Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

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Mission and Outreach

Mar 11, 2017

Mission and Outreach Committee Members

Larry Dunham Chairman Nick KakosNaira Istephanous
Fr. George DokosDon ShippLinda Stanton
Tia MuchulasMichele BruningKathy Boosalis (Board Liaison)

Community Emergency Service

Community Emergency Service (CES) is a non-profit crisis relief and empowerment ministry founded by Augustana Lutheran Church and located in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. It provides prayer support, direct aid relief, advocacy, referral and counseling to low-income people in the neighborhood. Its projects include rental and mortgage assistance, Kids Care Program, Meals on Wheels, to mention just a few. Volunteers are needed to interview clients, make deliveries and pick-ups, help in the office, maintenance, fundraising, provide a meal, etc. Currently St. Mary’s assists CES on an as needed basis.

Families Moving Forward

Families Moving Forward is an interfaith network of congregations and volunteers in Minneapolis which provides hope to homeless families with children. Help is provided by giving temporary emergency shelter; supporting former shelter families with education and advocacy; and developing affordable rental housing for families. St. Mary’s acts as a host site two or three times a year for a week at a time providing meals, living quarters and activities. Donations of household items, furniture and other personal items is also needed.

Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage

Hogar Rafael Ayau is an Orthodox Orphanage run by nuns who care for abandoned and homeless children. St. Mary’s not only sends financial support but sends a maintenance team to help with the upkeep of the property and visitation teams to support and care for the children.

Metro Hope Recovery Ministries

Metro Hope Recovery Ministries is an AA Christian addiction ministry whose mission is to bring people in bondage to life-controlling habits to Jesus Christ and equip them to lead Godly lives. The vision is to be the model for Christ-centered recovery. Ministries include: New Hope Center, Help for the Helpers, Onesimus Brothers, and Healing House.

Orthodox Mission Teams

Orthodox Mission Teams are organized by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (located in St. Augustine, Florida). Mission teams are sent on projects throughout the world including: Africa, Eastern Europe, Alaska, South and Central America, India, the Phillipines, and Korea. Individuals from St. Mary’s have participated. An application and reference letters are required. Participants are asked to gather prayers and financial support and to share their experience with others.

Orthodox Prison Ministry

Welcomes the participation of all Orthodox Christians who have a heart for those men and women who are behind bars. They seek the help of willing prison volunteers, mail correspondents, and prayer partners in bearing Christian witness to those who seek to find comfort and faith in their present circumstances and to help them see the world through a clear window with a pure, peaceful heart. Volunteer training is provided. The mission: to love prisoners in the name of Jesus Christ, and to help them grow in the Christian faith.

People Incorporated

People Incorporated is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that promotes and secures independence and community integration for people with mental illness and other brain disorders, many of whom have complex and neglected needs, to live productive lives in the community. This is accomplished through more than two dozen programs ranging from housing to crisis case management. St. Mary’s assists on an as needed basis.

Project Mexico

Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage performs works of mercy and helps others do works of mercy in the name of Jesus Christ, transcending cultural barriers by building homes for the poor in Mexico and by providing a home for orphaned boys through St. Innocent Orphanage.

St. Mary’s sponsors mission teams into the Tijuana, Mexico, area to build homes for underprivileged families who are homeless. Unique as a home building program, Project Mexico also allows teens and adults to interact with 25 orphaned Mexican young men at St. Innocent Orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico.

Simpson Housing Services

Simpson Housing Services helps provide affordable housing and assistance to individuals and families in their efforts to improve their life situations and to advocate for their human and civil rights. It is located at 2740 First Avenue South in Minneapolis. St. Mary’s assists by cooking and serving meals four times a year at the shelter for homeless men and women. They are also in need of donations of personal care items, food and household items.

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf

Located at 3041 Fremont Avenue South in Uptown, Joyce Uptown Food Shelf has been serving hungry residents of southwest Minneapolis for over 40 years.

The mission is to distribute food to those in need with respect and dignity as an expression of the love of God. They provide clients with a three-day supply of food once a month and help approximately 1,400 people each month, many of them families and elderly neighbors.

Each year Joyce Uptown Food Shelf participates in the Greek Festival by hosting an information and collection booth, receiving food and monetary donations from Festival attendees.

Vail Place

Located at 1412 West 36th Street, Minneapolis, Vail Place is a multi-service community support program that helps adults with long term mental illness attain their highest level of self-sufficiency. Volunteer opportunities are available.

Angel Tree

For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story may be filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives you an opportunity to share God’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.