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 Saint 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).
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
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.
(Prayer Shawl Ministry)
Prayer Shawl Ministry is an outreach of our Prayer Ministry here at Saint Michael. Prayer Shawls are made with intentional prayer and love. We give them to those who are facing health difficulties, members who are no longer able to come, to church or for those who have faced the death of a loved one. This Ministry combines the skills of knitting or crocheting with our Prayer Ministry and Spirituality to bring forth a gift given with love, kindness, warmth, and prayer.
We have a group of about 25 women who meet monthly to share in the work of making pocket prayer shawls. These are perfect to hold and keep with you at all times – a constant reminder of God’s love and the support of those who prayerfully made the pocket prayer shawl. We plan to use these as a form of outreach ministry and we will be placing them in the meals we pack during the holidays for the food pantry. Anyone who is interested in joining this prayer ministry is welcome. We are willing to teach anyone who wants to learn how to make the pocket prayer shawls!
If you would like a prayer shawl or know of someone you would like us to send a prayer shawl to along with our prayers, please contact Jody Kollath, Spiritual Care Director.
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.