Mercy & Social Justice
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
COMMUNITY DINNER AT ST. MATTHEW'S
June 26, 2017 6pm Dinner will be served. Set up and preparation starts at 3pm at St. Michael's and St. Matthew's. Please CONNECT with Deacon Cindy to sign up and for more information. We need volunteers to cook, serve, host, setup and cleanup. Something for everyone!
International Rescue Committee Forum
July 9, 2017 at Coffee Hour after the 8am and 10am services. Please come to learn about the refugee population, their struggles and International Rescue Committee's efforts to support them. Also come to learn how to get involved in this important work!
ONGOING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
SERVING AT LOAVES AND FISHES
St. Michael's has a group of volunteers who volunteer at Loaves and Fishes the third Wednesday of the month. Loaves & Fishes is located at 1321 North C Street, Sacramento. Why people do it?
I get a great sense of satisfaction helping to prepare the noon day meal for the men and women at Loaves and Fishes. Knowing that this meal may be the only meal that day for these 800 plus homeless people spurs me on to work harder. There is also a sense of sharing with members of St Michaels. Working with John Jervis to perfect the creation of French fried potatoes is fun.
If you are interested in joining in this ministry, please contact Jim Dodds directly.
The Mercy and Social Justice committee of St. Michael's meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. This committee is open to new members any time.
SHARED MINISTRY WITH ST. MATTHEW'S
St Matthew's Community Resource Center is currently in a process of visioning and reorganization which includes updating and repairing of the physical plant. St Michael's is taking an active part in helping with the reorganization. These changes are being made with the intention of being able to serve people in need in the most effective ways.
This powerpoint presentation given at The Diocese of Northern California's 2016 convention says it all!
We collect used batteries, printer cartridges, old cell phones, eyeglasses, box tops for education, and plastic lids for Starr King K-8 school, which redeems the items for school supplies. We also collect toiletry items year-round for our annual gift bags for the people of the St Matthew's community.
STARR KING SCHOOL
We collect backpacks and financial support during the summer for our local public school, Starr King. We also provide snacks outside our office each Wednesday during the school year for those children walking home.
FOOD SECURITY OUTREACH
St. Michael's has a dedicated team that regularly volunteers at Loaves & Fishes, St Matthew's Community Dinners and River City Food Bank. A food barrel is located at the church to collect canned and boxed foods that are delivered weekly to River City Food Bank by congregation members. We collect food cards and donations for food cards that are given to those in need during the Thanksgiving and Easter holidays.
EVERY 4th Sunday of the Month, St. Michael’s passes the soup pot around to collect necessary funds to add financial support to Loaves & Fishes, St Matthew's Community Dinners and River City Food Bank.
Our Past Successes
STOP HUNGER NOW
On Saturday April 1st, more than fifty St Michael’s volunteers, ages 4 to 90+ years, joined together to participate in our STOP Hunger Now event, which was held in Johnstone Hall and funded with proceeds from the 2017 Crab Feed. The 10,000 meals we packed will go to school food programs in Southeast Asia. Well-nourished students are better able to study, learn and thrive. Here at St Michael’s we reach out and share God’s love with our neighbors- both nearby and far away. Thanks to all who participated and helped to make a difference in our world! Didn’t get to join us this year but interested? Watch for news about our 2018 event. (Same mission but new name- STOP Hunger Now has become Rise Against Hunger ).
We had a wonderful night on March 8th at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Sacramento cooking, serving and hosting tables where the homeless in Sacramento were our guests. It was a great evening of getting to know one another as we served and shared a meal. Please look for future opportunities to serve in this ministry!
ST. MICHAEL'S CRAB FEED
The Crab Feed was a HUGE success! Thank you Marcie Larkey and your whole crew! Harriette and Jack Carr, Pat and Jim Cole, Linda Comeau and Dan, Dave Decker, Dancy and Dave Dobrenick, Mary Ellen Ferguson, Catherine Fobes, Sarah Foley, Hugh and Kay Griffin, Kathy Hanson, Virginia Henry, Gail and Bob McMichael, Todd and Tammy Murray, Pat Oliver, Clare Payne, Suzanne Phinney, Elizabeth and David Ridinger, Lynn and Herb Rodebaugh, Tricia Simms, Bonnie Jones, Marlo Tinney, Jim and Laura Wiley, Michael Walker, and Allison Flower. Thank you also to Troop 802 for all your help.
We served over 240 people delicious crab and tri-tip and auctioned (both silent and live) terrific items that the winners will enjoy greatly. Thank you to all who donated items. Thank you to the team who secured local business items. We are excited to introduce many St. Michael’s friends to local businesses and their services. We do not yet have the final numbers … stay tuned and we will report them as soon as they are confirmed.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY UNITY BUILD
|Volunteers enjoying the delicious on site lunch provided by St. Michael's lunch crew.|
Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento (www.HabitatGreaterSac.org/BuildForUnity) has a new project called Build for Unity. This brings together members of different faiths to sponsor two homes. In a show of solidarity, the vision is that the Muslim community will commit to funding a home for a non-Muslim family; simultaneously, the non- Muslim faith community will commit to funding a home for a Muslim family.
This is an important statement about the culture of Sacramento. Not only will diverse faith groups come together to sponsor these homes, but the homes themselves will be built next door to each other, a symbol of the acceptance and friendship within our community. Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento has a long tradition of spearheading interfaith builds, and Build for Unity is a timely example of this work given the current national dialogue isolating specific faiths and groups of people.