This year has been unspeakably hard. It has been over a year since the pandemic fundamentally changed all of our lives. Overnight we contracted our social circles, started wearing masks in public, and even strategized about when to go to the supermarket. Uncertainty has been this year’s calling card. People in our community were suddenly unsure about things they took for granted — their health, their jobs, their kids’ education. We began to hear a call from our community to meet the growing needs.
At St. Paul’s we answered that call as best we could. We opened the Virtual Learning Center and started a Covid Relief Fund. Through our Outreach Commission we helped alleviate some of the pressures of food insecurity. We opened our arms at the same time we had to contract our social circles. We have tried to be, in our modest way, Christ in the world.
The country now seems to be on the cusp of several positive developments. Every day more people receive vaccines, something that seemed far over the horizon as recently as this past summer. Financial help is on the way, thanks to the American Rescue Act. Checks are already showing up in people’s bank accounts. People are hopeful. You can almost hear the country collectively exhale.
Many are still hurting though, and we are once again asking you to join us in helping. Would you prayerfully consider donating all or part of your stimulus check to St. Paul’s Outreach Commission? Those funds will go to assist organizations that are helping the most vulnerable among us, to show mercy and love-of-neighbor in a tangible and meaningful way. In 2020, our Outreach funds and COVID-19 Relief funds donated $56,000 to 19 different organizations (listed below). We are committed to continuing our support of organizations working to address needs across our community. Your donation to our Outreach funds will make a difference, no matter how much you choose to contribute. Click here to donate now.