Outreach

Outreach 


Community Meal
Mobile Pantry / Food Distribution
St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland
Pastry Sale
Charity Collection
Local Ministry





Community Meal 

We are happy to offer a free hot meal to our community on the third Sunday of the month. There is no need to sign up first; just come by and sign in. Dinner is served at 5 pm on the third Sunday of each month.

In 2014, we served a total of over 1676 individual meals and we have been helped by approximately 50 different volunteers from the parish, including many of our youth.

As we enter the 8th year of the Community Meal at St. Innocent, we are humbled and grateful for God’s continued blessing on our service.

For additional information and to know how you can serve, see or contact Amy Ries.

Upcoming meals will be on the following dates: June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18.




 
Mobile Pantry / Food Distribution 


Many of our parishioners volunteer at this wonderful ministry
Our parish has partnered with the Cleveland Food Bank to distribute produce and groceries to those in need. We held three Mobile Pantries in 2014 and distributed over 35,000 lbs. of produce.

We were able to reach over 125 households that included over 300 different people. With God’s help, in 2015, we plan to double the number of distributions.

Upcoming distributions will be on the following dates: June 4th, July 9th, August 13th, September 10th, October 8th and November 5th. For additional information and to know how you can serve, see or contact Amy Ries.
You can find the income guidelines here.



 
St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland 

For many years, our parish has been a faithful supporter of the St. Herman’s House of Hospitality by providing meals and financial support. 

Men from St Innocent working at St Herman's
In 2014, St. Herman's purchased a new building to use as a transitional living house. St. Innocent has supported this by adopting/financing a room. In October '14, a team of ten men from our parish drove down to St Herman’s to paint, assemble furniture, and help the St Herman’s team. 

With God’s blessing, our plan is to establish a relationship with the future occupant of the room we sponsored and to continue providing our support to St. Herman's in whatever form is needed.

Our support to St Hermans include serving a meal on the last Tuesday of each month, financial support, furnishing for the sponsored room, hygiene kits, and, most importantly, our continued prayers. 

To know what you can do to keep supporting St Herman, see or contact Dave Minich.



 
Pastry Sale 


Ladies from the parish making pierogi
The pastry sale is a longtime fund-raising and fellowship ministry at St Innocent. A group of 12-15 women make Pierogies for the Holiday Pastry Sale. This annual sale provides pastries (baklava, spanakopita, etc.) & pierogies for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. A Cookie Walk is included at the Christmas sale, where many families in the parish donate cookies to sell. 

During Lent, a Pierogie Sale is also held. 
In the past year, a group of men from the parish has joined the pastry sale team in the preparation of the pierogies. 

These events provide us with important Christian fellowship but also provide financial support for St. Innocent. This is the tenth year we have been doing the sales, and we continue to have a loyal following.

For additional information and to know how you can serve in this ministry, see or contact Maria Sarris. 




Charity Collection 

Every month our parish dedicates a special collection to a charity organization. Some of the beneficiaries in the recent months have been: Zoe for Life, St. Herman’s House, the Hoppe Family, our diocesan seminarians, and Christian In Actions, Jesse Brandow, OCMC candidate for Guatemala,IOCC, St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ancient Faith Radio, St. Panteleimon Orthodox Outreach, St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Ministry, the Cleveland Deanery, etc. 

We thank all our parishioners and visitors for their generosity towards these outreach ministries.

The charity collection for the month of June will go to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) .




 
Local Ministry

Kevin Lytle as St Innocent at the Olmsted Falls Heritage Parade
The parish of St Innocent Orthodox Church is actively involved in witnessing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in Olmsted Falls. We partner with a local Christian ecumencial organization, Christians in Action and take part in a variety of ministries, such as the Christmas Gift Program, Turkey Hunt, etc.

Our parish also participates in the Olmsted Falls Heritage Days Parade.