Ongoing Acts of Generosity
April 29, 2020
St. Martin's continues to demonstrate its generosity in the midst of COVID-19. You can read about acts we previously reported on in our post from April 8. Since then, here are some additional ways that St. Martin's parishioners and staff have contributed. There are still opportunities to join in, or let the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel know your other ideas.
- Philadelphia Community Bail Fund - $,2500
- St. Luke's Nutrition Program - $1,000
- Guatemala Feeding Program at San Marcos, Xela - $500
- Beyond Borders Haiti - $1,000
Share Food program: April 10, 2020
On the morning of Good Friday, April 10, 2020, three members of St. Martin's joined the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel at the Share Food program to package boxes of food for community members.
- The next SHARE food packaging drive is being held on Thursday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m. (Note the new date and time!). There will also be an opportunity on the afternoon of Friday, May 15. You must be 16 or older to participate. Please contact the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel to sign up.
- SHARE also needs people to "Stop, Drop, and Roll" - i.e. deliver food packages to the doorsteps of seniors. Consult the volunteer section of their website.
- Make Masks: Jane Good is still coordinating sewers to make masks that medical workers wear to extend the lives of their N95 masks. Contact Jane to get involved! Masks are also being collected by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania to provide to the homeless and senior citizens (some still need to go out for basic needs). If you know how to make masks please donate some. If you dont know how, you just found something new to keep the kiddos occupied! The goal is at least 150 masks to be delivered to various areas. Email [email protected] to help us protect the vulnerable!
- Jane Good is also organizing baked goods for the take home food program at St. James School. Bake cookies or bread, wrap them in plastic or a baggy, mark if they contain nuts and bring them to the church parking lot at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 4. Jane will gather the offerings and take them to St. James. You can check out an article about St. James' program on 6ABC here.
- We continue to collect food for St. Luke's and St. James School on the porch of the Parish House. We are also collecting GIFT CARDS for Acme or ShopRite for the residents of St. Barnabas House, a shelter for women and children run by Episcopal Community Services. If you are using a food delivery service, order extra and send it our way or order gift cards online and mail them to us!
- Krys Cooper is organizing Kindness cards made by our children and youth to send along to those shut in at Cathedral Village, where many of our older parishioners live. Anyone is welcome to participate, and you can click on the link above for details on how to join in. Thanks for helping to keep up spirits while we're all physically distant!
Finally, check out this article featuring parishioner, and Vestry Youth Representative, Anne Harrower. Here's the lead in from her mother, Monica: "Anne donated blood [on April 22] at the Wells Fargo Center and ended up on the 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. news. She was supposed to donate at school last month and it was cancelled. She scheduled a donation time on her own and that got canceled too. She scheduled at Wells Fargo and the third time was the charm. Below is the link to the TV news story. Enjoy."
Want to give blood? Schedule with the American Red Cross.
The Rev. Jarrett KerbelRector
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The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.