Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. – Matthew 25:34b-36
The Carpenter’s Kids Program is a partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. “Carpenter’s Kids” are Tanzanian HIV/ AIDs orphans and other vulnerable children who are selected after screening by their parishes. The aim of the program is to ensure that each child receives a school uniform, a pair of shoes, breakfast every morning, and adequate school supplies to enable them to attend primary school. A group of parishioners from St. Michael’s has supported 63 Tanzanian children for the past two years. We begin our drive each year in the winter. We contact past supporters and request $50.00 which provides a school uniform and shoes so the student can attend school. This project is directed by members of the Social Concerns Group. If you want to help collect or donate contact John Uss, Herb Downer, Anne Stribling, or Willeen Smith.
On the first Wednesday of each month St. Michael’s parishioners prepare, deliver and share a delicious, nutritious meal for the residents of Trinity Place Shelter. Trinity Place Shelter is a transitional home for homeless LGBT youth and is located just around the corner from St. Michael’s, in Trinity Lutheran Church on 100th Street. This ministry is about showing young people who were rejected by their own families that they are valued, remembered and loved. If you’d like to participate, contact the church office.
Adopt-A-Family for Christmas
Each Christmas we work with our neighbor Trinity Lutheran Church to identify over 20 local families in need. St. Michael’s parishioners volunteer to “adopt” a family and provide a gift for each child and food for the family Christmas dinner.