InAsMuch Offering

 

Coordinated by the Social Justice Committee (SJC), St. Mark’s sponsors a monthly InAsMuch Offering named after Jesus’ charge in the Gospel of Matthew to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and  visit those in prison: “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these . . . you have done it unto me.”  Last month the parish contributed to the Episcopal Impact Fund of the Diocese of California. For a full list of the ministries scheduled for this year, please see the InAsMuch 2022 Calendar below.

 

May 2022:

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 donate through the Parish website.

THANK YOU for your generosity!

The Social Justice Committee

 

InAsMuch 2022 Calendar

January: Episcopal Impact Fund, Diocese of California        

February: St. Vincent’s Episcopal Center for Children with Disabilities, Diocese of Haiti       

March: Alameda County Community Food Bank

April: Options Recovery Services               

May: Rector’s Discretionary Fund, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

June: Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing       

July: UC Berkeley Food Pantry               

August: The Suitcase Clinic

September: United Thank Offering, The Episcopal Church

October: Episcopal Relief and Development, The Episcopal Church, for emergency disaster relief

November: Hot Meals, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

December: PAWS Fund