We can be certain of one thing: God has been generous to each of us. As we recognize how much we have to be grateful for, we can respond to that recognition by choosing to live generously. We are all stewards of God's bounty on our journey to generosity. Let us accept with gratitude all our many gifts and respond generously so that we may live as faithful stewards. “Stewardship means using the gifts God has given us to do the work God is calling us to do.”
The Community Ministry committee spearheads the church’s involvement in several interfaith service agencies including the Salvation Army, Samaritan Center, and Common Ground Benevolence Office. Because of COVID-19, the parish has been collecting non-perishable foods item the second Saturday of each month, in the Grace parking lot. Food is given on alternating months to Salvation Army and the Samaritan Center for distribution to the needy.
Salvation Army projects:
Samaritan Center projects:
Because of COVID-19, Grace Church volunteers can no longer participate in the organization and distribution of food. Parishioners do some clerical work and serve on the Samaritan Center’s advisory council and board.
Common Ground is a partnership between the First United Methodist Church and six other churches, including Grace Episcopal Church. The organization provides financial assistance through a small benevolence ministry, has a Families Forward program that works with families to become stable through housing and other needs. Grace Church’s involvement includes:
Grace Stewardship Team Recommends United Thank Offering as a Daily Discipline of Gratitude
United Thank Offering is a spiritual and financial partner in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Every year UTO receives offerings given in recognition of the abundance of God’s blessings. These offerings provide grants for a wide variety of mission projects in the US and around the world, including medical clinics, safe drinking water facilities, equipment for food pantries, and many others.
Take a moment each day to be aware of the abundance of God's blessings and make a thank offering.