Our relationship with God builds on our relationship with the poor.
Mathew 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
The Outreach Committee was formed by the Vestry in August 2011. Seeking to emphasize, clarify and meet the needs of the poor, we provide for a collection on the first Sunday of each month, having designated an organization as the recipient. In our first year, we collected over $12,000.
Outreach collections benefit charities at home and abroad. A different charity is selected each month, ranging from international organizations such as UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and the World Food Program, to national organizations such as Native American Heritage Association, Feeding America, God’s Love We Deliver and South Presbyterian Food Pantry in Dobbs Ferry.
Outreach Collection through December 2016 is Standing Rock
For the month of December, St. Barnabas will be supporting the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota by donating funds to help the children of Standing Rock celebrate the Christmas Holiday. St. James Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota is sponsoring the celebration and is in need of support from the Episcopal community. This is a time sensitive request, as funds need to be sent between December 20 and January 6.
The Standing Rock Sioux are peacefully protesting the building of an oil pipeline that lies underneath the Missouri River and runs through the Standing Rock reservation. Should it ever leak or break, the pipeline represents a threat to the safety of the Missouri River as it is the source of clean water, not only to the Standing Rock Sioux but also to millions in the surrounding areas.
All contributions, big or small, will be greatly appreciated in this time of uncertainty and great need.
St. Barnabas will resume its support for the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese in Jerusalem in January, 2017.
Episcopal Charities provides funding and support to parish-based programs serving children and adults in need on a non-sectarian basis. Episcopal Charities currently supports 79 community outreach programs in partnership with congregations throughout the Diocese. Programs are available to all persons in need regardless of faith or church affiliation.
Program focus is in one of three areas:
• Basic Human Needs/Beyond Emergency Services • Youth Opportunity Grants
• Collaborative Outreach
In addition to funding programs, Episcopal Charities provides training to staff in each program and technical assistance to improve program quality. We also work with community leaders to introduce the arts to children.
For more information, see the website.
Hunger is a growing problem in all of our communities. Our neighbors are unemployed or underpaid. Children go without meals. Many of the elderly can barely make ends meet. Families are struggling and they need our help. All contributions will help support the 44 community kitchens, food pantries, brown-bag lunch and home delivery programs funded by Episcopal Charities. Each of these programs depends upon those with a place in their hearts for the less fortunate. We hope that you will join in this year’s effort.
St. Barnabas collects for Outreach because:
It is good for us as a community to do this together and bear witness to it.
It is good for us to exchange ideas and learn about organizations doing this work.
It is good for us to bring our work to the Lord in an offering in his house.
By doing this as a church we encourage each other to be mindful of and care for those in need.
The Outreach Experience has had two major results:
Caring –We learned about those in need and how they can be helped – from each other!
Giving – As a community, in the Lord’s house we give to those in need.
Isaiah 58:10 If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.