Ecumenical Social Ministries expands services during federal shut-down

January 24, 2018
Submitted by the Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Executive Director, Ecumenical Social Ministries

Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM) reached out to the over 45,000 active duty military personnel and their families who live in El Paso County during the uncertainty of the federal government shut-down. While a permanent funding measure was being passed by Congress and signed by the president, Ecumenical Social Ministries opened its food pantry to all active duty military personnel. Normally, ESM's services are limited to persons living in a nine-zip code area, but during that time of financial uncertainty for military personnel it waived that criteria.

Ecumenical Social Ministries is a social service outreach ministry founded over 35 years ago by First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs and seven other churches.

The Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz, a clergy member of the Rocky Mountain Conference, serves as EMSs executive director. Rev. Lantz stated, “Our military personnel and their families sacrifice so much in service to our country every day that this seems to be the least we can do to assist them in their time of need.”  

First UMC in Colorado Springs provides funding, monthly food donations, and volunteers to support the mission and ministry of ESM.

"We are so proud of the way Ecumenical Social Ministries reaches out and touches the lives of the most vulnerable in our city,” said Rev. Kent Ingram, senior pastor of First UMC and ESM board member. "In keeping with their mission, ESM shows that depth of their compassion by helping our military families in this critical time."

For more information, please contact Rev. Lantz at 719-228-6782 or at