HUNGER MINISTRY

The Hunger Ministry provides a variety of ways to help those in need in our community.

The closets across from the church library are now open to receive food donations for Trinity Episcopal Food Pantry and ARJ Community Outreach. Look for the signs on each closet door. Items needed include:

Place in the Trinity closet: Cereal, Ramen Noodles, Pop-top cans (easy-to-open containers) of chili, tuna, Vienna sausages or chicken – Feel free to donate other items.

Place in the ARJ closet: Beef stew, Chili, Green beans – Feel free to donate other items.

•  Trinity Episcopal Food Ministry, Arthur Johnson Community Community Outreach, Person to Person Street Ministry, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, and Sts. Peter & Paul Community Services receive monetary donations.

•  Volunteers gather at the church on the third Saturday of the month from 10-11 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches and casseroles for Gateway 180 and Trinity Episcopal Food Ministry. Our affiliation with the downtown Gateway 180 Shelter for women with children only has been constant for over 25 years. Preparation begins at 9:30 AM. Masks are required. Gloves will be provided.

Be it short-term help or longer involvement we cannot appreciate enough those who give of themselves to assist us!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

GIVE TO THE HUNGER MINISTRY

Select “Hunger Ministry” from the “fund” drop-down menu. Or, if you prefer, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION

We have changed the way we do birthday parties since the Detention Center has restricted visitors in order to protect the children (and staff) from COVID-19. Instead of going inside, the party hosts now meet the chaplain with gifts and school supplies just inside the doors of the County Courts Building (105 S. Central in Clayton). This new method is definitely not as much fun for us, but the parties are still important to the children.

Four chaplains play a vital role in maintaining the children’s emotional health. And now more than ever, they need every bit of financial support we can give them. When a child’s exposure to the outside world is limited, funding the chaplains who provide counseling and friendship is critical.

Hopefully, parties will resume soon so we can visit with the kids, play bingo and celebrate their birthdays.

Give Now. Select “ECM” from the “fund” drop-down menu.  Or, if you prefer, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

Tom Guignon

Chair, Episcopal City Mission
314.721.6996

THE SHELTER MINISTRY

“A lost sheep has been found.”  Jesus rejoices over the return of a lost sheep in both Matthew and Luke. The church lost a sheep to Covid over two years ago when the Shelter Ministry had to be halted. Rejoice! The ministry is starting again but shepherds are needed to keep it alive.
If you are unfamiliar with the Shelter Ministry, it gathers early on Sunday mornings to prepare and serve at The Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter at 1000 North 19th Street to cook and serve. We need approximately 10 to 15 people–but more is better! Sign up here to help, or contact Bill Wallace at williamhwallace@yahoo.com.  Cooks, servers and clean-up volunteers are all essential and everyone is kept busy. Casual clothes and a friendly atmosphere make this ideal for singles, couples, families and groups of friends. No experience is needed, just a willingness to help people in need.
Come to the shelter and help feed God’s sheep.

Learn more about Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed.

Give Now. Select “Shelter Ministry” from the “Fund” drop-down menu. Or, if you prefer, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

EDUCATION EQUITY

With the church building closed to worship during the pandemic in 2020, some parishioners began to look outside the church for opportunities to live their faith. Education Equity was chosen and a ministry was formed. Because of a relationship with Sumner High School which began with the planting of a peace garden in November of 2019, the EEM asked to become a community partner to the school. In the fall of 2021, the ministry added a new partner—Columbia Elementary School on St. Louis Avenue near North Grand. The goal of the ministry has been to engage with these schools by being present and listening.

As needs are identified, the ministry:
Connects the school to community resources
Meets urgent needs of students and their families through donations
Advocates for changes in policy that result in education inequities

If you wish to be a part of the Education Equity Ministry, contact Mary Ann Cook, microann@outlook.com You will be added to the EEM membership list and contacted whenever a need arises. You will also learn of the successes of our school partners and receive invitations to events held at the schools.

Give Now .  Under “Giving” in “Realm” click on “Give” and select “EEM” from the dropdown menu. Or, if you prefer, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

WORLD SERVICE MISSION MINISTRY

The World Service Mission Ministry to Nicaragua supports the Carolina de Sirker Christian School in the rural outskirts of Managua, as it has since 2000. For many years, the ministry raised money to support the school and traveled there every summer to work on the school, engage with students and enjoy the wonderful culture and people of Nicaragua. The pandemic has affected both the school and this ministry. At the school, enrollment has dropped, but classes and activities continue. At CSMSG, the ministry is on hold, with no mission trip or fundraiser currently scheduled due to the pandemic and political situation in Nicaragua. In the meantime, the ministry is providing financial support for the school with funds that were raised prior to the pandemic. It is our hope that with God’s help, we will once again be able to travel to Nicaragua.

Give to the Nicaraguan Ministry

Under “Giving” in “Realm” click on “Give” and select “Nicaragua Children’s Ministry” or “World Service Mission” from the dropdown menu. Or, if you need assistance, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

MINISTRY OF RACIAL RECONCILIATION

In 1984, the Diocese of Missouri established its Commission on Dismantling Racism, charged by the National Church and Diocese to promote racial justice in the Episcopal Church. In response to Bishop Johnson’s renewed call for action and with Father Albinson’s guidance, in November 2020 the Church of St Michael and St George established its own Ministry of Racial Reconciliation.

Recognizing that racism and racial division persist throughout the St Louis region, and in recognition of our place within that region, the Ministry of Racial Reconciliation will provide spiritual guidance as we wrestle with the complexities of racism and racial division; offer classes, discussions, and other opportunities for exploring the history and ongoing effects of racism and racial division; offer multiple opportunities for direct action to alleviate the effects of persistent racism and racial division, and serve as a hub for information and communication among all ministries and activities bearing on the issue of racism and racial division. For more information, contact Harrison Hagan Heil at heils@sbcglobal.net.

Give. Under “Giving” in “Realm” click on “Give” and select “MRR” from the dropdown menu. Or, if you prefer, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

Harrison Hagan Heils

Chair, Racial Reconciliation Ministry

 ST. MICHAEL’S HOUSES

The St. Michael’s Houses Ministry (St. Michael’s Houses) helps build affordable housing for low-income families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to own a home. The ministry provides financial support to and acts in partnership with a number of St. Louis area housing organizations. These organizations include Beyond Housing, Cornerstone, Doorways, Places For People, and Lydia’s House. Learn more about St. Michael’s Houses.

Give Now. Under “Giving” in “Realm” click on “Give” and select “St. Michael’s Houses” from the dropdown menu. Or, if you prefer, contact Terry Arthur at 314.721.1502, ext. 4037 or tarthur@csmsg.org with details.

Jim Stephenson

Chair, St. Michael's Houses
314.725.7004

Mac Moore

Co-Chair, St. Michael's Houses
314-963-1930