“Just as you have done for the least, you have done for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
A family of four in Akron needs to have their overdue gas bill paid or the gas will be cut off. An overdue rent payment needs to be paid or a young man will be evicted. A parishioner who is a single parent has lost her job and needs to make a car payment so she can drive to her new job in Wooster. A new mom needs formula for her little one.
To help local residents in need – like those mentioned above – St. Paul’s parishioners have generously given to the Christmas Fund through Advent and Christmas. Many parishes use the Christmas offerings to balance their budgets. St. Paul’s, by contrast, has committed all Christmas offerings to provide direct assistance to men, women and children in need. The individual requests are screened by local agencies such as OPEN M, Love INC, Good Neighbors and Summit Community Action. Also, parishioners in need may receive assistance, with the guidance of clergy. If applicable, checks are then issued to the local utilities, landlords, banks, etc. The St. Paul’s Missions Committee manages the overall use, over the course of each year, of the funds given by parishioners during the Christmas season.