Project 33701: Being Community
Have you looked around Downtown St. Pete lately? Every day there are new murals, new stores, new restaurants and new people. And here we sit, a landmark institution in the heart of downtown, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter.
Project 33701 is the Cathedral’s effort to be not only a part of this great a vibrant city- to help impact and transform for the greater good- but to also bring the inclusive and expansive love of Christ to those we meet.
What does that look like? Thankfully, there is no playbook, so we show up and stick around, as we build relationships with our neighbors. Currently, we are partners with a local elementary school, we engage with and help shape the downtown business and neighborhood associations, and we partner with local hospitals, state universities, small businesses, and our city to provide health education, health screenings, and fresh produce to food desert communities. This is just a taste of what it means to be the Cathedral in our community—the possibilities are endless!
If you are looking for ways to get involved, or have ideas on new ways to support, transform and encourage our city, don’t hesitate to contact me. We are always looking to help get people connected and are always looking for new partners.
The Reverend Canon Katie Churchwell
Canon for Community Formation
Let’s stock the shelves at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic
Our September outreach opportunity is food and hygiene items and toiletries for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
The Free Clinic specifically requested canned meat and fish — tuna, sardines, salmon, Vienna sausages, chicken, Spam — as well as canned spaghetti and ravioli. Needed hygiene items/toiletries — feminine products (pads and tampons) are always in high demand, as are large-size (4, 5, 6) children’s diapers, toothpaste, and deodorant.
Please leave your donations in the Outreach Collection Corner in Harvard Hall. If you would like to make a financial donation to be used for the Free Clinic, go to our website, www.spcathedral. org/give, select “outreach” in the drop-down menu, and type “Free Clinic” in the memo line. Or you can write a check payable to the Cathedral. Note “Outreach — Free Clinic” in the memo line.
Get out your gardening gloves and loppers and join volunteers from St. Bede's and St. Peter's to beautify the grounds at St. Bede's. We'll trim shrubbery, cut down low-hanging branches, and do some weeding. All ages welcome!
The mission of Family Promise of Pinellas County is to help homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence. This is accomplished through the use of Congregational facilities. There are currently fourteen Host Congregations that house the families on a weekly rotation until they achieve their goals. The Cathedral Church of St. Peter is a Support Congregation for Palm Lake Christian Church. Volunteer training sessions are held monthly. Please consider becoming a volunteer for Family Promise.
Contact: Charles Jaynes (727) 867-5394
Resurrection House is a community, faith-based, transitional housing and self-sufficiency program for motivated families with minor children who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
Contact: Al Phillips (email@example.com) / (727) 894-4487
VBS in the Dominican Republic
In support of our companion diocese in the DR, we send a short-term mission team to assist with vacation bible school in July each year. The team works with church parishioners to offer a week-long program to over 200 children ranging in ages from 6 to 17. Come share an amazing experience in the love of Christ with other Episcopalians in another country.
Contact: Andi Gorton (firstname.lastname@example.org)