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For there will never cease to be poor in the land.  Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor ...'  Deuteronomy 15:11


Emmanuel's Beyond Our Walls cell group mission is to heed the call from Christ to live lives of service and compassion to the needy of our world whether it's in our local neighborhoods or far across the oceans.  As the crowds asked, "What then shall we do?"  And Christ answered "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise."  Luke 3:10-11


We are blessed to have a congregation who at the end of each Eucharist hears and goes forth "now the service begins" in actuality.  BOW's many mission activities provide numerous and varied opportunities, both individually and communally, to answer Christ's call to service and social concern in our communities, the broader state, the nation and the world.  We hope you will find one ministry that touches your heart and calls you to action.  Please listen to your heart.


Emmanuel's 2014 Annual Giving Donations


BOW’s 2014 Donations in the amount of $9,750 go to the following not for profit organizations:

[click on name of each not for profit organzation to learn more about them]


Boyne Area Free Clinic – This not for profit opened in 2007 to provide basic medical services to those that have no medical insurance and are ineligible for medic-care and medic-aid coverage.  Seven years later, the clinic is still open 1 day per week and sees over 40 patients each time. This is a true free clinic helping the neediest of the poor.


ChildFund International - Founded in 1938, ChildFund International assists children and family members in 30 countries. Because childhood is a one-time opportunity, they help in the neediest places to help children to survive, achieve and dream.  For over 5 years Emmanuel has sponsored a young girl named Genesis by providing dollar donations to her to buy clothes, shoes and school books.  She is now 11 years old and continues to flourish with our financial support.


Episcopal Relief & Development - Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God's call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, ERD serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world. ERD faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering.


Nehemiah Project Hospitality  The Nehemiah Project in Petoskey has been helping shelter the homeless since it opened more than 20 years ago and it continues to expand to this day to help even more people. The shelter has grown from its original house to three homes. They help hundreds of homeless people every year as they work to get back on their feet.  Their guests are: “not faceless, they are your neighbors.  They are children, widows and single parents. They are battered, abused, challenged with mental and physical illness and those whose lives have been shattered by addictions.  They come to our door seeking HELP.  We offer HOPE.”


Northern Chaplain Services "is a ministry for northern Michigan.  It is a Lay led, non-profit, non-Denominational Christian Corporation, providing spiritual and emotional care within the healthcare setting. Chaplains affiliated with Northern Chaplain Services work as missionaries through a covenant between Northern Chaplain Services and the organizations we serve. The mission of Northern Chaplain Services is “providing spiritual and emotional care, within the healthcare setting, as we expect for our own family.”


Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency is a human service organization that since 2002 has provided grants with the objective of helping low-income northern Michigan residents.  Emmanuel has provided funding for its Emergency Energy Assistance for our Emmett County residents which provides deliverable fuels and metered utilities used for home heating during the winter months.  

Emmanuel's Beyond Our Walls

In-Kind & Outreach Monthly Missions


Emmanuel’s Beyond Our Walls (BOW) service and outreach thrive thanks to those who give so generously of themselves by providing time and donations of material items.  We might think that giving only comes in the form of cash donations. This is not true; you can give by helping Beyond Our Walls Outreach in many different ways. Helping others includes the times when you bring items for our collections, help feed the hungry at our Soup Kitchen, or run errands for cell group member who is unable or even when you offer your time to serve on BOW. 


We always have room for more volunteers. If you’re not sure where your talents would best be suited, follow your heart or contact any of our BOW cell group members.  Call Dottie Hawthorne at 507-990-0271.  Our BOW members will listen to your interests and suggest some potential ministries that you may explore.


BOW Cell Group Members: Dottie Hawthorne, BOW Cell Group Leader; Connie Booth, Shirley Burns, Pam Carpenter,

Rusty Carpenter, Kay Farrimond, Frank Hawthorne, Joan Holec, Joyce Riordan - Vestry Member, Ron Rinker,

Carolyn Penniman - Leader for Soup Kitchen Ministry,



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