ECS Announces Grantees

ECS Announces Grantees

by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, Episcopal Community Services
(ECS)
Board President and and Priest in Partnership at St. Brigid, Rio Vista

Episcopal Community Services is pleased to announce that the following congregations and programs will receive a Ministry Development Grant.

We hope that everyone will feel as excited as we are by the number and quality of programs our congregations are sponsoring in the name of Christ.

All Saints, Sacramento: to develop a community garden that will foster community with the Tongan Congregation that meets at All Saints and with the neighborhood. This garden would also help provide fresh food for people in the low rent apartments around the church. Any excess fresh fruit or vegetables would be donated to River City Food Bank.

Camp Living Waters, Semper Virens Deanery: for scholarships for children from low-income families to attend camp. For many, this is their first and only opportunity for a camp experience and is a place to experience the love of God and collaborative Christian community through worship, shared meals, servant leadership, games, art and respectful interaction with the outdoor world. Young people from all faith backgrounds are welcome, and positive interactions are encouraged emphasizing love, equality, humility and respect.

Christ Church, Eureka: to expand their summer music and arts camp to reach a new demographic (teens) and to enlarge their base in the community, and to develop ministry relationships with other congregations in the Semper Virens Deanery. This program reaches underserved children from outside the parish.

Church of the Epiphany, Vacaville: to expand their outreach through support for education. They wish to provide a “reading” corner and lending library for children who attend the Friday night dinners, a food service for the homeless and needy, and also develop a relationship with one of the local elementary schools to provide items such as shoes, clothing and glasses for students whose families could not afford them.

St. Andrews, Monte Rio: to continue their food program, which serves the underemployed, unemployed and homeless population from the Lower Russian River area, including the coast from Bodega to Jenner. St. Andrews is the only food program in the area open in the evenings and serves two hot meals a month. This grant will help them continue to serve the hungry and raise awareness in the community about the program.

St. James, Yuba City: to expand their already successful community garden by providing a greenhouse for growing seedlings that would then be transplanted in the garden. This will help expand the crop yield. Many local programs benefit from the food produced in this garden.

St. John's, Marysville: to provide logistical and organizational needs for the church's very extensive services to the needy through their program “Loaves and Britches” and to expand the scope of services provided. The church is a destination for persons needing immediate and often urgent referrals and direct assistance for shelter, housing, food, clothes, medical care and social services.

The Jane and Jerry Lamb Grants

The Jane and Jerry Lamb Grants are for youth and adults to participate in outreach programs. This year we are awarding two grants.

Church of the Epiphany, Vacaville: “Epiphany Kids” have come up on their own with a long-term program to plant fruit trees in various places in the community, so that fruit can be harvested to serve the Friday Night Dinners and other food pantries.

Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento: a partial scholarship for one young adult to join a group of 13 youth and young adults from around the United States, sponsored by Solar Light for Africa, Ltd. (SLA), a non-profit 501(c)3 Christian organization. The mission of SLA is to transform lives and empower the people of Africa by providing light and energy using the natural power of the sun. This group will travel to Uganda to install solar panels at an orphanage. The panels will provide electricity for the children's living quarters and for their school. They will be working side-by-side with five youth/young adults from Uganda.

All ECS grants help churches develop social service and other outreach programs and/or expand current ones. The goal of ECS is to help congregations serve Christ by serving the least, the lost and the needy in their communities.

We hope that the work of these congregations will inspire others to develop exciting programs to carry out the mission of Jesus to heal the sick, feed the hungry and free the oppressed.

They cannot do this important work by themselves, nor can Episcopal Community Services. Like so many other faith related activities, this is a community effort. You can help by donating securely to the Ministry Development Fund through our website found at www.norcalecs.org or by mailing a check to:

Office of the Bishop
Attn: ECS
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825

This fund is used solely to support congregations in their work.

Please contact me or any member of the ECS Board with questions, comments or for suggestions on how to start your own outreach program.

 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Eric Duff wrote:
Great news! I'm curious how much you are able to give out at this time from the Ministry Development Fund.

Please give my best to the members of the ECS board.

Fr. Eric Duff

Tue, May 20, 2014 @ 6:13 PM

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