This month St. Mark’s dedicates our InAsMuch offering to The Rector’s Discretionary Fund (RDF), which is a parish fund used at the Rector’s discretion to meet confidential requests for emergency financial help by individuals and families in the parish and the local community. Once referred to an Almoner’s Fund, RDF gifts are collected “for the poor” and other “such pious and charitable uses,” helping recipients respond to crucial needs like food, shelter, medical services, child-care, and transportation costs. While such help is always needed, assistance from the RDF has been even more critical over the past two years because of the acute health, employment, and shelter problems the COVID-19 pandemic has created for so many people. Please help Fr. Blake meet the challenges so many face today.
To contribute to the May InAsMuch appeal for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, place a check (made out to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, with RDFon the memo line) in the offering plate on Sunday mornings or mail it to the Parish Office at 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. You may also contribute through the Parish website, https://stmarksberkeley.org/donate/