Outreach and Mission
Two of our four outstanding All Call Omaha Kiva loans are now 90% paid back, and the two others are 50% paid back–so, we have several hundred dollars in our Kiva fund we need to reloan! Come to Trinity Cathedral to help the Friends of Tamar at their Suitcase Packing Party from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, November 7, and as you do, you can find out more about Kiva, join our team of lenders, and help select our next loan recipients.
This is Latiffany, from New York, our most recent All Call Omaha loan recipient. For many years, Latiffany (who lives in New York) was acutely aware of the shortage of affordable and stylish clothing for plus-sized women. Starting in 2012, she decided to address the need by starting an online site that sold fashionable clothing at economical prices. Since the launch of her online site, Latiffany has successfully organized the Ms. Kurvie NY Pageant and has seen an increase in customers. With this loan, Latiffany was able to purchase more merchandise and supplies for her store. In the future, she hopes to open additional stores and find new ways to work as an advocate for female empowerment. Latiffany is now almost 50% repaid on her loan!
Here is the status of the other All Call Omaha Kiva loans:
Monday – Kimball 5:30 Holy Eucharist
Tuesday – Harrisburg 6:30 Holy Eucharist
Wednesday – Alliance 7 p.m. It will include confirmation and receiving new members
Thursday – Hyannis 5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Friday – Rushville 5:30 p.m., Pot Luck at Holly, followed by informal discussion and Eucharist
Saturday – Gordon 9:30 to about 11:30 Western Deanery meeting. Coffee & snacks available as people arrive. Program will be Q & A to Diocesan Staff.
Noon to 5:00 Attend Willow Tree Festival (optional). There will be many food vendors. The festival has ongoing entertainment at three different stages and numerous craft booths.
5:30 p.m. Eucharist at St. Mark’s
Sunday – Scottsbluff 8:00AM & 10:00AM Holy Eucharist
Join our team as we travel to Hato Mayer in the Dominican Republic to work on renovating a local house owned by the church (see pictures below). No construction skills are necessary, just a willingness to work. Stay in the comforts of a new hotel (picture on bottom right). Enjoy the beauty of this tropical country and work with local parishioners.
Click here for a three-page PDF with more details and registration information.
The Mission Trip sign-up deadline is August 1, 2015.
Dates: September 21 – 28, 2015
Cost: $1600 (approximately) Flying out of Omaha
Contact Karen Watson at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Holdrege, for more information.
At the same time as General Convention, another group met in Salt Lake City to celebrate the 48th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women. Nebraska was well represented at this meeting by Lynn Fitzgibbon and Sharon Bartlett of Chadron, the Rev. Christine Grosh from Crete, Patricia Welnitz from Rushville, the Rev. Pat Sheldon from Elkhorn, and Kathy Graham from Alliance. Also present was Sandra Squires from Elkhon who was the Province 6 UTO representative. There were several special moments.
One of the first moments was the announcements of the United Thank Offering Grants for 2015. One of the grants awarded was to the Friends of Tamar, a Ministry of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha. This $33,300.00 grant will create a part-time staff position to coordinate present administration of a new initiative designed to challenge violence against women and to pursue peach and reconciliation.
Closely related to this moment was the United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering during the Sunday Eucharist. Over the recent 3 years (2012-2014) the Diocese of Nebraska contributed $18759.77. Every penny of this and the other Diocesan Ingatherings went out in grants over the 3 year period.
Another highlight was the recognition of the 2015 Distinguished Women of the Episcopal Church Women. This Triennial recognized Patricia Wellnitz from St. Mary’s Holly/Rushville as the Nebraska Distinguished Woman. Patricia was later elected as the Secretary of the National Board of Episcopal Church Women for the next 3 years.
The National Board of Episcopal Church Women for 2015-2018 will include 3 Nebraskan women: Patricia Wellnitz, Secretary; Rev. Pat Sheldon, Province 6 Representative, and Sandra Squires, UTO Board President.
We also attended the worship service for Fr. Hiram Hisanori Kano. Besides being special to the Diocese of Nebraska, the Women’s Ministry Board helped fund the publishing of his autobiography, Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains.
– Kathy Graham
On April 30, 2015, eight people left for Omaha. Seven of us from St. Matthew’s: Bill Cody, Linda Huckfeldt, Charles Plantz, John and Anne Adam, Todd and Cheryl Harris and Gina Briggs from the Alliance Berean Church. We took helping hands, willing hearts, donation checks and the items that had been collected for the Hope Totes, to the Open Door Mission and to Table Grace Café. The group stayed at All Saints Retreat House. What a blessing that was to us. A beautiful room with a fully equipped kitchen upstairs and downstairs there were bedrooms and bathrooms with showers to take care of our needs.
