While we’re great with serving with our hands and with collecting things, Good Shepherd folks also know that sometimes the best way to help a situation is with money.
The Advent Fund (income from the sale of the Church of the Advent property in Pawtucket) continues the generous tradition of that parish which merged into ours in 2005, by making small grants to social service and church programs in the Blackstone Valley area. The Good Shepherd Outreach Committee allocates funds from our own annual budget to underwrite some of our good works. And the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, funded by the loose plate offering one Sunday each month plus fees from funerals and weddings and some special gifts, enables Mother Gillian to respond to individuals who are in short-term financial crisis, by helping with things such as rent or utility payments or a camp scholarship, or local disaster relief.
For example, it was these three funds which enabled Good Shepherd to be one of the most generous Episcopal churches in the state in responding to the Ebola epidemic in Africa in 2015, as we were able to help some of our Liberian parishioners send supplies and cash to their networks “back home.”