Saint Paul’s has a long tradition of reaching out beyond our doors. We support ministries in our community, synod and throughout the world. In 2005, Saint Paul ’s contributed $95,373 to these ministries:
Some of the ministries that St. Paul’s supports financially are:
Lutheran Charities Appeal – supports various helping ministries in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Ken-crest Centers, Artman Lutheran Home, Lutheran Children and Family Service, Lutheran Settlement House, Manatawny Manor, The Mary J. Drexel Home, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Silver Springs – Martin Luther School, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Lutheran World Relief – provides needed resources to troubled parts of the world.
Evangelical Lutheran Church Disaster Relief.
Heifer Project International – provides animals for developing countries.
Program for Feeding the Homeless at 63rd and Market Streets.
Philadelphia Food Bank.
Interfaith Hospitality Network – provides temporary housing for homeless people.
Mediator Lutheran Church at 28th and Cambria, North Philadelphia.
Missionary — Barbara Robertson, Morogoro,Tanzania.
On Eagle’s Wings – an ecumenical flight ministry into remote areas of the Northwest Territories.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Response.
Globalization team of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia to do ministry at Saint John’s Island.
Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia — $30,000 (over two years) to help endow the H. George Anderson’s chair for mission and culture.
Synod Commitment – supports the Lutheran witness in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In addition to the financial support of the above ministries, Saint Paul ’s seeks ways to provide “sweat equity” (hands-on support). In particular, members prepare food and feed nearly 200 homeless people once a month; travel to the Northwest Territories with On Eagle’s Wings to help with Vacation Bible School; members help with Habitat for Humanity projects; host two Red Cross Blood Drives every year; purchase gifts for foster children at Christmas; purchase infant formula for babies in low-income families through “Baby Manna;” participate in the annual CROP Walk to raise money to help stop hunger; collect clothes for a host of different organizations; make and provide meals for homebound elderly (Aid for Friends); and, in cooperation with our neighboring Episcopal church, provide assistance to homeless families.