OUR MINISTRIES

 

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. 

 

OUR WORSHIP SERVICES

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. 

 

Parties and Socials

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.

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. See 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 another congregation on Sunday mornings, the Church of God of Prophecy. 

 

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. 
 

St. Michael Lutheran Church

1925 Birkdale Drive, Wellington FL 33414  I  561.793.4999  I stmelc@bellsouth.net  I  stmichaellc.com