Episcopal Relief & Development has set up a web donation page to begin the long journey of relief for Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast, the disaster needs as a result of Hurricane Irma and Maria, and the earthquake impacting Mexico and Central America. More than 90% of donations to Episcopal Relief & Development go directly to support those in need. Please pray and be generous as you are able. Go to www.er-d.org.
Holy Hearts and Helping Hands
As the Three Holy Days begin, I am reminded of the words of Jesus as he shared life with the disciples at that last Passover meal — “Whenever you do this, do this for the remembrance of me.” This is the way we live our Christian faith in the world, bearing the love & compassion of Christ through our sharing with those whose needs are greater.
The needs of many in our area are served through wonderful ministries and programs. I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover. I ask your prayers and help in purchasing gift cards that could help provide a tank of gas, or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or shop for basic clothing needs at a local Kmart or other store in the area. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of others in these economically challenging times. You can place them in the offering basin in an envelope marked for Adele Meredith, or you can drop them by her office during the week, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours through the holidays.
Grateful always, your servant in Christ,
There is a current need for small jars of mayonnaise, grape or strawberry jam or jelly, canned fruit, and canned tomatoes. Contributions go in the baskets as you enter the Sanctuary. The NAWC Food Cupboard also needs volunteers to distribute food at the Cupboard housed at the United Methodist Church on Main St. The Cupboard hours are from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information contact Susan Hechter at 302-738-9918 or email@example.com.
On the name tag table are Gifts for Life catalogs. Instead of giving another sweater or tie to the person who needs nothing, consider honoring your loved ones with gifts to those in need. This offers the opportunity to give something that keeps giving all year round!
A gift card is sent to explain the gift you have chosen. Some of your recipients may adopt the idea as their own tradition. Please pick up a catalog or see Sister Jackie if you have questions. You can also do this by phone at 1-855-312-HEAL or on line at www.episcopalrelief.org/giftsforlife.
We ask your prayers and help to purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. Please give gift cards directly to Cami Seward in the Church Office or put in an envelope marked to Cami’s attention and place in the offering plate.
Have you always wanted to be one of those generous anonymous people who do wonderful things for people they’ve never met? Here’s your chance. St. Thomas’s will help several area families have a good Christmas by providing gifts for them. Look for the Angel Tree. Take a tag or two or three. KEEP THE TAG. Purchase the items and wrap them. Please put the tag with the gift so that we can get the right gifts to the right people. Please bring your gifts to the church by Sunday, December 18. It’s that easy and our neighbors will appreciate your generosity. If you have any questions, contact Cami Seward at the church office or Connie Cooper at 302–731-7595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Parkins and Mindy at the Newark Empowerment Center (NEC) say that clients have been asking for blankets but the NEC has none to give. We need to fix that.
Please check your closets. Check your Code Purple supplies at church. Ask your neighbors.
Perhaps you can get a few blankets from your Code Purple supply and then replace them in the coming weeks? It’s not Code Purple yet, but our folks on the streets and in the woods need blankets NOW.
Blankets can be taken to Newark Empowerment Center, 69 E Main St., Newark, DE 19711 any afternoon between noon and 4. Mindy is usually there at noon. If you have blankets but can’t get them to NEC send me an email or call (302) 731-5338 and Tom will do what he can to see that they get there.
Thanks for helping our friends.
Greetings, Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
As Hurricane Matthew continues through the Caribbean and potentially the southeastern United States, Episcopalians are asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with our partners in the region to reach the most vulnerable. We are sharing this information and an opportunity for compassionate response with members of your congregation.
Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the hurricane, for first responders who are conducting rescue operations and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their most vulnerable members and neighbors.
Contributions to the Hurricane Matthew Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those most in need.
Wishing you peace,
Senior Director, Engagement
Episcopal Relief & Development