Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan Episcopal Church Women
Ministry Beyond the Stained Glass Outreach 2016
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
Episcopal Church Women
Outreach Efforts & Our Love for Others
Table of Contents The Eastern Deanery....................................................................................................................... 7-14 The Grand Valley Deanery........................................................................................................... 15-22 The Lakeshore Deanery................................................................................................................ 23-30 The St. Joseph Deanery................................................................................................................. 31-40 The Traverse Deanery................................................................................................................... 41-46
In Loving Memory of
Char Camfield ECW President
The seed planted today just might become a plant in another garden during the next season! â€“ Char Camfield, 1938-2016
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St. James Episcopal Church 119 West Erie St. Albion, MI 49224 (517) 629-8710 stjamesalbion.org The Rev. Darlene Kuhn, Rector For more than 175 years St. James’ Episcopal Church has been reaching out to serve the Albion community. Today we continue serving our community by offering a warm meal once a month, providing leadership for the Albion Reading Camp and Albion Community Gardens and designating the Third Sunday of each month as a fund raiser for a different mission such as the Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) Fund and the Albion Interfaith Ministries (AIM) Food Pantry. Reading Camp Albion Reading Camp is an outreach ministry begun in 2014 to help children, who are identified as at least one year behind in their reading level, to catch up and gain confidence in reading comprehension. Reading can be fun! Each day includes reading and writing learning centers, story time, meals, and fun and games. How many pencils can you push through a bag of water before it bursts?
Ecumenical Community Vacation Bible School We support and participate in the Ecumenical Community Vacation Bible School which includes supper, Bible Story Theatre and fun and games for over a hundred Albion children and adults. This is a wonderful way to build community and to proclaim the Gospel.
Feeding the Community On the last Saturday of the month, when funds are running low for many people, we serve a warm meal. The meal is prepared and served by volunteers from our church parish. Fliers are distributed to local banks, pharmacies, and senior apartment complexes, and a notice is provided by our local news media, Albion eNews. Our church is located near our downtown area so many of our diners come to us via mobility scooter or walking. All people are welcome and eat for free. We served more than 40 people at our most recent community supper. We get lots of thank yous and hugs in return for the warm meal. It is indeed our pleasure to serve!
Albion Interfaith Ministries We work closely with Albion Interfaith Ministries which provides a food pantry, life skills classes, a thrift shop and help with utility shut-off notices. We provide space for AIM to prepare and distribute Christmas boxes. Our ECW prepares and delivers Christmas baskets to our home-bound parishioners. Community Gardening A new initiative for us is Albion Community Gardens Inc. which arose out of our participation in the Diocesan Congregational Development training. Vacant lots and green spaces have been donated, purchased or leased and are being excavated and cleared for the 2017 gardening season. We are working closely with many community groups, individuals and existing community gardens including Albion Food Hub and Farmers’ Market and Vision of Life. Our goals are to provide space for people to grow and eat fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables and hands on mentoring for new gardeners and cooking and canning classes at the Food Hub while building new friendships within the community. Our plan is to work with local churches, Master Gardeners and others to plant an orchard and perennials in late 2016 and early 2017. Please visit us at our new website stjamesalbion.org or our Facebook page at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Episcopal Church Women
St. Thomas Episcopal Church 17 E. Van Buren Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 965-2244 stthomasbc.org The Very Rev. Brian Coleman, Rector Summer Breakfast Program The Summer Breakfast Project originated to fulfill a need to replace the free breakast children would receive at school, but we learned that it is not only children who need a good hot breakfast. We serve all who come to be fed, and this past summer served 8,000 breakfasts five days a week. The program is supported by community donations. Some of the community organizations volunteer to staff the kitchen in addition to the parishioners of St. Thomas. We are brought together to serve the less fortunate by the grace of God and we are enriched by being in community with all who participate.
walk.â€? They are encouraged to pray for those who are in such need. Support for Crop Walk is a meaningful for those who walk and those who contribute.
Pumpkin Patch St. Thomas turns a portion of the parking lot into a pumpkin patch for the last two weeks of October. We sell pumpkins and baked goods, hold a chili cook off and a trunkor-treat event. We are able to come together as a church community to earn funds to help fund the other outreach activities. It is especially fun to see the children who come to the trunk-or-treat event. Through this, the Pumpkin Patch has become its own outreach program. What started strictly as a fundraising project has turned into so much more, both for the neighbors of St. Thomas and the parishioners. Crop Walk Our young people are especially moved by â€œwe walk because they
Backpack Program St. Thomas supports financially the Franklin School Backpack Program. At risk children are sent home on Friday with a backpack of food for the weekend. Without this some of those children would have nothing to eat for the entire weekend. We are privileged and honored to be able to assist in this way. Mass Shooting Memorial Following the February 20th tragedy in Kalamazoo when a gunman randomly stalked victims in a shooting rampage, leaving six people dead and two others critically injured, St. Thomas turned its sanctuary into a memorial for victims of mass shootings. Photographs wallpaper the walls between the Stations of the Cross and all around the perimeter of the church. Mass shootings are defined as two or more people killed at one time.
Holiday Baskets Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are prepared and delivered to over 70 families. The need is great and we are grateful to be able to assist in this small but important way.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 27 E. Chicago Coldwater, MI 49036 (517) 278-5752 stmarkscoldwater.com The Rev. Frederick Schark, Rector Feed the Hungry Goal: reduce food insecurity in the Coldwater area through education in food nutrition and choices. “Feed the Hungry” finds several members of the parish volunteering at the local Food Pantry (two of them are co-coordinators of the Pantry, and several help support or register recipients), the garden supplies fresh vegetables to the Pantry, a 4-H club with twelve members is learning to garden, and classes from MSU Extension on preserving food were offered at our church, including a “Cooking Matters for Families” series of classes for the 4-H kids and their families this Fall. Leaders established a three-year plan that is continuing as an on-going project of growing an organic vegetable garden, learning the nutritional value of healthy eating, making healthy food choices in daily life, and preparing healthy snacks and meals on a budget.
A site for the garden was selected, in cooperation with the local ELCA parish. Children were helped to make healthy food choices and enjoy trying new things. A 4-H club (“Helping the World Kids’ Gardening Club”) was established, and the twelve 4-H members assisted with the planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting of produce from the garden. Several members of the club entered their produce at the County Fair and all won #1 ratings. Over 600# of food from the garden was donated to the Food Pantry, and to the families of children involved with the garden. Lion’s Roar, our children’s formation program, created an on-site “Pizza Garden”, made possible by a grant from MSU Extension. Several members attended the Gardening with Children class that was part of the grant selection. The grant money was used to purchase supplies and plants, including tomatoes, basil, onions, oregano, parsley, and peppers – all fresh items used to create a childhood favorite and help teach children the skill of gardening. Five families from the food pantry became involved in the garden through their children. Another joined just recently and will participate in the cooking
classes this Fall. The families and their children came to the garden weekly and helped with the weeding and harvesting, and taking home vegetables. Plans for 2017 include continuing/ expanding on the first two years, identifying youth leadership potential and creating an entrepreneurship model for marketing a portion of the produce at the farmers’ market, thereby learning business skills, money-handling skills, how to interact appropriately with the public, and organizational skills. Another goal is to share at least half the produce raised with the Food Pantry, reinforcing their sense of commitment, involvement, and obligation to society. Any money earned will go towards supplies and equipment for the gardens. A food drive this Spring at St. Mark’s yielded almost $1,000 in cash and 791 lbs. of food for the Food Pantry.
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Trinity Episcopal Church 201 E. Jefferson Grand Ledge, MI 48837 (517) 627-6287 trinitypeople.org The Rev. W. Richard Hamlin, Assisting Pastor Outreach activities at Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge are aimed at children, youth and adults. In the category of children’s outreach, Trinity participates in “Blessing in a Backpack,” a program where bags of food are gathered and sent home with school-age students so they have food for the weekend. In addition, back-toschool supplies (notebooks, rulers, scotch tape, tissues, markers, etc.) are donated by the Trinity congregation and purchased by the church in late summer for children living at the SIREN/Eaton shelter in Charlotte, Michigan, a facility whose mission is to serve domestic violence survivors and homeless families.
them to live more independently. Trinity provides financial assistance to GLEAP, the Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program, a non-profit organization that assists families with utility bills, transportation, food, medicine and housing needs. Trinity also collected household cleaning supplies to be distributed to the community by GLEAP.
For adults, seven times a week throughout the year Trinity makes its meeting space available for AlThe church kitchen is used by a coholics Anonymous and Narcotgroup called “Transitions,” disabled ics Anonymous. young adults who are learning skills that will allow them to cook and to For additional assistance to indiclean up after themselves, enabling viduals staying at the SIREN/Eaton shelter, Trinity has an on-going program to collect travel-sized personal hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, combs, soap, razors, etc.).
“prayer shawls,” handmade wraps that are blessed and then given to people who need to feel loved and cared for. The church also has a continuing program of collecting non-perishable food items for the Grand Ledge Food Bank, and plans events especially aimed at the community, such as the annual “Blessing of the Pets” in October.
