About the Agape Fund
“The King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25.34-40)
The Holy Trinity Agape Fund was created in obedience to the Holy Gospel’s exhortation to reach out to all people in need and as part of implementing the Mission Statement unanimously adopted by the Holy Trinity Parish General Assembly on November 19, 1999, which includes “An outreach ministry which fulfills the command of Jesus Christ to reach out to the sick and needy, to serve the least of our brethren, and to spread the Gospel both locally and throughout the world.”
The Holy Trinity Agape Fund was established in November, 2002, through an endowment gift from the James G. Paras Memorial Endowment Fund of $125,000.00, which represents a tithe of the Paras Endowment, offered in thanks back to the Lord in accordance with the biblical tradition of offering a “tithe” (a tenth) of our first-fruits to the Lord (Leviticus 27.30).
Administered by the Priest, reviewed regularly by an Agape Fund Committee comprised of members of the parish and reviewed by an independent outside accountant, this fund is be used to assist needy families, charitable agencies, church-related institutions, parish ministries and to foster and promote forms of outreach and assistance compatible with the teachings of our Orthodox Christian faith in fulfillment of the Gospel and commands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Agape Fund Guidelines
A complete description of the operation of the Agape Fund can be found in the document pdf Holy Trinity Agape Fund Guidelines (188 KB) .