Please consider participating in outreach opportunities as a way to improve your own life and the lives of others. Below is a list of outreach activities. Please let us know if/ when you participate in an independent outreach program (for example Walk for the Cure, March of Dimes Mother’s March, etc.) . We would like to share these opportunities with our church community. Also, let us know if there is a cause that you would like to see St. Francis support. We are blessed to have such caring and giving members at St. Francis. Let’s work together to ensure that we share information and opportunities.
Oak Mountain Missions (OMMM): One of our near and dear local outreach partners is Oak Mountain Missions Ministry – located right down the road from our church in Pelham, Alabama. OMMM is a local multi-‐faith organization providing household goods, food, and monetary support. St. Francis has an on-‐going program to support this organization with food and household items. At Thanksgiving we provide full meals, including smoked turkeys to be distributed by OMMM. This is our primary local ongoing outreach project.
Episcopal Place (EP): Episcopal Place is an independent living facility for approximately 150 low-income elderly and disabled persons. Each year we sponsor on of the monthly birthday parties for the residents, field a team at The Gumbo Gala, EP’s biggest fundraiser, and provide welcome bags to new residents. Our deacon is active at EP providing Eucharist and pastoral care.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. At least once each year, St. Francis sends a team to participate in a local Habitat build.
Cahaba Valley Health Clinic (CVHC) is a local non-profit organization providing access to quality healthcare for underserved communities. Stl Francis hosts a yearly clinic, providing volunteer for vision and dental screenings.
Alabama ARISE is a coalition of religious, community, and civic groups that promotes state policies to improve the lives of low-income people. St. Francis is a supporting member.
Sawyerville Day Camp is a free summer camp for disadvantaged youth in rural Alabama supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. St. Francis provides beach towels and other supplies. We travel to Sawyerville to prepare and provide a hot meal for the campers and staff.
Angel Tree: St. Francis sponsors children in need at Christmas. Angels are from Oak Mountain Missions and Interfaith Hospitality House. Each family had requests items that they need and items that they want for Christmas. St Francis covers the cost of items.
Music4Romania aims to benefit schools and orphanages in Romania by improving the lives of Romanian children through charity and educational activities, with a special emphasis given to enhancing the children’s music and English instruction.
Other outreach efforts include the Firehouse Shelter (a local homeless shelter), local pet shelters, Safe House of Shelby county (domestic abuse shelter), and Stop Hunger Now. Other international outreach includes medical missions to Haiti, supplies to South America and Africa, and supporting Invisible Children which provides aid to children in Africa who were forced into military service. To get involved with any of our outreach activities contact The Reverend, Deacon Judy Lee