lenten offering

We enter Lent reflecting on the magnitude of God’s love and sacrifice in our personal lives and for the whole world (John 3:16) as we await the joy of Easter morning.

Spending more time at home this past year has provided time for us to reflect on our lives and the losses caused by the pandemic.  Our routines and gatherings have been disrupted.  For the 400,000+ American lives lost and their loved ones, it has been devastating.  How can we respond and help?  We commit to safety precautions.  We pray.  We provide help to others where we can.

With that in mind, the Deacons have chosen Doctors Without Borders as the recipient of FRCB’s Lenten Special Offering.  Since 1971, their mission has been to provide medical aid where it is needed most.  They are sending aid to the countries hit hardest by Covid-19 and strengthening infection controls in their already established programs as well as maintaining existing help in the 70+ countries they regularly assist.

We are fortunate here in the USA to have access to information, medical professionals, scientists, and resources but this is not the case in far-reaching places in our world.  Covid-19 is a global crisis.  We can reach out to the world by supporting the work of Doctors Without Borders and continue to pray for an end to this pandemic.

Thank you for your generous past giving.  We wish all of you a meaningful Lenten Season.

Blessings from Your Deacons,

Ernie Popp

Bea Legere

Diane Kempf

easter special offering

On April 4, we will be celebrating Easter joy and the risen Christ. Because we follow Jesus and seek to do His will helping the less fortunate, the deacons have chosen Trinity Alliance, which serves the South End of Albany, as the recipient of our Easter Special Offering.

Trinity Alliance offers much: early childhood development and language formation, nutrition security and a food pantry (serving 300-500 households, 700-1,000 people monthly), wholesome after school and summer camp opportunities, programs to strengthen families, health and wellness programs for all ages, income security through financial literacy education and adult education, and career training experiences. It also offers a mix of mental health and substance abuse services. In addition, it promotes peace-building by trying to prevent violence at its source. Like everyone and everywhere else, it has faced the challenges of the COVID crisis in seeking to maintain its services while experiencing increased demand and additional sanitation expenses.

Thank you for your continued generosity. We wish all of you a wondrous, joyous Easter.