It’s been said that the church was once the only organization that existed for the benefit of those who are not its members. At Epiphany Opelousas, we love and serve the Lord in a plethora of ways. We have multiple service opportunities, and many members active in different community organizations such as The Refinery Mission, CASA, Hope for Opelousas, ICONS Food Bank, Rotary Club, and more. We also have several ways to support the mission of our parish through financial gifts. Below you’ll find a list of ways to support us and the community we strive to serve.
The General Fund
This fund supports the general operations of our parish mission. Any pledges and any undesignated gifts made in the offertory plate are dedicated to this fund. We use the revenues and expenses from this fund to set the annual budget for our parish.
The Parish Discretionary Fund
The parish priest (or in the absence of a priest, a designated person) oversees the distribution of financial assistance to individuals, families, and other charitable causes from this fund.
The Litton Memorial Discretionary Fund
A designated person oversees the distribution of financial assistance to individuals, families, and other charitable causes from this fund.
The Memorials Fund
A designated person oversees the use of this fund for expenses related to and pertaining to our worship as an Episcopal community. In the past, this fund has helped to offset the cost of some deferred maintenance, purchasing new vestments, and new hymnals. Many people make gifts to this fund in memory of loved ones at the time of their funeral.
The Altar Guild Fund
The director of the altar guild oversees the use of this fund for expenses related to worship, more specifically liturgical ware and linens.
The Outreach Fund
At the present moment, the vestry (our governing body) oversees the use of this fund for our different outreach projects. Any money raised for an outside organization or project flows through this fund.
The Flower Fund
Interested in providing fresh flowers for worship on Sundays or on special occasions such as Easter or Christmas? This fund helps us to dedicate flowers in memory of loved ones, in celebration of loved ones, in honor of loved ones, or in thanksgiving of loved ones. We currently have two spots for altar arrangements. A suggested gift for each side of the altar is $50.
The Building Fund
The vestry (our governing body) oversees the use of this fund for all building related expenses, more specifically for major capital improvements. These funds help offset the cost of major deferred maintenance. Several projects have benefitted from this fund such as but not limited to roof replacement, HVAC system replacement, water heater replacement, and other building issues.
The Memorial Garden Fund
While the Memorial Garden does get support from the general fund, gifts to this fund help support the cost of maintaining and beautifying this space honoring those that have gone before us and preparing for those yet to come.
The Perpetual Memorial Endowment
This endowment provides direct support to the general fund through the Legacy gifts of past generations. Anyone can make a Legacy gift in memory of someone that has gone before or in honor of your family Legacy. The idea behind legacy gifts is that they will keep on providing for our parish and community for years to come. Please reach out to the parish priest or designated person if you’d like to consider making a legacy gift.