Saturday collection 1/16/10

The world’s attention was rightly focused on Haiti this week, but the good work of the Episcopal Church went on quietly in this country as well.

Perhaps the most compelling story stateside was a profile of Bill Pendleton, a deacon at St. Stephen’s Church that appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal :

When Bill Pendleton was a senior at N.C. State University, he learned that he had a brain stem tumor the size of a lemon. He didn’t know it at the time, but his parents were told that he would likely die within seven months.

“I would have a conversation with God,” he said. “I’d do everything from begging to cursing.”

Among the promises that Pendleton made were that if God allowed him to live, he would help other people in need, and he would look after his parents if they ever needed help, as they had done for him.

Pendleton, 55, didn’t die. And he made good on both promises.

The Indianapolis Star features a story on teen moms helping teen moms:

Renovations are under way on a home on the campus of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Near Northside, at 32 E. 32nd St., said Emily Styron, Project Home Indy executive director. The Future Promises teen moms will help with that process.

“The teen parents in the Future Promises (program) are truly inspiring,” Styron said. “Their energy and enthusiasm are infectious. They see that through this project, they can make someone else’s life a little easier, a little brighter.”

The Day, in New London, Connecticut writes about homeless veterans:

About 90 veterans use the center’s overnight shelter at the St. James Episcopal Church annually. Ronald S. Steed, a retired Navy captain who is on the board for the center, said there is a natural draw to this area because of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, where veterans services are offered.

And you will be hearing more about this story out of Houston on Daily Episcopalian next week.

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