Serving others in need is our way of loving and serving God. Our service draws us into a deeper relationship with God and helps us grow to be more loving to all. We invite you to join us in this work.
Reaching Out to Grow Within
The Episcopal Church believes that all people are made in the image of God and that we are all God’s children. Therefore, all people share the same rights. In our Baptismal Vows, we claim to
- Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself, with God’s help.
- Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being, with God’s help.
At St. Michael’s we try to build a community that lives these principles!
September, October, November
Trunk or Treat We gather in our parking lot on Halloween with decorated cars and an abundance of treats to offer our neighbors who come to enjoy trick or treating safely and with great cheer!
Thanksgiving Gift Card Collections for clients of River City Food Bank and the Center at St. Matthew’s to make their Thanksgiving Dinner Special!
December, January, February
HART Winter-Shelter is an opportunity for our members to offer warm hearts, a homemade breakfast, a hot shower, and a bag lunch to those living on the streets.
Gifts from the Heart is a gift giving program where members of St. Michael’s buy presents for our neighbors accessing services through the county.
Habitat for Humanity – Unity Build is an opportunity for our members to work with other faith communities building houses for those who would otherwise not be able to be home owners.
March, April, May
Easter Gift Card Collection for clients at River City Food Bank and the Center at St. Matthew’s.
Hygiene Kits for Star King 5th Graders We collected shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant, and other essentials to partner with the teachers and staff teaching a Hygiene Unit for the 5th graders. They were super appreciative for the support.
Diaper Drive We collect diapers for the clients who access River City Food Bank at the Center at St. Matthew’s.
June, July, August
Star King K-8 Backpack Project During the summer months we collect Backpacks, and other supplies needed for the students at Starr King K-8.
Rise Against Hunger Over 50 members of St. Michael’s Church and Troop 802 joined together to pack over 10,000 meals to send overseas to hungry children in impoverished areas. With their bellies full, they will now be able to concentrate better at school. We look forward to our next event in 2023.
Bob McMichael came to our beloved (and now retired) Deacon Cindy and me a while back wondering about our reserve funds. He thought that having some reserves was prudent and wise. However, he wondered if we could take a “significant amount” and use it to relieve some of the suffering that was growing around us all exacerbated by COVID. We brought this to the vestry and embarked on a journey together to determine if Bob’s idea was right for St. Michael’s at this time. The vestry determined that it is the responsibility of the church to give to those in need when we are able to do so. And so we are!
Working for Justice
St. Michael’s has joined in the conversation that is struggling with what it means to treat others with equity and strive for justice for all God’s people. Here are some ways we found that can assist us in this elusive endeavor.
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Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement has caused many of our members to wonder how to live into the biblical principle that says we all must treat each other with equity. We know we are created in the image of God and all deserve to be treated justly, mercifully, and with equity. We also know that there have been times in our history when we have treated blacks less than in our policies and in our institutions. As a group, we must remember that they are not less than and that their lives matter.
Sacred Ground is a class that the Episcopal Church developed and encourages congregations to offer. It is a comprehensive look at the beginnings of our country and how we have treated people of color disrespectfully. We completed one class together and look forward to offering it again in the future.
Documentary & Discussion
We often use our DOCUMENTARY & DISCUSSION time on the fourth Sunday of the month at 6:30pm to dive deeper into social justice issues and what we can do to address injustice. Past documentaries include themes of racial injustice, environmental issues that create economic injustices, and sometimes we take a break watch documentaries on things like Fungi!
If you have a suggestion on a good topic and/or documentary for the group to watch, please email the office.
Feed the Hungry
St. Michael’s believes no one should be hungry. We also know that often, those who are most vulnerable, have to pick between paying rent and buying food, or getting medicine and buying food. This is why we are so committed to our feeding partners: River City Food Bank and Loaves and Fishes. We appreciate all our members do to support both of these organization. People give generously to the “soup pot” the 4th Sunday of the month to support our feeding programs. People also volunteer at these organizations. If this is something you are interested in, tell them St. Michael’s sent you!
The Sacramento area has a high concentration of immigrants and refugees from Afghanistan and the surrounding areas in the Middle East and from Ukraine. We have members who are engaged in work with International Rescue Committee. If have interest in getting involved with this organization, please connect with Christina Manning.
St. Michael’s supports new immigrants and refugees by supporting The Center at St. Matthew’s. The diocesan outreach center hosts River City Food Bank and Highlands Community Charter School. River City Food Bank feeds those who are in need. Highlands teaches ESL and cultural classes to help immigrants and refugees find employment.
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California also has a group who meets regularly to work in immigration. They have two programs that you may find of interested: Episcopal Migration Ministries and Welcoming the Stranger. For more information about Episcopal Migration Ministries or Welcoming the Stranger ministry, please contact Lynn Zender.
Serve in the Greater Community
We are delighted to offer opportunities for our members to love their neighbors and serve others.