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.

WELCA

http://www.womenoftheelca.org/

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

Happy Wanderers

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.

 

Swingles

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.

 

Crafters

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.

 

Gen-Xers

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. 

Fellowship​

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.

 

Recovery Groups

  http://www.AA.org/

  http://www.NA.org/

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. 

 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.

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.

Gleaning

CROS Ministries gleaning continues for the new season!  Changes have been made to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic to make for a smaller, safer, and hopefully more efficient gleaning experience.  This is a description and summary of the main changes to the gleaning program from CROS and also an outline of the St. Michael gleaning mission as it partners with CROS.  The St. Michael guidelines will be in bold face.

There are two gleaning methods in the new system.  The first is Team Gleaning which consists of 10 persons plus 2 supervisors. Masks and gloves are required and the supervisors will set up the gleaners positions and duties.  Once 10 people are signed up for an event it is closed for sign-up 

 

The second method is a Row Gleaning,  A row can be picked by an individual or multiple persons of the same household.

Both methods require the gleaners to wear gloves, masks and follow social distancing and handling guidelines set up in the field.

Different crops and dates determine if we are doing team or row gleaning.  In either case it is necessary that we have an exact number of sign-ups and are committed to that number.  Therefore it will be necessary that anyone wanting to glean needs to notify me by the Saturday before the event.  First come, first serve for sign-ups until we reach our full team size.  Additionally, if you are signed up but must cancel let me know as soon as possible so that slot can be made available.

 

  • 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.  Non-family members carpooling should respectfully wear masks while together in the car.  Please be respectful of anyone who does not wish to carpool.

  • 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.

  • The following dates have been selected for us to glean.  These are subject to change if they conflict with other church activities.  We can add additional dates if we have more gleaners than spaces available.  An event may be cancelled due to weather or crop availability.

  • Please offer any suggestions regarding dates or operations.  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!

December 5                 Clewiston                Corn (team)

December 19               Pahokee                  (team crop)

January 2                      Pahokee                  (team crop)

February 13                 Delray Beach          (row crop)

March 6                        Delray Beach          (row crop)

April 10                         Boynton Beach      (row crop)

May 1                            Belle Glade             (team)

June 5                            Lantana                  Tomatoes or Mangos

 

 

Vernon Thornton

781-985-8376  (voice or text)

 

 Village of Hope

http://villageofhopehaiti.orgoject

 

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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