Church Ministries

Gideon Comfort Dog

Gideon is part of the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry , which is a national ministry utilizing the unique skills of dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers, to open opportunities to touch people with mercy and compassion. Gideon is a rained service animal prepared to interact with people in ways that provide a bridge for compassionate ministry to take place. For more information Contact Dianne Williams at mndianne@gmail.com

www.K9Comfort.org

Large Print Ministry

Lutheran Braille Workers publishes Biblical, Christ-Centered literature which is offered in both Braille and Large Print formats. Currently printed in 30 languages and distributed to more than 120 countries, the publications are offered free of charge. The work is done by a team of thousands of volunteers. St. Michael’s has a Large Print Center on location and meets bi-monthly year round. If you are interested in serving contact Sharon Viegas: sviegas68@yahoo.com or Carol Hoppe: cjeanhoppe@gmail.com

www.lbwinc.org

Mission Stitchers Ministry

1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.”

The Missions Stitchers use their gifts that God has given them to knit, crochet, embroider, sew, loom knot, etc. to make items that are then donated where there is a need to various organizations in our local community and abroad.

We make a variety of items to donate such as hats, scarves, mittens, baby blankets, booties, prayer shawls, prayer mantles, embroidered dishtowels and pillow cases, dish cloths, scrubbies, pillowcase dresses, little purses and crosses.

The group meets every Wednesday in Room 32 from noon-4:00pm, or come and go when you can. You can also be part of this ministry by working from home if you’re not able to meet with the group and dropping off your completed items (labeled “Mission Stitchers”) at the Welcome Center Desk. Any questions contact Marti Clark at 952-854-4653.

Mission Quilters Ministry

Quilts can be such a comfort to those undergoing the trials of life. The St. Michael’s Quilters have been in existence since 2008, and during that time have used their skill and love of quilting to make over 350 quilts for brothers and sisters going through those trials. Quilts have been donated to Healing House, Ronald McDonald House, Cornerstone Women’s Shelter, Center for the Victims of Torture, City Life Center, Global Health, Children’s Hospitals, Veterans Homes, Comfort Ministry. We meet every Wednesday afternoon from noon-4:00pm, downstairs at church. We would welcome anyone interested in joining. All skills are welcome. Sewing machines, fabric, batting, and all quilting supplies are available for you to use. You just supply the time and love. If interested email Barb Schaus at bschaus46@gmail.com or call 952-303-6240.

Global Missionaries

Dave and Luz Maria Ernst

Dave, a member from St. Michaels and a pastor in Venezuela and LuzMaria, a deaconess, have developed a Lutheran mission school in Western Venezuela in LaCaramuca, near the city if Barinas, a very poor area. The preschool provides nutritious meals and cooperates with local health agencies. In addition to the school, they lead worship services on Sunday.

Lutheran Indian Ministries

Tim and Heidi Norton

God has been calling people at Navajo, NM out of darkness into His light (1 Pet. 2:9). In 2015 we hosted 85 volunteers from all around the country to witness to God’s love in word in deed. God used the means of the volunteer’s service to bring people into our fellowship. God used the means of grace (baptism) in the lives of two people this past year, to wash them from their sins, and give them His Holy Spirit. God uses the means of His Word to draw people to faith which we proclaim through worship, Bible studies, and community activities. God is also using the means of His people including you at St. Michaels so that ministry takes place. Thank you very much for your gifts!

www.lutheranindianministries.org

Micah Wagner

Tokyo, Japan

Micah’ has a heart for reaching out to the Japanese people to share the knowledge of the saving work of Jesus. He intends to go and has signed up with Reach Global, which is the mission branch of the Evangelical Free Church, which has over 600 missionaries in nearly 60 countries all over the world. If you would like to partner with Micah, please connect with Micah at micah.wagner@efca.org.

 

Mission Care Africa

Claude and Rhoda Houge

After 22 years of missionary service in Africa, the Houges are returning in their retirement to serve with Lutheran Bible Translators to teaching the children of the LBT Regional Director David Federwitz and his wife Valerie. This will enable David and Valerie to focus on the important work of building and maintaining relationships with translation partners and offering advice and encouragement to fellow LBT missionaries. The focus of LBT is to translate the Bible and encourage Scripture use in languages that do not have the Bible in their own language. For more information, see https://lbt.org/project/claude-rhoda-houge/