In Holy Baptism, we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves” (BCP 305). The St. Edward’s family recognizes the suffering of the world—local and global. Following the commendation of Matthew 26, we seek to feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, clothe the naked, tend the sick, and visit the imprisoned. We partner our financial resources with our human resources in support of the following programs:
Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) is located near St. Edward’s and works with our surrounding communities to help families in need. We regularly collect food shelf contributions for their food pantry and donated hundreds of pounds of food over the year. In December, we once again participated in their annual holiday gift program and were overwhelmed with support from the congregation. We supplied over twice the number of gift cards we committed to their client families for Christmas gifts! Despite our modest size, we are truly blessed for the abundance of generosity of our St. Edward’s family.
EpiscoBuilders are group of Episcopalians who share their time and talent with Habitat for Humanity building projects.
Mitten Tree: Our mitten tree filled five shopping bags full of hats, mittens, scarves, and even some socks. Many of the knits were hand-made by our talented members.
Local Women’s Shelters: We received a request for women’s personal hygiene products from two local women’s shelters. Deacon Chip put out the word and the congregation responded with a generous supply of personal items.
Northwest Islamic Community Center (NWICC): We continue to respond to the need by the NWICC for clothes and other items for the Afghan refugees.