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Octobder 26, 2014

Since it was radical to love a neighbor in Jesus’ time, how do we show radical love to a neighbor today?

 

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Opportunities for Christian Service

bullet Baby Basics
bullet Elizabeth Ministry
bullet Family, Friends and Chicken Soup
bullet Food Pantry
bullet Habitat for Humanity
bullet Interfaith Hospitality Network
bullet Ministry with the Homeless
bullet Purls and Prayer: A Knitting Ministry
bullet Shepherd's Hope
bullet Stores


Baby Basics

The Baby Basics Ministry provides diapers to poor, working parents of children under the age of three. Members of Baby Basics help with diaper distributions that occur twice a month on Saturday afternoons, provide refreshments for parents at distribution, and donate diapers. Baby Basics is a project of our parish Pro-Life Ministry serving families with dignity in the spirit of Christ. Contact: Mary Ann Gilbert at 407-628-1324;maryann@stmargaretmary.org

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Elizabeth Ministry
Let's follow the example of Mary and Elizabeth... The Elizabeth Ministry is an outreach to women of the parish in need of special support during certain times such as pregnancy and adoption, infertility, miscarriage, child crisis, and having a child with special needs. Our purpose is to affirm, support, encourage and assist women in response to their needs. Elizabeth Ministers support other women and their children by bringing communion when needed, delivering home cooked meals, praying the rosary, offering resources, and one-on-one mentoring and support. If you are interested in our ministry, or know someone in need of support, call Laura Jarosiewicz.

Contact:   Marlena Lynn Templet
 

mltemplet@gmail.com

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Family, Friends & Chicken SoupChicken Soup Volunteer
A ministry comprised of many volunteers who assist people who are trying to age in place in their own homes. We provide practical, non-medical assistance to those who are alone, recuperating or frail. Volunteers help when they can and do not need to commit to a regular schedule. .Assignments generally are about two hours in duration. As a volunteer you can drive people to the grocery, doctor’s appointments or therapy, run errands, provide a meal, visit a person who is homebound, provide respite for a caregiver and other practical services. You can choose which services you wish to provide.  All volunteers need to be registered in a diocesan parish and be fingerprinted.  Drivers Licenses are checked annually for those who transport people. Our first priority is serving parishioners but we are willing to assist non-parishioners as well. Please call or email Pegge Stickel (407-629-9699 or pstickelcct@aol.com ) or the church office(407647-3392) for more information or to volunteer.

Click here to be linked to a volunteer interest form.

Click here to read the Family Friends and Chicken Soup Newsletters.

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Food Pantry
Parishioners bring food to church on Sundays; needed items are listed in the bulletin. Volunteers are needed for stocking, sorting and transporting food as well as office work at the pantry located at 3377 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Call the office for details.

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Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Robbin Bigelow:  407-644-9287 or robbin1960@aol.com

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.

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Family Promise / Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network is a unique program to assist homeless families with children by providing them with a safe environment. This safe environment is found in a network of local churches that house the families for a week at a time. We are currently one of nine churches participating in the Orlando area. We need volunteers to cook meals, bring supplies, set-up and take-down the living areas, and most importantly act as a host to our families. To be a host you must attend a training class and have your fingerprints taken. Watch the bulletin for upcoming training.

Click here to read the Family Promise Newsletters.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience! Contact Georgia Langdon, langdongal@aol.com, 407-628-0283 to find out more

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Ministry with the Homeless
The First Wednesday Ministry prepares and serves meals at the Men’s Pavilion at the Coalition for the Homeless in downtown Orlando on the first Wednesday of each month. Meet in the parish hall kitchen to cook and then carpool to the shelter to serve. Contact: Mary Ann Gilbert 407-628-1324

The Fresh Start Ministry brings dinner prepared at home to the Men’s Fresh Start Shelter at the Christian Service Center in downtown Orlando on the 22nd of each month. Contact Maddie Becker, 407-644-9988.

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Purls & Prayers - A Crocheting & Knitting Ministry
The purpose of the ministry is to create prayer shawls, blankets, caps or other garments as an outward and visible sign of the mystical reality of prayer that knits our souls together in God and Christ.  These garments may be given to those in transition in their lives, expectant mothers, children leaving home, the sick, homebound, or elderly to comfortably remind them that they are present to us and bound to us in community.  Meetings are held every Tuesday at 10am until noon in the Family Life Center.   Please call Sharon Wess at 407 998-5660

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Shepherd's Hope (website)

St. Margaret Mary, along with many other local Catholic Churches have joined to make a difference in the lives of over 150,000 uninsured individuals in the Orlando area. Together we sponsor the Dr. Diebel, Jr. Memorial Shepherd’s Hope Health Center located at the Centro Internacional de la Familia at 2008 N. Goldenrod Road, Orlando, Florida. Shepherd’s Hope is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides free medical care to low income, uninsured men, women and children using an all volunteer health care staff. We need volunteer doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician’s assistants, nurses, general office workers and interpreters. To learn more about Shepherd’s Hope please call Mrs. Michelle Hodge, Parish Nurse, at 407-998-5659, or Yvette Alphonse, Director of Volunteer Operations at Shepherd’s Hope at 407-876-6699, Ext.223. You may also visit the Shepherd’s Hope website at www.shepherdshope.org. Please pray for this endeavor.

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Stores
Annual effort with All Saints Episcopal Church at Thanksgiving and Christmastime where parishioners make reasonably priced food, clothing and toys available to local and Headstart families who are struggling to make ends meet. Parishioners donate food and toys. Organizations and individuals help to finance additional costs of food and clothing. Call the office for details.

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