I am pretty excited, and I know you must be, too, what with me blogging twice in one whole week. I’m excited because our outreach team co-chairs, Dee Damico and Don Schmidt decided to have an outreach meeting mid-year. Now, this may not sound like a big deal to some, but this is the first time that I’m aware of that we have had a mid-year outreach team meeting.
Our norm is to gather those interested in outreach (this should be everyone) near the end of the calendar year to decide where we want to designate our outreach funding. That was a fine practice, and one that worked for many many years. However, it became clear to a few on our team that some of our outreach ministries might appreciate receiving funding from us earlier in the year than December; and so, we met tonight.
What’s more to be excited about, you ask? We had two of our senior high students present for the meeting! Both students spoke about Habitat for Humanity and the value they see in said ministry. One of the students had her father with her, Jeb, who is going to serve as our new Habitat chair person. To me, there was a palpable energy in the room. We chose to predesignate $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity, and our youth are very pleased with this progress to report to their peers and to the rest of the church.
Additionally, we discussed how the funds used to be disbursed. The norm has been for one of our finance team members to cut the check and to mail it. Now, there certainly isn’t anything wrong with this method; however, we decided that we want to be in deeper relationship than a check in the mail. Therefore, our finance team will still write the check, but the person/s chairing the particular outreach ministry will write a letter to the recipient and hand deliver the check and letter. Furthermore, most of the outreach ministries for which we provide funding are ministries are parishioners work are actively engaged with in person. What’s wonderful and fascinating for me is that yes, we certainly have a great “check-writing ministry,” but we are quite willing to get our hands dirty and to be involved in the ministries we support financially.
It was a great evening. I encourage all of us to become more supportive of our outreach ministries so that we can make the world a better place. Yes, I watched the “Lego Batman” movie with my children on President’s Day where the characters referenced Michael Jackson’s “Make a Change” hit from the 90’s.