Outreach

Matthew 25:34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, 36 I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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The Outreach Ministry at Good Sam provides a wide range of opportunities for parish members to live into Christ’s call to serve as individuals or part of a larger group. Some examples of our larger outreach activities include:

• Good Sam hosts the Interfaith Shelter for homeless adults and children for two weeks each year
• Six teams of women rotate to prepare meals for Rachel’s Center for homeless women every two weeks
• A team serves meals to the homeless twice a month at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach
• We actively support the Community Christian Service Agency by participating in the Back to School Backpack program and through monthly food collections
• Students at UCSD join us to prepare Caregiver Kits as part of World Aids Day
• We are beginning to partner with the Newman Center to work together on the Burundi, Border, Barrio project.

pic 18 outreachA few years ago a number of teenagers in our youth group traveled to the Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland to work on service projects. The success of that mission trip encouraged us to broadened our outreach activities. We now come together as a community to help families across the international border in Tijuana, Mexico to realize the dream of having their own home through the Build-A-Miracle program. Members of Good Sam and the Newman Center traveled to Tijuana to build and furnish homes for two families. The success of this project enriches our community by living into Christ’s Gospel of love.

In our recent parish survey one of the top three priorities was to “work to renew and revitalize the community around the church by building coalitions with partners.” Because of this we continue to look for ways to reach out to our neighborhood and beyond to serve others and we look to our new rector to help us discern what this means for our community and to help us realize this goal.

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Assembling AIDS caregivers kits on the UCSD campus