Belvedere Elementary and Peppi Head Start

 https://www.lsfnet.org/children-families/head-start/belle-glade-peppi-head-start/

St. Michael’s established a relationship with Belvedere Elementary School, a Title I school located on Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach, this fall. St. Michael’s “Outreach Ministry” sponsored a school supply drive this September, collecting items such as backpacks, composition books, vinyl folders, copy paper, and electric pencil sharpers for the classroom. The principal noted in her thank you letter to the church that they rely on the community to help them meet the various needs of their students. Approximately ninety- six percent 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 us in giving each child a happy start to the school year. I never want any of our students to feel “different” or left out because the family is economically 
disadvantaged.” 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. This year’s tree had 80 “Angels”. 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 a 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 they provide us with an opportunity to be Christ-like servants to our neighbors.

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 below for the current schedule. 

Monday

12:00pm: AA Mid-Day Live

 

Tuesday

10:30am: AA Women in Sobriety

12:00pm: AA Mid-Day Live

7:30pm: NA Gift of Life

Wednesday

10:30am: AA Girl Talk

12:00pm: AA Mid-Day Live

7:00pm: AA Women's You are Not Alone

Thursday

10:30am: AA Women in Sobreity

12:00pm: AA Mid-Day Live

7:30pm: AA Big Book Topic Discussion

6:30pm: NA Serenity Sisters

Friday

12:00pm: AA Mid-Day Live

6:00pm: AA Women in Sobreity

Saturday

6:30pm: NA Gift of Life

 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. 
 

  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.

   Village of Hope

  Lazarus Project

    http://villageofhopehaiti.org/

 

 

We Sponsor Three Students in Haiti.    

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 three 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.

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 as well 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!

Address

1925 Birkdale Drive

Wellington FL 33414

Phone: 561-793-4999

Phone in church building : 793-4163

 

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