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Evergreen Life Services

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Evergreen Life Services, formerly Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, is “a charitable, non-profit organization that provides a full range of professional services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Founded in 1959, with corporate headquarters in Haughton, Louisiana, ELS now serves nearly 1,300 individuals, in over 20 locations in 8 states throughout the Southeast and beyond, and is a recent Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient. In addition to your welcome financial gifts, Evergreen Life Services offers opportunities to assist with regular fundraisers, special events, and your volunteer support. For additional information, please visit the ELS website: www.evergreenls.org

One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information: https://thebyrc.org

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Of Use to One Worthy of Worship

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2012

In the prophecy of Isaiah we find excellent examples of the descriptive and poetic language so typical of the major Old Testament prophets. For many students, a favorite metaphor is that of a potter and the chosen medium, the clay. “Woe to him who contends with his Maker; a potsherd among potsherds of the earth! Dare the clay say to its modeler, ‘What are you doing?’ ”...read more

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Gregory of Nyssa:

“Hope always draws the soul from the beauty that is seen to what is beyond, always kindles the desire for the hidden through what is perceived.” 

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Pro-Life Mass

Everyone is invited to attend a pro-life Mass, to be celebrated late Tuesday afternoon, September 11, at 5:30 PM. St. Agnes Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, 749 East Boulevard, is hosting the service. For details, please call 225-383-4127.

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Works of Mercy Trust

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In 1991, the year just prior to his passing, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust, helping to fund area ministries through awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Over half a million dollars have been given to date, and six worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this May. The following six organizations offer the kinds of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was so well known, and each is a welcome addition to the list of past recipients: the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BYRC), Life of a Single Mom, the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

A blessing from St. Paul, that you may abound in hope: “May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15:13; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

 

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Planned Giving

Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries of Your Gift?


Naming a loved one or favorite charity such as the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to show you care. Be sure to go one step farther and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

LINKS WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://usccb.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

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You’ve heard it before. Among many others, Mark Twain noted our odd preference for work on behalf of those we don’t really know. Tom Sawyer found how easy it was to enlist kids to paint a fence that didn’t belong to them while they avoided painting their own. Well, is it sensible to allow our children to earn spending money cutting someone else’s lawn, if they avoid cutting the one at home? Sometimes, it just seems easier to serve others than those we know best, those with whom we’re emotionally involved.

We do know best those with whom we live and work. We know their wants. We know their needs. And, we certainly know what we might do on their behalf. We see the leaves that need raking. We see closets that could use a cleaning. We know of trees that could use a trim, garages that need sorting, and errands that could be coordinated and run. The person in need could very well be someone who shares your name or your address. Maybe both.

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