Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Outreach Ministry Annual Report 2020-2021
The Outreach Committee would like to thank all the members of the congregation who brought in items for the Sandalwood school supplies event. We received over 70 packs of crayons, about 400 pencils and more than 30 composition books. These supplies will really help! We now ask your prayers for the health and safety of the students and teachers.
The COVID19 pandemic led to changes in all of our event during the past year. Some had to be canceled altogether, including Vacation Bible School and Christmas in July for the ASPCA. Due to the uncertainty of changing positivity rates, we will not offer either of them again this year. We do hope to have an Angel Tree for the ASPCA around Christmas.
Operation Backpack: Over the past year we distributed almost 6,000 meals to students at Sandalwood. We had four teams who filled the bags on a rotating basis. The school guidance counselor picked up the bags each week at Holy Trinity, and took them to the students at the food distribution at Deep Creek Middle School.
School Supplies: Collecting items was much more difficult this year, but we were able to send a donation to Sandalwood to help the students with their virtual schoolwork.
Seafarer’s Shoebox Present: We were not allowed to use shoeboxes this year, and had to send our gifts in gallon size plastic bags. Thank you to those who sent in bags of travel size toiletries, playing cards, miniature Bibles, and insulated hats. COVID made the seafarer’s lives harder as they could not get home after their “shifts”. Many were on their ships for a year or more.
Ronald MacDonald House: We continued to collect aluminum can pull tabs. Have you brought yours in?
Thanksgiving Baskets: We were not able to bring in food and cleaning supplies to fill the baskets for our struggling neighbors. Arielle chaired this event, and was able to purchase 24 grocery store gift cards for $60 each to enable the families to purchase items needed to brighten their Thanksgiving holiday.
Eastern Interfaith Outreach (EIO): Holy Trinity continues to support this local program through a cash donation each month that helps to provide food and other needed assistance to residents of Essex and Middle River. We also shared vegetables grown in our garden boxes, thanks to the Seay family.
Christmas Gift Cards: In December we found that we had funds left in our budget to purchase ten Walmart gift cards for families of our Sandalwood students. Again, this was done to help brighten their holidays.
During most of the past year we were not open, and bringing in donations was either not permitted or difficult to schedule. Thankfully, that has changed. We are open! If you would like to bring in items to help with the backpacks, the seafarer’s Christmas presents, pull tabs for Ronald MacDonald House, or (later this summer) school supplies, please bring them with you on Sundays. Everything you bring will be put to good use. If you would like to join us in these efforts, or if you have any questions, please call. We would love to have you join us.
Yours in Christ,
Don’t forget to thank the Seafarers
THE BALTIMORE SUN | NEWS | SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020
Ellen Valentino’s recent letter (“Everyone in the food and beverage supply chain deserves our thanks,” April 14) offers well-deserved thanks to the “manufacturing workers, farmers, delivery drivers, cashiers and grocery clerks who are keeping our stores stocked and food on our tables.” Let’s also remember long-distance truckers, railroad workers, and the seafarers working on cargo ships — many of whom I’ve been privileged to meet in my 16 years as a port chaplain. Isolation is new for many of us, but missing family life is all too familiar for seafarers. Many routinely spend nine months away from home, most often Asia or Eastern Europe, in order to support their families.And some are enduring even longer periods on board during these stressful times. The pandemic has resulted in restrictions that make it difficult or impossible for those who have completed their contracts to disembark and fly home. Yet they continue to work long hours in stressful circumstances to keep our supply chain moving. We owe them our profound gratitude each time we sit down to a meal.
The Rev. Mary Davisson, Baltimore The writer is executive director and port chaplain for the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center.
I am the true vine . . .
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine . . .
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit . . .
~ John 15