A View from the Porch (November 5, 2014)

Can you Tell the St. Agnes’ House Story?

On a Saturday in early October, a large group representing Diocesan Executive Council, Reading Camp, Cathedral Domain, and St. Agnes’ House, had the opportunity to learn more about the spirituality of money and fund development from Lori Jacobwith.  She is a master storyteller and culture change expert.  It was an action-packed and thought-provoking day.

A main component of Lori’s presentation focuses on the importance of telling engaging stories about your program.  There is a great You Tube video that illustrates the power of your choice of words.

We were challenged to tell a story about our ministry in two minutes.  You are to be specific, used lots of descriptive words, tell how the program helped a person.  Maybe you even tell about why you personally are involved.

What I know is that telling the stories about St. Agnes’ House provokes amazing generosity.  For instance, recently Mary told the story of St. Agnes’ House to another person, Michele.  Michele was so moved that she’s mobilized to provide meals and fellowship for the guests.  This past Tuesday, Michele arrived with her friend Dawn.  They had made two whole chickens, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, mini muffins and cornbread!

Dawn wanted to be involved as a tribute to her 22-year old niece who recently died of cancer.  Dawn’s niece was such an inspiration to others and so many people helped the family while her niece was sick, that Dawn wanted to reach out and help others.

Michele also works at a local Pizza Hut and has arranged to deliver “Mistake” pizzas to the house.

The guests appreciate the food, because often it is hard for them to make a good, hot meal for themselves.  They also appreciate the love and care expressed in the provision of the meal and in sitting down to eat together.

You can never be quite sure what will happen when you tell the St. Agnes’ House story!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Good Giving Challenge Under Way – Help close the $25,000 funding gap for 2014
$90 raised on the first day!

We're excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 - December 12, 2014.  Help close our $25,000 funding gap in 2014!
We’re excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 – December 12, 2014. Help close our $25,000 funding gap in 2014!

We need to raise $25,000 by the end of the year to keep the house operating in 2014.  The Good Giving Challenge is one way to do that.  It’s easy to give online by credit card or ACH withdrawal.  Go to https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/.

On November 13, all donations between $10 and $1,000 will be eligible for a match of $.50 on the dollar.  In addition, the Board and Friends of St. Agnes’ House have a dollar for dollar match for the first $500 donated, making your donations worth even more.

Thanks for your generous support!

Items Needed!

We are in need of donations of coffee, creamer, sugar, Mr. Coffee coffee filters, Laundry Soap, dryer sheets, and bleach.

It's a rainy November day, but at least one tree is in brilliant colors still
It’s a rainy November day, but at least one tree is in brilliant colors still
Most of the leaves are gone in this direction on this rainy November morning.
Most of the leaves are gone in this direction on this rainy November morning.

 

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