MINISTRIES & OUTREACH
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 along side our brothers and sisters in Christ is just another way we grow in God's grace.
SUNDAY WORSHIP - 8:30 am and 10:45 am
All services include Holy Communion. St Michael practices open communion and all baptized Christians are welcome to participate.
Through worship, we gather as a community - a family of faith – to hear the Word of God, to praise our Lord, to offer prayers of thankfulness, healing and hope for those we know and love and for all of God’s world, and to receive absolution (forgiveness of sin) and the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, through Holy Communion.
We enjoy the symbolism and circumstance in the ritual and practice of traditional, liturgical worship. We also enjoy times of less formal worship and varied formats.
Lutherans believe that worship is not so much about what we do, but about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Lutheran worship has a distinctive shape which speaks of the God who gathers us, forgives us, speaks to us, listens to us, strengthens us and sends us out as renewed people.
Our “traditional” framework (liturgy), shared by Christian churches down through the ages, often includes spoken or sung parts of the Bible which help us to focus on God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Lutherans have a rich heritage of singing together as we praise God and encourage one another. Traditional worship music is accompanied by pipe organ or keyboard and additional music is often shared by our vocal choir, handbell choir, and various musicians with brass and percussion for special music.
We also offer seasonal worship including Mid-Week Lenten services on Wednesday evenings and Holy Week services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving.
Our worship includes many of our members who serve as worship assistants, acolytes, readers, communion assistants, altar attendants, ushers and greeters as well as in the many talented and gifted musical teams.
The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA), is St. Michael's unit of our national church's women's organization. Meeting once a month from September to May,WELCA is a group who engage in a spiritual discussion each time that provides support in faith as well as helping to establish friendships. WELCA's primary mission project is a Christmas collection of hotel toiletries and other pampering gifts for men, women and children. These Love Baskets help to bring cheer and dignity to people who face poverty. WELCA is open to any woman of St. Michael and presently appeals to women who are Baby Boomer age or older. An offshoot of WELCA are occasional Ladies' Night Out events at a local restaurant. These fun fellowship times around a meal serve a larger group of women, beyond the base group of WELCA women
South Florida is a retirement hotspot -- and so is St. Michael! Our "Happy Wanderers" retiree group organizes outings, potlucks and meetups for our retiree and snowbird set. Nature walks, dinners, game nights, and even our famous Chili Dump in February are just a few examples of the fantastic fun we have together. Happy Wanderers events occur monthly from October to April.
Book Discussion Group
Once a month interested readers gather on a Wednesday night for lively discussion of the most recent book choice. It is a varied and eclectic group reflected in the range of books that have been chosen.
This is a group for single, divorced or widowed women "of a certain age." They meet during the program year (September to May) for events such as game nights, restaurant outings, concerts and more.
Our crafty crafters join twice a month at church to make crafts that can be sold to benefit the congregation and a charity. Knitted, sewn, crocheted and beaded items are among the many things they make. And, it is a lot of fun.
Folks in their twenties, thirties and forties have a place to make friends and establish a support system with this fun group that meets every other month for game nights. Singles and couples participate in things like Taboo, group Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and more. Child care is provided since many folks have young children.
We are a congregation that likes to have fun. Events include Beer and Christmas Carols, a Dinner Dance, Family Fun Days, a Super Bowl party, Bingo, and Covered Dish Suppers.
Fellowship Ministries provide opportunities for all members and guests to know one another better and to develop relationships.
Palm Beach County is a major epicenter of recovery programs. We at St. Michael do our part to support the efforts of those seeking to live in sobreity by offering space to recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
We have recovery groups meeting nearly every day at St. Michael. View the calendar for current schedules.
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.
Palanca Food Kitchen
St. Michael has an ongoing commitment to support the meal outreach program at Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church on Kirk Road in Lake Worth. In partnership with, and through financial support provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, our 3 rotating teams of volunteers prepare and serve hot meals to those in need each third Friday of the month. Approximately 90 people, many homeless and/or destitute, a number of families and some physically impaired are served. Additional volunteers shop for food and supplies and cook pasta in advance. New volunteers are always welcome to this very fulfilling ministry.
Belvedere Elementary and Peppi Head Start
St. Michael established a relationship with Belvedere Elementary School, a Title I school located on Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach. The principal noted that they rely on the community to help them meet the various needs of their students. Approximately 96% of the students receive a free or reduced priced lunch and their needs are greater than ever. “Saint Michael Lutheran Church has been a caring partner and assisted the school in giving each child a happy start to the school year. Throughout the school year church members volunteer at the school, providing tutoring assistance. Volunteers work with students to improve their reading, writing, and math skills and help them with their homework.
Our church also continues to support Peppi Head Start, located in Belle Glade, through the St. Michael Angel Tree. Lutheran Family Services (LFS) has been working with children and families through the Peppi Head Start program since 1982. LFS works alongside the students to place them on a path of success regardless of the challenges they may face outside the classroom, using the PEPPI model of parent engagement and empowerment. At Christmas time, a tree is set up in the church’s Narthex and decorated with “Angels”, each with the name of a student at the school. Members of the church family select an “Angel” and provide the chosen student with an item of clothing, a book, and a toy based on information provided by the children. Gifts are delivered to the school by members of the Outreach Committee.
These activities create vibrant and loving bonds between our volunteers and the students.Further, they show us how time, attention, and love can make a big impact in our local communities and provide us with an opportunity to be Christ-like servants to our neighbors.
Village of Hope
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
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.
Collections to Benefit Others
Oasis Compassion Women’s Center - We continually collect and deliver supplies to support Oasis’s food pantry. There is a special need for canned items such as beans/vegetables/fruit/meat, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, dry pasta, cereal, and peanut butter and jelly.
Christmas Angel gifts - We help provide Christmas gifts for needy children in a local elementary school as well as the Peppi Headstart in Belle Glade, Florida, a developing agricultural area. School Supply collection is held each August.
Noisy Offering - In the fall, we do a special "noisy offering" for Lutheran World Relief. In the past, these have focused on the worldwide effort to eradicate malaria.
Souper Bowl of Caring - Every Super Bowl Sunday our youth collect food items and money for a local hunger charity.
Used Eyeglasses - We collect used eyeglasses which are picked up by the Lions Club, sorted by prescription strength, and distributed to low-income families in need.
Used Cellphones - We collect used mobile phones, which are taken to the American Association of Zoo Keepers where they are recycled by Eco-Cell. The proceeds from recycling them are used to support environmental stewardship initiatives. What a great way to get rid of your electronics clutter while helping preserve God's creation!