Last spring, the church organized a towel/washcloth drive and collected a trunkful of new and gently used items—again to donate to the SIREN/Eaton shelter. A group of Trinity knitters and crocheters meets monthly at Trinity during the school year to create
Emmanuel Episcopal Church 315 W. Center Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-3014 hastingsemmanuel.org Hastings Emmanuel Feeds People In 2012 our rector, Gretchen Weller, felt that our community needed a Community Breakfast. She approached a couple of parishioners who liked to cook, organized signup sheets for volunteers to help and had the youth make signs. Our Saturday morning Community Breakfast serves a hot, protein-rich breakfast with fresh fruit, cereal, sweet breads, juice, milk, coffee and tea every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. til 9:30 a.m. in the Gury Parish House. Our guests are welcome to come back for more servings. Volunteers are encouraged to help prep late Friday afternoon or at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Clean-up is usually finished by 10:00 a.m. The vestry supported this outreach and God provided the means and the people. The Community Breakfast has become a regular tradition that we feel blessed to have brought to our community. Check out our website for a testimonial by one of our volunteers. Hastings Emmanuel has recently signed on with a new Community Ministry – Barry County Family Promise. We will be a host congregation, hosting families 3-4 times a yea, providing lodging, three meals a day and hospitality for a week. We were looking for a way to bring families into our Church, and this new ministry seemed like a good fit. Emmanuel values its strong ties to the surrounding community and 10
participates in various local events. Each year we participate in the Barry County-Hastings CROP Walk. We hold a Bread Basket Bake Sale at our Hastings Summerfest celebration and enjoy being a part in the Hastings St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We adopt a family from our Barry County Cares agency for Christmas providing gifts and food and on the Second Sunday of Advent, we collect packages of new underwear of various sizes for our community’s women’s shelter. We encourage the congregation to support the Local food Pantries by collecting non parishable food each week. Hastings Emmanuel is a popular annual venue for the Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival that brings in school jazz bands and choirs from across Michigan. Clinics are held Thursday Afternoon and Friday. We offer snack bars, juice or water for the early sessions on Friday morning and on Sunday morning Emmanuel’s Choir & Priest does a jazz mass. Emmanuel also invites the Lakewood Area Choral Society to present a Christmas Concert in our sanctuary; Their music director enjoys using our restored Odell tracker pipe organ.
of retirees from the community. Superheroes, a nondenominational group of special needs young men, meets at Emmanuel and so does Alcoholics Anonymous. We offer and host weekly centering prayer meetings for our congregation and the community. Our youth group meets twice a month, and has started a tradition of visiting a local assisted living home where a few parish members live. They help plant flowers in the spring, serenade the residents with Christmas carols, and treat them to homemade cookies and fellowship. In the fall our youth group helps rake leaves for elderly parish members. They enjoy participating in our diocese youth mission trips and retreats.
Several community groups have found a home at Emmanuel. The local Kiwanis organization meets in the Gury Parish house weekly as do 4-H groups, the Thornapple Garden Club, the Mom & Pops Supper Club comprised Episcopal Church Women
St. David’s Episcopal Church 1519 Elmwood Road Lansing, MI 48917-1543 (517) 323-2272 stdavidsonline.org/wp The Rev. David Pike, Rector Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets are one of our major ministries. We provide 35 local families with a week’s food, not just the holiday dinner. Senior World started in 1996 when a small group of women from St. David’s met with a few residents of the Senior World Housing Complex just up the street for lunch and Bible study. It grew, eventually moving to the church Great Hall, and its focus shifted to include inspirational teaching, music, and prayer. “Senior” is still in the name, but the program is for all ages and draws 40 to 50 men and women monthly from St. David’s and several of the nearby housing complexes. The church provides the main dishes and each person is asked to bring a dish to pass or contribute $1. We meet September through April and provide free transportation from the various housing facilities.
heard stories from Mary, played games that reinforced the theme, and created projects that were similar to what Jesus would have done as a boy.
At this writing, VBS is preparing to “travel” back in time to EGYPT (and the pyramids!) to learn about Joseph’s Vacation Bible School is a big journey from prison to palace. annual event; it has grown over the Throughout the week, the chilyears from a program for St. Dadren will learn from Joseph about vid’s youth to a community event. the gifts that God has given them. The five-night program is free to all They’ll visit with Joseph each day and begins at 5:30 with dinner for as he tells a little bit more of his participants and their families. story in a way the kids can relate to. There’ll be games in the PyraOver 50 kids participated – 32 mid Playground that emphasize weren’t members of our parish. the Bible teaching of the day, then Throughout the week, the children off to the Marketplace Shops for learned that: Jesus had a family, a hands-on activities that tie to the name, a home, went to church, and day’s theme. The evening Closing served others – as they do too! They Celebration includes time in their Outreach Booklet
family group with a lesson from the day’s activities. And always lots of music and laughter!
A fun event we’ve recently joined is the township Halloween Trick or Treat Trail held in the park next door. Local groups host a table and give treats to 1,000 costumed kids. The congregation donates bags of wrapped candy so we have at least two treats for everyone. Not to be left out, our Sunday School children have begun tithing their Halloween candy. The 2015 final weigh-in was 26 pounds of candy donated to SIREN, the Eaton County Women and Children Shelter. 11
Trinity Episcopal Church 101 E. Mansion Street Marshall, MI 49068 (269) 781-7881 trinityofmarshall.org The Rev. Anne Schnaare, Rector Trinity Church has a Missions Board comprised of 7-10 members of the congregation. We hold fundraisers throughout the year for our income as well as receiving the open plate money on the first Sunday of the month. We also have Missions envelopes available for donations and parishioners can designate where their money should go. Some collections are held separately such as UTO and the Good Friday collection for Jerusalem. Our fundraisers for 2015 were the following:
In October we make about 100 apple and pumpkin pies for our pie sale. We take pre orders and also sell some at coffee hour the next day. Many people like to buy and freeze them for Thanksgiving. We dispensed funds in the amount of $8,782.45 to 16 different local, state and international agencies in 2015. Some of them are Charitable Union of Battle Creek, Episcopal Relief and Development, Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Fountain Clinic, Habitat for
Cookie sales at the Homes Tour $212 Concessions at the Franke Center $88 Craft Show $1071 Apple/Pumpkin Pie Sale $433 Rummage Sale $1315 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper $794 2015 Total:
Our biggest fundraiser is a Rummage Sale we hold in April in our parish hall. We have it for two days and it takes two days for set up and prep. We have a $1 a bag sale on the second day and that really cleans out most of whatâ€™s left from day one. Our leftovers are donated. Our fall Craft Show was started in conjunction with another big local craft show. That show was always sold out of vendor space, so we saw an opportunity to rent out space in our parish hall for additional vendors. We rent out approximately 35 8 ft. tables. We also serve concessions. 12
Humanity, Haven of Rest Shelter, Heifer Project International, JOK Charitable Development Foundation, Marshall Area Community Services, Mobile Meals, Safe Place Shelter, and Salvation Army. One of our projects is providing a meal each fifth Friday of the month at the Share Center in Battle Creek. We serve approximately 100-125 people each time. The Share Center is a drop-in resource center for the homeless. Another project, is providing Christmas baskets to area families that we adopt thru the local Marshall Area Community Services. We buy gifts and food and then have a church wrapping party to put it all together and deliver it. We sponsor campers for the Episcopal Youth Camps as the need arises. In August, we collect school supplies and fill backpacks that are given to needy children. Year round, we collect food for MACS, personal items for Haven Of Rest Homeless Shelter, greeting card fronts for St. Judeâ€™s Childrens Ranch, and provide educational information thru a bulletin board and church newsletters. Episcopal Church Women
St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church 11850 9 Mile Road Shelbyville, MI 49344 (269) 664-4345 stfrancisepiscopalorangeville.org The Rev. Linnea Stifler, Priest-in-Charge St. Francis of Assisi is located at the Orangeville crossroads near Shelbyville, MI. Orangeville was once a farming community and many people grew up on small family farms, but as in other places, farms like these have given way to agribusiness, leaving poverty in its wake. St. Francis owns a large tract of land, and under Fr. Curt Fish, was central to the diocesan youth program; “church camp” and St. Francis Orangeville were almost synonymous. One of our parishioners is an active community leader, the founder of Orangeville Community Outreach, an organization that serves the area in a number of ways. With friends within and beyond St Francis, he envisioned using the land St. Francis owns for a full regulation disc golf course. So now “Where Angels Play” is even listed
basement, and others for whom the stairs are hard to navigate, gather in the lounge area adjacent to the nave. We even have music! One of the people who comes to get food also brings his guitar and plays and sings country music songs.
on the website of the American Disc Golf Association. Hundreds of people come to play throughout the spring, summer and fall (and sometimes even in the winter). St. Francis also partners with Orangeville Community Outreach in a fresh food distribution program that serves at least 100 families a week. Early Wednesday morning, a truck arrives from Feeding America in Battle Creek. Volunteers from both the community and the parish are standing by to unload it, bringing the food into a building St. Francis built with the help of the Bishop Whittemore Foundation. Other volunteers are inside the church with hot breakfast food, sweet rolls and coffee, registering the people who are coming to get food. Some people sit around tables in the
Meanwhile, inside the food distribution building, the volunteers have organized the bins of fresh food and set up a rolling track down the middle. At 8:00 people go to their cars and the drivethrough distribution begins. People have brought their own baskets, which are brought inside the food distribution building, filled by volunteers according to family size, slid along the rolling track, and loaded into the waiting cars as they drive past the doors. The program is well-organized, and most of the time, the food is all given out within an hour. Most of the volunteers are also recipients of the food distribution, often passing some of the extra produce on to needy family members and neighbors beyond Orangeville. Members of the parish have also helped with other Orangeville Community Outreach programs, contributing school supplies for a backpack distribution at the end of the summer. We also bring knitted and crocheted hats to the Cancer Center in Kalamazoo. We are a small parish, but active in ministry in our community. 13
St. John’s Episcopal Church 110 South Clay Street Sturgis, MI 49091 (269) 651-5811 stjohnssturgis.org The Rev. Aaron Evans, Rector
St. John’s Episcopal Church Annex furnished an apartment for the Swift & Sure Sanctions Probation Program participant from November 13, 2014 to July 2016 and furnished two apartments for the Community Healing Centers Hope House for the addiction recovery and longer term housing needs of program participants from April 27, 2010 to July 2016. The First Step in Recovery for a Drug Free and Alcohol Fee home. A Prayer Shawl Ministry began about a year ago to give prayer shawls to people in need. The shawls are blessed at the Sunday service.
