Impact our Neighbors
Faith In Action Mission Statement
The Mission of the Faith in Action Committee, through its humanitarian efforts, is to initiate, carry out and oversee the outreach ministries of St. Martin’s by-the-lake Episcopal Church. It is both the responsibility and the goal of the Committee to connect St. Martin’s with those in need both within the parish and within our community. Through this outreach ministry we aim to help those who suffer to restore their health, hope and dignity by moving them toward stability and independence.
"If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs." - Deuteronomy 15: 7-10
Here are a few of the organizations we serve:
WeCAN is the emergency assistance provider for suburban and rural communities in western Hennepin County. WeCAN's mission is to work with individuals and families to enhance their stability and self-sufficiency. Meals-on-Wheels, emergency assistance for rent or mortgage, utilities, car repair or transportation are some of the emergency needs that WeCAN provides.
St. Martin's parish is proud to support WeCAN both financially, through in-kind donations and through many volunteer opportunities for parish members.
EpiscoBuilders was founded in 2007 in partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to address the lack of affordable housing in the western suburbs. EpiscoBuilders has completed many successful builds, rehabs and Brush With Kindness Projects.
EpiscoBuilders, led by Bruce Moulton, strives to create a high-quality volunteer experience for all parishioners. Twenty-one parishioners of St. Martin's have volunteered. "Go out into the world and serve your fellow man." Bruce reminds us.
The mission of Episcopal Group Homes is to provide residential services to persons with developmental disabilities, create a supportive and challenging environment for them, and provide them the opportunity to develop skills essential to function as members of a community.
Ed and Judy Eilertsen and other Founders (all members of St. Martin's) believed that people with moderate or mild developmental disabilities were underserved by publically funded programs. Since the beginning, St. Martin's parishioners have served as volunteers and Board members of this wonderful community resource.
Since 1979, IOCP has been making an impact providing both emergency and long-term solutions to struggling families. Each year IOCP serves about 1700 families and individuals living in west suburban Hennepin County. The mission of IOCP is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive, moving them toward stability and positive change.
Our own Marge Humphrey was among the first to create a bond between IOCP and St. Martin's in its infancy. Many from St. Martin's parish have followed her lead.
Families Moving Forward is a volunteer-driven, community based, non-profit organization providing emergency shelter, supportive housing and transitional services in partnership with the faith community. The hub is the Families Moving Forward Center in North Minneapolis. There, families in the program engage with advocates to pursue employment and permanent housing, take financial literacy classes and maintain their children's stable education and enrichment activities.
The parishioners of St. Martin's support the efforts of Families Moving Forward by participating in the required training and providing food and volunteers for families visiting neighboring parishes. David Sutton and Polly McCrea, among others, have been instrumental in making FMF and important mission of St. Martin's.
To read more detail about the organizations we serve, please download the brochure.
Buildings & Grounds
The Building and Grounds Committee is a permanent committee made up of members who are interested in working on the buildings and grounds and have some skills in this area. New members are welcome and should be recruited according to their gifts. The chairman of the committee serves a three year term. One member of the committee is a Vestry member and serves as the liaison to the Vestry.
The Building and Grounds Committee’s purpose is to be stewards for the maintenance and repair of the buildings and the grounds of St. Martin’s By-the-Lake Episcopal Church.
We review all projects, problems, and proposals prior to making presentations to the vestry.
We oversee and care for:
a. Structure of the building.
b. Repair and maintenance of the exterior and the interior of the church
c. Addition, elimination, or modification of all structures and gardens including memorial walls, the labyrinth, the parking lot, resurfacing, hard cover, drainage, trees, shrubs, and plantings.
d. Development and maintenance of documentation for all infrastructure systems equipment such as HVAC, ovens, sound systems and furniture.
After determining a course of action, a proposal is sent to the Vestry for approval before work begins. All decisions are made with the historic nature of our church building in mind, with the goal of protecting and preserving our historic landmark.
The committee does the physical work when appropriate. When a contractor is needed, the committee reviews and approves the actions of the contractor who provides the service, including snow removal, gardening, landscaping, security, etc.
The Building and Grounds Committee meets on Ministry Night, the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., with additional meetings as needed. An agenda and minutes from the previous meeting are sent by the chairman to members 10 days before the meeting.
Meetings are held at the church.
Spring and Fall All-Parish Work Days
Twice each year the Building & Grounds committee invites and welcomes all members of the parish to spend a few hours on a Saturday helping to care for our church building. We clean, repair, paint, and ready St. Martin’s for the coming season. We welcome and encourage everyone to come and enjoy great fellowship as we work together to preserve our historic church home. Watch the Cloak for dates and times.