Social Justice


PADS Emergency Shelter

PADSWednesday nights, October through April

In 2012 Redeemer accepted an invitation to open up its doors to the homeless by serving as one of seven emergency overnight shelters in the McHenry County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program. The PADS emergency sites are designed to keep people from freezing during the cold winter months and are open from October 1 to April 30 each year. Individual emergency sites like Redeemer are open one night a week. Each site offers a warm evening meal provided by area churches, a safe place to sleep, breakfast in the morning, case management and hospitality. For information on how to get involved with PADS please visit their web site at


WACM Daytime Drop-In Center

Thursdays, November through March

Redeemer also serves the homeless on Thursdays during the winter months as a Daytime Drop-In Center for Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM). The center is open from 7 am to 2 pm so that those in need may stay indoors and receive a midday meal one day a week. The drop-in center not only provides meals, but also allows access to washers & dryers, toiletry items, newspapers, television, internet access, resume help, and sleeping facilities. The site is staffed primarily by Redeemer volunteers and area churches take turns providing the meals. Redeemer has hosted the program for more than a decade. If you would like to get in involved in this ministry please contact the Redeemer office. For more information on WACM go to


Coat drive

WACM “Share the Warmth” Coat Give-Away

During the last week of October Redeemer hosts the Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM) “Share the Warmth” Coat Give-Away. The purpose of the program is to collect coats and winter clothing and distribute them to needy persons during the last week of October. The distribution takes place in our Fellowship Hall. Please help us make this very important program a success. There are people in our community that are in need of clothing that will help them get through the cold winter months. You can help by collecting coats and winter clothing in all sizes and dropping them off at Redeemer during the months of September or October.



Food drive

Rotary Mobile Food Pantry

If you drive by Redeemer on a Friday afternoon and our parking lot is bustling with activity it’s because the Rotary Mobile Food Pantry truck is in town! This program, sponsored by the Noon Rotary Club of Woodstock, delivers food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to needy people in Woodstock once a month. Redeemer hosts the program and organizes the food distribution process. If you or your group would like to help, please contact the church office. This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of more than 200 people each month right here in Woodstock.



Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need

For many in our community Thanksgiving Day begins at Redeemer Lutheran Church, preparing and distributing turkey dinners for the homeless, Thanksgivingthe elderly, and those in need. Some of these dinners are served on site. Others are delivered to people throughout McHenry County. More than 200 dinners were served in 2012, most of them delivered. The holidays are a difficult time for those who are alone or suffering and getting a homemade meal can really help brighten up their day and demonstrate the love of God. If you would like to Volunteer to Help CLICK HERE. For more information Click here.




Redeemer’s Quilters meet every Monday morning to make quilts that are sold at our Snow Angels Craft Fair or distributed to service men or nursing homes. Profits from the sale of the quilts go to missions. Typically more than 100 quilts are made each year by our industrious and creative quilters!! Everyone is welcome — ALL skill levels! On-the-job training is available, too. The Quilters start at 9:00 am and stop at noon to enjoy a sack lunch and a cup of coffee together.  For more on Redeemer Quilters and pictures of their quilts Click Here






Haiti Team

For more than ten years a group from Redeemer has joined with others from area churches to travel 1800 miles to the country of Haiti where they provide medical care and other support to the people of this impoverished country. This ministry is in support of missionary Gladys Mungo, founder of Haiti’s Children, Inc. whose purpose is “to develop, educate and feed the children, helping them grow in mind, body and spirit, in the remotest areas of Haiti; providing hope and a better life.” What a great way to demonstrate the love of God! The team often hosts special Haiti Team Breakfasts at Redeemer to raise funds for their next trip.
Redeemer's Joe Scholpp describes his first mission trip to Haiti in this powerful presentation.  Click here to view.


ELCA Missions

As a church that is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, we fully support the denomination’s many and varied missions at the state, regional, national, and international levels as part of our church budget. For information on some of the ELCA’s` missions and ministries see
We are also encouraged to put our faith into action in our everyday lives. Every day, in a million ways, members of the ELCA are making the world a better place. In far reaches of the globe, and right here in our neighborhood, you’ll see that Lutherans aren’t folks who simply talk about their beliefs. We put them into action. We are encouraged to make a meal to share, have our opinions on government policy heard, or help a friend through their time of need. We hope you will join us and find out just how rewarding God’s work can be.