“We are the Hands and Feet of God’s Love.” St. John’s has a Healing Service once a month which is open to the public and our recovery groups – AA, NA and Al-Anon. The Church gives Christmas Gifts to Hope House and the Annex residents.
We collected School Backpacks for local schools, provided a free Junior/Senior Prom Dinner which served 39 students from the high school. The Homecoming Parade – St. John’s opened our doors to the students and served water and cookies in the adjacent parking lot. Other Outreach Programs St. John’s is involved with are the American Red Cross Blood Drive which is held in the Great Hall every 90
days, a Veterans’ Day Program with Dinner/Hors d’oeuvres to honor our local veterans, and an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service which provides canned goods donations to the Salvation Army and the Friday Friendship Meal. Please visit our Facebook page at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sturgis.
Friday Friendship Meal, Showers, Food Cupboard, Back Packs, Sleeping Bags, and Healing Prayer What you do for others you do for me. This ministry has been going on for the last ten years. We have expanded to include food, clothing and personal hygiene. We serve on an average 76 meals every Friday. 14
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Holy Spirit Episcopal Church 1200 Post Drive Northeast Belmont, MI 49306 (616) 784-1111 holyspiritbelmont.org The Very Rev. Dr. James Croom, Priest-in-Charge
In addition to annually contributing to UTO, sending children to Episcopal Youth Camp, and preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for those in need, our parish sustains these two successful ministries: The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, started in 2006, is a joint venture between our church and our Belmont neighbor, Assumption BVM Catholic Church. The Pantry operates as a satellite pantry of Access of West Michigan, an emergency food source for patrons referred through North Kent Community Services. The Pantry currently is open for two sessions a week. About 30 people from the two churches volunteer in a variety of jobs to keep it running. To keep the shelves stocked, the pantry staff participates in the county-wide food drive run by Access of West Michigan each fall – the food collected by volunteers goes directly onto the pantry shelves. The two congregations regularly contribute non-perishable food items, as do 16
Assumption BVM Catholic School students, Rockford Public Schools bus drivers, and local Boy Scouts. The Pantry receives generous monetary donations from individuals in the two parishes, as well as ABVM Knights of Columbus, Priority Health employees, and members of the community. In 2015, the Pantry served 629 family units. For many, this was their first visit to a foodpantry. These families were made up of 1,968 people, receiving approximately 18,547 items of food and necessary supplies. The Explore & Soar Reading Club, begun in 2008, is a four-day-a-week after-school reading program for local second and third grade students who score below grade-level on their reading assessments. The Reading Club is modeled on the Youth Education for Tomorrow (YET) Center’s program in Philadelphia, and the United Way’s Schools of Hope program. The Reading Club is free to the students and is funded by grants, individual donations from church and community members, and our own ECW. It also has received funding from local businesses and a variety of Episcopal Church-related organizations, such as the Bishop Whittemore
Foundation, UTO, Jubilee Ministries, The Order of the Daughters of the King, the Diocesan ECW, and other EDWM parishes. The Reading Club is a program of the Loaves & Fishes Family Center, a non-profit organization to promote literacy created by members of our church. A paid, licensed teacher runs the Reading Program, supervising a paid assistant, and many volunteers. A typical 2-hour afterschool session includes educational games, a teacher read-aloud that incorporates comprehension work, some writing, reading at the students’ independent and instructional levels, and celebrating their daily efforts. The Reading Club has been very successful over the last eight years. Students are assessed pre-, mid, and post program. By the end of the school year, children who participate in the program have improved their reading level by an average of 1.5 years.
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1025 Three Mile Road NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616) 361-7887 standrewsgr.org The Rev. Michael Fedewa, Rector As the people of St. Andrews we acknowledge our gratefulness for the unexpected grace of God displayed in Jesus Christ. In particular, we strive to be a community of reconciliation where diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexuality, gender identity, political views, economic condition, mental ability, and physical ability are present and all are fully involved in the ministry of Christ we share together. Our Mission As disciples of Jesus Christ, we reflect God’s love in our commitment to hospitality, service, diversity, inclusion, and stewardship. Guided by the Spirit of God, we strive to become a more healthy Body of Christ as we work together to realize the potential that God has placed within us. We are dedicated to learning and formation that will bring about transformation in the lives of the people who worship here, our community, and the world.
Thirsting to Serve - “helping people improve their lives through access to sustainable safe, clean water.” Loose change offerings collected at weekend services & benefit concerts have purchased hundreds of water purification units. Parishioners have traveled to the Dominican Republic to help in the education and installation of the units.
Samaritas - refugee resettlement initiative. St. Andrew’s is assisting a family in transition into our community. Oasis Wednesday - community dinner provided at no cost to those who attend. Dinner is followed by programming for all ages. Community Garden - 2016 initial endeavor successful. Crops were plentiful & shared with congregation, neighbors & local food pantry. Meals to Go - the gift of nutritious meals in times of joy & sorrow are delivered to those in need.
Family Promise/IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) IHN is a program for people who are underemployed & as a result, have lost their apartment or home. St. Andrew’s is one of 15+ area churches that provide food and shelter for families as they work to find affordable housing and/or employment. North End Community Ministry NECM ministers to those in need on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids. St. Andrew’s supports NECM’s programs thru participation & financial contributions. Ministries include the following: • Client Choice Food Pantry • Holiday Baskets
• Supper House: A hot meal is served for 80-120 families twice a week. • Celebrate Back to School Bash: School supplies, new shoes & clothes are distributed to children in need.
Welcome to Bread Bakers - fresh baked bread is gifted to those who are guests/visitors. Designated Monthly Offerings Recipients • Episcopal Relief & Development • North End Community Ministry • Catherine’s Health Center • Thirsting to Serve/Family Promise • Hunger Walk • Emergency Shelters in Grand Rapids • Heartside Ministries • Holy Spirit Church Reading Program • Kids Food Basket • NECM - Holiday Gift Baskets 17
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 134 North Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-3173 (616) 456-1684 stmarksgr.org The Rev. Brent Carey, Interim Rector St. Mark���s Church has a long tradition of charitable giving and community involvement. Through its Outreach & Christian Justice Ministry, it provides financial and volunteer support to a dozen community organizations as well as several stand-alone missions within the parish. Based on congregational input, our primary focus areas are (1) hunger and poverty, (2) education and justice, (3) domestic violence, and (4) the healing of racism. While food and shelter needs are critical, we also work on long-term goals of Christian justice—helping people develop the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty and to advocate for change in policies and attitudes that keep people marginalized. As a congregation, we promote the understanding of social issues within the parish as well as support LGBTQ issues, including proudly flying the rainbow flag on the front of our church building. Hunger & Poverty Breakfast Cafe: St. Mark’s parishioners serve breakfast to as many as 200 of our downtown neighbors every Sunday morning in our parish hall. Spa Days/Man Cave: We host downtown neighbors for fun, food and personal care several times a year. Access/Hunger Walk: We participate in the annual Hunger Walk 18
and also contribute funding. Westminster Food Pantry: Food and funding God’s Kitchen: Funding for this program that offers food to downtown neighbors six days a week. Kids Food Baskets: Multi-generational snack basket filling party, funding Dwelling Place: Volunteers for apartment prep, funding Arbor Circle: programs for homeless youth; funding Heartside Ministries: We provide funding and GED tutors for this community program for downtown neighbors Education and Christian Justice East Leonard Elementary School: St. Mark’s has “adopted” this public school 1½ miles from our church. We provide volunteers on a weekly basis for tutoring, mentoring, project assistance and snacks. Explore and Soar Reading Club: Funding for this summer reading program
Healing of Racism St. Mark’s Healing Racism Ministry helps the congregation engage in healing the sin of racism by doing the following: • Increasing parishioner awareness of the sin of racism; • Promoting racial healing for ourselves and others • Developing and presenting an annual plan of activities that encourages our whole parish to continue our Christian journey for better understanding and healing.
Domestic Violence Safe Haven –funding for this shelter for victims of domestic abuse Transitional Housing – funding for housing assistance
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St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 550 Henry SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 451-9865 St. Philip’s Church is a Community Church! St. Philip’s ECW assists with the church’s mission of being community-oriented with its “Family to Family” Christmas basket outreach.
tions, but socks and underwear are also provided. Our overall goal is to help those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet, especially at those high expense times of the year.
Partnering with nearby Martin Luther King Leadership Academy, we distribute a minimum of twelve baskets the Saturday before Christmas, providing meals with all the trimmings to families in need. Ingathering of food begins in the summer so that we have time to determine specific foods that will still be needed as the holidays get closer. Perishables like meat, eggs, and butter are donated shortly before the baskets are filled. On packing day, we all bring a dish to pass to make our work festive as we celebrate our sisterhood of service to church and community.
In addition to the Christmas baskets, we have provided uniforms to help parents with that essential school year expense. Shirts and pants are the most common donaOutreach Booklet
With an emphasis on more healthy eating, St. Philip’s has established Grow with the Neighborhood, a community garden that enables neighbors to learn how to garden, plant nutritious vegetables, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with planting and harvesting. With the John M. Burgess Wellness Center, a non-profit organization housed at St. Philip’s, community members also learn about healthier cooking options, as well as the health issues that affect them because of poor diet choices. It is not a clinic, but rather an educational venue to keep people informed about more healthy lifestyles and choices.
crafts, and a light meal once a week. Dressed in matching shirts, they have sung for Christmas Eve mass, Pentecost Sunday, and youth Sunday. They visit a nearby senior living complex to sing for the residents, and take field trips to have other cultural experiences. Members of the ECW assist with the group. Finally, remember drive-in movies? Well, they may be a yesteryear icon, but we brought back a variation on that theme with an outdoor movie night. Held in our backyard, and open to the neighborhood, people are able to stop in, grab a hot dog, chips, and a drink and enjoy the movie as soon as darkness falls. Chaperoned games are provided for the kids. It is a good way for neighbors to meet neighbors, and for the church to become a gathering place on a day other than Sunday.
