At Shepherd of the Lakes Church one of our core values are “We Get Out of Our Seats”.  We believe God’s people are to be in mission.  Jesus did not just call us to be saved. He also called us to be part of the salvation process of others (see Ephesians 2:8-10). In fact, He’s commanded us to do the very same work He did when He walked on this earth (see John 14:12). That means we are to pass on what we’ve learned and received from Him-His love, His mercy, His compassion and His Truth-to the world around us.

Mission exists anywhere God’s work is being done. Therefore, we are able to participate in mission locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. It is our goal at Shepherd of the Lakes to make mission experiences available at each of these different levels (at least periodically).

Local Missions

Project Backpack
Shepherd of the Lakes promotes involvement in local mission work.  Project Backpack is the local mission most associated with our church.  It was birthed at Shepherd on Father’s Day 2010 as a means of getting food into the hands of hungry school kids on weekends.  To get involved with this program that helps students in the Waupaca, Weyauwega-Fremont, Amherst, Manawa, and Iola-Scandinavia School districts, contact Paula Thuerman at paula@shepherdofthelakes.com 

Kid’s Hope USA
We have also joined with Kid’s Hope USA, an organization that works with schools to help at risk kids. Check out this ministry that helps develop character in at risk kids.

For more information contact Lisa Stafford at 715-802-3540 or lstafford1961@yahoo.com


We also have a number of people involved in local mission at:

  • Ruby’s Pantry

  • The Waupaca Area Food Pantry

  • Waupaca County Jail


Regional Missions

Shepherd of the Lakes has been sending mission teams to City on a Hill (COAH) in Milwaukee since 2011.  Our volunteers have participated in service days, free medical clinics and a free Christmas stocking outreach in the neighborhoods surrounding COAH.  These trips have been huge successes, with over 50 volunteers from Shepherd experiencing the awesome power of serving.

Click here for the 1) Permission Slip, 2) Parent Leader Packet, 3) Poverty Simulation Activity Agreement, 4) Poverty Simulation Medical Consent, and 5) Poverty Simulation Parent Letter.

We need servant leaders who can:

  • Greet People

  • Register People

  • Do Clerical Work

  • Food Preparation

  • Clean

  • Pray with People

  • And More! Be a Helping Hand!

  • If you are a Medical Professional, there is need of your skills too!

Any volunteers with medical training who wish to participate should

email Dr. Nancy Swisher at nswisher@yahoo.com.

There is need of:

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Pharmacists

  • CNA’s

  • Or any other medical professional…

We are looking forward to the next opportunity to serve at City on a

Hill. (For more information on COAH, to visit their website City on a Hill.)

International Missions

The Mission Board actively promotes at least one international mission trip each year.  We have sent mission teams to Haiti and also to Africa.  To get involved, contact Pastor Dean today. Additionally, we hope to encourage mission trips to Nigeria on two to three year cycle.


Pens and pencils, a toothbrush, a quilt… ordinary items we take for granted become treasures in the hands of their recipients.

The items you send will be cherished and used by people who take nothing for granted, for whom even a simple bar of new soap is special.

We will be collecting items August 13th – October 15th, 2019

Place items in the designated box in the entryway of the church.

Click the link for a schedule of items to bring: ShoppingListFlyer2017


153 County Road QQ, 

Waupaca, WI 54981​​

Tel: (715) 800-8401


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