Think it has been a quiet summer? Far from slowing down during the summer months, churches around the country have taken advantage of longer days, school vacations, and even the growing season to help raise money for Rebuild Our Church in Haiti.
Produce for Haiti
St. Paul’s, Suffolk, in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, solved the problem of too many zucchinis with their own farmers market. Parishioners with overflowing home gardens brought their extra produce to church. Free-will offerings in exchange for homegrown tomatoes and fresh corn brought $70 the very first week.
Persistence and Compassion
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City (Diocese of West Missouri) kicked off a six week campaign the week of May 15th. The next weekend, a deadly tornado hit Joplin, MO, just 150 miles south. Proving that there’s always enough to go around, parishioners responded to their brothers and sisters in the dioceses while continuing to hold weekly ingatherings for Haiti. By the final celebration, complete with compas music, (played by the Haitian band ZIKAP), Haitian cakes and cookies, and the presence of an alumnus of College St. Pierre, Grace & Holy Trinity saw involvement more than double.
Cover Charge: One Brick
St. Philip’s, Akron, (Diocese of Ohio) held a Brick House Party featuring “DJ Style Music and Munchies.” The playlist included oldies but goodies from the seventies, including the Commodores hit that lent the party its name. Based on the brick count afterward, it must have been a very good party!
Rebuild Our Church in Haiti is a national, grass-roots effort launched on the 1st anniversary of the magnitude seven earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. The appeal was authorized by Executive Council in response to the request from Bishop Jean Zach Duracin and the people of Haiti to help rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
For more information, visit http://www.episcopalchurch.org/haitiappeal or contact Terri Mathes at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-599-0627.