Do you want to give up something for Lent? Practice a little self-denial in honor of our Lord’s sufferings and to show appreciation for his atoning death? One way to do that is to give up some small pleasure in your life – a meal, a treat, or an activity – and give the money saved to the Self-Denial Offering. It’s a good way to say “thank you” to the Lord.
This year the Vestry has designated 100% of the Lenten Self-Denial Offering to be given to Feed My Starving Children for Victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The hurricane struck Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, in early October, 2016.
According to the UN News Centre, more than two million people, including 900,000 children were affected by it. 1.4 million, including 600,000 children, need humanitarian assistance. The storm caused significant losses in the agricultural sector and people’s livelihoods. Oxfam reported on January 4, 2017 that hundreds of thousands of Haitians who survived Hurricane Matthew will go hungry if governments, donors, and aid agencies do not step up efforts to help them. 806,000 people are at an extreme level of food insecurity, and an estimated 750,000 people do not have safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing. The need is great, and it’s on-going. Feed My Starving Children does a wonderful job of getting food to hungry people.
Please come to the Wednesday Lenten services at 11:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. May God bless you in this Lenten season.
Soon a purple envelope like this one will come to your home in the mail. Envelopes will also be available at the Welcome Center at church. You can put them in the offering plate at church any time, or send them in the mail to the church. After Lent, the money will all be sent to Feed My Starving Children.
You can also give online at give.4gvn.us. You will see a line item for Lenten Self-Denial.