The Open Door Mission, the first place we worked, offers hope and help to homeless men, women and children. Hope that can break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Our work there involved anything from making 1,320 sandwiches for their street mission to food prep for breakfast, lunch and dinner, bagging hundreds of cookies, chips, treats, to sorting clothing and handing out boxes of food in their Timberlake Outreach building (similar to our Mission Store but 4 times larger). We learned that the average age of the homeless is 9 years old! We learned of the counseling program that each person who enters the program is required to participate in along with the rules they agree to follow. Each person is assigned a caseworker. The program offers counseling and teaches money management, job skills and life skills as well as parenting for those with children.
The Table Grace Café is located in a tiny building in downtown Omaha and serves organic, gourmet pizzas, soups and salads made from scratch. They are one of fewer than 40 pay-what-you-can restaurants in the U.S. There are people from all walks of life that come together to enjoy good food. If you can’t pay with money, the owners ask for an hour of time. All are treated with dignity. Bill, Linda and Gina ground wheat berries for pizza flour, made homemade croutons and grated ginger and other things to season the food.
Each night after working and eating supper, we went back to the retreat center and talked about our day. Some of the things that were mentioned were the enormity of the Open Door facilities, the volume of people fed (500 each day – 3,500 a week), the tons of food donated, the never ending food prep, the amount of people who volunteer (40 + per day) and the cleanliness of everything with so many people coming and going. One of most touching things was the “overflow room” – a room with wall to wall blankets and sleeping bags. At the head of each “bed” was a tote with all the person’s belongings. There were about 100 sleeping on the floor, waiting for a space to be available to them in the program.
At Table Grace we were blessed to see their ministry at work. We saw people coming in and doing anything from sweeping the floor or painting murals, to playing the bongos or guitar and singing. They have regular days for Bible Study, days where they have ecumenical talks, they go out to families who need help and spread the Gospel wherever they go.
After talking about our day, we played a game called 5 Crowns. It’s a fun game and led to lots of laughter. Before retiring for the evening, we had a beautiful evening meditation that Charles put together for us from the New Zealand Prayer Book.
I could go on and on about what we saw and did but this gives you a brief overview. All of us felt it was a wonderful few days and everyone wants to go back. We feel we came home with much more than we left there.
Without the support of our congregations, we wouldn’t have been able to do what we did. With our fundraising, we were able to give each place a check for $1,000 and we took six large boxes of items for the Hope Totes to the Open Door Mission.
Deacon Cheryl Harris
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am.
Church of the Holy Trinity
6001 A St. Lincoln, NE 68510 (402-488-7139)
Film producer John Maisch and co-star of the film, Frank LaMere, will be present to answer questions.
Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian is both a story of brave men and women on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who have found empowerment through sobriety and those still struggling to overcome their alcohol addiction. Set in the weeks leading up to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s historic vote to repeal its ban on alcohol on August 13, 2013, the documentary follows the journey of four alcoholics living on the streets of Whiteclay, Nebraska, less than 300 yards from their homes in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. A must-see film for anyone interested in stories about beating the odds in one of the poorest places in the country, Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian explores the harmful effects of alcohol abuse on tribal reservations including high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis, teen suicide, and high-risk sexual behavior.
The mission of the Dean Fricke Memorial Episcopal Food Pantry is to serve others in the name of the Lord by providing food to families The Fricke Food Pantry is a unique organization that brings together Episcopalians from all over Omaha.
The pantry provides 100 bags of groceries per week for Youth Emergency Services (YES), an Omaha-based agency that serves homeless and at-risk youth in crisis, and we provides $1,200 per month to help stock the pantry at Project Hope, a Lutheran agency that provides food and clothing assistance to families in need. It also provides larger Parish Pantries with bags that hold enough food for an entire family, and traveler’s lunch sacks which are distributed by Holy Family Catholic Church at 17th and Izard.
Click here for the full Dean Fricke Memorial Episcopal Food Panty 2014 Report.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its ministry as a part of The Episcopal Church.
This year, the UTO Board has created a special $1,250 grant for young adults as part of this celebration. UTO is asking each diocesan bishop to select one application for submission per diocese. Of those submitted, a total of nine (9) grants will be awarded. Each awardee will receive $1,250 to carry out the chosen ministry.
The purpose of this grant is to provide seed (start-up) money for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/five-marks-mission. To tell the story of these grants, a video of highlights will be shown at the 2015 General Convention. The UTO Board will pay for travel and expenses for the top three ranked grants awardees to tell about their grants at the UTO Dinner.
