Mercy & Social Justice
Upcoming Events and Opportunities SUMMER 2018
COLLECTION OF BACK PACKS AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR OUR PARTNER SCHOOL, STARR KING K-8
You Can Make a Big Difference at Starr King K-8 !
School is out for the summer. Hopefully, that triggers many of us to start keeping an eye out for the summer backpack sales. Our partner school, Starr King K-8, greatly appreciates the assistance we give their students. Last year we were able to donate over 120 new backpacks.
Additionally, the school really needs and appreciates the following:
- old batteries (with the ends taped), and old ink cartridges- to be recycled by the school to purchase school supplies.
- Full size containers of “Kleenex” tissues, hand sanitizer and baby wipes.
It is simple. Drop these items off at church on Sunday or in the church office during the week. Remember, a little done by a lot of us can make a huge difference to many young lives at Starr King K-8. Thank you so much! We will collect them all summer and drop them off mid August. Contact Sue Davis.
GOING ON A SUMMER VACATION? PLEASE REMEMBER ANY UNUSED TOILETRIES FROM HOTEL STAYS ARE WELCOME ADDITIONS TO THE ANGEL BAGS AND ST. JOHN'S WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S SHELTER.
THANK YOU FOR THE SUCCESS OF
OUR 12TH ANNUAL INDOOR YARD SALE ON JUNE 16, 2018
The response from the St. Michael’s family was absolutely wonderful. Thank You to everyone who donated items, purchased items and brought their friends; to the 26 people who helped publicize this event, the 12 people from Scout Troop 802 for their support and finally to the 69 amazing people who gave hundreds of hours of time to sort, organize and price the piles of “stuff”. We are also very grateful to staff member Glen for his enthusiasm and hard work, and many volunteer hours (he managed the book department). We had a good steady buying crowd who were waiting in a line out to the street when the doors opened!
During our week long effort we shared an amazing spirit of fun and fellowship. We raised OVER $5,0121.00 (still coming in) and received an anonymous $1,000 donation that brought our total to $6,121.00! All profits will be donated to the Mercy and Social Justice Committee in support of our outreach programs throughout 2018..
IN ADDITION post sale items were donated to:
- The Cancer Discovery Thrift Shop (near Marconi and Fulton)
- The Assistance League’s Fabulous Finds Shop(on Fulton Between Marconi and El Camino)
- The Friends of the Library – All Books
- St John’s Shelter for Women and Children - All Children’s “Stuff”
- Mather Golf Shops Program for Veterans – All Golf “Stuff”
- International Rescue Committee – Household appliances and Vacuums
- Lions Club Folsom Prison Project – Eye glasses (100 pairs)
- TLCS –Personal Shopping Spree’s
- Salvation Army –the rest
- Disabled American Veterans – the rest
WE THANK EACH OF YOU FOR THE FANTASTIC SUPPORT!
Gail McMichael, Marcie Larkey
STOP HUNGER NOW IS NOW RISE AGAINST HUNGER!
On Saturday May 5th sixty one St Michael’s volunteers and their friends, ages 4 to 90+ years, joined together to participate in our STOP Hunger Now event, which was held in Johnstone Hall and will be funded by the 2018 Indoor Yard Sale. The 10,000 meals we packed will go to school children 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!
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.
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.
We had a wonderful night on March 26, 2018 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.