Through their volunteering efforts, our parishioners not only provide practical assistance but also extend love, compassion, and a listening ear to those they serve. They understand that true service goes beyond meeting immediate physical needs and encompasses the power of human connection. By building relationships with the individuals they serve, our volunteers offer a sense of dignity and hope to those facing challenging circumstances.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Several parishioners volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, a national nonprofit that helps families build and improve places to call home. This church member recently helped construct a new house for a family in the area.
One member of our parish is a Court Appointed Special Advocate. This national association supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children. CASA volunteers are from the community who complete training provided by the state or CASA offices.
Our parishioners volunteer at Love INC in Shelby, a local affiliate of a national network, that mobilizes local churches to offer Redemptive Compassion®, a holistic approach to caring for people in all areas of life: spiritual, mental, emotional, relational, material, and physical.
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF WESTERN MICHIGAN
One member is a part of the Standing Committee for the Diocese of Western Michigan which serves as the decision-making body for the Episcopal congregations in western Michigan while we do not have a sitting bishop.
Several members are involved with Rotary International whose 1.2 members via 35,000+ local clubs believe in a a shared responsibility to tackle our most persistent issues including: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children supporting education and growing local economies.
Several members serve at the Food Pantry operated by the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Era. It is open every other week on Saturdays.
OCEANA PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD
Another member serves on the board of the Oceana Parks and Recreation Board. Our member oversees and maintains one of the 7 parks in the county.
Several members have served as volunteers at Harbor Hospice which offers comprehensive care for terminally ill patients and resources for their families allowing them to enjoy their last months, weeks, or days of their lives together as completely as possible for as long as possible.
PENTWATER SERVICE CLUB
Several members of St. James Church are members of the Pentwater Service Club a local volunteer organization which encourages and promotes good citizenship, worthy local community projects, a better-informed citizenry and making a great place better.
PENTWATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Several parishioners are active in the Pentwater Historical Society. This community group was created to remind visitors and residents of the history and heritage of Pentwater. It includes the role that the natural areas surrounding has played in that heritage.