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On March 1, 2013
… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
(Matthew 25:35-36, 40)
by Diane Sehie
Our Easter offering is designated this year for a variety of outreach ministries to “the least of these who are members of our family” – supporting the not-for-profit interns of the Episcopal Service Corps; ministries to feed the hungry; provide housing, health care and counseling services for low-income families; services and educational programs for seniors; a summer camp for local youth and chaplains for youth in detention. The organizations that carry out these ministries which are supported by our Easter offering include: Deaconess Anne House; KirkCare; Diocesan Task Force for the Hungry; Trinity Hot Lunch Program; Grace Hill Health Centers; The Shepherd Center; SPROG summer program; and Episcopal City Mission. You can learn more about these organizations and the outreach ministries supported by Grace Church on our website (gracekirkwood.org).
Beginning Palm Sunday (March 24), through Holy Week and Easter week (March 31 to April 7), you will find special envelopes in the pew racks at Grace Church to receive your Easter Outreach offering. Please be generous. And as you gather with friends and family to celebrate Easter, remember to include in your prayers those who are alone, in need or in trouble.
Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; bless these gifts to our use and us to your service, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.