The mission of Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Northern California is to help local congregations to develop programs to serve the children, the elderly, the poor and others in need.
Serving Christ by Serving Others
Dear Friends in Christ,
As the title says, Episcopal Community Services (ECS) is in the business of helping congregations to serve Christ by serving others. We have produced a booklet (click to view all pages) that will give you an idea of breadth and scope of ministry that is happening in our diocese and inspire you to develop an outreach program in your congregation.
Just to recap some statistics between 2002 and 2009 ECS granted a to total of $250,455 to congregations for their outreach ministry. These funds came out of our Ministry Development Fund and the Anita Weaver Funds for indigent elderly in the Sacramento area. In addition ECS was instrumental in receiving a substantial HUD grant for the Faith Works Project in Redding and a $20,000 grant from a Federal Healthy Relationships project. Since 2009 we have given away about another $130,000 in grant money. The funded projects include Homeless Assistance, congregation based food programs, senior help, interns from LEAVN for outreach work, community organizing and various kinds of Health Ministry projects. There have also been several grants from a fund in honor of Bishop Jerry and Jane Lamb for youth projects in and outside the diocese.
The churches receiving grants include over 20 congregations of every size, ranging from Crescent City to Sacramento to Mount Shasta to Paradise. Outreach does not depend on size or financial abilities, but on hearts for justice and mercy and a willingness to serve others. All this would not happen without the support of the whole Diocese.
We are dependent upon donations which go 100% to helping develop congregational based programs and trainings. With your support we will be able to continue the same level of grant funding. Technical assistance can also be offered, especially by people involved in these successful programs.
Requests for 2013 grant proposals are available here on our website or by email as of April 26, 2013. Grant deadline is May 24.
We look forward to your requests for help with programs for your mission as Jesus’ hands and feet in the world around you. ECS stands ready to help you in your mission to the least, the lost and the needy.
The Board of Episcopal Community Services
The Rev. Lucretia Jevne; President
Questions? Ideas! E-mail the Rev. Lucretia Jevne