The Pastors' Emergency Fund, at the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, provides immediate help to those in crisis. It is one concrete way we live into our congregation's mission: Responding to God's love and grace, we worship with joy, nurture with faith, and serve others with love.
As we head into the second half of this year, we have exhausted the majority of our emergency funds. We will be calling on our own congregation for special donations to the emergency fund, but we feel that we are also in a position to publicize this opportunity to the larger community.
The Emergency Fund is one way to directly impact lives in our own community. Please consider giving to this fund or to the NETWORK of Community Ministries. We would love to say that every congregation in our community does this type of ministry, but the difficult truth is that the majority have no funds for these types of emergency needs -- especially if those need come from outside of their own congregation. We do not discriminate against anyone seeking aid - although we only provide emergency assistance once per person.
Your charitable gift will be greatly appreciated. We will put it to good use, whether it is $1 or $10,000. If you would rather write a check, you may designate it "Pastoral Emergency Fund" in the memo line and send it to: First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, 271 N. Walton St., Richardson, TX 75081.
No emergency funds are ever applied to operational expenses. All monies received through this account will be used in direct aid to those in need. In 2017, we budgeted $2,800 for emergency needs. An additional $11,057 was collected and distributed for emergency needs through special offerings. Our total operational income for 2017 was $565,987 and of that, $84,045 was directed to benevolences outside of our congregation.
"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." ~ Fred Rogers (Presbyterian Minister and Neighbor)
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'" ~ Jesus of Nazereth (Matthew 25:37-40)