We have not talked a lot about this lately, but this Sunday is the Discretionary Sunday for the month of March. That means that all loose offering (cash which is not in an envelope designating the donor) goes to our discretionary funds.
For those unfamiliar with this, Trinity Church has two accounts designated as “discretionary funds.” One of these is for the deacons, the other for myself. For years Dick and Rita Tracy, both deacons in the church, would give money in their fund to people needing immediate financial assistance for things like food, housing, medical expenses, etc. This was a huge part of their weekly ministry as they would return the calls of every person who contacted us, even if it were to tell them we could not help. My discretionary fund was used more for institutional support: small grants given to local non-profits or to provide scholarship assistance to send youth to diocesan summer camp or other youth programs.
After the Tracy’s retired, I took up much of the slack of the day-to-day requests using my own fund, and the monies that came in through the Discretionary Sundays were disproportionately adjusted to make up for the increased demand on my account. Now our newest deacon, Debbie Burns, is curating the deacon’s account again and handling emergency requests, so the division is equal once more. Debbie’s labor at this ministry is something we can all be very grateful for.
So this Sunday, please consider dropping some loose change (or crinkly bills) into the plate. They will go to help those less fortunate in our community, and help some of our own parishioners participate in the programs of the Church. Thank you.