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May 17, 2015

Are you waiting for Jesus to fix things or are you acting with Jesus’ guidance to right wrongs?






Opportunities for Christian Service

bullet Baby Basics
bullet Elizabeth Ministry
bullet Family, Friends and Chicken Soup
bullet Pantry at the Winter Park Christian Service Center
bullet Family Promise / Interfaith Hospitality Network
bullet Ministry with the Homeless
bullet Purls and Prayer: A Knitting Ministry
bullet Shepherd's Hope
bullet Thanksgiving and Christmas Stores

Baby Basics

Baby Basics provides free diapers to poor, working parents of children under the age of three in our neighborhood. Parishioners unpack shipping cases, count diapers, assist families to their cars, move diapers to storage and break down cartons for recycling. Families are welcome to assist! Time commitment: sign up to help at two-hour distributions held twice a month on Saturday afternoons.

Mary Ann Gilbert

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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

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Family, Friends & Chicken Soup
Family, Friends & Chicken Soup is a ministry comprised of many volunteers who assist people who are trying to age in place in their own homes or apartments. We provide practical, non-medical assistance to those who are alone, recuperating or frail. Volunteers 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.  Our first priority is serving parishioners but we assist non-parishioners as well. Time Commitment: two hours per month on your schedule.

Pegge Stickel

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Pantry at the Winter Park Christian Service Center
Pantry Volunteers sort, stock and transport food as well as office work. Time commitment: variable; either a regular basis to fit your schedule or one time projects.

Gwenell Hall                                                      Mary Ann Gilbert
Winter Park Christian Service Center                  407-647-3392                            

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Family Promise / Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network, a program of Family Promise, assists homeless families with children by providing them with a safe, temporary living environment. This safe environment is provided by a network of local congregations that house the families for a week at a time. Parishioners bring supplies, cook dinners, set up and take down living areas, and, most importantly, act as hosts when the families visit.  Time commitment: two hours four to five times a year.

Mary Ann Gilbert           

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First Wednesday Ministry with the Homeless
Two groups contribute to this effort to provide meals for residents of the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando on the first Wednesday of each month. During the day several shifts of parishioners prepare the meals in the Parish Hall kitchen. In the late afternoon (5:30 pm) the second group gathers at the parish to complete and stage the meals and then transport and serve the meals at the Coalition. Some parishioners may also come directly to the Homeless shelter around 6:00 PM. The time commitment is one to three hours monthly.

Ted Steilen

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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 Please pray for this endeavor.

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Thanksgiving and Christmas Stores
A ministry welcoming all parishioners to join in the fellowship of helping local families meet their needs at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Time commitment: one hour to 20 hours depending on level of involvement.

Anne Domescek

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