UpWorks is a Christian non-profit ministry committed to partnering with the local community to serve those in need. Through their two programs of “Empowering Adults and Enriching Schools,” Upwork’s focus is to walk alongside individuals to achieve their God-given potential to contribute to the world. There are many hands-on opportunities to serve as an advocate or ambassador to help those in need. Questions? Contact Sue Timmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 952-239-6657) or Karen Anderson at email@example.com (612-816-9353.)
Operation Christmas Child
A project of Samaritan’s Purse, is the world’s largest Christmas outreach of its kind. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries and territories. They partner with local churches to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who receive shoebox gifts and offer a 12-lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey. St. Michael’s supports this ministry by collecting thousands of items, such as toys and school supplies, and assembling over 2000 shoeboxes at a packing party held in November each year; however, the packing party has been cancelled in 2020. St. Michaels also serves as a drop-off location for the Twin Cities area, where we pray over and carton shoeboxes received from our neighbors. For details about drop-off days and times in November of 2020, click on the EVENTS tab above.
For more information, please contact Rick Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Bosshardt at email@example.com. www.samaritanspurse.org
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Healing Haiti is a Christ-centered ministry leveraging resources to elevate and unify Haitian families so that the cycle of poverty is broken and the fabric of the community is strengthened. Healing Haiti values being in relationship with and not doing for Haitians what they can do for themselves. Healing Haiti values missions, job creation, education, and the local Church as tools to elevate and empower others to achieve their God-given potential.
We are grateful for support from mission trip goers to serve on short-term mission trips, sponsorships, donations to missions and other ministries within the Healing Haiti organization, and prayers for this ministry and the people of Haiti! Contact congregation member Margie Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) for opportunities or visit www.healinghaiti.org.
Good in the Hood
Good in the Hood is dedicated to changing lives together with simple acts of kindness. Although their service opportunities are not solely limited to the urban community, they do have a purposeful inner city affinity and a commitment to serve those with the most need. Their desire is to inspire individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods to take responsibility and ownership for growth, improvement, and well-being of their personal lives and community. Through partnership and kindness-based initiatives they believe the physical, emotional, and spiritual climate of an entire community can be changed for good. With this in mind, they collaborate with a number of difference-making organizations.
Each month, with the help of dedicated partners, they provide groceries, meals, food for hungry college students, and practical resources for over 3000 individuals. In addition, they make available regular volunteer opportunities for a variety of large groups and more than 200 individuals.
Contact congregation member Sue Timmerman at email@example.com for opportunities or visit www.goodinthehood.org.
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