Outreach is an essential part of St. Paul’s. We try to live out our Lord’s command to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and love our neighbor as ourselves. We support many outreach ministries through a combination of funds designated for outreach in our parish budget, funds raised at two major outreach dinners each year, and direct giving from individual parishioners.
In addition to this important ministry of giving, we are engaged in more and more hands-on ministries, such as growing fresh produce in our St. Francis Garden for those living with HIV/AIDs at the Shepherd Wellness Community in Bloomfield, preparing and serving meals for the homeless at Shepherd’s Heart in downtown Pittsburgh, and serving the homeless through Operation Safety Net and the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter.
Outreach projects are generally overseen by the Outreach Commission, and some by the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Women. Anyone interested in participating in Outreach at St. Paul’s or initiating a new Outreach project is encouraged to speak with a member of the clergy or attend a meeting of the Outreach Commission, held about once a month during the school year.
St. Paul’s generously supports several outreach projects each Christmas. New projects might be added each year. Current projects are SHIM Angel Emporium, the Seaman's Institute Christmas on the River, the afterschool program at St. Matthew's Homestead, and the South Hills food pantry.
St. Paul’s parishioners contribute thousands of dollars each year to Episcopal Relief and Development. Episcopal Relief and Development is a highly effective and efficient global response to disaster relief using existing church networks to get immediate assistance to where it is needed, both in this country and abroad.
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St. Paul’s collects food and monetary contributions to support the South Hills Food Pantry. Parishioners bring non-perishable food items to the altar the first Sunday of each month, but contributions may be placed in the food box in the parish hall at any time.
St. Paul’s supports Jeremiah’s Place, Pittsburgh’s First Crisis Nursery. Jeremiah's Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children and families during times of crisis. Parishioner Eileen Sharbaugh is one of the founders and serves as the Director of Volunteer Services.
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On scheduled days and on a 48-hour call schedule, we provide 100 meals for guests at the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter at the United Church of Christ in downtown Pittsburgh when the temperature falls below 25 degrees.
In addition, St. Paul’s members prepare and donate breakfast bags for the homeless.
The Rev. Michelle Boomgaard serves on the Advisory Board of the Pittsburgh Temple Corps and coordinates with the Salvation Army social worker to serve individuals who come to St. Paul’s seeking assistance. St. Paul’s provides winter weather clothing, back-to-school material, and other responses to requests from the Salvation Army.
Once a month, hot meals are prepared by parishioners, then transported and served at Shepherd’s Heart to approximately 150 low-income men, women and families, some of whom are homeless, some of whom just need a warm meal.
In the summer months, we host cookouts, giving the guests a small taste of normal life. This ministry draws on the skills of many parishioners, allowing cooks …Read More »
St. Paul’s supports South Hills Interfaith Movement, a human services organization dedicated to providing the resources necessary for struggling families to achieve self-sufficiency. SHIM provides direct assistance such as food, clothing, and utility assistance) and a variety of family support services including financial literacy classes, an early childhood program, a summer…Read More »
After several years of supporting community gardens at SHIM and St. David’s Episcopal Church in Peters Township, we have launched our own produce garden. The garden has been supported by our Sunday School through starting seedlings and by families who have planted, watered, harvested, and transported the garden’s bounty. During the first year of production the garden has prov…Read More »
St. Paul’s purchases and resells Ugandan Gold Coffee to parishioners. Proceeds from the sale of Ugandan Gold Coffee provide three benefits: good jobs for the workers at the coffee farm near Hoima, Uganda, funding for wells that provide clean drinking water to Ugandan villages, and support for the St. Paul’s Outreach Fund.