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Missions & Outreach

Overview

St. Michael’s is a parish striving to make an eternal difference in the lives of its members and those outside the parish. Because of the generous giving of the members of St. Michael’s we as a parish are able to touch the lives of people near and far.

St. Michael’s Outreach Commission is one of the longest standing Commissions of our church. Currently serving on the Commission:  Anne Bush—Chairperson, Ann Hewat, Patty Jones, Jinny Ledgard, Peggy Vale, Laura Varga, and Margot Woodwell.

Local outreach

St. Michael’s supports the following organizations through financial contributions and active involvement:


Faith In Action

Laurel Area Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. Faith In Action is a faith-based community outreach program designed to assist senior citizens in maintaining their independence, quality of life, and dignity.

  • Our team of trained volunteers give 2 + hours of their time each week by providing appointment escorts, caregiver relief, errands/shopping, friendly visits, transportation, and telephone reassurance. 

Ligonier Food Pantry

Organized by the Ligonier Valley Church Association, the Pantry is housed and the food distribution takes place at St. Michael’s. The Pantry distributes food to over 150 households in the Ligonier Valley each month.

  • Members of the Outreach Commission provide coffee, cocoa and donuts to the recipients and workers during the cold winter months.

  • Parishioners donate non-perishable food items.

  • St. Michael’s sponsors and distributes food for the Fresh Express each year.

Ligonier Orthodontic Program for Children

This program was stablished by generous donations to St. Michael’s local outreach. As long as funds are available and with the cooperation of local orthodontists, children who need necessary orthodontic treatment and who are of low income working families can receive this treatment if they meet the criteria of the program. Referrals are made by local Orthodontists.

The Neighborhood Academy

A faith-based independent, college-prep high school for low-income youth in Pittsburgh. The School’s program strives to break the cycle of poverty through preparing its students for higher education. The Academy also “provides counseling, transportation, three meals a day, and assistance with emergency needs like medical care.”

  • St. Michael’s volunteers plan, prepare, transport, and serve meals for students and faculty several times during the school year.
  • The parish sponsors a backpack project providing each student with a pack filled with school supplies.
  • St. Michael’s college scholarship program makes a four-year scholarship available to a graduating senior of The Neighborhood Academy. The candidates for the scholarship must complete an application process; if selected, the student must meet the guidelines of the scholarship each of his/her four years in college.

Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program (NYOP)

Located at St. Stephen’s, Wilkinsburg. NYOP provides a safe haven for neighborhood children, and it helps its young people build good relationships with their peers and mentors in the Wilkinsburg community.

  • St. Michael’s provides summer camp scholarships at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center for high school students who are members of NYOP.
  • The parish participates in a Christmas gift project for the children in the NYOP after- school program.

Valley Youth Network (VYN)

VYN is a non-denominational organization that reaches out to high school students in the Ligonier Valley. It shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the youth, and it offers opportunities for fellowship, community service, and Christian action.

International Outreach


Agua Viva Children’s Mission

Located in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Agua Viva is a non-denominational, Christian home that helps meet the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of hundreds of impoverished children in the community surrounding the Mission. Its goal is to rear and educate the children in a healthy, loving, Christian environment so they might become successful adults who will have the desire and ability to help their own people.


Global Teams

The Rev. Kevin and Susan Higgins, Directors (also Pakistan Translation Project) Global Teams sends Pioneer Teams to start church multiplication movements in areas that have little or no exposure to the Gospel.


Bishop Wilson Turumanya Family

Bunyouro-Kitara Diocese Hoima, Uganda—St. Michael’s provided support for the education of the Bishop’s children and continue to support the Bishop and his wife in their retirement.

Mi Refugio, Inc.—Guatemala:

Kari Engen has created a Christian ministry that shares the love of Jesus by providing free education, food, clothing, and medical care to children living in and around the city garbage dump and villages surrounding San Pedro, Sacatepequez, Guatemala.


South American Missionary Society

The Rev. John and Susan Park’s ministry involves working with Church and Diocesan ministries at The Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd in Lima Peru.


VICTORY CLINIC, MUMBAI, INDIA

Dr. John and Amini Abraham minister to the poor people in Mumbai (Bombay) by providing free medical treatment, giving encouragement and hope, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. St. Michael’s supports the Abrahams on a monthly basis and sends medical supplies when needed for the clinic.