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Outreach Programs

We are inspired and motivated to love and serve our neighbor - who is sometimes just down the street, sometimes in a neighboring town and sometimes in another country. We lead a number of vibrant ministries as well as partner with a variety of established organizations.  For us, serving alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ is just another way we grow in God's grace.

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Gleaning

St. Michael participants pick crops through CROS Ministries to benefit local food pantries.  Various crops are harvested including leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, and corn.  We glean on Saturdays once a month with a small group of 6-12 people.  Other gleaning opportunities are also available weekly through CROS Ministries.

  • Children 5+ are allowed to glean but must be near their supervising adult.  There is no upper age limit for adults.

  • We will meet at the church parking lot at a time to allow us to be at the field at 8:30.  Carpooling will be allowed but not required. 

  • There are now two waivers to sign for each event which you attend.  I will email those to you before the event.  Please bring them with you on gleaning day.

  • An event may be cancelled due to weather or crop availability.

  • If you would be willing to serve as team leader let me know, it would be great to pass that around.  Looking forward to a great gleaning season with all of you!

 

Vernon Thornton

781-985-8376  (voice or text)

 

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 Village of Hope

http://villageofhopehaiti.org

 

Village of Hope Lazarus Project provides financial support to ministries in Haiti as well as 

opportunitees for short term mission teams to serve those ministries. Our support is for these three beautiful children who attend the Village of Hope (VOH) School in Bonnette, Ganthier, a resource poor, and rural farming area approximately 15 miles from Port au Prince, Haiti. We've had three mission trips to the school by members of the congregation.

 

We Sponsor 3 Students in Haiti. The cost to sponsor these children for a year is $420 each/ $35 a month each. You can make an offering towards their support using the designated line on our offering envelopes or electronic donation system.

Lutheran World Relief

  http://www.lwr.org/

  http://www.elca.org/hunger

 

Responding to need with a respectful helping hand in remote and rural regions of the world’s poorest countries, millions of people are suffering, struggling to break out of the cycles that prevent them from being healthy, productive and self-supporting. Most often, all they need to break the cycle is a boost, a helping hand to provide a resource they have not been able to access on their own. 

 

Lutheran World Relief responds to that need. They work with local partners in rural areas and provide necessary resources and support — financial, professional or educational — at our partners’ request. With respect, professionalism and commitment, we accompany our partners in projects that strike at the root causes of poverty and help to cultivate conditions where peace and justice can flourish.

 

St. Michael supports this ministry through offerings to World Hunger. 
 

Lutheran World Relief is also part of the effort to completely eradicate malaria. In the past, we have supported these efforts around Lent with our "noisy offerings." This incredible graphic shows the impact of our campaigns: in just 15 years, the use of bed nets has grown from almost zero percent to widespread use. Click to see the graphic.


 

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Interfaith Outreach

We at St. Michael believe in the commandments of Jesus to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:29-30). 

 

Yet we understand that, in our highly diverse and modern world, our neighbor does not always look, act, or believe exactly like us. Therefore we participate in several local interfaith organizations to engage our neighbors, whatever their faith, to work together to address issues facing our communities. 

We open our space to the Church of God of Prophecy congregation on Sunday mornings.

 

We participate in our local Wellington Interfaith group, which meets monthly and organizes Wellington-based events such as food drives, movie nights, and the "Trunk-or-Treat" safe alternative to Halloween. 

 

We also participate in the Palm Beach Interfaith Gender and Sexuality Coalition, which advocates for justice and equality for LGBTQIA people within the many faith communities in Palm Beach County. Learn more at interfaithlgbtq.org.

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