“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…. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” [Matthew 25]
Outreach is an essential part of our faith life at St. Michael’s. Outreach and service are extensions of our relationship with God, and core to who we are as followers of Jesus. Serving those in need not only allows us to be the change we wish to see in the world; it also changes us as individuals and as a faith community, as we work to bring about God’s dream of justice, restoration and peace.
We serve our broader community in a variety of ways, through financial support as well as in-person volunteering. We serve through our Laundry Love program, which provides people experiencing financial hardship the dignity of clean laundry. Alongside the East Bay Food Pantry, we also serve the residents of Franklin Court Senior Center by bringing essential toiletries to them. Our congregation enthusiastically supports the collection of items for our Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas Giving Tree.
St. Michael’s also provides funds through our Community Outreach Engagement Grant to non-profits seeking to scale the services they already provide or to start new initiatives in the East Bay. Details about our grants may be found here.
The Outreach Committee at St. Michael’s guides the overall outreach priorities and activities for the parish. Anyone interested in participating in outreach or initiating a new outreach project is encouraged to speak with Canon Michael.