What is a Butterfly Grant?
Holy Spirit church school kids parlayed a $300 Butterfly Grant from the Social Concerns Committee into $900 worth of clothing and shoes from Kohl’s for needy kids. Chuck and Maggie Teague used another grant to buy clothing and goods for impoverished families of Mexican fishermen in a town where they spend part of their winters. Recently, another $300 grant went to Blackfeet Nourish, a nonprofit coping with one of the worst winters in modern reservation history. Altogether, the Social Concerns Committee has awarded more than $6,000 in 23 grants since 2015. In 2018, more than $1,000 has yet to be awarded. Do you have a little project in mind that could help improve the lives of others, something that can maybe kick-start a bigger effort? Apply for a Butterfly Grant! The remaining deadlines for applications are June 1, September 1 and December 1. Application forms are available on the HSP website or in the Church office.
Warm Spirit Project
Six girls in the fifth and sixth grade make up the Warm Spirit project. They recently received a $300 grant from the Butterfly Grant fund. The girls decided to spend the money to support kids at Christmas time who needed clothing. They chose tags off a Christmas tree at the YMCA. They went to Kohl's, spoke with the manager, got some support there and some extra percentage off their purchases and bought clothing for 14 children. The girls got $600 worth of clothing for $300. They got lots of great practice at speaking to adults and advocating for kids in need. A huge thank you to Kohl's for supporting this worthy project!
Do you have an outreach project like this in mind? You can apply for a Butterfly grant from the Social Concerns Committee. For more information about the Butterfly grants, click here. And if you have already received a Butterfly Grant, we would be happy to add more photos and descriptions to this page. Inspire others to flutter their wings!
Into the Light
From Jeannie Warner, President of the John Ellis Endowment for Liturgical Music:
I am delighted and very excited to be able to announce that the John Ellis Endowment for Liturgical Music has completed its CD called "Into The Light." The Board of Directors unanimously voted to make the CD available at no cost, not only to Hospice organizations, but also to anyone in need of music specifically compiled for end of life situations.
To all members of Holy Spirit, JEE wants to thank each of you for your loving support and every kindness which made "Into The Light" a reality. You are the best church family ever!
--Jeannie Warner, President JEE
Food Outreach Program in El Golfo
Parishioners Chuck and Maggi Teague have received Butterfly Grants to help support a food outreach program they founded in El Golfo de Santa Clara.
El Golfo de Santa Clara is a small fishing village, population about 10,000, about 100 miles south of Yuma, Arizona. Read more about this project here.
Rummage Sale Project: A Kindness Journey
Following our very successful May 2016 Rummage Sale, Mary Tromly used a Butterfly Grant to take it a step (many steps) further:
Our journey is not quite finished. The clean up crew loaded left over items onto a U Haul truck (funded by a butterfly grant ) and we took it to Havre, MT. (as far as we could go with the truck ). There the rummage was unloaded onto a large horse trailer and transported to the Service Center in Lodge Pole, MT. The head of the Service Center met with me in Havre to express her gratitude for our generosity. What a great feeling! This is the journey of our Holy Spirit Parish rummage for this year; what a week for all of us!
(The people of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation created the artwork below as a gift to the parish -- you can see it in the parish hall. To read the story on the picture, scroll down the page.)
A Kindness Journey
Abundance of Goods Travels the Road to Gratitude and Possession
The annual Holy Spirit Episcopal Church rummage sale for 2016 proved to be a huge success both monetarily and in outreach for the "Spirit of Kindness". The church volunteers were galvanized by a tsunami of good will beginning with the organization of the sale items from huge bags of goods in utter chaos to racks with clothes, shoes, kitchen tools and dishware, electronic equipment, jewelry, children's toys, books and even a beautiful boutique filled with upscale women's clothing. As with all rummage sales, it proceeded at a fast pace ending with items left over to be catapulted to a rather distant place in Montana. The "Spirit of Kindness" of the volunteers extended to loading up a U-Haul truck at the end of the day for a road trip to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation (home to the Aaniinen - White Clay People or Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) tribes. A quick stop in Havre became the meeting place for the transfer of the rummage from the U-Haul truck to a horse trailer which then headed to the Lodgepole Senior Center. At the other end of the reservation the trailer was met by the director, Minerva Alan. The dispersal of items was determined by community need.