Join us for Justice
September 2, 2023
Hello, I am Brenda Meyer, and I am asking for your support of justice activities at All Saints Parish. I have just completed one year in the role of Justice Minister here at All Saints Parish. My position and many of the justice programs have been funded in part by a grant from Welborn Baptist Foundation.
Because of our hard work, Welborn Baptist Foundation awarded All Saints a new $20,000 grant starting this summer. This grant supports All Saints Parish in providing leadership in racial and cross-cultural issues in our community and covers a portion of my salary. Welborn Baptist Foundation is encouraging All Saints to become even more of a justice leader in the community. Welborn sees us as key to developing justice ministries and committed justice workers that will work together to create positive changes in our community for those who do not have a voice.
We will receive an additional $20,000 in 2024 if (and only if) we raise $20,000 in the next several months, thus showing our commitment to justice ministry work. Our portion must be committed by December, but actual payment can continue into 2024. Once pledged funds are received, the matching funds from the grant will be made available to us.
I am very excited to share an incredible, time limited opportunity that will quadruple your dollars!
All Saints A-Men’s Club has generously offered to match every individual gift given up to $10,000!
Your gift of $50 becomes $100 through the A-Men’s match and $200 with the Welborn match.
Your gift of $100 becomes $200 and then $400.
Or your most generous gift of $500 ultimately becomes $2000.
This is a wonderful way for everyone to support our justice ministry – no matter the level. No gift is too small… will be multiplied like loaves of bread and fish.
You can invest in justice programs at All Saints by:
- Writing a check to All Saints Justice Ministry Matching Fund and mail to All Saints Catholic Parish, 704 N. 1st Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47710
- Going to All Saints Catholic Parish (allsaintsevansville.org) and clicking on “Online Giving” and select Justice Matching Fund. You can make a one-time gift or a reoccurring one. * needs to be created
- Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA or 401K directly to All Saints Justice Ministry Matching Fund if you are 70 ½ years old or older. The QCD amount is excluded from your taxable income on your tax return for the year submitted. I plan to have a disbursement made directly from my 401K in early December this tax year.
- Finding a workplace program which will match your investment such as Bristol-Myers Squibb employees/retirees and apply to have your match matched.
WHAT your gift will help us do: We are organizing our CAJE network members to continue the fight for safe, affordable housing, crisis mental health services and mental health services to dually diagnosed children. Several of us are arranging a human trafficking presentation we hope to offer October 26. We are working with BRIDGE on the Racial Justice Faith Week starting January 29 and ending with the U of E Community Prayer Service February 4th. We are planning some local pilgrimages with Mt. Olive Galilee Church and either a JustFaith program or a reconciliation program. We are continuing our charity activities through the Community Meal, Clothing Closet and Seton Manor Veggie Giveaway.
One of our goals is to form a pilgrimage to southern civil rights sites and museums in April 2024 and through spending time together learning about racial justice issues develop relationships with others interested in justice activities. From this, we aim to hold a Community Day of Justice in the spring of 2025.
Please help All Saints continue to work for justice in our community. Support the justice vision and ministry of Father Jay and Father Steve, the commitment of Sharon Vogler, Parish Life Coordinator, and all at All Saints who have worked for justice unendingly for years.
Please consider what it is worth to have justice be a visible and active part of our parish.
Prayerfully and respectfully,
All Saints Catholic Parish