AUGUST 2017 SPOTLIGHT-A-MEMBER
Year Began: Church in 1951 and Thrift Shop in 1965
How many staff/volunteers do you employ? Rector, Musician and Office Manager, (plus numerous active members) at the Church; 5 employees and 5+ volunteers at the Thrift Shop.
History: Episcopalians have been worshipping in Grayling as a community since 1951, when services were held in homes. In 1956, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church was formally organized as a mission of the Diocese of Michigan. Church construction on the present site began in the late 1950’s, with the addition of a Parish Hall by 1980.
What product or service does your business provide? The St. Francis’ Thrift Shop, at the back of our campus, provides good quality clothing and household equipment at very reduced prices for anyone in the community and uses its proceeds to support the church, especially its outreach efforts.
The Human Resource Building houses a community, non-profit, licensed, and accredited counseling agency. The GRACE Center began as a substance abuse counseling center within the church building, and then moved to a separate building in order to increase its ability to provide substance abuse, family, and general counseling services to the community, using sliding scale fees based on income and need.
What is a product/service that you provide that people may not know?
Since we believe that God has given us our facilities to use in God’s name (and not just one day a week), we have opened our doors to community support and wellness groups, such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), Yoga and Tai Chi classes for all levels of ability, and community service organizations, such as the Lion’s Club. Throughout the week, our parking lot is almost always full. We offer the Annual Blessing of the Animals to all our neighbors on the first Sunday afternoon in October.
What is a unique fact about your business that people may not know? We work in cooperation with the Baby to Toddler Closet, the CASD school counselors, River House, Red Cross, and Salvation Army to help households face on-going challenges and emergency situations, such as a fire.
Additional information you wish to share: Through worship, fellowship, outreach, and pastoral care, we try to live into our motto: “Expressing God’s love through word and deed.”