Serving Our Community
Serving Our Community in Omaha
We have several opportunities for our members to get involved in the Omaha community.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
This men’s group meets at Saint Michael on Thursday evenings. For more information on Omaha’s Alcoholics Anonymous program, visit their website.
Kids Against Hunger
Our Lenten offerings support this ministry, and following Lent we gather to assemble and package meals for overseas shipment.
Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move from starvation to self-sufficiency.
Kids Against Hunger accomplishes this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens, and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world. Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the literal hunger of children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans – a hunger for meaning and contribution.
Micah Ministry Team Goals:
- To have social transformation be an integral part of St. Michael’s congregational identity.
- To intentionally develop an environment that enables individual members and the congregation to live out the call to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God”
- To provide opportunities for individuals and the congregation to practices the “ART” (Action – Reflection – Transformation) of social justice.
- To organize at least one major action event (i.e. sponsoring a refugee family) every year, with opportunities for preparation and reflection.
- To organize at least one major transformation event (i.e. offering of letters) every year, with opportunities for preparation and reflection.
- To provide a variety of opportunities for study, conversation and reflection (i.e. workshops, forums, hunger banquet, UNO Refugee Event, Wings/bulletin articles, website etc).
We regularly collect food, household items, and clothing for this ministry. We do need people to help deliver this to Project Hope on a regular basis. Contact the church office if you can help, and visit Project Hope’s website for more information.
Join us in October each year to walk or sponsor the Omaha Crop Hunger Walk.
CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide – and right here in the U.S. – to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow. Our local efforts make a huge difference, and you can be a part of it! The CROP Hunger Walk takes place on the 2nd Sunday in October at Luther Memorial, 1031 Sunset Trail in Omaha.
We will have a more information in September regarding how to sign up or sponsor a walker. You can also sign up to walk/sponsor a walker online.
Kountze Food Pantry
Along with financial support, several of our members work at this downtown food pantry on a regular basis. Contact the church office for current list of food items needed. During winter months coats, gloves, hats, mittens and scarves are collected. You can learn more about the Kountze Food Pantry and Pantry Garden here.
Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministry
The Mission Statement for Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministry is:
“We are called by God to be a Christ-centered, Spirit-powered ministry to equip, teach and excite people for discipleship through camp experiences, to provide our conference and retreat guests with places set apart and serve with sacred hospitality to nurture leadership for service in the church and world.”
Each summer, Saint Michael has several children/youth attend camp at Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland, Nebraska. Our Ash Wednesday offerings go toward partial scholarships for those attending CJH Camp.
Camp isn’t just for kids either! Each year, several retreat opportunities are available at CJH. Or, reserve space for your group and have a retreat of your own. Our WELCA ladies have had many retreats at the camp.
Each year, on the last Saturday of July, CJH holds a Quilt Auction Fundraiser. All of the funds go directly to support their summer camping programs, making possible the policy of the Board of Directors that no child will be turned away because they can’t pay the fee. With the exception of one year, since 1997, Saint Michael has had at least one quilt donated for the auction.
Besides the auction, there is a barbecue lunch served and tours of the camp with fun activities for the whole family.
- NLOM Annual Quilt Auction
Siena Francis House
Saint Michael helps to serve the evening meal for Siena/Francis House the 2nd Friday of each month from 4:45 to 7 PM. We need 8 people to sign up to serve (fill a coffee pot, set a table, wait tables, etc.) at 5:00 PM. Please sign up on the kiosk in the Gathering Place. Individuals, families (minimum age 10) or groups are welcome.
Habitat for Humanity
Dust off those hammers, put on your boots, roll up your sleeves and volunteer to join Saint Michael’s Habitat for Humanity Team. Our church is one of ten churches who unite each summer to form the Faithful Builders Coalition. Our coalition is one of the best run and successful building groups here in the Omaha area. We are looking for skilled and unskilled workers as well as food volunteers. Watch for information in the newsletter and Sunday bulletin.
Lutheran Service Corps
Annual LSC Golf Tournament
The tournament is held in May. It’s a 4 person Scramble with men’s, women’s and mixed flights. A Box lunch is provided and a banquet and auction follow the tournament. Every player will receive a gift bag. There are pin prizes for 18 holes. You can register as an individual golfer or register a foursome.
The Annual Lutheran Service Corps Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser happens every November. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children 5-12, $ for children under 5 or $20 for the whole family. More information is available in September.
More info is available on the Lutheran Service Corps website.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
“Shawls … made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles.”
Janet Bristow – 1998 – 2003
Throughout the ages, shawls/quilts have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. Prayer Shawls/Quilts are begun with prayers and blessings for the recipient and are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making one themselves and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!
If you would like knit, crochet or sew a prayer shawl/lap quilt, call the church office for information. You can make shawls/quilts, donate yarn (3 skeins), fabric (yardage or scraps) or money which will be used to purchase yarn/fabric for this ministry and to pay for the occasional postage that may be involved, should a shawl need to be mailed.
You can also request a shawl to be made for someone by calling the church office.