“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” (Acts 2:44-45, NRSV)
After the recent spate of hurricane-related tragedies, we sent out a call for the Canterbury congregation to respond in a variety of ways. You responded with great generosity and compassion. Together, we donated $36,000 to our disaster relief fund to purchase flood bucket supplies, send money to affected areas, and to respond to specific requests as needed. Additionally, we received over 30 flood buckets that some of you put together with an added value of $1,950 (calculated at approximately $65/bucket).
In addition to the $36,000 given to Canterbury for our efforts, another $17,000 was given directly to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). As with the funds given for disaster relief to Canterbury, 100% of the donations given to UMCOR support direct relief efforts (with none going to administrative expenses). This practice is admirable as there are very few relief organizations that can make the same claim. It’s just another way that we try to maximize the generosity you compassionately provide.
• We are a giving church! 10% of all our monthly contributions go to some form of an Outreach Ministry to, for, and with people in need.
• We are a giving church! Our Encore Community Respite Ministry participants and volunteers put together hygiene kits made up of snacks, soap, lotion, and lip balm. They included an encouraging word of scripture and love in each kit. These hygiene kits will go to an alum of Birmingham-Southern in Houston, Texas who will hand deliver them to a low-income senior housing center there.
• We are a giving church! Cindy McDougald in our Outreach Office has been sorting, inventorying and organizing the supplies that “flooded in” to be used in putting together flood buckets here at Canterbury on Sunday, October 1st. Amy Knight’s UMW Circle has provided 18 items that will help our flood bucket production line move effectively and efficiently.
• We are a giving church! Even our pre-school is getting in the game. Linda Wingo and Scott Precise have facilitated some classes in making 5 “Thank You” posters that will go to students at Glen Iris Elementary (who faithfully help us pack meals every year during Stop Hunger Now) who have put together 11 boxes of laundry supplies for our relief efforts.
Way to go, Canterbury! Thanks for all you do for Jesus Christ and his children everywhere.
Rev. Dale Cohen
Senior Pastor of Canterbury United Methodist Church