Church of the Straits

Located in the heart of Mackinaw City, Michigan 
Traditional Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Nursery Care Provided
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Missions

From the beginning, missions have been an integral part of our overall ministry. Whether providing ongoing financial support to missionaries working in the field or staying on top of our denominational commitments, we take missions very seriously.

Locally, the "mission field" is wide-open, and we're constantly looking for ways to lend a helping-hand when and wherever it's needed. Our Men's Group can often be found doing work projects around town, most often helping those who are sick or otherwise unable to do the work themselves.

Here are some of the mission work we continue to support:

Camp Michigamme
Operation Christmas Child
Compassion International

This section highlights three areas of mission that are very important to us: Emmaus, the Straits Area Resort Ministry, and Northern Lights Ministries.

Emmaus Community

The Walk to Emmaus® is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servant hood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all."

The Walk to Emmaus gets its name from the story in Luke 24:13-35, which provides the central image for the three-day experience and follow-up. Just as the two disciples experienced a spiritual transformation as Jesus "came near and went with them," so do those who take part in their own "Emmaus walk." It can be an extremely powerful experience for the 'walker,' and can have the added effect of transforming entire congregations as more people take these 3-day journeys.

The Church of the Straits participates two local Emmaus communities:

  • The Straits Area Emmaus Community is located out of Petoskey, Michigan.
  • The North East Emmanuel Emmaus Community is located in Gaylord, Michigan.

If you have any questions about the Emmaus Walk experience, or would like more information about it, please feel free to visit the National Emmaus website.

In addition, you may also email Roger Moore, our church's contact person.

Straits Area Resort Ministry

The Straits Area Resort Ministry has been around since the mid-80's. An independent ministry, its main purpose is to supplement the work of the local churches in Mackinaw City. Conversely, the local churches also support the ongoing work of S.A.R.M. While it began as an outreach to summer tourists, it eventually expanded to a year-round ministry.

The Straits Area Resort Ministry Director is Kristi Laninga, and can be contacted by email at kristidawn55@hotmail.com.

Youth

S.A.R.M. also oversees an important ministry to the youth in our area. This youth group (interestingly, referred to as 'SARM'), provides youth with opportunities for service and faith development.

SARM is open to youth from any church; it is, by design, ecumenical. In addition to running the Vesper Cruises, SARM goes on yearly mission trips, do service projects, and come together regularly for the purpose of faith development.

Northern Lights Ministries

 Northern Lights Ministries is one of the most exciting ministries we support. This mission, founded in 2004 by a Kate Walugembe, a member of The Church of the Straits, serves the orphaned children of Budumbuli, Uganda. It's a mission of health, education, and spiritual support to children who have lost their parents due to AIDS and other tragedies. Kate and her husband, Peter Walugembe, have responded to God's call upon their lives, and are making a huge difference in the lives of these children and their community!

What sets this ministry apart from other similar missions? In their own words:

 Northern Lights Ministries is a community-based organization working in rural areas near Jinja, Uganda. We cater to parentless, sometimes homeless, children to give them educational support, heath support and spiritual support. Northern Lights Ministries seeks to find the neediest of the needy children. We are determined to help stabilize each child in his home and to encourage social development. We continuously monitor the children's well-being, promote their schooling, and help them develop important life skills.

In contrast to institutional care, which is already in place in Uganda, we offer a case-by-case social work approach to Ugandan children. Our unique one-on-one approach enables us to bring high quality attention to each child, seeking to stabilize each in a home, in a family setting. Our flexibility gives us a personal touch and ensures we can find the best solution for each of our children.
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