EMLI Celebrates Inspiring Ministries
One of the great joys and privileges of my work is witnessing the faithful, devoted people who give so much of themselves to care for others. People across our diocese are using their gifts, talents and resources in creative ways to respond to the unique needs and opportunities in their communities.
The Board of EMLI decided to shine a light on some of these ministries and the dedicated people who inspire us and make a difference to thousands of people. As our inaugural event, we chose to focus on ministries specifically involved with feeding - nourishing body and soul.
On October 17th, we hosted an Evening of Celebration at the Inn at New Hyde Park to recognize seven individuals and the inspiring ministries they represent.
We honored the leadership and dedicated teams at St. George’s, Brooklyn; All Saints, Woodhaven; St. Thomas, Farmingdale; and Christ Church, Babylon who provide nourishment and fellowship through their community meal programs. We also honored the Rev. John Merz and Neil Sheehan with the Community Partnership Award for establishing the North Brooklyn Angels (Angelmobile).
Each of these ministries was started with a grant from EMLI which helped plant the initial seed. But it was up to each team to ensure the soil was rich, the seed was watered, and the plant was nurtured so that they could blossom into the kind of life-giving work that Jesus calls us into.
Together these ministries have served tens of thousands of meals, and provided hope, comfort and a sense of belonging to countless individuals. And your contributions were an integral part of making this possible.
So I thank all those honored for your work with these ministries and all of you who have supported their work. I hope together we will continue as one diocesan community of faith to be God’s heart and hands in our world.
Mary Beth Welsh