
• Work with leaders in Southeast Asia towards self-sufficiency

  • Mosaic recognizes that people with intellectual disabilities desire and deserve greater independence and closer ties to the community.
  • Offers a variety of services for people with intellectual disabilities to pursue opportunities that empower people to live their full life.
  • The Vine in Mitchellville is a Jesus centered after school ministry program for all school ages that provides academic tutoring, faith formation, and leadership opportunities.
  • The Gate in Mitchellville is a local food pantry that serves families with food insecurity.