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 January 2017 is American Friends for the Episcopal Diocese in Jerusalem
The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFDEJ) is devoted to building hope and peace by financially supporting education and healthcare available to all in the Holy Land. The Diocese operates two major hospitals — in two very volatile locations — with more than 200 beds, four outpatient clinics, and a growing number of mobile clinics. St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus, Palestine, and Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza, serve the needs of more than 56,000 outpatients and 12,000 inpatients annually, in addition to hundreds of surgeries and thousands of lab tests and examinations. Through compassionate medical care, these healthcare professionals make respect and dignity for each patient part of the experience. Peace begins at a school desk — by developing educated citizens who can sustain peace when it comes. The 16 Diocesan schools in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan educate more than 6,400 students each year. Many of these schools are top-ranking academic institutions in the region, educating the next generation of leaders. Every Diocesan school accepts students from all backgrounds — a core value. Education also includes high-quality vocational training to give youth the real-life skills needed to secure stable employment. All schools engage students in cross-cultural communication, respect for differences, critical thinking, and the fundamentals needed to build a future. AFEDJ touches hundreds of lives each year by supporting four institutions serving children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Disabilities still carry a heavy stigma in rural parts of the Middle East, and life for those with a disability, especially a child, can be extremely challenging. These institutions build hope and a future for the most marginalized and forgotten people in the Holy Land. The institutions are leaders in the field, and also advocates for integrated education and inclusive communities. To learn more visit https://youtu.be/PPqpSvV9u04
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.