Due to the special nature of this award, the board has created an application form and process for young adults (ages 21-30). Information on submitting a grant will be posted to the UTO website (see link below).
- By March 17, 2015, submit your completed application to your diocesan bishop, carefully answering each
question on the application form. NOTE: No video is required at this time.
- The bishop will select one application per diocese. The diocesan office will submit its choice by March 27,
2015, 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, to the UTO Office. The bishop’s office will be provided a link for
- A bishop’s signature is required on the application. Applications without a bishop’s signature will not be
accepted. UTO will notify the nine grant award winners in May 2015.
- During the grant review process between submission and announcement, the grants will be ranked and the top
three grant awardees will travel to Salt Lake City in late June to the UTO Dinner to present their projects at
UTO Board’s expense.
Questions? Please contact the Rev. Heather Melton, UTO Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are links to the application documents
Five of the seven All Call Omaha Kiva loans have now been paid back in full! Currently, Lalitibe in San Diego, California, Tuyen in Vietnam, and the Mariposas 1 Group in Santiago, DR are repaying their loans on schedule.
Click here for a pdf with details.
With the repayments we have received, there is over $600 in the All Call Kiva account to be re-loaned, and we’ll be having a Kiva party to do that at 5 PM on Sunday, February 8th at Church of the Resurrection. Snacks will be provided, and we’ll also hear a presentation from Pamela Berry on the North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl, and close with a brief prayer service.
Berry created the North Omaha Summer Arts organization(NOSA) in 2011 to serve the area north of Ames Ave. along the 30th Street corridor. The free Arts Crawl public festival is held every summer and it includes visual and mixed-media artists, quilting classes, and musicians. Artists are stationed with their works at Metro College and various churches along North 30th Street, and attendees have a chance to talk with the artists about their work as they snack their way through the venues.
Berry sees NOSA as a much needed asset for an underserved community challenged by poverty, crime, scarce amenities and a perception problem. “In the area of North Omaha where we live we could find no art,” she says. “We knew it was there, we just had to uncover it. We knew art would bring hope and peace and most of all community to our neighborhood. We’ve seen it grow, we’ve noticed the interest and the benefits…and we want it to continue to flourish.”
Nebraska Arts Council Heritage Arts Manager Deborah Bunting says NOSA is part of the new energy and sense of community being built in North Omaha.
Below are some photos from the 2014 arts crawl.
My name is Kelly Dornan. I am a member at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church and a senior at Westside High school. I would love to share with you my mission experience in the barrio of El Pedregal, Dominican Republic.
Last summer I participated in a Nebraska Diocesan Youth Mission with youth from four parishes. Our mission was to build a home for a church family there, and a playground at the school. Together we worked with the community to complete our mission calling. In one week, I formed life long friendships not only with my fellow missioners, but also with this wonderful community.
This experience was very important to me because through it I became closer to my faith. I thought I went to the Dominican Republic to help change the lives of others, and they changed my life. I am blessed to say, I am who I am today because of my mission experience in the DR.
I am writing to you because I am hosting a dinner and silent auction to raise funds to support the 2015 building of a home and the renovation of a building into a children’s shelter. Funds raised will be used to purchase necessary project materials. Youth from several Diocesan churches will again work with the community to complete these important projects.
I invite you to attend the dinner to support our projects and learn more about my mission experience as well as the experience of the youth who participated last year.
When: Sunday January 25, 2015
Where: Saint Andrews Episcopal Church 925 South 84th St. Omaha, NE 68114
What: Catered Latin Dinner and Silent Auction
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Price: $25 Per Person/$30 at the door
Babysitting provided in the nursery.
Please make checks payable to Saint Andrews Episcopal Church with “DR Youth Mission” in the memo line. Please send checks to St. Andrews Episcopal Church. No tickets will be issued. You will check in at the door.
If you are unable to attend but wish to support the 2015 Nebraska Youth DR Mission, checks may be sent to St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or suggestions. You can reach me at my cell phone: (402) 536-0179, or my email: email@example.com
I am excited about this event and hope you will become a part of our team so that we may build this home together.
Thank you for your consideration and support,
Note from Don Peeler:
Kelly Dornan is a remarkable young lady who went with us last year on the Diocesan Youth DR Mission. She poured the last bucket of cement to complete the floor in the house we built for Jacqueline’s family. Kelly told us then that we had more homes to build, and last Fall committed herself to raising the funds necessary to build a home for another church family in el Pedregal.
Kelly is hosting a dinner and silent auction to raise funds to purchase the materials to build the home and to renovate a building into a children’s shelter. The youth who participated last year, and those going this year are working with her, so while the dinner is at St. Andrews, this is truly a Diocesan Event.