Outreach

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We strive to serve those in our parish and in the larger community by giving of our time, talents and financial resources. We believe that our spirituality is activated through service to those in need in the community and the world.

Our Goals

The Outreach Committee is dedicated to providing to the parish a variety of direct service or financial support opportunities, which serve the larger community.

  1. To offer a wide variety of outreach opportunities so as to involve more than half of the parish in outreach activities.
  2. To dedicate for Outreach programs a gift of time, talent and in-kind services and funding equal to 10% of the annual church total operating expenditures.
  3. To encourage further contributions by the parish, which are in addition to the funds allocated through the annual parish budget.

St. Stephen’s Outreach Opportunities

The Angel Project.   At Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, our gifts benefit community families in need. The parish provides Easter baskets filled with candy and toys with a food card for Easter, food for the Thanksgiving feast and practical gifts for family members at Christmas in addition to the Holiday meal. Both cash and actual gifts are needed and are presented to these families just before Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas. This is a parish wide project. Volunteers help with wrapping presents or packaging a family’s gifts together for distribution. Contact for information: Mindy Bush

Backpack Project.  We collect and distribute back to school supplies & backpacks for the early grades at St. Cornelius School. Please contact Roxy Klein or Maria Hjelm for more information.

Birthday/Anniversary Fund. Members of the parish are invited to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries with a blessing at the altar and are offered the opportunity to make a special contribution to the Birthday/Anniversary Bank. Funds raised in this way go to the Outreach Fund

Caring is Sharing.  On the third Sunday of every month, you have the opportunity to help those less fortunate than we are by putting cash, or a check made out to St. Stephen’s, in the envelope provided with your monthly bulletin. Funds go locally to the CC & Solano Food Bank and globally to Episcopal Relief & Development.

Episcopal Relief & Development~ Gifts for Life.  It is a great opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives around the world. We have available to us an Alternative Gift Market via Episcopal Relief and Development 

Loaves and Fishes.  St. Stephen’s is a small part of a large group of volunteers serving meals five days a week to those in need. Our group goes on the 5th Wednesdays, 4-5 times per year. We travel by carpool to Pittsburgh, leaving at 8:30 am, and work at the catering kitchen for Loaves and Fishes, then serve the lunch at a nearby church. Usually work is completed by noon.

Shelter Inc.  Shelter, Inc. operates transitional housing and long-term affordable housing, including supportive services and special needs population services. Each year, church members cook and serve dinners and provide food for breakfast and lunch for one week at a shelter in Martinez.