Doing Good in the World
Mission Outreach Grant Awards
Each year, St. Mary’s provides a total of about $10,000 in endowment-supported grant funding for small, community-oriented non-profit organizations and church outreach activities through the Mission Outreach Grant project. This year, the application review team has chosen 11 grant recipients, which we are highlighting in the newsletter so that the whole congregation can share in the joy and blessing that our church family is bringing to others through this work.
Campus Landscape and Plantings Improvement Team
In the last few years, around 500 beetle-killed black spruce trees have been removed from our church campus. At the same time, the Dreaming Our Future project has identified considerable interest among members of St. Mary's in emphasizing the aesthetic and spiritual value of the land we steward. In response, the campus landscape team, working in coordination with Dreaming Our Future, has developed a plan to "spruce" up our church grounds, with the goal of reforesting and revitalizing the natural spaces while creating and improving access so that this beautiful place can be enjoyed by all. The plan includes the construction of gardens, an orchard, benches, and walking paths. A grant of $1,300 was awarded to the team to fund the purchase of flowering shrubs and fruiting trees.