Kids of the King is a small choir that brings together children from the neighborhood for singing, 19
Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church P.O. Box 9502 Wyoming, MI 49509 2345 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids MI (616) 3218-3752 sudanesegec.org The Rev. Zachariah Char, Rector The Sudanese Grace congregation is primarily comprised of refugees from the country of South Sudan, many of whom were “Lost Boys.” We have a strong sense of community; our own community, our family and friends at home, our diocesan community, and our community in the world. Ministry in the World Many of us still have family and friends in South Sudan and in refugee camps in other countries. We find ways to send money to people in South Sudan, primarily for education as they need to pay for their own school, books, and uniforms. Our goal next year is to pay for these items for up to four high school students. We send the money through to their Diocese, and they distribute to the students. The students then go back to work for the Diocese for a year or so. We also send money that pays for the power generator in the Cathe-
dral, and help purchase sewing machines for women in the country, so they can make their own clothes, and clothes to sell to others. We have done special offerings to collect money for places hit by disaster, like this most recent one in Haiti, and before that collected water for Flint, Michigan. In Greater Grand Rapids We collect money to purchase gift cards for diapers and other children’s needs. In December we give gift cards to families so they can purchase Christmas gifts for their children. In our congregation We are trying to keep the Sudanese culture and language strong by teaching the children our home language of Dinka and telling the stories of our country. Many of the children in our parish were born in the United States; we want them to know their culture and be able to tell others about it.
Mother’s Union Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church women’s ministry, also called Mother’s Union, is one of the vital ministries in our parish. Without Mother’s Union leadership, the sense of hospitality would not exist in our community. The Union deals with women’s affairs; they seek to empower women in a Godly manner, especially in church administration, as well as faithfully in their own homes as Christ has said. The Mother’s Union consists of prayer warriors against injustice in the world. The Episcopal Church As the Rev. Zachariah was one of the first South Sudanese refugees ordained in the Episcopal Church, he travels to visit other clergy and serves as a mentor, helping them navigate the church and become part of their own dioceses.
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Holy Cross Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran 4252 Breton Rd. SE Kentwood, MI 49512 (616) 949-7034 twochurches.org The Rev. Mike Wernick, Rector Our outreach work focuses on three program areas: Diaper Depot, English as a Second Language (ESL), and hunger. We also have a Care Team, whose coordinator works with church volunteers that provide rides to appointments, meals to shut ins, taking communion out and checking in with parishioners who may have needs.
a local elementary school. These items are donated in the fall.)
Francis Day pet blessing and then donated to the Humane Society.
Hunger We have a monthly collection for The Pantry (formally the John Knox Pantry). Requested food items are brought in by the congregation, blessed during a Sunday service and delivered to the pantry.
Diaper Depot Parish volunteers run this program twice a month at the church and distribute diapers to low income and refugee families. We currently serve around 350 children per month ages birth to 4 years.
In January we have Souper Bowl Sunday, a soup collection for The Pantry. The congregation is challenged to bring in a certain number of cans of soup and the fun begins. We keep track of the numbers of cans that come in each Sunday for a month and we try to meet or exceed our challenge goal.
Be a Santa to a Senior Names and wish lists are obtained from seniors at the Kentwood Recreation Center. These are put on paper ornaments that are hung on a Christmas tree. Parishioners take an ornament off the tree and purchase a gift, wrap it and place it under the tree. The gifts are then distributed at the center prior to Christmas.
Clients are referred to us from social service agencies, public health nurses and word-of-mouth. We run on donations and costs are around $1,500 per month. ESL We currently provide classes to a local community of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese students. Funding is through donations, grants and fundraisers. Students attend daytime classes learning English so that they can read, apply for citizenship, seek and secure employment and end social isolation. (Our parish also collects school supplies for ESL students attending
Kibble Konnection is the pet food bank with the Humane Society of West Michigan. Each year we collect dog and cat food along with cat litter and it is blessed at our St.
Share a Christmas: Family names are obtained from the United Way, and each family is provided a Christmas basket with items for a Christmas dinner, other food items, personal care items and gifts. Gift wish lists are put on ornaments and hung on the Christmas tree. People in the parish provide all items in the baskets. Our Sunday school delivers the baskets the Sunday before Christmas. Some of our parishioners are involved in programs outside our doors such as the Hunger Walk, making blankets for children going into foster care, and Partners in Housing, through Family Promise
St. John’s Episcopal Church 206 West Maple St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 (989) 773-7448 stjohnsmtpleasantmi.com The Rev. Wayne Nicholson, Rector Some of our outreach programs include the following: In cooperation with the local women’s sheler, our parishioners donate groceries and money to purchas and turkey & trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the meal, each family receives cereal, juice and other food items to provide meals beyond the holiday. At Christmastime, each family receives shoes/boots, clothing and items from their wish list, which might include toys for children, furniture items, bedding and linens. St. John’s generously enjoys playing Santa. Another regular donation is of jars of peanut butter collected and given to the local food pantry. Some parishioners volunteer to cook, serve, greet people and clean up at the Soup Kitchen. Monthly potlucks at Emmaus Monastery are well-attended. Sharing in fellowship and celebrating
the Eucharist is enjoyed by all. During the winter, St. John’s provides shelter 2-3 weeks on a rotating basis in cooperation with our local homeless shelter, Restoration House. This involves setting up comfortable sleeping areas with cots, bedding and personal hygiene supplies for individuals, couples and families using various rooms of the church and parish hall. An evening meal is provided by St. John’s, as well as snacks and juice. Fellowship is shared and awareness of community resources. A shower is available to those who stay with us, as well as laundry services. The “Clean and Bright” laundry is available year-round. Clients are scheduling through “Listening Ear,” a service agency. The loyal volunteers host clients who can do up to two loads of laundry. All supplies, including soap, bleach, spray, etc., are provided as well as snacks, coffee and juice.
Each week, LEMS visits the homebound and shares Eucharist with them. In collaboration with other local agencies and volunteers from the community, the John H. Goodrow Fund offers numerous assistance programs to qualified Isabela County residents. It is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization funded by grants, donations and fundraisers and the United Way. Its main purpose is to provide emergency aid, including food, shelter, hotel vouchers, clothing, medicine, gasoline, rent utility bills and other forms of assistance not met or fulfilled by other community resources. St. John’s has an ingathering of loose change and bills on the first Sunday of each month which is donated to the John H. Goodrow Fund. In closing, these are some of the ways we reach out and try to serve as a parish in our community.
St. John’s Episcopal Church 124 S. Sullivan, Fremont, MI 49412-9503 (989) 773-7448 The Rev. BJ Heyboer, Rector St. John’s donates money to Episcopal Relief and Development, along with various local and national foundations that need our help. We provide donations for veterans’ service dogs. We participate in the Crop Walk for hunger held every year. Our church holds a yearly yard sale for our community too. 22
We are very involved in the 30 Days of Peace program in our town. We have had community events for the public such as speakers of different religions, a Taize prayer service and a prayer bead class. All events are free and very interesting too.
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Grace Episcopal Church 555 Michigan Avenue Holland, MI 49423 (616) 396-7459 graceepiscopalholland.org The Rev. Jennifer Adams, Rector Grace Church in Holland feeds over three hundred people a warm meal and distributes over eight thousand pounds of food and also toilet paper and laundry detergent through our monthly Feeding America mobile pantry ministry. The ministry is intergenerational lots of kids have been involved in serving alongside of older Grace members. Grace serves regularly at our Community Kitchen which is also supported by our Diocesan
ministry, The Order of Naucratius. Grace sees these ministries as fundamentally related to our formation, presence, and offering as a Eucharistic people. This Fall we are also welcoming a refugee family to our Parish House. This is a joint ministry with our neighborhood and St Francis deSales Parish, one of our local Catholic Churches.
We look forward to living into this ministry of hospitality and the offering of safe shelter to a family coming from the South Sudan. Grace has ongoing ministries with CROP walk, Grace Cares teams for parishioners in need, a meal ministry, camp scholarships, and hosting Lakeshore PFLAG and Out on the Lakeshore (local LGBTQ support, education and activism groups) monthly meetings and events.
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Grace Episcopal Church 301 N. James Street Ludington, MI 49431 (231) 843-9366 graceepiscopalblog.wordpress.com The Rev. Domingo Shriver, Rector
Grace Ludington truly has a heart for feeding the less fortunate in our community. Having an average Sunday attendance of 25 to 30 presents its own challenges but in January of 2016, the parish made the decision to do something to address a need within the homeless community in Ludington.
churches, organizations, businesses and individuals in the community who have a heart for and wish to serve the homeless in Ludington. Grace continues to be blessed with the opportunity to develop relationships with the guests that come
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Winters here are brutal and guests when you sit and break bread staying at our local shelter must together. You no longer talk leave by 8:00 a.m. The Mason about the “plight of the homeless” County District Library is primarily as a nameless faceless issue, but the only warm environment availinstead you focus on and start able until 5:00 p.m. The Library is located two blocks away from to recognize the unique gifts and Grace so the parish opened the challenges of the people you’ve church and started “Haven House,” come to know . . . and love. providing a warm comfortable environment and a hot lunch to the guests that spent the previous night through her doors. Something at the shelter. wonderful happens when you sit and break bread together. You no Although the ministry is located longer talk about the “plight of the at Grace and spearheaded by the homeless” as a nameless faceless parishioners it is truly open to all issue, but instead you focus on and
start to recognize the unique gifts and challenges of the people you’ve come to know... and love. Although Haven House is the primary outreach of Grace, it is by no means the only thing the parish is involved in. In cooperation with our three sister ELCA congregations (a collaborative venture called “The Four Corners”), parishioners participate in the annual community Crop Walk, Alzheimer and Cancer walks, collect for families at Christmas, send youth to camp, collect food and necessities for the local Salvation Army food pantry, and volunteer at the local Thanksgiving day meal served to the less fortunate and those who would otherwise be alone for the holiday. We know that God has blessed us and we are trying every day to be a blessing to others. With God’s help we hope to make a difference, one person at a time.
