Outreach Ministry

"Truely I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me"  Matthew 25:40

THE MISSION OF THE OUTREACH MINISTRY IS TO IDENTIFY AREAS OF NEED WITHIN THE WIDER COMMUNITY TO WHICH THE PARISH MAY RESPOND CORPORATELY AND WHERE INDIVIDUAL PARISHIONERS MAY SHARE THEIR TIME, TALENTS, AND TREASURE.

The Outreach Ministry allocates the Outreach Funds in the Church budget and delivers in-kind gifts from the parish. It supports and encourages volunteering at the supported agencies. Currently, we have an on-going collection of  non-perishable food. At Christmas we have an Angel Tree for one of our Outreach Ministries. Our 2018 Christmas church offerings were collected for F.I.S.H. of SanCap. The Good Friday offering goes to the Church in Jerusalem, and the Easter offerings go to St. Michael's Madden Education Fund. Throughout the year, we collect and have Food Drives for our local food pantries. The Congregation is unfailingly generous. 

The Matthew 25 Fund
The Fund’s income is for outreach beyond the Parish budget, e.g. for a start-up program, a disaster need, a special one-time boost to an agency. Parishioners may contribute to the Endowment component or to the current programs or to both.  
 
 

 
Charitable Organizations Supported by
St. Michael & All Angels
 

Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center (ACT): Their mission is to protect, support and educate victims of domestic violence and their children, and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking, in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. In 2017 they began a new program called Economic Empowerment, which provides financial, health and family literacy, GED assistance and job evaluation, education and skills, which we support.

Africaid: Africaid provides leadership and life skills training and mentoring to 1730 young women in Tanzania. They want girls to have the right to be free from exploitation and to be self reliant, confident, empowered, and able to shape their own futures. They teach them to be influential in their own communities. We support their KISA project which mentors and supports girls in their last two years of secondary school. They now have 25 partner schools for 2018.

All Souls Episcopal Church: All Souls, North Ft. Myers, has a Food Pantry and a Thrift Store. They serve homeless and low income families in Ft. Myers.  In connection with these community services, they provide Birth Certificates, ID’s, bus passes, first aid kits, back packs, bicycle locks, mosquito netting, tents, sleeping bags and work boots. We fund these expenditures. In 2018 they added job assistance, Department of Elderly Affairs Case Workers, Alcohol and Drug and Food Addiction services.

Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI): Serves Ft. Myers with food for the homeless, poor, unemployed and seniors. We provide funds to purchase food for café, market, mobile pantry and meals on wheels programs. In May 2018, they launched The Able Garden, which they expect will provide fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to more people. While many clients were new, because of Hurricane Irma, they also serve what they call “generational poor” in Ft. Myers.

Community Housing and Resources (CHR): CHR provides below market housing to families and individuals who work and serve the community on Sanibel.  We fund updates to housing.

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO): ECHO is a global Farm which responds to the needs of resource poor farmers around the world.  We fund their APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY program, which develops and tests tools and techniques and then trains missionaries, interns, development workers and farmers to apply these solutions. As an example they cite the Moringa sand filter which is capable of removing 99% of pathogens in water.

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva: F.I.S.H. provides assistance to families who live or work on Sanibel and need help with rent, medical bills and food. We fund their Emergency Financial Assistance Fund which will be used for medical and dental expenses for clients. Negotiating with doctors, F.I.S.H. is able to gain medical services for clients who cannot afford unpredictable medical expenses.

Gladiolus Learning & Development Center: Provides education for infants and children in Harlem Heights. 

Guardian ad Litem Foundation (Voices for Kids): The Guardian ad Litem Foundation oversees volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, the child welfare system and in the community. We support Children’s Needs, the arm that pays for tutoring, art lessons, car seats, Boy Scout camp, etc. 

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat has been building homes in the Harlem Heights area since 1982, and Saint Michael’s has helped with many of those homes. They have purchased a 24 acre contiguous land parcel to build homes for 140 families. We fund a portion of the costs of building.

Harry Chapin Food Bank: One in 7 Southwest Floridians experience food insecurities, including 1 in 4 children. Food pantries are now a part of many households’ regular coping strategies.  We sponsor Mobile Pantry events, at a cost of $3,000 each.  

Human Trafficking Awareness: There are three areas of focus: 1) Prevention (Art Reach Program)  2) Awareness of trafficking (Point of contact, point of rescue)  3) Community awareness. HTAP reaches Dunbar, Lee County Schools, Child Advocacy Center and ACT. This year they are fostering a partnership with Valerie’s House to educate staff and possibly have an Art reach program because losing a loved one makes a child more vulnerable to trafficking. In 2018 they reached 3 new groups, Saluscare, the Success Academy and New Horizons and Lifeline.

Lighthouse of SWFL: We support their new program, Children’s Vision and Rehabilitation which teaches social and life skills to blind children 6-14. The goal is for them to be able to live independently as they grow older. 

The Literary Council of the Gulf Coast: Over 20% of Lee County residents speak a language other than English at home. We support their project, Kids+ Lifelong Learning which teaches the parents of elementary school children English so that they can go to parent conferences, help with homework, and improve their skill to get jobs.

Mision Peneil: They seek to address the injustice and isolation among migrant farmworkers in Immokalee.  They ask for money to support a weekly meals outreach ministry for the isolated and underserved elderly. 

Our Little Roses Missionary Society (Girls School in Honduras): The mission of OLR is to rescue the girl child in Honduras from situations of risk, empowering them and transforming them in a loving atmosphere of unity, respect and security. We send them tuition for three girls.

Partners in Breast Cancer Care: Partners mission is to rule out breast cancer and ensure no woman goes without a screening mammogram. They provide no cost breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment to low income or uninsured women (and men) in Lee County. 

Practical, Academic, Cultural & Educational (PACE) Center for Girls: PACE provides girls referred by the court system with education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE relies on volunteers as speakers, tutors, teaching assistants, social services, etc. They also rely on speakers from various career paths to inspire and inform the girls of possibilities. 

Pine Manor Improvement Association: Pine Manor’s mission is to equip, educate and empower families and individuals of Pine Manor for a better quality of life. Our grant funds two Culinary School classes and helps to underwrite their Community Garden program.

South Fort Myers Food Pantry:  A food pantry held at Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, we support them with funds to buy food from Harry Chapin, grocery stores and fresh markets. In 2018 they fed 175 families per week and distributed 600,000 pounds of food.

Valerie’s House: Valerie’s House’ mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and then go on to live fulfilling lives. The Opioid epidemic has increased the number of young parents dying, exponentially. Our money will provide services for 100 additional grieving children and grief support groups for caregivers.

World Vision / Myanmar: This is a Christian organization who works with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, and seek justice for the people of Myanmar. We will cover approximately 20 microfinance loans ranging from $100 to $500. They have been offered a matching grant which would double the money. 

 

 

Episcopal Relief and Development is the national church agency which responds to the on-going and emergency needs of the world.

The Church in Jerusalem receives a contribution from our church each year to indicate support for their mission.

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Worship Services 

Saturday
5:00 p.m. - Rite II
 
Sunday 
9:30 a.m. - Rite II
 
9:30 a.m. - Sunday School 
(Pre-K - 5th grade)
 
Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer
 
Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
 
 Prayer and Potluck
1st Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
 
Taize Service
3rd Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 
(Resumes October-May)
 

 

 

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(August 10th-September)
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