Saturday collection 5/2/09

Here is our weekly collection plate, offering some of the good things that Episcopalians and their congregations have done that made the news this past week. And other news fit to print.

Dominoes fall for Haiti

The global fight against poverty has triggered a chain reaction in San Antonio. sound of dominoes falling. Students at Saint George Episcopal Day School toppled more than 15,000 dominoes representing the number of dollars the students have raised for struggling schools in Haiti. The “chain of love” event is part of the One Campaign to fight world poverty. This is the fourth year the school has participated. Watch the dominoes fall on the video.


Food for kids backpacks

Volunteers at Christ Episcopal Church, Warren, OH, are making sure local third-graders have enough food for the weekend. To do so, they have spent every Thursday evening since last September packaging food and snack items that are distributed to the children on Friday. Second Harvest Food Bank provides the food. Tom Eastman, a volunteer, said the 150 backpacks are for third-graders at Horace Mann and Willard schools. The items put in the bags include beef stew, peanut butter, juice, milk, macaroni and beef, applesauce, cereal and granola bars. h/t to Neva Rae Fox


Blessing boats

Strong winds Sunday blew in an abundance of blessings for more than 300 vessels at the annual Pass Christian, Mississippi. Blessing of the Fleet. For the Pass Christian community the blessing is steeped in tradition. It has been an anticipated event for 33 years. Organizers said it is more than a ceremony, it is part of their heritage. “Fishing is one of the most dangerous industries in the world,” said Rev. Chris Colby of Trinity Episcopal Church. “Pleasure boats are fun but everyone needs to be safe in those boats, too — so they also need a blessing for safe travel.”

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