St. Peter’s-By-the-Lake Church 8435 Old Channel Trail Montague, MI 49437 (231) 893-2425 The Rev. David Meyers, Priest-in-Charge St. Peter’s has a great food ministry. We support Family Promise by providing meals for the guests. We also have two free meals for the community each year. Furthermore, on the first Saturday of each month, there is a free community breakfast. We offer cooking classes to middle school students as an after-school program. We also support the women’s shelter of Muskegon County, Love Inc., Crop Walk and the local food pantry. St. Peter’s also makes annual contributions to many ministries, including the UTO and Episcopal Relief and Development. St. Peter’s-by-the-lake Episcopal Church has a unique ECW. For the past 7 years we have raised over $11,000 through fundraising events to help remodel our kitchen, which is now fully-certified to serve the public. We have two trained, licensed ECW kitchen managers, one of which has to be present during all meals served to our community. Because of our new kitchen we are able to provide meals for more than 800 people a year.
Our ECW members help serve the monthly community free breakfasts, provide a yearly Lenten Soup lunch ,with donations going to our local Food Pantry, and an Advent Soup lunch ,with donations going to Family Promise - a local outreach project that feeds homeless families. We provide a meal to these families every three months. This project began in 2009. ECW members were trained to become part of this program. We also participate in the Christmas Giving Tree, along with other churches in the community, providing gifts of clothing and toys for needy families in our area. We also have an annual Cookie Sale with over 20 ECW members making Christmas cookies to sell at the local VFW Hall. Proceeds from this sale help us give money to our youth for Sunday School and Worship Center supplies, camperships, and help with mission trips . Our youth have been to New Orleans for help with victims of flooding, and to the Dominican Republic to help build a new school. During the summer of 2013, one of our ECW members received a request from her son, who was serving with the National Guard in Afghanistan. They needed cooling bands to put around their necks to survive the heat. Along with a few other
“For it is in giving, that we shall receive.” – Quote from the Prayer of St. Francis
churches, we made and sent 340 cooling bands to the men and women serving with the 1436th National Guard. Newer projects include filling donated purses with women’s personal Items. These purses are then donated to Every Woman’s Place, where homeless can find shelter, food, and clothing. We also make Birthday bags, filled with all supplies needed to put on a birthday party for a child. These bags are given to our local Food Pantry to be distributed to families in need. In addition, our women fill baby bottles with coins. The bottles are given to expectant mothers in our community. Over 30 bottles were distributed last year. We just participated in the annual CROP WALK, which helps supply food to families in communities throughout the United States. Episcopal Church Women
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 1006 Third Street Muskegon, MI 49440 (231) 722-2112 stpaulsmuskegon.org The Rev. Patrick Finn, Rector
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Muskegon has an organizational chart of ministries. The Evangelism and Outreach ministry includes supporting Supper House with volunteers and monthly monetary support. We began a partnership with Mission for Area People (MAP) in 2015 with food and clothing donations. Scarves, mittens, and hats were also donated to Nelson School, MAP and the women’s shelter. Christmas toys were also donated to MAP.
St. Paul’s contributes to CROP Walk with donations from its congregation, and as the final stop of the walk for refreshments. The yearly Treasure Sale, open to the community, gives the congregation an opportunity to get rid of unwanted items from their homes.
Feeding the Soul of the City provides a variety of music monthly in the sanctuary during lunch. Our church also has a yearly Blood Drive for the Red Cross. Community Quiet Days are in their sixth year, held quarterly, the first Saturday of the month. We are open to those of all faiths, offering exploration of ancient spiritual practices, including walking the labyrinth, a 32-foot replica of the one found in the Chartes Cathedral in France.
Each bag, depending on the size, holds a roll of toilet paper, Slim Jims, cheese and crackers, water, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and tooth brush. The larger bags include a thermal blanket, socks, and a small baggy with band-aids and alcohol wipes. St. Paul’s works with the Muskegon Rescue Mission to better distribute the blessing bags to homeless not living at the mission. The bags are also given to the congregation to keep in their cars to offer in place of money.
A new project of creating Blessing Bags for the homeless or street people started in 2016. The bags are quart and gallon size plastic bags.
St. James Episcopal Church 82 N. Wythe Street Pentwater, MI 49449 (231) 869-7351 The Rev. Sam Morrison, Rector Wednesday Community Meals Members of St. James work with members of Centennial United Methodist Church, also in Pentwater, to prepare and serve a hearty, payas-you-are-able meal. Some 75 to 120 people come for the meal and fellowship. Meals are also prepared for those living at COVE, the center in Ludington which addresses domestic violence. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) AA uses the parish hall on Sunday evenings through-out the year. Youth Camp St. James provides funds
for diocesan camp scholarships for children beyond the parish. Pentwater Community Yard Sale Each June the parish joins the larger community in a very well attended yard sale. St. Jamesâ€™ extra ministry on this day is to open the bathroom for all! Beach Ministry Our rector walks the State Park on Lake Michigan daily in the summer months, greeting in the name of the Church, those who are vacationing in our area. He reports that there are many meaningful conversations held. Because we are small congregation, much outreach is done by parishioners individually at local schools, the VA, Pentwater Service Club, Dept. of Health and Human Services, LOVE INC., and local food trucks/food pantries.
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Church of the Epiphany 410 Erie Street South Haven, MI 49090 (269) 637-2521 epiphanysh.org The Rev. Michael Ryan, Rector Refugee Task Force – We are serving as the incubator of and center for South Haven citizens to explore ways to be of service to refugees. Our research led us to Bethany Christian Services, which serves the State Department as the body charged with helping settle refugees in Michigan and providing ongoing support. One of our first events involved inviting a Syrian refugee family from Toledo to South Haven for a dinner and evening together in the parish hall. The mother invited those interested to come early and help prepare a traditional Syrian meal – she taught us a lot! After dinner, the family shared their story of leaving Syria, gaining admission to the U.S. (after over a year of waiting) – and the support they found most helpful. That night and the following morning, we were able to raise $1,500 to help them purchase a car. We worked with Lake Michigan College, the South Haven Diversity Coalition and Bethany Christian Services, to host an event marking World Refugee Day June 20th. The public was invited to learn more about “the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence.” The task force then decided to focus on creating fun events for the young people in these families. On August 15, area refugee children and their parents were invited to a fun day at Camp Warner in Grand Junction. The camp generously offered the use of their facility & game equipment, as well as lifeguard services for the day; volunteers provided funding for the food. The day was deemed so successful, Outreach Booklet
we have planned an apple picking event for October. Kairos Ministry – Max Van Zoeran, Epiphany member and long-time Kairos volunteer, recruited Fr. Michael Ryan to participate in a special weekend at the maximum-security Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana in 2014. Kairos in an international lay ministry in 39 states and 9 foreign countries. Kairos means “God’s Special Time.” They, along with about 40 other Kairos volunteers, spend four days at the prison: they hear talks, sing, eat, and listen – listening in love and fellowship with 36 inmates who have waited as long as four years to participate. Epiphany helps support Max and Michael in this continuing ministry by baking 200 dozen (2,400) chocolate chip cookies; our donation (and they must be home-made) combined with that of other groups, insure that every person in the prison, inmates and staff alike, receive a dozen of these cookies. Baking day at the church is a truly fun event – especially when we get to sample the broken ones! And on Sunday, we decorate placemats with messages of love and support. Claiming the Unclaimed - Commemorating, loving and burying our neighbors who have no family to bury them. Five years ago, we learned that a significant number of cremated remains were sitting in storage in area funeral homes. It surprised and saddened us to discover that there are
people who have no one to perform the last loving act of laying them to rest. As one of our leaders observed, “Everyone comes into this world loved, no matter what. Everyone should go out being loved and honored.” In 2012 we fixed up a small cabinet of repose and invited funeral directors in Van Buren County to bring us their unclaimed ashes for burial in Epiphany’s Memorial Garden. This was the beginning of the ministry we now call, “Claiming the Unclaimed.” Today, our Rector, Fr. Michael Ryan, plans and performs funeral/burial services that are appropriate for what we know about each person interred in the garden and a ministry team personalizes each service with special readings, music and flowers to honor the life of each person to be interred. Persons need not be Christians or believers of any kind. There is something powerful about welcoming the remains of a stranger with as much love, respect and reverence as we extend to our most beloved. We add each interred person’s name on our special plaque and we record their death and burial in our parish records and in our record of church services. Perhaps not surprisingly, this ministry has helped our community see all people in our community as belonging to us, and we to them. It has made us more loving to the living!
