Outreach and Missions at Trinity Church
Statement of purpose of the Outreach Committee
To open the way for the Spirit of God to transform us and the world
By encouraging, supporting and facilitating works which are faithful to the Gospel’s challenge to feed the hungry, satisfy the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned.
For as Christ teaches,
“Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
To be part of Trinity Church is to understand the blessings of giving. Here are some of our main outreach activities.
To contribute to Trinity Outreach, please make a check payable to Trinity Church, with the name of the effort you wish to support in the memo line, such as “Honduras Mission” or “Haiti Collaborative” and send it to Trinity Church, P. O. Box 208, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations Millennium Development Goals
In response to the resolution of the 2006 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Trinity has made a commitment to the concept of designating .7 % of its operating budget to support of programs which further the Millennium Develop Goals. (See links to the left for information about how we will provide monthly support of the individual goals from October 2007 through May 2008) We have allocated a portion of our .7% commitment from funds previously designated to outreach. Our goal is to incorporate the full .7% into our operating budget without drawing from non-operating funding. We are also working to educate and encourage individuals to make a personal commitment to give an additional .7% of their income toward the fulfillment of the goals.
Started in 2009 this group of people from Trinity and other area churches and Stuart Hall School raises money to build and fund operations of St. Marc’s School in Cerca-la-Source, Haiti. When the earthquake that devastated the most populous areas of Haiti hit in January 2010, the collaborative was already working on the school project. The need for long term solutions, such as better education, to Haiti’s poverty and infrastructure problems was illuminated by this disaster even as relief organizations and personal giving was focused on acute problems like housing and food. Haiti Collaborative Website
Ritenour Nrsing Home Project
This effort was started by a parishioner, Marcy Robinson, to support the residents of Ritenour Nursing Home, a facility for elders and people with disabilities with low or no income. The project includes monthly Bingo games, gifts of calendars, books and magazines, birthday observances, music programs and special food treat deliveries.
The committee researches organizations requesting funds from Trinity. The committee recommends grant recipients to the vestry. The goal is to help local organizations which address basic human needs.
United Thank Offering
UTO Ingathering is a special collection that is dispersed by the Episcopal Church for aid and development projects. Participating is a way of deepening faith and thanking God for blessings. Everyone in the Episcopal Church is encouraged to bring gifts to the Fall and Spring Ingathering’s.
In addition to other activities, Trinity Cares provides meals to parishioners in times of need such as sickness, new baby, death of a family member, surgery, etc.
Clergy Discretionary Fund Offering
Twice a year, at Christmas and Easter, special offerings are collected to be used by the clergy to help those in need.
Mountaintop Christian Ventures
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