February Drive of the Month
St. John’s Global Bistro
To benefit Episcopal Relief & Development
Friday, February 10; 6:30–8:00 pm in Shears Hall
On February 10 the Missions Committee transformed Shears Hall into a beautiful Italian bistro for this very special Drive of the Month, as we gathered for fellowship and a scrumptious three-course Italian dinner. All net proceeds will be donated to Episcopal Relief & Development—additional donations will be gladly accepted on behalf of ERD by contacting Jim Isler through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902. Thank you for your support!
What is Episcopalian Relief and Development? For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) has served as the Episcopal Church’s compassionate response to human suffering in the world. The ERD provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering. Seeking to serve God's call to respect the dignity of every human being, the ERD operates in four core program areas:
- Alleviating hunger and improving food supply,
- Creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities
- Promoting health and fighting disease
- Responding to disasters and rebuilding communities
They work with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. By careful use of funds, 92% of every donor dollar goes directly into programs.
What is St John’s relationship to the ERD? St Johns has a long and sustained history of partnering with the ERD. During incidences of natural disasters, we have responded through the ERD, including most recently Hurricane Matthew. In addition, our Ash Wednesday offering is annually dedicated to the ERD as well as many other offerings periodically. Furthermore, when St Johns answered the call of the The Millennium Development Goals (MDG), we partnered with the ERD on several large projects including a water project in Nicaragua ($20,000), a school for Girls and OBGYN Services in Afghanistan ($10,000), Nets for Life to fight malaria ($19,000) and sustainable agriculture in Haiti ($14,500).