At Holy Faith there are many opportunities to serve the broader Santa Fe Community. Here are a few of the ways:
St. Elizabeth’s Cooks
Volunteers cook at the Church once a month for thirty-five homeless people who are temporary residents at St. Elizabeth’s Shelter. The group prepares the meal at 10 am on the last Thursday of each month, with the exception of November and December. Instead of those months, two meals are prepared during June, July and August. Food is purchased by a group member at the Food Depot and supplemented with other groceries as needed. Dinner consists of meat, two vegetables, salad and dessert. We enjoy this ministry and welcome anyone who would like to join our group. To volunteer, please speak with Peggy Love Day on (505) 231- 2627.
Feed the Hungry
Committee members prepare and serve a hot meal to 75-90 hungry people on the 4th Sunday of every month at noon in the Interfaith Community Shelter parking lot. Committee members plan the menu, shop for the food and spend that 4th Sunday morning cooking a balanced meal in the Church kitchen. Feed the Hungry is an official agency of the Feed Depot which provides the bulk of the food. Folks wanting to join this worthwhile endeavor should contact Dora Horn at (505) 471-1171 or email@example.com, or stop by when we are cooking on the 4th Sunday of the month.
Mission and Outreach
The Holy Faith Mission and Outreach Committee was formed more than ten years ago to disperse funds generously provided by the Carolyn Scheffler estate. The mission was to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by facilitating mission and outreach efforts of the parish to the community of Santa Fe and beyond. Today that same mission is intact and the funding source has expanded to include money from the Church’s operating account.
For the 2017/2018 cycle, the following organizations were awarded grants:
- Santa Fe Public Schools Adelante Program
- Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots
- Creativity for Peace
- Santa Fe Community Services
- St. Elizabeth’s Homeless Shelter Food Program
- The Interfaith Community Shelter
- Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding
- Camp Mt. Hebron
- Santa Fe Desert Chorale
- The Sky Center
- Gerard’s House
- Art for Humanity
Committee members who will serve during the 2018 funding cycle are: Father Robin Dodge, Mitzi Barker, Jane Chavez, Nathan Cleveland, Sharon Cooper, Michael Delello, Phyllis Lehmberg, Evie Longenette and Charles Rountree.
Download the Application Process. Applications for the 2018/2019 grant cycle are due by mailing to the church, marked to the attention of Mission and Outreach Committee, and postmarked no later than December 1, 2018. Download the Application. (PDF 277KB)
The Missions and Outreach Committee is now selling two different types of gift cards, both of which benefit organizations chosen as part of Holy Faith’s charitable outreach. They each say, in part, “a gift has been made in your honor … to help those in need in the community of Santa Fe and beyond.” The first is a Christmas card featuring our statue of St. Francis in the snow; it announces your gift and wishes the recipient a blessed Christmas. The second card is appropriate for giving any time of year, to recognize a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special occasion, or perhaps to honor the memory of a departed friend. This all-occasion card pictures the beautiful Good Shepherd stained glass window in the church. The photos featured on both cards are the work of Holy Faith’s very talented Alexandra Ward. Missions and Outreach will be selling them for $10 each, between the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services, or they may be purchased in the parish office or by contacting Mitzi Barker (955-8395). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to honor your loved ones while helping others!
Interfaith Community Shelter Volunteers
Holy Faith volunteers host guests at the Interfaith Community Shelter located at 2801 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, for two separate weeks during the Emergency Shelter season which runs from the middle of October to early May, providing a hot meal and other support every evening. Without the help of dedicated volunteers the Shelter would not be able to serve Santa Fe’s most vulnerable. Here is an opportunity to live out the Matthew Imperative: “In as much as you did it to one of the least of these y brethren, you did it to me.” Those interested in helping should contact Dora Horn (505) 471-1171, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy Gronquist at (505) 989-9167, email email@example.com.
The Guild welcomes anyone who is interested in preparing craft items for the annual St. Nicholas Bazaar and in good fellowship. Specialized expertise is not required, but always welcome. The Guild meets on Wednesday from 10 am until 2 pm in the Guild Room. Business is conducted while sack lunches are consumed. Come and join us! For more information, please contact Ruth Rael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Thank Offering (UTO)
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a long standing outreach program of the Episcopal Church that has provided contributions directly to the programs selected to receive grants. In the United States it has supported schools, community projects and Children’s Ministries as well as other Ministries all over the world. For more information, contract Chris Frenk at email@example.com.