TRINITY CHURCH

ANNUAL REPORT - 2020

OUTREACH

Outreach

The Trinity Outreach Team currently includes Katie Chappell, Tom Goodrich, Barbara Setzer, Jeanette Smith, Liz Trask, Cynthia Thornton, Susan Groh, Linda Hemstreet, Constance Wilson, and Mary Bruce Woody. We give thanks to God for the many opportunities we have been given. Our team has two primary functions. The first is to act as prudent stewards of monies designated by Trinity Vestry to be awarded as grants to various organizations who serve individuals in need. The second function is to promote activities to encourage others to serve one another in Christ and provide “hands-on” opportunities to serve and expand God’s Kingdom in the community surrounding our parish. 

 

In our first function, we were blessed to receive $52,632 for 2019 to distribute to organizations that apply for grants. We consider the grant requests that are consistent with our goal of serving our neighbors with food, housing, education, and forms of assistance otherwise unavailable to persons with limited income. We are deeply appreciative to Trinity’s Vestry and parishioners who have made our grant program possible. Distributions are displayed at the bottom of this page.

In our second function of promoting “hands on” ministry opportunities, 2020 was a very different year in the face of the pandemic:

  • Our “Red Bag Food Drive” ministry continued in 2020 benefitting Helpmate in the first quarter. We pivoted to our first virtual Red Bag for the benefit of Western Carolina Rescue Missions in August.  Donations were collected online and the Outreach team ordered the items and had delivery sent directly to the site. We plan another virtual Red Bag later this year to benefit the Council on Aging. Each food drive has brought in many pounds of food and supplies. We all have been truly amazed and humbled by your generosity!

  • We continue our partnership with Children First/Communities in School in the following ways: 

    • delivering fresh produce to Emma Family Resource Center, but suspended this in March

    • We hope to continue our partnership with Emma Family Resource Center to provide Christmas gifts for children in need

  • We continue to provide snacks to Creative Peacemakers at St.bGeorge's. This was suspended in March but we hope to pick this up in the fall. 

 

  • We continue to seek partnership opportunities with Trinity Place and Church of the Advocate. 

 

  • We will partner with First Presbyterian to host Loaves & Fishes Alternative Market. 

 

  • We had planned a “Day of Service” for late March that was postponed until next year. We did make bag lunches for the Church of the Advocate on that day.

 

  • We have postponed our Rise Against Hunger event until next year.    

 

  • Trinity has been at the forefront of the Meals on Wheels program in Buncombe County, participating since the 1970’s with meal delivery teams. During the pandemic, Meals on Wheels has continued to deliver with safety precautions. We are proud to have been a part of this very important ministry for many years. 

Our team continues to seek God’s Will and the direction of the Holy Spirit in seeking to serve those in need in our community. We welcome your participation and encourage you to become involved by joining our team and/or getting involved in an ongoing Outreach activity. Please contact me at ejtrask@charter.net if you have any questions concerning the Outreach Team. 

 

Thank you again for your generous support of the ministries of Trinity Outreach!

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth J. Trask

Trinity Outreach Grant Allocations for 2019