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Church of the Good Shepherd 101 North Walnut Street Allegan, Michigan 49010 (26) 673-2254 goodshepherd.allegan.net Community Clothes Closet This outreach program started seven years ago in a space under the parish house. There are approximately seven volunteers who work the closet on Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. and Fridays from 9-12 a.m. Last year over 3,000 clients received over 16,500 free items. The Closet exists solely on donations of clothing, shoes, purses, bedding and towels. We do not need any grants or monetary donations. Clients do not have to show any identification. All people are welcome to take what they need for free. Flyers distributed in the area and local papers provide free information weekly, but word-of-mouth is our biggest advertising for both donations and clients. Items we canâ€™t use are bagged and taken to Goodwill by high school students, giving them community services hours. Other materials are saved for a group that makes quilts for the homeless. We were very pleased that the Allegan Chamber of Commerce awarded us the Community Service
Organization of the Year Award for 2015. Santa Shop We provide items from 25 cents to no more than 2 dollars to families in need. Especially for children who can purchase items for their family, have them wrapped (in a place away from parents) by our volunteers, and enjoy hot chocolate and homemade cookies and walk out with beautiful wrapped gifts. When we see families that are struggling while they are shopping to pay for items they have we also give them vouchers to complete their Christmas list. This outreach is supported by our parish family and money from the previous year. There is always a heartwarming story when a child is able to purchase a gift, wrap it, and present it to a family member. This is always one of our favorite days around the Christmas holidays.
Baby Closet We provide layettes, car seats and pack and plays for mothers in need. We have also provided these items to fathers and grandparents that find themselves with an infant to care for. Our ministry receives a grant from the Mignon De Lano Foundation every year which allows us to continue this ministry. Recovery Meeting Space Church of the Good Shepherd has been vital to the addiction recovery in Allegan with a dedicated room for 12-step meetings.
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St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church 306 Courtland Dowagiac, MI 49047 (269) 782-7033
About ten years ago, St. Paulâ€™s Dow- an entree and a salad 10-11 months agiac discerned that one of our gifts of the year. The Roman Catholic as a congregation is hospitality. We church in town, Holy Maternity of decided to launch a monthly meal Mary, sends volunteers to work at for anyone in the community who the meal and the pantry, and their wished to attend. We advertised in women bake marvelous desserts the paper, in doctorâ€™s offices, in the each month to serve at our commulibrary, and so on. Our first month nity meal. we had about 35 to 40 guests. Since then we have steadily grown and have served up to 150 people. As our congregation has become After 8 months or so, we decided to add a food pantry. We started in one small room, a former nursery, and bought shelves. We are associated with the West Michigan Food Bank and buy most of our food through them. The pantry is open the same hours as our community lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month. We serve from 80 to 150 families every month. Other community members began to notice the food pantry and offered to help. A local restaurant, the Woodfire Trattoria, now furnishes
smaller over the last ten years, our partners in ministry have enriched our experience and made it possible for us to continue to serve . . . it was a bonus we never expected at the start. Several organizations in town hold food drives at various times during the year and donate the food to us and to other food pantries in town. As our congregation has become smaller over the last ten years, our partners in ministry have enriched our experience and made it possible for us to continue to serve our guests. It was a bonus we never
expected at the start. We have other ministries as well. For over 40 years we have provided space for Twelve-Step Meetings, the only church in our community which does so. We now have nine active groups meeting six days of the week. Some of our women make baby blankets for various social service organizations. Currently, several women are making sundresses for young girls overseas, using old pillowcases enhanced with ribbon, rick rack, and other decorations. We also have an ongoing relationship with the Episcopal Nursing School in Haiti. Several of our members provide financial support for the school and a group goes down to provide health care, especially immunizations, to the students.
Church of the Mediator 142820 Red Arrow Highway Harbert, MI 49115 (269) 469-1411 mediatorharbert.com The Rev. Paula Durren, Rector Soup Kitchen The Mediator shares this ministry with St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church in St. Joseph, MI. We prepare and serve a hot meal to 150+ people every fourth Friday of each month at the Salvation Army in Benton Harbor. Our menu varies with soup or chili, hot dogs, crackers, bananas, home-baked cookies, hard candy and milk. The Soup Kitchen serves a hot meal every day of the year, provided by many different organizations.
St. Nicholas Christmas Families Each December we adopt 3-4 families. We check with a parent from each family for correct size/gender items. We put up a Christmas tree poster at church with the tags for each member. There are usually at least 3 tags per child (pets, too!). We also purchase a poinsettia and make Christmas cookies for each family. After all the items are blessed during a Sunday service, we deliver the Christmas presents to the individual families. The children are always very excited and the parents are so appreciative of our generosity in helping to make their 34
Christmas a little more joyous! School Supplies We request the names of two to three families from our two local elementary schools (Chikaming Grades K-2 and Three Oaks Grades 3-5) that need some extra help getting their children off to a successful start to school. The schools provide a list of all the needed supplies for each grade. We purchase all the items needed, plus backpacks, lunch boxes and tennis shoes.
include a turkey and all the trimmingsâ€”gravy, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, whipped cream and milk.
Mobile Food Pantry The Church hosts a Mobile Food pantry at least two to three times each year beginning in May through October. The organization, Feeding America West Michigan, arrives at our church parking lot with a large semi truck on the scheduled day. The truck driver opens both sides of the truck and Book Share sets out long tables. Our volunThis is an outreach teers help spread the variety of in which we collect fresh vegetables/fruits, breads/ gently-used and new pastries, drinks/yogurt, etc on the books from area tables. Most of our pantries have businesses, churches been funded by a grant from the and from our own Pokagon Fund and are restricted parishioners for grades to residents of Chikaming, New K-5. Our purpose is to Buffalo and Three Oaks Townships. collect enough books However, because the Pokagon to send to our local elementary grants were reduced this year, schools. After getting a list of the our parish approved to fund one teachers and the number of chilpantry for $545 with no residency dren in each room, we divide the requirements, thereby feeding more books into grades and deliver them people. Our future goal is to have to the schools so that the teachers one pantry each month from May can hand out a book to each child through October with more panto read over the summer. Our hope tries funded by our church. is to provide a book to kids who might not have access to any books and to promote lifelong literacy and a love of learning. Thanksgiving Baskets Twelve families receive a Thanksgiving Basket of food each year. Our baskets Episcopal Church Women
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 247 W. Lovell Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 345-8553 stlukeskalamazoo.org The Rev. Dr. Randall Warren, Rector
St. Luke’s at-a-glance: Kids Hope: We have a faithful team of mentors and prayer partners that support and advance the lives of children at El Sol Elementary. Partners in Housing Transition: serves over a 100 families a year with household furnishings to set up homes with basic needs. Our goal is that no child will not have a bed to sleep on. Knitters: Make hats, for the Seaman’s Church Institute. Make beautiful blankets and prayer shawls for all in need, sick or celebrating new birth. St. John’s Guild coordinates our ministry with I.S.A.A.C. Card Ministers write cards to longterm homebound parishioners and friends of St. Luke’s. St. Luke’s Diaper Bank is helping to fill the need for diapers; the recent drive has collected over 20,000 diapers, plus wipes and creams. Loaves & Fishes: Our team spends over 20 hours a month assembling and helping to distribute to those who are poor.
St. Luke’s Thrift Shop: Provides practical help to its customers in a kind and respectful manner. They provide clothing on referral free of charge. You Are Not Alone: We take turns with the Bronson Park Churches to feed the homeless and anyone else who comes on Sunday nights. St. Monica’s Guild The women’s outreach at St Luke’s falls under the auspices of our Guild. In 2016-17 program year, we chose to support two ministries in addition to our ongoing collection of aluminum tabs which are donated to Hospitality House for their fundraising. Our contribution this year was earmarked to support cataract surgery in the Diocese of Durgapur. Another mission project is in its second year to provide feminine
hygiene products to low-income and homeless women through Kalamazoo’s Ministry with Community. St Monica’s has established a new ministry which we call Friendly Visitor Program. We are visiting the homebound persons of our parish in pairs with regular monthly visits. It has been a joy to see this ministry come together and spark new enthusiasm in our members as well as provide a welcome service to homebound members. We do so much more at St. Luke’s then listed we invite you to give us a call or stop in to talk.
St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church 2010 Nichols Road Kalamazoo, MI 49004-3200 (269) 381-3188 stmartinepiscopal.org The Rev. Mary Perrin, Rector St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo, offers at least 25 distinct Mission/Outreach opportunities for our parishioners to choose from to fulfill their Baptismal Covenant as they work to serve their neighbors, both locally, and throughout the world. Some of these opportunities involve a time commitment of a day, a few days or a few weeks. Others take an ongoing commitment of a year or even more. We welcome any parish or individual to join us in any of these opportunities.
St. Martin’s India Ministry began in 2010 when The Rev. Mary Perrin visited India during her sabbatical. St. Martin’s supports the work of the Diocese of Durgapur that assists the poorest of the poor in West Bengal. We have funded construction of a hostel for children and a sewing center, among other projects; plus, parishioners and friends sponsor 41 children in two 36
Child Development Centers, and 13 parishioners have traveled to India, most of them having gone several times (29 visits in 6 trips). Opportunities also include planning fundraising, the annual “Music without Borders” concert, annual Golf Scramble, sponsoring a child, traveling to India, and more. St. Martin’s Unclaimed Cremains Ministry receives unclaimed cremains from local funeral homes. There are now 24 cremains that have been received, blessed and
officially buried along the pathway and memorial garden in our woods. This ministry reaches out to the community through local funeral homes to provide a final blessing and resting place for unclaimed cremains. The names are remembered at our annual All Souls’ Service. Epiphany Church in South Haven provided
the inspiration for this ministry. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to feed hungry people and to engage our community in the fight to end hunger. St. Martin’s volunteers staff KLF’s Melzer Food Pantry on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of the month. Volunteers register clients, assist them in shopping, help bag groceries and carry them out to the client’s vehicle. We also contribute to KLF with designated offerings. Clean Water for the World is a local nonprofit which provides simple adaptable water purification systems at no charge to communities around the globe without access to clean drinking water. St. Martin’s provides both financial support and assistance assembling units. A typical assembling day might involve unpacking and cleaning parts, building various sub-assemblies, or actually assembling a unit. We work five Saturdays a year, providing two three-hour shifts of four workers each.
