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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 (Western Communities Action Network, Inc.)

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.

Episcopal Group Homes

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.

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners

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

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.

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