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We are committed to supporting collaborative ministries that make a positive difference in the lives of people in our community who are in need. We take seriously the Scriptural teachings of Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles, regarding the essential quality of living out our faith in tangible and impactful ways. We do this through faithful and generous stewardship of our money, time, passions, and experiences. As a congregation we currently support the following initiatives and ministries:

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Annual financial grants to local non-profit organizations

In addition to hands on parish-based ministries, Emmanuel funds a number of grants to numerous local and international initiatives. In 2019, over $5,000 was distributed to: Boyne Area Free Clinic, Child International Fund, Nehemiah Hospitality, Northern Michigan Chaplain Service, NW Michigan Community Action Agency, NW Michigan Women’s Resource Center, the Community Recovery Alliance, and Episcopal Relief and Development.


This annual Petoskey area walk on the last Saturday of June is a part of the Church World Service nation-wide fundraising walks to raise money for CWS global feeding initiatives. A portion of the funds raised is also directed to Manna Food Project, which operates the local food bank distribution organization and several food-based initiatives.

Reading Together Outreach Mentor Program


A team of reading mentors from our church and community work with young children who are struggling to read. Each biweekly session focuses on the love of reading, building self-confidence and providing emotional support throughout the school year. Reading Mentors are placed in every second grade classroom in the Petoskey School District. Joyce Riordan, coordinator, works with the school administrators and says, “Eventually, I think the district will want to match a reading buddy to high risk students from Kindergarten to Third grade in each elementary school. I think this a good goal and the impact of this work will be far reaching."

If you feel the call to help children who struggle with reading and have a desire to help them to become who they are meant to be, please contact Joyce Riordan.

Thursday Lunch Programs


This local community lunch program provides both food and an opportunity for social interaction for 12-20 individuals each week. Emmanuel and Cross of Christ Lutheran Church collaborate together in coordinating this ministry. The two churches alternate leadership each month. Due to the two churches’ location away from downtown, the meal is hosted at First Presbyterian Church. For more information contact Carolyn Penniman.

If you feel the call to help children who struggle with reading and have a desire to help them to become who they are meant to be, please contact Joyce Riordan.

Youth Pantries

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Starting in 2016, Emmanuel members initiated and led the development of 4 school-based pantries in Petoskey and Harbor Springs that serve over 100 middle and high school youth weekly. Begun as a food pantry, this ministry has expanded to include hygiene products, school supplies and some clothing items. Students are given an opportunity to select for themselves the items they need each week. The food they receive supplements their weekend needs when school is not in session. The pantries are staffed by volunteers from Emmanuel, other churches, and the broader community. For more information, contact Kathy Petersen.

Youth Mission Trip

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Annual mission trip for youth members to live out their faith in a different context. Sharing their time and gifts with others, youth group members have worked with church members in Cuba and restoring homes in Kentucky and North Carolina. For more information, contact Ashley Price or Dan Armstrong.

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