Prince of Peace Social Ministry

Working together as a faith community to help those in need.

Our Social ministry committee has opportunities available for interested individuals to share their time and talents on a number of different projects throughout the year.

Whether you are available for a single afternoon, or are looking to become a committee member, there is a place for you.

Some of our past and upcoming projects include:

  • God’s Work, Our Hands is a community service project done each fall. In 2014 we painted the house of an elderly Westlake resident.

  • Lutheran World Relief School Kits are collected each fall and distributed to disadvantaged students

  • Collecting soup can labels for local school kids.

  • Boots for Christmas is an annual collection of waterproof boots for distribution at the Men’s Homeless Shelter on Lakeside Ave in Cleveland.

  • Our annual Mitten Tree allows church members to provide Christmas gifts to underprivileged school kids who might not otherwise receive a present.

  • Souper Bowl donations are collected the day of “The Big Game” and the proceeds are used a few times a year when members of our Parish cluster cook meals for the men at the homeless shelter downtown.

  • Love Inc. The committee will seek one sponsor for each month of the year to support the work of this organization.



God's Work. Our Hands.


Thank you to all who have donated! We have collected:


Women’s Re-Entery (WREN)

  • 410 pairs of women’s socks

  • 10 umbrellas

  • 46 health/beauty

  • 49 toiletry kits (Christian Education)


LMM Men’s Shelter

  • 165 pairs of men’s socks

  • 153 pairs of men’s underwear


Second Harvest

  • 401 lbs of food (we collected almost as much as we have in an entire calendar year, in just 4 weeks).


OMNI Shoes for Students

  • Donations received $4,015, with $3,000 matching from Zambia Mission Fund for total of $7,015!


Heartfelt thank you to all who donated and participated in this year’s “very different” God’s Work. Our Hands event! Your generosity in response to so many needs is truly appreciated and humbling! Arrangements are in process this week to deliver the donations. Special thanks to Judy Kazak, Mary Humer, and Megan Harber for all of the hard work behind the scenes in making this event a success!


As needs will always persist, watch the Peace Connections for upcoming events such as our:

  • OMNI fundraiser

  • Coat Drive for Love INC

  • LMM Boots and Socks for Christmas

  • Continued drives for WREN and Second Harvest

  • Annual Scranton School Mitten Tree Event


Thank you!

Join Us

We are always looking for new and exciting projects to take on.

Your time, talents and ideas are all we need to accomplish our mission!​

Email Shawn Merhaut at for more information.

Like “Prince of Peace Westlake” on Facebook to find out more about our church and our Social Ministry.

Care Ministries

  • Pastoral Partners - This is a personal, spiritual relationship  between a care giver and a care receiver.  The care receiver is often experiencing some type of crisis in their lives.  Training and support are offered to all the pastoral partners.

  • Caring Connections - We meet for lunch on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  After lunch, we visit home bound members of the congregation for a social visit and to bring them a bag of cookies.

  • Eucharistic Ministers - The Eucharistic Ministers  visit Westlake Village, Arden Courts and Sunrise Senior Living Center to conduct monthly services to the residents.  .The services consist of gospel readings, prayers, a brief sermon or talk and communion.  Training is offered with one of the current Eucharistic Ministers.

  • Blossom Hill Ministry - Blossom Hill is a home for approximately 15 severely mentally and physically challenged adults, located in Westlake.  On the third Sunday of the month, we offer a brief service consisting of songs, prayer requests and a lesson.  No training is needed, just a compassionate heart and a willingness to be present with the residents.

For more information, contact Judy Kazak:

Volunteers Needed

We are now able to visit our Caring Connection care receivers in person. We are in need of some volunteers who are willing to help distribute the cookies. We meet once a month on the fourth Wednesday and try to only have each person (or couple) visit two or three people. The visits are usually 30 to 45 minutes in length. This is a great way to meet members of the congregation who are not able to attend church.


If you are interested, please email Judy Kazak at or call 440-476-6318. 

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