St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Outreach Ministries

Outreach Ministries

Local Outreach

Because we believe that everyone should have a place to rest, to be quiet, and to pray, our Sanctuary is open 24/7/365 for all to come, to rest, to pray, to meditate, to quietly be in the presence of God. Please feel free to come in and just be or join us for worship if the community is gathering. The Narthex (lobby) restroom is always available.

We support the ACTS Food Pantry (Acme Christian Thrift Store and Food Pantry) through collecting food, collecting monetary donations, and spreading the word about their ministry.

From 4 July 2022 through 5 September 2022 (Labor Day) we collected over 300 pounds of rice for donation to ACTS! We will detail our next collection sometime soon.

As we prepare for fall and winter, providing cold weather gear (boots, hats, jackets, gloves, etc.), especially for kids, becomes the main focus of our local outreach ministry.

 

Regional Outreach

Because we believe that no one individual or group has all the gifts that the world needs, we proudly support others who are using their gifts to improve the world. Especially, we support the PoWeR! Book Bag Program and the Outreach Ministries at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, MI. In particular, our Deacon-in-Charge serves as the Director for Grace’s Jubilee House, a home, during the day, where the unhoused can rest, use the bathroom, take a shower, watch TV, access the Internet, do laundry, store personal belongings, and so much more. To sign up to volunteer at Jubilee House, please fill out the online volunteer sign up form.

Further, we support the ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan.

For the past few years, we have done a winter collection of socks for Safe Harbor (the overnight shelter for the unhoused in the greater Traverse City area).

The Afghan Migrant Ministry Program brings refugee families from Afghanistan and helps them settle in the area around Grand Traverse Bay. We continue to support this ministry and help provide much-needed funds to support our newest neighbors. Donations can be directed to go to this ministry either through a check made out to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a memo indicating that it is for the “Afghan Migrant Ministry” or through our online giving page.

 

National/Global Outreach

We support Red Dirt Road and their efforts to bring clean water, and functional sanitation systems, to areas with historically low water quality. Our donations to his ministry have included the funds to build nine latrines in remote villages.

We also support the outreach efforts of the Episcopal Church and the work of Episcopal Relief and Development. Through Episcopal Relief and Development, we sent monetary aid to Ukraine for refugee support and to support those who remain in Ukraine during the recent Russian invasion.