We have never cut back on our financial contributions to local and global charities, even when times have been financially tough. And so much more. It’s in our Baptismal Covenant to work for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being, and we try hard to do just that.
At St. Mary’s, “outreach” is a key component of who we are as a community. A great many of us are quick to say that it is the St. Mary’s community, or the style of worship, or the welcoming nature of our church is the primary reason we come to St. Mary’s. But folks often note as well that they are drawn by all we do in the name of Outreach – that we have an intentional connection to the community in which we reside and beyond.
Galtier Elementary is a local school that we care a great deal about. We commit hundreds of hours per year in one-on-one tutoring for young children in reading, math, and science. We give thousands of dollars each year to grants the teachers use for classroom development. Interested in hearing more? Reach out to Jane Wells.
Several times a year we join our friends at All Saints Episcopal Church for a home-cooked, organic, indigenous meal. Want to hear more? Reach out to David Murphy.
Here is a great video of the partnership we financially support, between First Nations Kitchen, MN Interfaith Power and Light, and Ghandi Mahal restaurant.
Each year we contributes hundreds of pounds and hundreds of dollars to feeding the hungry in our neighborhood. For more information, reach out to Brian Nerbonne.
Angel Tree at Christmas
Ever Advent St. Marianns pick ‘angels’ off the tree and purchase gifts for children and gift cards for adults in need in our local community, mostly through Galtier Elementary.
We are active partners with Bonne Nouvelle School in Bigonet Haiti. Some of us have gone down to
visit, our friends have braved the cold to visit us in Minnesota! For more information reach out to Liz Colwell.
For many years now we have been making microloans around the world through the KIVA website. In 2016 we made 34 loans totaling $5,950 in 21 countries. Reach out to Paulette Briese for more info.
Feed My Starving Children
Each month many of us gather to pack food for the hungry around the world. Contact Anne Green for more information.