Building the Kingdom

Originally posted October 27, 2013

“RE-ENGAGE!” is the rallying cry of this year’s stewardship campaign.

I hope that everyone has received their stewardship packet by now (they were available in the church foyer these past two weekends and any not picked up were mailed out); or, stewardshipmore importantly, I pray that every parish family is taking time to seriously reflect on how they will share their time, talent and treasure here at St. Edwards. Yes, there is a great deal happening within our parish — for example, this weekend’s grand re-opening of the newly remodeled youth room — however, know that it cannot help without the support of everyone. Please take time to discern how you and your family will support our parish. We need you!

As a reminder of the good work that is made possible through your support, below is a thank you letter I recently received from VEAP our local social service agency.

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Dear Father Fier:

Thank you so much for the recent gifts from the Church of St. Edward. Your congregation’s gifts of $4,000 to support our annual operating and $10,000 for the Our Next Chapter capacity campaign are much appreciated and will help VEAP in its ongoing efforts to serve this community and families in need.

A lot is happening at 9600 Aldrich and construction crews are busy every day. The transformation is dramatic and each time I go over to the site, I marvel at how much it changes from day to day. The façade is taking shape and the interior walls are framed in. It’s very exciting to see the vision become a reality.

As you know, program expansion is a key piece of the campaign and much discussion and planning has centered on the teaching kitchen and nutritional programming. VEAP is very fortunate to be working in partnership with nutrition experts from the University of Minnesota Extension, General Mills and Betty Crocker. We anticipate that incorporating this educational and practical element into our food program will provide a great service to our neighbors in need.

On behalf of all the families and individuals VEAP serves, thank you again for your continued partnership and support of the Our Next Chapter campaign. Together we are making a difference in the lives of neighbors in our community.

Sincerely, Susan Russell Freeman, Executive Director

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Thank you everyone for the great work we are doing here at St. Edwards. Together we are building the kingdom. Keep the faith!

Autumn blessings, Fr. Brian