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ARCHANGEL MICHAEL RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH's Fundraiser:

FIX SAINT MICHAEL'S ROOF

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EVENT DATE: Jul 01, 2016

THE STORY:

St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church was originally founded by Russian Immigrants with the cornerstone set in our temple at 1901 Ann in 1928. Today there is a very small remnant of lifelong members and a slowly growing younger group of converts, totaling our membership at 24 people. Our Orthodox Temple is unique in the St Louis region in that we are conveniently placed at the intersection of two major city streets and Highway 55, making us a very visible presence of the light of Orthodox Christianity in the heart of downtown St. Louis. This perfectly positions us to focus on our main outreach mission through FOCUS Gateway City, the OCA’s inner city poverty mission group. http://focusgatewaycity.blogspot.com/p/about.html We lease our church’s basement to FOCUS, which is used for 3 Sunday evening meals every month which are free to all who come. During these meals our volunteers serve our guests and eat with them at the table, and develop personal relationships with the homeless and poor from our neighborhood. FOCUS uses the basement for many other outreach activities including as job training, clothes and food pantry, and a computer lab used for job applications. Volunteers and social workers are available to instruct people from start to finish on how to improve their job and life skills and opportunities. The services we are able to render through FOCUS are not just focused upon the poor – it is primarily intended as neighborhood outreach, but its main beneficiaries are no doubt those who are greatest in need. This outreach is a Pan-Orthodox endeavor, with volunteers coming all across the St. Louis Metropolitan area to serve this mission in our church building. As you can see, our Church is a beacon of light in the downtown St. Louis area and gives many people hope where there is no hope. Thus, we feel that it is imperative that this building remain operative in helping people for many years to come, God willing. We have completed the initial stage of repairs through a loan for $36,000.00, and we are putting our faith in God to supply the remaining funds to complete the next stages of repairs. I do believe that God has blessed us in the outreach that we have been able to do here, and we hope to continue serving here the best that we can, as long as we can. God Bless, Fr. Christopher Phillips, Rector St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church

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