Help for Louisiana
Episcopal Relief and Development is working with the dioceses affected by the disastrous flooding in Louisiana in August 2016.
to the US Disaster Fund
Updated on September 16:
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Meet our missionaries for Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps
Two men from St. Stephens, North Myrtle Beach are serving overseas with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps.
Wilmot T. Merchant III, 25, and Charles Eugene Merchant, 23, are both sons of the Rev. Dr. Wilmot T. Merchant II, Rector of St. Stephen's, and his wife, Dr. Eugenia Cooper Merchant. Both have been members of the parish since 1999, before their father became Rector in 2002, and have actively served as acolytes, youth readers, and musicians (Wil plays trumpet and Charles is a trombonist). Charles is a 2014 graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Graphic Design. Wil graduated from CCU in May with a BS in Computer Science; he also graduated in 2015 with a BS in Applied Physics.
The Young Adult Service Corps brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community, while bringing the gifts and resources of the church into the lives of young adults as they explore their own faith journeys.
Typically, 15-20 applicants from across the church are chosen for YASC each year. Their assigned work may include teaching, working in agricultural development, working with refugees and migrant workers, working in medical settings, and working in provincial offices.
Each YASC member's year of service costs approximately $25,000. To offset some of that cost, the member is expected to raise $10,000. If you would like to be part of Wil's and Charles' mission journey by supporting their ministry, contributions can be sent to the Diocesan Office. Please make checks payable to The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (or DFMS), with the YASC member's name in the memo line. Mail contributions to The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, PO Box P.O. Box 20485, Charleston, SC 29413.
New Diocesan Coordinator named for Episcopal Relief and Development
Mary Person of Grace Church Cathedral has eagerly accepted an appointment as Diocesan Representative for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD). Mary has been the ERD Parish Representative at Grace since 2001. Throughout her tenure, Grace has generously donated to this group in support of a variety of funds and in response to many disasters around the world.
Episcopal Relief & Development bases its support on things that fit four core categories:
- Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply
- Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities
- Promoting Health and Fighting Disease, and
- Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities.
By focusing on these categories, ERD is helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.
Mary's strong support for Episcopal Relief & Development was inherited from her father, Harmon Person. Harmon was the Diocesan Representative for ERD for over a decade, retiring a few years ago. Mary says she learned from her father how important it is to support organizations that work to build self-sustaining programs and show love and compassion to those who often have not seen either before.
ERD's support of "the least" of us through many of its programs help bring those people out of reliance on others and give them the ability to support their families and themselves.
Looking to broaden ERD's support throughout our diocese, Mary says she looks forward to the opportunity to demonstrate how each of our parishes can support programs of their choice through Episcopal Relief & Development. "I am excited to have this opportunity to share my passion to all congregations across our growing diocese. ERD has many ways to help, and even young children can get involved. There are any number of programs one can choose to support. I look forward to meeting with each congregation and teaching them about the great work being done around the world in the name of the Episcopal Church."
To contact Mary, email her at SC.ERD.Rep@gmail.com or call her at 843-478-4762.
'A hurting world'
Everyone who reads the news is aware of the urgent humanitarian needs in crisis situations across the globe. One way of responding is to join with other Episcopalians who are working toward “healing a hurting world” through Episcopal Relief and Development. Your gifts to ERD can be put to work in areas of critical need.
Visit this page on the ERD website for the latest news updates on how ERD is responding in times of need and crisis around the globe.
Memorials or thanksgiving gifts
If you would like to pay tribute to a friend or loved one who has died, an excellent way to do so is to make a contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development as a memorial. In addition, you might want to consider a gift in thanksgiving for an event such as a birth, graduation, or marriage, etc. The family will be notified that you made such a gift, and the donation will help people in need. Contributions can be made online at episcopalrelief.org or by mail to ERD, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
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