How Does WECC Serve Our Community?

Winthrop Evangelical Covenant Church is committed to being the hands and feet of Christ in our local community.   Our three local relief ministries, the Food Cupboard, the Clothes Closet and the Prayer Shawl Ministry, provide resources for those in need in our neighborhood and beyond.  

The Food Cupboard

The “Food Cupboard” is held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to noon, along with our Clothes Closet (which is open from 9:00 am to noon the same day.)  The food is brought out in a truck by an organization called Holy Trinity Ministries.   

The Food Cupboard includes paper products, breads, canned goods, fresh produce, and other misc. food items.  There is no requirement or income cap to obtain this food.  We also offer prayer and spiritual help for those that come for the food.  This ministry draws recipients from communities both near and far.  

The Clothes Closet

Located in the house right next to the church (105 W. Third St.), the Clothes Closet is open from 9 am-noon on the 3rd Saturday of every month.  Simply put, if you are in need of some clothes, come and take what you need.  While we don’t have an extensive selection, we do have a wide range of sizes – from baby clothes to adult sizes – and everything is free of charge.  Feel free to stop on by and see what you can find.

Likewise, if you would like to donate any seasonal clothes to the Clothes Closet, you can drop those off when we are open or at the church.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

FullSizeRenderOur Prayer Shawl ministers meet the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm at the church.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome to come and stitch with us as we  make items to bless and comfort those in need. Shawls without a designated recipient in mind are currently being donated to a local women’s shelter, but we welcome you to join us even if your shawl already has a home to go to.  If you have any questions or would like to suggest a recipient, please contact JoAnn Ruff or call the church office at 507-647-5777.

Awana Youth Ministry


LOL Middle School Ministry


Other Neighborhood Projects

The Mission team also meets the physical and emotional needs of our own congregation, through visiting the housebound, delivering for Meals on Wheels, leading monthly devotions at a local nursing home, providing for the sick and coordinating funerals, and through the work of our Faith Community Nurse.
We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.   Looking for information on our Global Outreach?  Click here