By Paula Schaap, Communications Director
The Bishop’s Partnership Appeal hit a record in 2016 with more than $25,000 donated by the end of the year.
With the addition of $1,000 each that was pledged from the partners in the appeal if it reached $15,000 in donations – the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California and the Office of the Bishop – the 2016 total is almost double the amount raised the year before.
The Appeal is a way for the diocese to support congregations, ministries and diocesan institutions “to do God’s work,” Bishop Barry Beisner said in his message accompanying the appeal.
Foundation president Peter Juve said it’s the fourth year this form of the appeal has gone out, therefore, “people are more aware of what we’re doing.”
He credited a new brochure and the partnership aspect of the appeal for this year’s success.
“We’re thankful for the collaboration with the Bishop’s office, as well as the support of Foundation staff and the board, especially Jacqi McKinney and board member Cindy Woods,” Juve said.
He also acknowledged the work of Marcie Larkey, the program developer for the appeal and a former board member.
All funds donated to the appeal go directly to the parish or ministry designated by the donor.
One of the named recipients of the appeal was the Center at St. Matthew’s, a newly formed diocesan center for outreach and ministry. This year’s appeal came at a crucial time for St. Matthew’s as the worshipping congregation moved into its mission house so that the larger sanctuary could be redeveloped to house partner agencies to continue the church’s service to its community.
With matching funds from the diocese’s Board of Trustees and Episcopal Community Services, the Center is getting a good start toward paying for necessary renovations, said the Very Rev. Mary Hudak, rector of St. Michael’s, Carmichael, who is also a member of the steering group for the project.
“It’s super exciting to begin this endeavor. We need to raise a lot more money and I hope this is the beginning of more to come,” she said.
Hudak cited the hardworking St. Matthew’s steering group, as well as diocesan support, and said that the response to the appeal went beyond the money raised.
“It’s a vote of confidence saying we really want to move forward with this,” she said.
For the Archdeacon’s Fund for Education the annual Appeal is the only fundraising undertaken.
The Fund was set up so becoming a vocational deacon isn’t reserved for those who can afford the educational costs, said Archdeacon Cookie Clark. That cost can be as much as $5,000 for an educational program that generally takes about three years, she said.
The Appeal’s fundraising “goes a long way and can make a great difference to the deacons,” Clark said.
One of the key points about the Bishop’s Partnership Appeal, is that besides giving church members a way to support their local ministries, it’s also “a chance to reach out even further to the Episcopal churches and ministries across the diocese,” said Juve.
Hudak said she applauded the Foundation and the Bishop. The appeal, she said, “supports parishes and in addition supports the vision of the diocese. And all of it goes to support mission.”
Posted on Mon, January 30, 2017
by Paula Schaap