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 412 Cedar Street Paw Paw, MI 4909 (269) 657-3762 fennvillenews.com/stmarks.htm The Very Rev. Rebecca Crise, Rector Monthly Free Supper The third Thursday of each month we host a free supper for anyone wishing to attend. We focus on good-tasting, nutritious, homemade foods. We make sure to distribute fliers at the food pantry, the senior services mealsite and senior housing complex. We are in our second year of this project and have seen our attendance grow nicely.
Christmas Adopt-a-Family Many families receive generous food baskets from our community’s Lion’s Christmas Basket project, but St. Mark’s makes the delivery extra special for one family. After getting a family’s name, we contact them for specific ideas on gifts for the children and adults. A tag is created for each item and put on a display in the gathering area. Each year the tags are quickly taken by members, who purchase the items. We wrap them on a Sunday then deliver them, along with the food items to the family.
CROP Walk St. Mark’s is honored to have a member serve as coordinator for our area’s CROP Walk. We always have members walk and sponsor, as well as serving as workers for the event. Buying a Goat A current fun project is our ongoing collection bucket for spare change posted at the entry to the sanctuary. We are collecting for the year with the intent of purchasing a goat through the Episcopal Relief & Development. As quickly as the container is filling, we are confident that we might be able to purchase two or three goats when it comes time to count the funds.
God (post-incarceration ministry for women) and United Christian Services. On a global level they purchase mosquito nets via Nets for Life and donated a scholarship for a child in Dominican Republic. Other Outreach St. Mark’s has a long history of support for community ecumenical projects. Each year we provide vegetables for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. In years past we staffed the story rooms for Community Vacation Bible School, while in the last three years we shifted to a role as a financial supporter. Each week we collect and bless foods to be donated to the ecumenical Eleanor’s Pantry (name for deceased St. Mark’s member Eleanor Miller). We regularly give to the United Christian Services fund via designated alms collection and also donate space for an area 4-H club.
ECW Outreach Projects The women of our ECW use some of their fundraising income to support outreach. Locally they give cash to the food pantry, Wings of
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 309 Union Street, Plainwell, MI, 49080 (269) 685-8230 The Rev. David Louder, Rector Good Hands Plainwell is a community outreach program with one simple goal: to provide nutritional support to children in need. Children receive a weekly food bag containing breakfast and lunch items, fruit, drinks and snacks for both Saturday and Sunday. In its sixth year, the program begins the in the fall and is financed by grants and donations, both corporate and individual. Food bag assembly and distribution is completed by volunteers, many from St. Stephens. It was co-founded by a member of St. Stephens, so plate donations at St. Stephen’s are designated on the second Sunday of each month. Last school year, 172 children received a food bag weekly.
Bridges of Hope, Allegan County This program encourages the people in Allegan County to move away from generational poverty. The mission is to foster relationships with individuals desiring to move out of poverty by providing tools, support, education and connections to community resources.
A board member of this organization is a St. Stephens parishioner. St. Stephens has provided food for students of the program, and we are exploring how we might become more supportive in this effort. We recently committed to a monthly donation from our general fund. This group has two young adults who are now enrolled in community college, due the support, both emotional and physical. (See above right photo). Christian Neighbors Ministry The food and household products have been an ongoing ministry for us for many years. Depending on the need of the community, items are collected year-round and distributed several times a year to Christian Neighbors in Otsego. A monthly donation is a part of each year’s budget. Plainwell Christmas Project Our parish has supported this project for more than 20 years. This organization provides meals and gifts for children who are in need. The names are provided to its members by the Department of Human Services in Allegan County and then forwarded to us along with a wish list.
ant to us because as a small congregation we are unable to run a large project with so few people. These groups are making an impact in our community and in the lives of many people who are struggling to rise above their circumstances. With our donations and volunteerism, we are part of a larger effort to improve the lives of many in our neighborhoods. The Lay Ministry Lay ministry plays an important role in our parish life. We have trained Lay Preachers who assist with communion and conduct Morning Prayer services and Lay Readers who are able to read the scripture lessons and conduct prayer services.
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St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 921 E. Centre, Portage, MI, 49002 (269) 327-7878 stbarnabasportage.org The Rev. Bonnie Edwards, Rector From the abundance of Godâ€™s love that we have at St. Barnabas, we share that love with the community as we welcome families with babies in need. Each baby receives free diapers for a week from our Diapers Etc. outreach program. Research shows that for a mother or father to look for work and have her or his baby cared for during that time, the baby must have one full day of disposable diapers when they are left for care. Without money from a job, the
parent(s) cannot afford diapers. Our ministry helps with this and many more situations with families and babies in need. We support a local food bank in our town that offers food to families in need. We promote their food bank, and they promote our diaper ministry. We offer rides to church for many people who can no longer drive themselves and arrange for that each week. We help a local animal shelter with donations of food and other needs.
We provide support for organizations that give new clothes to school children, provide AIDS education and resources, and with Episcopal Relief and Development. With our apportionment to the diocese, we help support the wider community in Michigan and around the globe. We support the National Alliance on Mental Illness that advocates for wellness. The people of St. Barnabas interact with organizations that schedule rides to the Veterans Hospital and services at the National Cemetery, who call for justice against racism, and who schedule rides to doctor appointments. The people of St. Barnabas help support an end to homelessness and champion animal rights.
Trinity Episcopal Church 321 N. Main Street Three Rivers, MI 49093 (269) 273-3795 trinity3rivers.com Trinity hosts the Community Soup Pot twice a week with Three Rivers area churches, supports *cino (a community organization whose purpose is to improve the lives of Three Rivers residents), helps with the Three Rivers Food Bank, donates monetarily to diocesan mission trips, Clean Water for the World, Bread for the World, Crop Walk, Relay for life (American Can-
cer Society), Keystone Place (area homeless shelter), DASAS (area domestic assault shelter-monthly donations), TRAFC/TRAM (area ministerial association and Three Rivers Area Mentoring), hosts Narcotics Anonymous and Food Anonymous as well as a weekly Centering Prayer group, provides a yearly rummage sale by Trinity plus a yearly rummage sale for the TR
Hospital Auxiliary, provides funeral luncheons as needed, and has had members involved in several diocesan mission trips. This summer we also held a Muslim Forum for the community as an informational experience about the Muslim faith.
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St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 785 Beulah Highway Beulah, MI 49617 (231) 882-4509 stphilipsbenzie.org The Revs. Christian and Jodi Baron, Co-Rectors The Benzie County Baby Pantry began in 2003 as an outreach project by our deacon, The Ven. Rev. Marilou Schlotterbeck. It serves as the only county-wide resource serving the holistic care – physical, emotional, and, if desired, spiritual – of our neighbors with babies and young children. The BCBP is open to parents of newborns and children up to age five who live in Benzie County and surrounding communities. Items provided range from diapers and baby food to clothing and books. The BCBP also
hosts a Car Seat Safety Check and Community Health Fair annually, at which families receive new car seats (if needed) for their children and are instructed in the installation and use of the car seat.
lou is the Benzie County representative for Toys for Tots, she serves as the coordinator of the drop-off sites throughout the county for business and individuals. Thousands of toys are donated at these drop-off sites by area businesses, individuals, and the Marines’ Toys for Tots Program. In addition, the Salvation Army donates vouchers for food. Two huge shopping trips and a semi-truck full of bikes, toys, games, and stuffed animals are delivered to St. Philip’s, where the Christmas Store is located. The blessing this experience provides for families couldn’t happen without parishioners of St. Philip’s, ecumenical relationships in the area, and our local media outlets who help recruit and spread the word. We send out 800 letters to households that might benefit from this ministry, and on average, approximately 350 households return appointment slips for the store. One unique aspect of this ministry is the agency for choosing gifts that their children would like. With the help of our “elves” the parents are able to pick out their own gifts and even get them wrapped if they desire.
ing Camps in Benzie County. In 2015 our camp had six students and 14 adults. In 2016 we were delighted that it had more than doubled, serving 16 students with the continued adult support of 14 St. Philipites. We look forward to having more and more summers of building relationships with these children and their families as we grow and grow. The Order of Naucratius- West Michigan (ONWM) was created two years ago in Holland, Michigan to assist local hunters and fishers in the collection and distribution of God’s abundance from the woods and waters of this great state. ONWM donates this protein to vetted organizations engaged in alleviating Food Insecurity, whether that be a meal program or food pantry or direct delivery to individuals in need. If you would like to explore a new outpost in your parish or if you’d like more information please go to onwm.org or contact Fr. Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christmas Store Each year, approximately 600-700 children have a brighter Christmas morning thanks to this HUGE effort, coordinated by Archdeacon Marilou. The Benzie County Christmas Store is product of a partnership between St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Department of Since joining the Reading Camp Health & Human Services and Toys Network through the diocese, for Tots. Because Archdeacon Mari- St. Philip’s has held two Read42
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Church of the Nativity 209 E. Main Street Boyne City, MI 49712 (231) 582-5045 episcopalboyne.com
We were excited to announce last ents for the soil. In the spring, the ing Network, with a portion of fall that Nativity would be partner- rye crop was tilled under, raked, the money dedicated to Nativityâ€™s ing with the newly formed Good and prepared for the seeds, bulbs, pantry garden. Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne and plants to come. Many of these City. In addition to providing things were donated by parishioWe are now in the middle of sumsupport and volunteers for the new ners and friends in the community. mer. Our garden is healthy and pantry, Nativity decided to step out A temporary fence was erected, thriving. We are blessed with great in faith by offering up a portion straw for mulching, a water barrel, volunteers who come to weed and of their property for a pantry care for our garden. Our first hargarden. Its sole purpose was to vest was radishes, with tomatoes, Our first harvest was radishes, with dedicate its produce for the food tomatoes, beans and peppers to come. beans and peppers to come. Potapantry. Potatoes, onions, carrots and cucumbers toes, onions, carrots and cucumbers complete our garden. Zincomplete our garden. Zinnias, We began by meeting with nias, marigolds, and borage plants marigolds, and borage plants also abide an experienced gardener who also abide in our garden to keep in our garden to keep helped us visualize and formuthe bees and butterflies happy. the bees and butterflies happy. late a plan â€“how big would the The Good Neighbors Food Pantry garden be, what kinds of veghas received many donations for etables would we plant, water and from our little garden and source, and other resources that new garden hoses, sprinkler and we are truly blessed. But it is those would help make this garden venwater timer arrived - the garden we serve who are benefiting from a ture successful. was planted with a great deal of simple act of sharing what we have. enthusiasm. Recently, the Good A crop of rye was planted in the fall Neighbors Food Pantry received Those are the seeds we are most to help provide additional nutria grant from the Food and Farmproud of!
