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St. Nicholas, Paradise, Receives Ministry Development Grant

from Episcopal Community Services

 

The small congregations in our Diocese do an incredible amount of community support.  How can this happen?

The Rev. Ann Sullivan, the Rector of St. Nicholas, Paradise, came across a woman trying to feed her five children out of a Safeway dumpster.  Ann went home with a heavy heart and spent several days in prayer before presenting the issue to the congregation.  

They listened and responded to the obvious need, starting with a dinner served once a month.

Now this small congregation serves lunch every Tuesday and dinner every Thursday to the greater Paradise community, about 200 meals at a time. In addition, they run a food pantry serving about 80 families, twice a month.

On  July 7, 2016, three members of the ECS board traveled to St. Nicholas.. The purpose was two-fold: to take a $3,800 grant check to help them with accessing food for their Loaves and Fishes Programs, and to see and experience their programs first hand.  

Pictured above are ECS President Lucretia Jevne and Treasurer Marcia Traner presenting the check to the On-Site  Coordinator Lorraine Hambleton.

By stepping out in faith in response to a community need the people of St. Nicholas are able to serve Christ by feeding and clothing his people.  

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