Here’s an informative two-page spread (PDF) about the Diocese of the Rio Grande Borderland Ministries. There is a lot going on! Click below to open in a new tab and then you can download it:
What I’ve pasted below is from an email that came from the Diocese. I thought it was interesting and inspiring to see what the various individual churches are doing. And please note that while this came out in preparation for Thanksgiving, the need goes on all the time! Also, the phone number given at the end is for central NM. If you are in Silver City or another borderland town, just call the Episcopal church for that town. Our number here is 575-538-2015 — Rosana Hart, webmaster
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? BISHOP VONO’S BORDERLAND THANKSGIVING INITIATIVE
If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. (Deuteronomy 15:7)
The Diocese of the Rio Grande is geographically the largest diocese within the contiguous 48 states, with our 57 congregations spread over 153,394 total square miles. The diocese shares over 800 miles of border with Mexico, and 10 of our congregations in southern New Mexico and far west Texas are in close proximity to this border.
To kick off this initiative, Bishop Michael is asking each congregation in the Diocese to collect as many items as possible to support the outreach ministries of the churches along the border and to bring these items to Diocesan Convention in El Paso in October, where the deacons of the diocese will sort and package them to be sent back home with the delegations of the recipient churches. These donations will then be distributed to those in need along the border prior to Thanksgiving.
If you would prefer to make a monetary contribution in lieu of sending items, please make your check payable to the Diocese of the Rio Grande with the designation “Thanksgiving Initiative” in the memo line.
Checks may be brought to Diocesan Convention or mailed to the diocesan office, 6400 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.
In addition to the collection of items for the Borderland Thanksgiving Initiative, Bishop Michael
has also designated the offering that will be taken at the opening Eucharist of Convention for this initiative. This offering will be distributed equally among the border churches to support their outreach ministries.
St. Christopher’s, El Paso
St. Christopher’s Good Samaritan Ministries serves individuals in need, the poverty-level elderly on fixed incomes, individuals who are homeless, under-employed and unemployed individuals; low-income families with children, and veterans in need in the El Paso area and the Lower Valley community. In addition to operating a soup kitchen, St. Christopher’s distributes the following items to anyone in need:
Health and Hygiene
School Supplies (Needed Year-Round)
St. Luke’s, Deming (also serving Columbus, New Mexico)
St. Luke’s has a youth ministry for students in Pre-K through 5th grade in Columbus and Deming, New Mexico as well as in Palomas, Mexico. It also has several food ministries: an emergency food pantry serves those in Deming/Columbus who are homeless or living in extreme poverty; a lunch bag program in Deming/Columbus benefits those who are homeless or indigent; a mobile food trailer provides a hot meal to anyone who is hungry in Deming/Columbus; and a mobile food pantry operated in conjunction with Roadrunner Food Bank serves all who qualify in the Deming/Columbus area. The following items are needed:
Emergency Food Pantry
Lunch Bag Program
Mobile Food Trailer
General Items Across All Ministries
Monetary donations are always appreciated. A local grocer in Columbus will offer a 50% discount on food purchased for one of the food ministries. A donation of $36.00 will provide 600 lbs. of food for a household for a year.
Holy Spirit, El Paso
Holy Spirit Food Pantry provides food on a monthly basis for 400-450 people in need in the El Paso area. It also maintains an emergency food pantry in the church office for people in urgent need, including those from across the border.
Monetary donations are preferred over donated food items because more food can be purchased in bulk than donors can provide in donated food.
Terlingua/Big Bend Episcopal Mission
Because Terlingua is in such a remote location, residents in this area have very limited access to stores. The Big Bend Episcopal Mission in Terlingua operates the Otra Vez Thrift Store to offer residents in the area an opportunity to obtain clothing and small household items at little or no cost. All items available in the thrift store are donated.
St. Andrew’s, Las Cruces
St. Andrew’s provides warm clothing and blankets to those in the community that need them.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Silver City
Church of the Good Shepherd provides support to small communities in Mexico. Casa de Amor is a small orphanage in Palomas, Mexico serving teenage girls. Alas de Amor is an outreach ministry in conjunction with several churches in Palomas. Conoachi, a remote village in the mountains of Mexico, is served through a joint ministry with a church in Palomas. The following items are needed:
Casa de Amor
Alas de Amor