This parish has a large immigrant and first generation population. The majority of parishioners are people of color: Hmong, Laotian, Karen, Karenii, Latino, and African American. The Laotian, Hmong, Karen, and Spanish languages are heard and spoken as often as English at St. Michael's.
Many parishioners of our sister parish have low incomes; many are struggling daily to make ends meet. To provide help, their parish has pursued programs that focus on self-empowerment. Fr. Dennis Lewis, pastor of St. Michael's parish, founded a non-profit group called ACTS. Their mission is to promote affordable home ownership that fosters a low-income family’s ability to be self-empowered, thereby reducing community blight, neighborhood deterioration, and poverty.
Our brothers and sisters at St. Michael's have told us we are always welcome. Special liturgies at St. Michael's, such as the Feast of St. Michael or Palm Sunday, can attest to the rich, cultural faith experience at this parish. These liturgies are celebrated in the languages of the parish and there are songs, readings, and prayers in each of the languages.
Our parish supports families and individuals through our annual Giving Tree project and through financial support of their many programs for the immigrant population, many of whom come to our country to escape poor or dangerous living conditions. If you would like more information, contact Mary Drout at 262-470-3760, email@example.com. Please pray for the parishioners of St Michael's.
One of the ministries we help support is the Neighborhood Store which offers clothing and home goods for sale at affordable prices for the poor living in the neighborhood. Your donations of these items are welcomed, contact Brian or Debbie Schneider for a pick up 262-392-2987.
Adventure Day is an annual event for the youth of our parish and children from the Reformation Lutheran community. Our high school students help the younger children make Christmas gifts that they can give to the special people in their lives. The neighborhood children leave with wrapped gifts and our youth leave with a gift that can’t be wrapped: the gift of giving.
Our parishioners have been extremely generous in providing cookies in time for Adventure Day. These cookies are also used for other outreach that Reformation Lutheran does.
Please pray for the team at Reformation Lutheran in their work with the poor.
Outreach to St. Clare School and to the surrounding community of Paita, Peru. We work in solidarity with the School Sisters of St. Francis who run the school. Contact Deb Passino (firstname.lastname@example.org).