Wally Stettinius and Fay Lohr kicked off the Service in Community Speaker Series on March 3 with an overview what’s coming and why. Fay reminded us of the Baptismal Covenant, in which we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.” One way in which we at St. Mary’s and those in the greater community fulfill that promise is through service organizations. Wally went through some statistics about the number of service organizations–most of them faith based–and the revenues that they raise and distribute. He noted that we in Richmond are particularly blessed to have a great many organizations that provide opportunities to serve others, organizations that are led, as Wally pointed out, by some of the best managers in the country.
The program continues on the first and third Sundays of March, April and May with these impressive speakers and topics, all at 10:00 am in the New Parish Hall:
March 17–Homelessness: Why it is a Problem and What We Can Do to Help, presented by Karen Stanley, Executive Director of C.A.R.I.T.A.S.
April 7–Healthcare: What are Free Clinics and How They Help Our Community, presented by Sally Graham, Executive Director of the Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services
April 21–Education: Issues Publice Schools are Facint and the Impact of Povverty on Education, presented by Harold Fitrer, President and CEO of Communities in Schools
May 6–Hunger: The Size of the Problem, What is Being Done About It and What More Could Be Done, presented by Fay Lohr, CEO Emeritus of FeedMore
May 19–Community Partnerships; Putting Christian Principles into Practice Through Programs to Build Healthy Minds, Bodies and Spirits, presented by T.J. Joyce, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Richmond
This series is a joint production of the Outreach and Adult Ministries Committees.