Outreach

Overview

Our Baptismal Covenant directs us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” As we strive to achieve this, we get to the very heart of what it means to follow Christ.

The purpose of our Outreach & Wider Mission is to build on the Christian mission of doing God’s work in the world, reaching out to our neighbors, both near and far. We do this by focusing the human and material resources available to us. We desire and pray that everyone in our parish will participate in one or more of our many outreach opportunities. To learn more about these ministries and discuss your interest in volunteering, contact the parish office at 410-745-9076, or info@christstmichaels.org.

Angel Tree Project

This project provides a happier Christmas to selected children in St. Michaels who might otherwise have very few, if any, gifts. The Angel Tree is set up in the church in early December and gift tags are placed on the tree with the children’s information for their gifts.  Parishioners can choose tags, shop for the suggested gifts, and return the gifts to the church for distribution at a Christmas party held at Union United Methodist Church. For more information, please contact Susan Armstrong at 301-335-2741 or gm4susan@gmail.com.

Back to School Project

For a significant number of families in the Bay Hundred Schools, it is a struggle to afford school supplies (46% of all children enrolled in the St. Michaels public schools live at or below the poverty level). The generous offerings of time shopping and sorting, packing and delivering backpacks, and the significant financial donations from the members of Christ Church help to ensure that no child is without the necessary tools as they begin each school year. For more information, please contact Gillian Whyman at gillian@cheeseandport.com or 410-690-4502.

Bay Hundred Covenant Churches

The Covenant Churches Group was established to foster relations among the churches of the Bay 100 area. The Covenant Churches Group sponsors a Thanksgiving Service, A Choir Sing at Christmastime, a weekly evening Lenten Series, and a Tent Service in June. The Covenant Churches pledge support to one another in individual efforts as well as mutual endeavors. For more information, please contact Steve Mosher at 410-745-9076.

Children’s Home Foundation

The Children’s Home Foundation (CHF) is a diocesan ministry which provides scholarships to students on the Eastern Shore. The scholarships are for students attending vocational or technical schools and are based on financial need. The CHF also provides “camperships” to needy children. The CHF Board meets with guidance counselors at local high schools to identify students who may qualify for scholarships. Also, non-traditional students are often referred by various members of the community. Nance duPont and Martha Austin, members of Christ Church parish, are also members of the board of directors along with many other women from the Diocese of Easton. For more information, please contact Nance duPont at 410-745-5010 or dupgirls@gmail.com.

ECW Rummage & Christmas Bazaar 

Two Rummage Sales and a Christmas Bazaar make significant contributions to parish outreach. The Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday of the annual Christmas in St. Michaels, usually on the second weekend of December. The Spring Rummage Sale is scheduled for Friday, April 27th (7 AM – 2 PM) and Saturday, April 28th (8 AM – 12 noon). The women and men of Christ Church enthusiastically support these ECW sponsored events. Proceeds are provided as grants to the following organizations: Support for children, youth and the elderly: Camp Agape, Camp Wright, Care Packs, CASA, Critchlow Adkins, Dixon House, El Hogar, St. Michaels Community Center, SMASH, SMYLE, Talbot Special Riders. Support for families and community services: Brighter Christmas Fund, Children’s Home Foundation, Community Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, Hearts on Talbot, Hospice of Talbot County, Rising Above Disease, St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department, Talbot Interfaith Shelter, Walk In Ministry, YMCA. Support for Episcopal organizations: Diocesan Bishop’s Guild, Episcopal Relief and Development.

Episcopal Relief & Development

ERD relief-_-developmentEpiscopal Relief & Development  is a church-wide ministry dedicated to relief, rehabilitation, and longer-term development assistance.  It currently works in 46 countries and the U.S. in food, security, primary health care, HIV/AIDS and disaster assistance. Each parish has a representative who is the spokesperson for ERD in their congregation to encourage support of ongoing or emergency needs. Opportunities to donate include an ERD designated event, sales of specialty coffee and Gifts for Life, and we encourage various church organizations to identify fundraising opportunities throughout the year.  For more information, please contact Tom Mendenhall at 908-887-4028 or tom48@gmail.com.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank

Serving Talbot and Dorchester Counties, Habitant for Humanity Choptank is our local affiliate of Habitat International. We operate under the Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes and communities. Habitat offers hard-working families the chance to buy an energy efficient new home at an affordable price. The families put in 300-400 hours of “sweat equity” as part of their qualification. Habitat also offers coaching to these families to get their finances in order and help them learn how to maintain their homes.  Christ Church has a long history of support for Habitat, both financially and through the volunteer efforts of many church members.  We are looking forward to a new project in St Michaels to build up to seven homes beginning in 2017. This will truly be a community-building activity involving volunteers from the Bay Hundred area and Talbot County. For more information, please contact Neil Armstrong at 410-745-8579 or gm4neil@gmail.com.

The ONES

The ONES is a welcoming group of men and women who for many reasons find themselves on their own for social engagements. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm to share a meal and fun activity. If interested, RSVP to the church office at 410-745-9076 or contact Community & Family Ministries Associate, Lori Ramsey for more information at lsramsey@gmail.com.

The Shared Table

The Shared Table is a partnership between area churches, businesses, farmers and neighbors with the mission of: “Fostering community by engaging and connecting with our neighbors, through the informal act of sharing a communal meal.” Supported by a grant from Christmas in St. Michaels, over 700 meals have been served on a donation only basis, which brought together diverse segments of our community. To join this mission team, or for more information, please contact Lori Ramsey at 410-745-9076 or lsramsey@gmail.com.

St. Michaels Food Pantry

Food Pantry, nov 2015

The Community Food Pantry provides nutritious, non-perishable foods for needy families of the Bay Hundred area.  Located in the Parish House, across from Lea Library, the Food Pantry, operated by several volunteers, is open between 9 AM and 11 AM, each Monday and 1 PM and 3 PM each Thursday. Before Thanksgiving and Christmas, additional volunteers make up baskets of non-perishable goods and frozen turkeys. Food and monetary donations are also made by citizens and organizations in Talbot County. For more information, please contact Beth Eckel at 410-745-4141 or heckel@verizon.net.

St. Michaels After School Help (SMASH)

The SMASH program benefits children in the St. Michaels Elementary School and Middle School who are not reading at grade level by providing them volunteers ten weeks in the fall and winter to help them with their learning skills. Because of this program, the schools have seen documented growth in reading level, improvement in both areas of language and math, increased classroom participation, and a stronger bond with teachers. For more information, please contact Mary Lou McAllister at 410-310-4765 or louiloui1@icloud.com.

Talbot Interfaith Shelter

TISSince its inception in 2008, Christ Church has been actively involved with The Talbot Interfaith Shelter, is a faith-based service ministry in Talbot County, MD, dedicated to providing temporary shelter to single men, single women, and families who lack adequate housing.  Initially a cold weather shelter, it is now open year round and has moved into its own quarters in Easton.  The shelter serves up to fifteen men, women and children in a home-like setting. It provides dinner, breakfast, and bagged lunches to all shelter guests. In addition, TIS provides low rent transitional housing and enhanced social services to families. If you would like to help, or for more information, please contact Judy Tanczos at j.tanczos@verizon.net or 410-745-6595.

United Thank Offering (UTO)UTO Bluebox

Christ Church participates in the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church.  UTO collects and contributes funds to help support worthy causes and organizations throughout the church.  Blue UTO envelopes and “mite boxes” are made available once a year and parishioners can either donate during a designated event or through the office. For more information, please contact Pat Martin at 410-745-6049 or pamartin@atlanticbb.net