Elevator groundbreaking at Holy Child and St. Martin, Daly City

 

On Saturday, November 14, members of the congregation of Holy Child and St. Martin invited the Daly City community to join them in the groundbreaking for their long-awaited elevator. Over 60 people gathered on the side of the building where the elevator will be positioned to accommodate people for whom the multiple levels of the church have been challenging to maneuver. The elevator has become even more of a necessity with the active health care ministry — housed in the lower level of the church —open to the neighborhood. The groundbreaking coincided with the yearly Health Fair where approximately 10 local health-related agencies provided information, blood pressure checks, and flu shots, together with the hospitality of snacks provided by the members.  

The Rev. Leonard Oakes, vicar of the mission congregation, invited associate clergy the Rev. Rebecca Goldberg to give the invocation. She prayed for the continuing welcome, connection, and openness of the church to the world. Local government and service providers were also invited to attend the celebration. The mayor of Daly City, Raymond Buenaventura, opened his remarks with a moment of silence for the tragedy in Paris and all those who have lost their lives to violence, before commending the elevator and health ministry as a sign of the church serving the community.

As proposed by the Diocese of California, Holy Child and St. Martin received a generous grant from the United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church to complete the elevator project. UTO representatives, Joanna Henrichs and Linda Daniel, were present and reminded everyone to continue to put coins into the “little blue box” for each of their blessings. The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz represented the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and remarked that this growing congregation with its weekly health ministry is an excellent example of the congregational practices of vitality, collaboration, embeddedness, and diversity.