CARING COMMUNITY

“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.”  (Luke 10:1)

 

We are a community called by God to serve Christ in all people with compassion and respect.  Our mission is to serve wherever there is need; to responsibly bring our hearts, resources and fellowship to the nurturing of God's people and the world; and to uplift and enrich the lives of all those whom we touch.

 

St. Martin's outreach efforts are grounded in the experience that all, including ourselves, are in need of God's grace and compassion. It is with humility and gratitude that we reach out in love to be forces for good and justice in God's name.  Our community outreach efforts strive for meaningful relationships with those whom we serve.

 --St. Martin’s Outreach Committee, Dec. 2011

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The following are brief descriptions of several Outreach Relationships currently receiving or seeking support of St. Martin’s Church Community:

 

St. Barnabas Mission

St. Barnabas is located in west Philadelphia and provides social services, shelter and meals to homeless women and children up to age 14.  There is a large barrel by the main entrance to the church to collect the non-perishable food and personal care items donated by the members of the parish and others for the shelter.  The mission uses some of the food to provide meals for the residents and to stock a food cupboard open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for low income persons in the surrounding community. There are volunteer opportunities to help with the food cupboard. If you would like more information about St. Barnabas, please call the church office. A member of the Outreach committee will return your call.

 

We collected Christmas dinner fixings for St. Barnabas on December 16, 2012 and were able to deliver 20 turkeys & hams and 40 bags of all the “trimmings”.  This annual drive brought joy to those who gave and received. Special thanks to our dedicated parish members who were there in cold weather to receive the donations and drive the collected dinners to St. Barnabas.

 

Episcopal Community Services Xmas Gift Card Program

St. Martin’s has had a long relationship with Episcopal Community Services, a social service agency of the Episcopal Church. Our parish has provided volunteers, funds and gifts in kind.  We collected $25 gift cards from Target or Walmart for distribution to families, teens, children and the Home Health Aides who provide services to homebound seniors.  The parish collected 35 cards sharing God’s love in the 2012 advent season. More information about Episcopal Community Services can be found on their website: www.ecs1870.org.

 

Episcopal Relief & Development Fund (ERD)

St. Martins Church consistently contributes to and participates in disaster relief projects and efforts of Episcopal Relief & Development. We normally contribute money or goods, to ERD disaster relief efforts throughout the world.  Recent efforts included contributions to Haiti Earthquake relief and Japan Tsunami relief.  These outreach funds are usually generated by the Parish on an ad hoc, as needed basis.

 

St. James School Book Project

St. James School is a faith-based middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally underserved students in a nurturing environment. The school is a community that provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts in its students.  As a newly formed school in Philadelphia, St. James is seeking to establish a library of books suitable for middle school students of about 10-14 years of age.  St Martin’s children’s Christian Education groups are undertaking an area wide campaign to collect and provide St. James with suitable books for its library.  If you have books, you wish to learn more or contribute to this effort, please contact Joan Prewitt at jtprewitt@hotmail.com, or Kathy Wynn at krswynn@gmail.com.

 

Neighborhood League Shops Foundation (NLS)

NLS is a non profit organization specializing in the consignment and sale of clothing, jewelry, gift items, small furnishings, antiques, house wares, artwork and collectibles. Proceeds from their three shops are donated to several Main Line charities.  Volunteer opportunities include working with consignors on intake of salable items, and sales of consigned goods, as well as opportunities to serve on our board and/or executive committee.  We welcome a commitment of 1/2 - 2 days per week. Several of St. Martin’s parishioners currently donate time, money, or goods to NLS.  For outreach opportunities with NLS, contact Janet Andersen, 610 688-5787 or the Church Office, or visit NLS’ web page www.nlshops.org/volunteer.html.

 

Radnor Clean & Green Initiative

Radnor Township has a community-wide initiative to keep Radnor Township clean and green.  Its effort is aimed at providing education and resources to encourage residents to do what they can to improve and maintain the quality of life in the township and is encouraging residents to undertake projects to clean waste and debris from properties used by the public.  If you have ideas for a project or wish to organize your own you may contact the Township Recreation & Community Programming Department.  St. Martin’s wishes to be active in several ongoing cleanup projects, and while these activities generally occur in the Spring, Summer and Fall, please contact Carlie Irving for scheduled projects.

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Personal Outreach Relationships.  Members of St. Martins have been very active in the foregoing programs, but also have participated extensively in various personal Outreach Ministries in and around our community which involve the volunteer services of our members.  Many of these are listed below.  If you are interested in exploring a possible role in outreach to these organizations, or have communities or causes to which you are dedicated and wish to share with the congregation, please contact the Church Office.

 

Bethesda Project

Bryn Mawr Hospital

Chester Co. Food Bank

Community Garden Club of Wayne

Devon Horse Show

Dolphins of Delaware County

Eldernet of Lower Marion & Narberth

Francisvale Home for Animals

Habitat for Humanity

Meals on Wheels

Radnor Library

Rotary Club

Salvation Army

Soc. Sons of St George

St John Norristown Soup Kitchen

Surrey Services

Unite for Her

Wistar Institute

Women's Club of Upper Merion

Women's Resource Center