Relational mission is outreach that places parishioners in direct contact with others in need and their care providers in a manner that promotes mutual growth and understanding.
“Part of understanding the notion of justice is to recognize the disproportion among which we live…it takes an awful lot of living with the powerless to really understand what it is like to be powerless, to have your voice, thoughts, ideas and concerns count for very little. We, who have been given much, whose voices can be heard, have a great duty and responsibility to make our voices heard with absolute integrity for those who are powerless.”
Local Relational Missions
Kings Trailer Park Worship Opportunity
Come join us for worship with our partners at Kings Trailer Park on Saturday morning, May 25 at 10:00am. Because of limited parking at the trailer park, we will meet in front of GiGi’s Cupcakes (3794 Pepperell Parkway in Opelika) at 9:30 and carpool or walk to the trailer park for worship. Sign up to help with fellowship opportunities below!
Mobile Food Truck Mission With the help of neighborhood volunteers from Kings Trailer Park, Holy Trinity offers support packing food into boxes and distributing it via trucks to neighborhoods in need. There were several Saturdays throughout the 2018-2019 year where volunteers met at Gigi’s cupcakes and traveled to the near-by trailer park to assist with delivering food to the residents there. We hope to continue this ministry in the fall.
The Long Term Goal for the Food Truck Ministry is to work with neighborhood leaders to transfer knowledge regarding setting up and implementing this food distribution for the neighborhood. At that time, we could begin this relational mission in a new neighborhood.
Additional information about this mission is available in the attached power point presentation, HERE.
Mercy Medical Ministry Mission Statement: To share the love of Jesus Christ and his good news of hope by providing quality, compassionate medical care to medically under-served in Lee County and the surrounding communities.
Mercy Medical Ministry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the only primary care clinic in Lee County serving a patient population that is predominately the uninsured citizens of our community. Mercy Medical has been offering primary health care for 18 years under the medical direction of Dr. Dell Crosby. The clinic runs with a small staff but heavily relies on the assistance of community volunteers to serve patients.
Ways to get involved in Mercy Medical Ministry:
~Prayer-Mercy Medical cannot effectively serve the community without the prayers of the churches and individuals who show compassion and love for those in need of medical care.
~Serve-Mercy Medical could not operate without volunteers. Currently there are a wide array of volunteers including college students in nursing, pre-med, and pharmacy as well as community volunteers serving in a variety of ways like answering the phone, assisting the nurse, scheduling patient appointments, and serving as spiritual counselors. The physician and mid-level providers provide clinics on a weekly/monthly basis.
~Give-Mercy Medical is dependent on the financial support of donors who generously support the ministry. Dr. Dell Crosby will be sharing information on his ministry with Holy Trinity parishioners during the Sunday School hour on March 31st. Come and hear about this exciting opportunity for Relational Mission!
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering at Mercy Medical Ministry please contact Jaime Adkins at email@example.com.
Regional Relational Missions
Adullam House: Pete and Angie Spakman have been called to minister to children of prisoners incarcerated in Alabama. They have built a home for many of these children on donated land in Wetumpka, and subsequently have built a school for the children to attend. For more information about this initiative go to: adullamhouse.org.
Holy Trinity Parishioners are invited to volunteer to provide respite for Adullam workers on the weekends. This could involve holding babies and changing diapers. This would also involve playing with and supervising children so that weekday childcare workers can be at home with their own families. With over 30 children living at this facility, there are several birthdays to celebrate each month. Parishioners are invited to sponsor a child on their birthday providing some requested gifts and a birthday cake, as well as prayer for that child all year. If you are interested in sponsoring a child for his or her birthday, sign up here. If you would like to volunteer to support one of the initiatives at Adullam House, contact Melissa Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sawyerville Summer Day Camp: The mission of Sawyerville Day Camp is to broaden the horizons of participants and staff, improve race relations, and enrich the lives of those living in poverty in Hale County, Alabama and surrounding areas. In support of the Sawyerville Summer Day Camp, each year Holy Trinity Parishioners provide food, snacks, beach towels, and financial support. A significant portion of our 14% of giving from our parish budget also supports Sawyerville Day Camp. In addition, parishioners serve as staff, volunteers and prayer partners. For more information about this project, click here.
Alabama Prison Birth Project Meal Ministry: Under the leadership of Stephanie Ennis, parishioners at Holy Trinity prepare a lunch on the first Monday of each month for 15 pregnant women who are prisoners at Tutwiler Prison. Each month throughout the year, six to eight parishioners provide nutritious meals to support the nutritional needs of pregnant prisoners. Holy Trinity provides lunch on the first Tuesday of each month, and food items can be dropped off the previous Monday. If you are interested in providing food, sign up here.
In September of 2017, Patrick Sserunjogi provided information to Holy Trinity about Namungo village in his country of Uganda. In this village, there is a significant need for a well to provide water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. To help raise the $8,000 to $10,000 needed, Patrick provided handmade goods from Uganda to be sold to the parish in a “marketplace” in the narthex with all profits going toward the construction of a well. Additional money was raised for this project when money from the children’s Lenten mite boxes was given to support the well. Also, through the efforts of Steve and Robin Duke, funds were also allocated from the Glanton Trust. Because of the generous response of the congregation, Holy Trinity's endowment provided the additional funds needed to drill the well, and it was completed this summer! Thanks be to God for this generous church community!
The Sserunjogi family (Patrick and Sarah) returned to Holy Trinity on September 16th to provide information about Namungo Village, Uganda. The village is a community of 2000 families scattered throughout a few square miles of the jungle. The village is about a 1 ½ hour drive from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. In response to Patrick introducing Namungo Village to us during a Sunday School class in 2017, Holy Trinity provided funds for the first fresh water bore hole well for this village. The 70 meter well has been drilled and is making a significant difference for the residents, as you can see in the shared video below. The villagers are thankful to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for this valuable gift. Water wells continue to be the biggest need for the families in this village and our long-term hope is to eventually provide one bore hole well for every 200 families.
The Sserunjogi’s personal contact has provided a bond between Holy Trinity parishioners and Namungo Villiage. In hopes that the relationship will continue to grow, Patrick shared more ways that our parish family can help people in this village. Families in Namungo have small plots of land, but lack funds for goats, cows, chickens and seeds. If these families had access to animals and seeds through small no interest loans, they could become more self-sustaining by selling cash crops, milk, eggs and animal offspring. So, a “goat project” is the next step in assisting these families. More information to follow in the winter of 2019.
Finally, there are preliminary plans for a small mission team from Holy Trinity to visit Namungo village in Uganda to deepen our partnership and develop friendships with the families in this village. If you are interested in participating, please contact Steve or Robin Duke at email@example.com.