Episcopal Ministries of Long Island 2018 Annual Appeal: Caring, Connecting and Transforming Lives
Message from Bishop Provenzano
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it for one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it for me.”
- Matthew 25:37-40
In response to Jesus’ call, Episcopal Ministries enables us as the church to come together and care for the least of these who are members of our human family. Individually, we may not have the opportunity to share a meal with someone who is hungry or offer clothes to someone in need, but with your financial support of Episcopal Ministries, we respond collectively to live out the Gospel.
When the team at St. George’s in Brooklyn, serves a hot breakfast to 75 people on a Saturday morning, you give food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty.
When Bushwick Abbey hosts a dinner for refugees, you welcome the stranger.
Through EMLI’s substantial underwriting support of Camp DeWolfe, you engage young people in Christian formation, fellowship and worship that ignites their faith.
And in Greenpoint, through your gifts that helped launch the North Brooklyn Angel’s ‘Angelmobile’, you are serving 1,000 nutritious hot lunches to neighbors every week.
Only with your help, can we continue to live up to the call to be a voice for the vulnerable. With Rural and Migrant Ministry, we stand with and empower farmworkers. With Safe Passage, we support young immigrants as they navigate our vast and complex legal system. With the coalition, LI-CAN (Long Island Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods), we will fight the opioid epidemic that is devastating our communities.
And by sharing experience and skills at Episcopal Ministries’ educational forums, we multiply our gifts as parishioners connect around common ministry and inspire one another to develop and grow their own ministries.
In the Diocese of Long Island, we have many resources and many opportunities for us to respond to God’s call to serve. I invite you on this day to prayerfully consider a donation to Episcopal Ministries as a sharing in God’s mission that is placed before us. I encourage you to be generous so that we, together, might be the Church in this time and support those most in need in our communities.
It is through Episcopal Ministries that we come together to care for our neighbors as if for Christ himself.