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St. Stephen's Outreach

 

 “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40

At St. Stephens, Outreach describes how we work to make a difference in our world.  it is one way that we take the spiritual grace giving freely to us as Christians and work to transform lives as disciples of Christ.  We are committed to making a difference in our local community and in the world at large.

We have several outreach initiatives currently in progress, and invite you to join us in our commitment.  Watch this section to see what we are currently doing, as well as learning about the ways we have partnered with other ministries.

Below is a brief review of all the activities of this very active committee:
We continued to support some ongoing ministries such as:
•    Clearfork’s Summer Camp, as well as a Christmas dinner for the children and their families;
•    Haiti’s Medical Clinic, which provides medication and the sole medical care to residents of Petit Harpon and its surrounding areas; 
•    Walk Over Wednesday (WOW), which provides meals to about 40 high school students each week during the school year;
•    Ecumenical Storehouse – volunteers from St. Stephen’s helped during the month of September, in addition to our continued financial support;
•    Episcopal Development and Relief fund – provided relief for victims of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria;
•    Family Resource Center, which provides food and clothing to students as well as case management and financial assistance with rent, gas, and rent to their families; 
•    ADFAC School Supplies Program which provides School supplies to over 4000 children in Anderson and surrounding counties. A combined group of volunteers form St. Stephen’s and First United Methodist helped pack and deliver backpacks. 
•    AKA Scholarship, which is awarded at the Martin Luther King Program, and which helps minority students achieve their dreams of pursuing a college education; 
•    Blankets+ Campaign, which provides blankets to families and individuals suffering from disaster and displacement in the U.S. and around the world;
•    Morgan Scott Project, providing volunteer drivers to help load and drive a truck full of food to Morgan County;
•    A Christmas Compassion Tree, which provided toys, gift cards, necessary items such as diapers, clothing and $600 in monetary donations for foster children who are removed from their home at Christmas time.
Outreach also supported some ministries for the first time, including:
•    Brysonn’s Closet Food Pantry- this unadvertised Food Pantry serves some of the poorest in both Anderson and surrounding counties;
•    TORCH – ministry of providing support and transitional housing to the homeless;
•    Compassion Closet, which provides clothing, toys, baby items, etc. for local foster children who are often put into a foster home with nothing of their own;
•    Rio Grande Borderline Ministries – through the mite box donations (a joint effort with Christian Education);
•    Also, in a joint effort with Parish Life – a parish Tex-Mex Dinner was given with a Zoom presentation with Fr. Mike Wallen, Director of Rio Grande Borderline Ministries, and a presentation by Emily Doane and Olivia Cox about local efforts to assist the Hispanic Community,
And last, but not least, an exciting new ministry was begun:
•    Blessing Box
which provides 24/7 food and cleaning and hygiene items to those in need. The Blessing Box is meeting a genuine need, as items are taken from our Blessing Box on a daily basis. 
We thank the parish for your generous contributions, your ongoing involvement, and your support.  If you have any questions, or would like to join the Outreach Committee, please contact Liz Herbes at 865-228-2537.

Our Outreach

Each section below highlights more about our activities.

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Clearfork

Food Ministry

Haiti

We provides an annual “learning camp” for kids ages 6-15 from the Clairfield and White Oak schools located in Claiborne and Campbell counties in the Clearfork Valley of the Appalachian Mountains.

Our Spring Camp is completed.  Watch this space for our next camp.

Working with other partners in Andreson County, we provide necessary items to families throughout the year.

Right now we are working on alternative ways to help our food challenged neighbors.  We'll post an update when we have a plan!

We help maintain and support a medical clinic in Haiti.  As one of only two free clinics in Haiti, we work in outlying areas to bring basic medical care to those who otherwise are without any services.

The most urgent health need is an outbreak of scabies, and we have been able to wire funds for medications.

Local Charities

Walk Over Wednesday

 We provide both monetary support and volunteers to local organizations such as:

 

  • Bryson’s Closet,

  • TORCH

  • ADFAC

  • Family Resource Center

  • Blossom Center,

  • Ecumenical Storehouse

  • MLK Scholarship

  • Church Women United

Our June ministry is TORCH, the only comprehensive homeless service in Anderson County, TN.

We serves ORHS juniors and seniors a home-cooked meal every Wednesday during the school year. The meal is prepared in the St. Stephen’s kitchen and is served in our Parish Hall.

Right now WOW is closed as the school year is over.  Look for us again this fall!

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