Thursday, July 30, 2009

Good Stuff in TEC: Wyoming

Episcopal church announces its plan to share $12,000 Pay It Forward money

The Episcopal Foundation of Wyoming recently sponsored a Mustard Seed Mission and forwarded a check of $12,000 to each Episcopal congregation in Wyoming. To quote the Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell, Bishop of the Diocese of Wyoming, regarding the mission project, “I imagine a Kingdom tree growing out of this small mustard seed: a Kingdom tree so large that the poor, the lonely, the old, the young, the sick, and the hungry can find within it a place of refuge and peace.” May God bless your efforts – all for Christ’s sake and God’s glory.

In response, St. James Episcopal Church members in Kemmerer, have prayerfully pondered the mission project and planting $12,000, like a mustard seed in Kemm-erer/Diamondville. Our local “Pay It Forward” project is intended to plant, grow, and pay it forward, in our community, through the members of our community.

As in the movie “Pay It Forward”, an action to help another person, benefits the giver, the receiver and the community when paid forward from person to person. We may be in need, our neighbor may be in need, or a shut-in down the street may not be able to pay a utility or buy a needed prescription. Or perhaps, a job is lost or hunger exists. The real life situations we are all too familiar with, go on and on. Most all of us can remember when someone lent us a much needed helping hand sometime in our lives. Now is an occasion when we can be a helping hand.

For Kemmerer / Diamondville, St. James members will hold a Pay It Forward event on August 9th at 7 p.m. to give $100 in cash to individuals in our communities. All we ask is that you use the $100 to pay it forward and then send back a short explanation of how you used the money in a self-addressed stamped envelope we provide. For example, give the $100 to someone poor, old, young, sick, hungry, jobless. Invest in someone in need. That someone could be you.

Please join us in lending a helping hand to those in need by taking part in the Pay It Forward event, August 9th, 7 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church.

Use the gift of $100 to pay it forward to someone in need. It is our prayer that by using these gifts of $100 to help those in need that God’s grace may turn this small gift into a huge blessing.

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