Our Ministries

God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.

– Martin Luther

Care of Creation

We recognize our call to steward all the gifts that God gives - including our natural world and the resources that are in jeopardy due to climate change. On September 25, 2022, we hosted our first Care of Creation Sunday with a special workshop on Watershed Stewardship led by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wright, Pastor for Creation Care for the New England Synod. We are in the process of discerning next steps, including the formation of a Green Team at St. Ansgar.

Bibliography of Creation Care resources page 1 | page 2

Video produced by St. Ansgar in 2015 after the installation of Solar Panels


The St. Ansgar community has been marching in the Portland Pride parade

every June for many years. We feel our support of LGBTQ people and their civil rights is a manifestation of Jesus' love for us — and we want that manifestation to be loud and visible! 

We've become known for our "Martin Wufer" dog treats along the parade route, usually passed out by our youngest church members. At the festival that follows, we always have a table with more dog treats, a doggie watering station, and someone from our church happy to answer any questions about our faith community.


Social Justice

Being agents of social justice and social change for the benefit of all of God's children is an important part of our ministry at St. Ansgar. Our social justice team updates one another of events to attend, rallies to attend, calls that can be made to local and national legislators, and other ways we can use our voice to enact policies that work for justice for all people. Sometimes we attend rallies and marches together, sometimes we visit the office of our senator together, sometimes we spend time learning more about justice issues together.

The ELCA provides a rich resource for information and education on the Advocacy page of their website.

Project Feed

Project Feed is an emergency food bank in Portland that is supported, in part,
by many area churches. The first Sunday of every month is Project Feed Sunday
at St. Ansgar.

We bring bags of canned goods, basic necessities, and cash donations to worship service on Project Feed Sunday. (Kids usually help bring baskets of donations up to the altar during the offering!) After the service, everything is brought to the Project Feed pantry located in the lower level of Woodfords Congregational Church.


Noisy Offering

The third Sunday of every month our young people collect our "noisy offering," a.k.a. lots of coins in tin baskets. Currently, the money collected during our noisy offering goes to the work and ministry of Hope Acts. Hope Acts works to serve our neighbors in Portland who have recently moved here because they are seeking asylum in the United States. This ministry is especially close to our hearts because one of their programs is located in the old Immanuel Lutheran Church, which merged with St. Ansgar to form the congregation we now know!


Welcome and Outreach

The goal of this community is to spread the good news of Jesus and the Gospel — but it is not our job to preach, judge, or change minds.

We are more interested in creating safe and welcoming opportunities for people to gather, exchange ideas, and learn something new.
Critical thinking is encouraged!

Some examples of this ministry are events like the Dietrich Bonhoeffer weekend, Happy Birthday, Kierkegaard!, Ecofeminism & Faith: A Weekend with Rosemary Radford Ruether, Transgender 101: A Workshop for Allies, and Modern Neighbors: Would You Be Mine?

Sewing Group

St. Ansgar's Sewing Group has a rich history and a strong sense of mission.
For many years the group has met every second and fourth Wednesday of the month for sewing, food, and fellowship. Together they have made school kits, layettes (kits for newborns), and sewing kits. Every year the group also puts together Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. These supplies provide basic hygiene tools to our brothers and sisters in need around the world. 


Scandinavian Weekend

For over two decades, on the first full weekend in December, we welcomed the Christmas season and celebrated our church's Scandinavian roots with an annual fair and St. Lucia Festival!

Beginning in 2020 and due to pandemic restrictions, we suspended both Fair and Festival.

This year we are returning to an in-person St. Lucia Festival, celebrated during our Sunday worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 18, 2022

The St. Lucia Festival is a Swedish Christian tradition that dates from the 14th century. According to the old Julian calendar, December 13 was the longest night of the year, and thus marked the first step toward spring, with its promise of light and sunshine. It is on this date that the people of Sweden celebrate the Lucia Festival. Christian legend has it that the Romans betrayed Lucia. Later, Vikings impressed by her faith, are said to have brought her legend to Scandinavia from Sicily, where she is the patron saint of fishermen.

We tell the St. Lucia legend and sing Swedish carols. A young woman from the congregation is crowned the "Queen of Light" followed by traditional Scandinavian refreshments in our lobby. The St. Lucia Festival has become a favorite Christmas tradition for many Mainers, whether they're Swedish, Lutheran, or otherwise!