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 403 Traverse Street Elk Rapids, MI 49629 (231) 264-8871 stpaulselkrapids.org Back to School Program Each child receives a gift bag containing clothing with 2-3 outfits, underwear, socks and a hoodie, sweater or light jacket, a pair of athletic shoes or other per their request, a backpack and a personal care kit. Names are obtained from two area food pantries: the Elk Rapids Community Cupboard and the Acme Christian Thrift Store (ACTS) in Williamsburg, enabling us to use their screening processes. In July, Parents receive a letter of invitation to the program and a wish list to return to us where they indicate items needed, sizes, color preferences, favorite brands, etc. The requests are often quite detailed. On occasion, we even receive pictures cut from store advertising. Our shoppers, armed with wish lists and cash, converge on area stores to complete the task. We spend approximately $100 for children 5-10, $120 for 1112 year olds and $140 for teens for clothing and shoes. Delivery to the families takes place before school starts. Over the years, we have received many thank you notes from recipi-
ent families and positive comments from school personnel expressing their appreciation and letting us know that this program is making a difference in the lives of some of the young people in our community. Coats & Boots Program In 2006, it was brought to our attention by the elementary/middle school counselor that many area children were inadequately clothed for harsh winter weather. Our Coats & Boots program was born. Using parameters similar to the Back to School program, we furnish a jacket, snow pants, boots, a hat and a pair of gloves to needy area children. These items are all purchased at the local K-mart in Acme. Shoppers meet on two days during the first week of November. Kmart schedules extra support staff to help us find sizes and with check out. We shop for about 60 children; in order to keep each child’s items separate, an index card is prepared in advance with name, age, gender, items needed and jacket color preference. As the shopper finishes gathering items for a child, she places the card and that child’s clothing in a large K-mart bag. Delivery is usually completed by November 10th. North Country Community Mental Health Christmas Party Another favorite project we undertake is the North Country Community Mental Health Christmas Party. Partnering with our Calvary Lutheran Church family, we collect a “noisy offering” each week all year long and give it to CMH for their Christmas party. The money
we donate is used to purchase gifts for their clients who are mainly adults living in group homes or other facilities. Approximately 150 CMH clients and their caregivers are invited to this party. The CMH staff members begin shopping for the gifts during the January sales and continue throughout the year to make sure each client has a gift chosen especially for them. A group of St. Paul’s/Calvary members caravan to Bellaire to wrap the gifts. There is a spirited competition to see who among us is the best wrapper. The day of the party, volunteers decorate the tables and prepare to serve the guests. A boy scout troop helps with drinks, assists guests and cleans up. The food is donated by local merchants and a local group provides music. Everyone gets into the spirit of the holiday-singing, dancing and visiting with one another. Lunch is served buffet style and many of us help serve sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads and on and on. Dessert is ice cream scooped by the “ice cream lady” and may be eaten at anytime, before, during or after lunch or all three. At the conclusion of lunch, Santa arrives in full regalia and each client has a turn to sit with him and receive his or her gift and then pose for a photo. For most of us this party is the beginning of the holiday season, a joyous day and a meaningful experience for everyone. Episcopal Church Women
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 410 2nd Street Manistee, MI 49660 (231) 723-2078 holytrinityepiscopalofmanistee.org Laundry Love Laundry Love continues to fulfill its mission of giving help, dignity, and an assist to healthy living and love to people who cannot regularly afford to do their laundry. Periodically we get contributions from others doing laundry who admire this ministry and want to help. Frequently we get thank-you’s and hugs from clients, who reinforce that this ministry helps them meet a need that would otherwise go unserved. This September marks over two years in operation. We serve an av-
erage of 17 families and individuals during a Laundry Love session, but the number of clients served seems to be slowly on the rise toward 20+. Two to four trained parishioners volunteer to be at the laundromat to run the ministry. Coins and a registry keep it moving on the first Friday of every month for a three hour segment. Cash inflow comes from both our parishioners as well as individuals in the community.
during the holidays, food, toiletries, haircuts for the families, etc.), and we have yet to be able to properly observe how they meet their needs during the cold winter months. We are grateful for the assistance of our volunteers and for Holy Trinity’s willingness to continue this important ministry. We are the only Laundry Love ministry in Michigan.
We hope there may be opportunity to be of greater service to these clients over time (examples: books for their children, free clothing or gifts
Christ Episcopal Church 200 State Street Charlevoix, MI 49720 (231) 547-6322 christepiscopalchurch.net The Rev. Thomas O’Dell, Rector The mission statement of Christ Church, ECW is as follows: The ECW mission and ministry is to share the love of God, in the name of Christ, by using our gifts to serve and assist the mission of the Church, spiritually and financially, in our parish, our community and the world.
Our work To purchase the following items for church • Acolyte Robe and Cincture • Hymnals • Books of Common Prayer • Refurbish main and side Altars • Red Silk Vestments • Wooden folding chairs • Items for Advent Giving Tree • Needed items for Church kitchen • Monetary Christmas gifts for staff • Hosted a table for the Women’s Resource Center
• Purchase & sold candles for Thistle Farms-proceeds to Women’s Resource Center • Donated to Christ Church flower fund • Assist parishioners with funerals when needed. • Support ECW Diocesan “Fair Share” • Donated to Baby Diaper Project in Charlevoix • For 30-plus years host at Chicken Salad Luncheon in outdoor cafe atmosphere.
Grace Episcopal Church 341 Washington Traverse City, MI 49684 (231) 947-2330 gracetraversecity.org The Rev. Carlton Kelly, Interim Rector The Food Pantry serves the needy with dignity and respect in the Traverse City area. We provide basic food for the hungry and aid those with inadequate resources to respond to emergencies in their lives. Our volunteers do the following: • Work at the Food Pantry on Mondays and Fridays from 11:30 am until 2 pm, usually one shift per month. • Guide the clients through the pantry as they make their choices according to the grocery list for the appropriate family size • Stock the food pantry after deliveries • Procure food from food drives and/or work on those food drives
Friday Lunch teams prepare and serve an appetizing and nourishing meal free of charge for those who are in need. We also aim to provide a safe, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere of camaraderie for our guests.
Friday lunch teams do the following: • Plan the menu • Shop for the meal using outreach budget for purchase • Prepare food on Friday morning • Serve food at noon • Clear dishes, run the dishwasher and leave a clean kitchen and parish hall Each team serves once a month or four times a year (for months with a fifth Friday). Jubilee House is an outreach ministry to those persons who have housing challenges in the Traverse City Community. This ministry provides a place for showers, laundry, storage facilities, a place to hang out and connect with others, clothing, mail pick-up, paper pantry, computer, cellphone plug ins, and snacks. We provide a safe, clean place for folks to get clean, get a bite of food, and a place for folks to just hang out. All the while we provide help in meeting their challenges in housing and employment.
The Personal Hygiene Pantry helps the underemployed and homeless acquire personal items that can’t be purchased with their Bridge cards. The pantry is restocked monthly with funds from Love, Inc., donations from Grace parishioners, and others with a heartfelt desire to help people in need. We have a monthly reverse offering at Grace which will take on a new look in the near future. The Pantry stocks items such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, all purpose cleaner, scouring powder, shampoo, razor blades, shave cream, tooth brushes and paste, dental floss, sanitary napkins and tampons.
Jubilee House is located at 325 Washington St., next door to Grace Church. It is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, with extended hours in extreme cold weather.
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How we obtained material for this publication: One June 15th, ECW, with the help of diocesan staff, sent an electronic announcement to all parishes of the diocese, clergy, and senior wardens requesting submissons for this booklet with the original deadline of July 10th. We provided an online submission form with the ability to upload photos and include 500-words of text. In addition, ECW sent letters about the booklet through the mail. The deadline was extended and reminders were sent out via the EDWM Communicator, the electronic diocesan newsletter, on June 30th and July 22nd. ECW volunteers made telephone calls to
parishes that had not yet submitted their information by mid-August. All information about the ECW Booklet was also found on the diocesan website: edwm.org. Another electronic announcement was sent from ECW to parishes of the diocese, clergy, and senior wardens on September 6th. The deadline was extended to October 10th. Parishes were also contacted personally by email for submissions. We thank all the parishes that participated in making this booklet.
Learn more about the Diocesan ECW at edwm.org/episcopal_church_women.html. The page contains an online download version of this booklet.
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan 535 S. Burdick, Suite 1 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 381-2710 The Rt. Rev Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. Bishop