Here is our weekly collection plate of a few of the good things that Episcopalians and their congregations have done that made the news this past week. And other news fit to print.
Episcopal Relief and Development is now offering Organic Moroccan Mint and Fair Trade & Organic Earl Grey teas. Organic, shade-grown and certified Fair Trade, Bishops Blend protects the earth while ensuring that farmers are paid a living wage and have access to affordable credit..__________
More than 40 quilts made for wounded war veterans will be on public display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the fellowship hall at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville FL. The blankets were made by the parish's quilt-making ministry, "The Piecemakers," and others for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who will attend a Wounded Warriors Project retreat hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida Sept. 11-13 at the Camp Weed/Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak.__________
During August, several churches in the Madison area collaborated to provide support, food and fellowship for homeless family members in partnership with the Interfaith Council for Homeless Families of Morris County (NJ). The local churches involved in the effort included St. Vincent Martyr Church in Madison, Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Florham Park, and the United Methodist Church in Madison. The congregations provided critical help to homeless families by working closely with the Interfaith Council to meet the needs of homeless families. The congregations provide the assistance three times per year.