United Thank Offering at General Convention

Linda Daniel (Holy Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad, Richmond) and I, were happy to represent all of you, our Episcopal Women in the Diocese of California at ECW Triennial, which runs concurrently with General Convention, in Austin, Texas.

Triennial hosted 280 delegates and alternates from around the country and from Puerto Rico and Province 9 which covers many South American and Caribbean Dioceses among others. It was wonderful to renew old acquaintances and meet many new people from around our church.

There were two non-profit organizations which were the focus of our fundraising during the week –Loaves and Fishes, which provides little houses for a number of qualified persons and which have gardens so the residents can grow their own crops, and the Shower Ministry which opens its doors to homeless women who, once a week can come and take a shower, being given soap and shampoo, a wash cloth and towel. We collected over $10,000 for each which was then matched by ECW, giving $20,000 to each organization! Fantastic!

On Friday night, during a special Eucharist service, the United Thank Offering was given, every diocese presenting the offering of the past Triennium to the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies. The total given in these last 3 years by the Diocese of California was $26,403.78. Remember every penny is given in grants, down to .78 cents! This is an incredibly moving service, and I was so glad again to make the offering on your behalf.

So please, keep filling your Blue Boxes. The Diocesan Ingathering will be held during Diocesan Convention in October. Let’s see if in this next Triennium we can exceed the funds of the last!

If you need supplies, please let me know. I will be glad to get boxes, envelopes and other items to you. I can be reached at DioUTOChair@gmail.com.

 

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