Alleluia! Christ is risen!
For Christians across the globe, the Great fifty-days of Easter is a season dedicated to stories of deliverance and proclamations about the risen Christ. Throughout The Episcopal Church in Vermont, we have a unique opportunity to join in the Eastertide celebration through our contributions to the Alleluiafund, where we declare, “Christ is Risen in Our Deeds!”
As you may know, the Alleluiafund was established to support vital ministries that are beyond the capacity of our diocesan budget. You may also know that every dollar raised goes directly to selected ministries.
What you may not know is that because of your generosity in 2017 and 2018, the Alleluiafund exceeded its goal. Which means, not only did we meet our predetermined commitments to Rock Point Camp, Rock Point Property, and various local and global outreach ministries, but we were also able to provide additional funding for many more things that make you say, “Alleluia!”
Let me highlight a few of the many grants that make me say, “Alleluia!” From a statewide perspective, we’ve said alleluia though our relationships with Vermont Interfaith Action and our support of the 2017 Earth Stewards conference.
On the local level, we’ve said Alleluia in support of many feeding ministries, including those at St. Andrews in St. Johnsbury, Christ Church in Montpelier, and St Mark’s in Newport. In addition, we’ve said Alleluia by helping members of The Sudanese community experience Rock Point Camp.
St. Barnabas in Norwich said Alleluia through their connection to the Upper Valley Interfaith Project, while a grant to Trinity Church in Shelburne helped them advance the work of the Joint Urban Ministry Project.
Spiritual formation and evangelism are other arenas in which we’ve proclaimed, “Alleluia!” This includes racial healing; ministries with our retired clergy; a storytelling program at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington; an alternative worship program at St. Mark’s, Newport; and even improvements to the Wi-Fi infrastructure at St. Paul’s, White River Junction—thus strengthening the parish’s local mission as a community resource.
Through local congregations, the Alleluiafund has also proclaimed Alleluia on a global scale. Some examples include outreach to South Sudan from Christ Church, Montpelier; a medical mission to Cambodia from St. Paul’s, Windsor; support of Palestinian Refugees through St. Barnabas, Norwich; mission work in the Dominican Republic led by St. Johns, Essex, New York; and the Jerusalem Peacebuilders Interfaith Leadership Program.
Today, I invite you to learn more about these and other grants on the Alleluiafund website, which is also where you can make an online contribution toward this year’s goal of $40,000.
For the past eight years, your generosity in this annual appeal—today known as the Alleluiafund—has generated nearly $400,000 over and above local church giving. It has been my privilege as your bishop to witness the growth of your faith and your faithfulness.
It fills my heart with great joy to know that so many of the ministries made possible by grants from the Alleluiafund will continue carrying out God’s loving, liberating, and life-giving mission well into the future.
So, please visit https://diovermont.org/alleluiafund and join Ann and me in making your contribution to the 2019 Alleluiafund …a contribution to things that make you say, “Alleluia!”
The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely
Bishop, The Episcopal Church in Vermont
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