Christians are called to serve the needy of the world; this is a calling that we take very seriously at Fredsville. We work with many organizations across Iowa, the US, and the world as we reach out to those who are hungry, poor, sick, or afraid. On the webpages here we have listed a number of organizations that hold a special place in our hearts. We invite you to take a few minutes and see if there is an organization listed here that you would like to serve. If you have a passion for a particular ministry that is not listed, please let us know so we can talk about including them among those we serve.
Fredsville Lutheran Church has had a strong connection to Bremwood (Lutheran Social Services) in Waverly for several years. Each Christmas, Fredsville has an Angel Tree in the Fellowship Hall. On the tree are paper angels with a suggested gift item for the 90+ residents at Bremwood. Members of Fredsville also donate school supplies ranging from pencils to backpacks every fall before school starts. Many women from Fredsville attend Bremwood’s salad lunches and donate toiletry items for the residents.
Bremwood is located in Waverly, Iowa. The teenagers at Bremwood range in age from 13 (8th grade) to 18 (12th grade) years old. Some of these boys and girls are referred to Bremwood by the Juvenile Court System for getting in trouble with the law. Some are referred to Bremwood by the Department of Human Services to work on behavioral/emotional problems related to past life traumas. These life traumas could include abuse, neglect or other difffficult family situations. The average stay is six-months to one year.
The State of Iowa pays for most of the teenager’s care at Bremwood. However, there is a gap between what the government pays and the actual cost of the care. This gap is filled through the support of individuals and congregations across Iowa. While Bremwood has the capacity to house 108 teenagers, they currently have 90+ due to lack of funding from the State of Iowa.
Matthew 25: Ministries
Fredsville members collect empty pill bottles that are used in 3rd World Countries where supplies are limited and costly. The labels on the bottles are removed and the bottles are cleaned. They are then sent to the Cincinnati, Ohio location of Matthew 25:Ministries.
Bi-Annual Food Drive
Twice a year, members collect food for the Dike Foodbank located at the United Methodist Church in Dike and/or the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Iowa.
School Lunch Collection
An offering is taken monthly to help pay for unpaid school lunches at the nearby school district- Dike/New Hartford.
Family Clothes Closet
Fredsville has collected clothes for all ages and sizes for those in need. The clothes closet is open to all twice a month on a Saturday morning and is run by volunteers.
Iowa is known to have floods during rainy seasons. Fredsville members participate in gathering cleaning supplies in large buckets which are then distributed to individuals experiencing flooding problems.
Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
Thursday mornings from 9:00 am until 11:00 am the quilters meet in the fellowship hall to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Used material that has been donated is turned into warm quilts that are sent all over the world, where ever there is a need. Anyone is welcome to join this group, no quilting or sewing experience necessary.
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “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 25:34-40 NRSV).