by Sara Fishburn

http://www.gracekirkwood.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/habitat-for-humanity_opt.jpg” alt=”” width=”250″ height=”167″ /> Habitat for Humanity is one of the outreach ministries we support with funds from Grace’s Trivia Night.

Grace Episcopal Church will host a Trivia Night and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, September 22 at Grace Episcopal Church, 514 East Argonne in Kirkwood Missouri. The money raised for this event will support the Outreach Ministries and ministries of the following non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations:

SPROG, Inc., KirkCare, Habitat for Humanity & Episcopal City Mission

Be sure to invite your family, friends and neighbors to this fun evening at Grace Church. Soda and popcorn will be provided and you can also bring in your favorite munchies to share with your tables. No outside beverages will be allowed. Tickets are $20 per person or $160 for a table of 8. Download a 2012 Trivia Night Flyer and Registration Form here. Tickets will also be available for sale at the church Sunday, Sept. 9 and 16.

We are looking for donations and/or gift certificates to be used as prizes and silent auction items for the event. We would appreciate any donations that you could provide. In your company can contribute anything to the success of our fundraiser, or if additional information is needed, please contact Sara Fishburn, Trivia Night Chairman, 524 Joshua Drive, Crestwood, Missouri 63126. You may call my cell phone at 314.503.1130, the church office at 314.821.1806 or send a fax to 314.821.7404.

This is a major fund-raiser to help support these important ministries and every little bit helps. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Trivia Night Chair Sara Fishburn.

Download a 2012 Trivia Night Donation Request Letter here.

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SPROG, Inc, provides summer recreational and educational activities for children entering kindergarten through eighth. SPROG is an historically Black, seven week summer camp program that is open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability or income. Through the motto of “LOVE and CONCERN”, SPROG strives to maintain affordable options for working parents, parents of multiple children, and parents in service professions that cannot afford other summer programs.

KirkCare is a non-profit organization which helps the needy who live within the Kirkwood R-7 school district. Services include food deliveries (maintained at their own local pantry), assistance with utility bills, rent assistance, school supplies, Christmas food and gift box distribution and help with the SPROG summer camp program. Churches, schools, individuals and many civic organizations in the area contribute to KirkCare with food or money.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. This Christian organization has attracted and welcomed people of all faiths into its program. The Episcopal Habitat for Humanity Project (EHFHP) in St. Louis was founded in 1998 when thirteen Episcopal Churches joined to sponsor construction of a home. In 2010 EHFHP became a ministry of the entire Diocese of Missouri, working on four workdays with the goal of being a full house sponsor.

Episcopal City Mission provides support, hope and healing to children in detention. Self-esteem and healthy relationship programs look at violence, substance abuse, and issues affecting the teens. Grief groups address issues of grieving and loss. Monthly birthday parties serve as an affirming social time for the children. “Reading is Fundamental” allows each child to choose a book of his or her very own. Probably the most important aspects of the program is the ministry of presence. Chaplains walk the halls, visit units, and play basketball or board games with the youth. This non-anxious presence reassures the teens that someone cares about their spiritual well-being.

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