The Friendly Closet: 2023 Review

The Friendly Closet continues to be a great resource for the community and through donations from the parish and friends of the parish, we have been able to provide clothing and household goods to our neighbors and guests for another year. A number of major improvements have taken place in the Friendly Closet in 2023 including new lighting, new shelving, and increased organization. We have many more projects planned for 2024!

This year the Friendly Closet has received numerous donations including a large donation of men’s clothing from the family of the Rev. Canon Dr. Harold T. Lewis. These donations have boosted our inventory and allowed us to expand our ability to help more guests. In addition, donations of age appropriate clothing, formal wear, and interview ready apparel have been sent from our closet to North High School, where a similar operation is in place. (Thank you to Kay for heading up that mission).

A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whom this project would not be possible, Margaret & John McBride; Kay Starr; Maggie & Ray Boswell; Jennifer Boswell; Sue Papp; Diane Hawkins; Anne Schwan; Clara Vagadia; Megan Smith; Eric Smith; Vicki & Mike Smith; Kevin Metz; Hannah Lebo; Jim Simon; Victoria Ramey; Mike Kemp; and Bill Culbertson.

As the temperatures get (and stay) colder the Friendly Closet needs the following items:

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Winter Coats (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Winter boots/Shoes (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Warm socks

As always, we accept donations of gently used clothing, books, and household goods.

Interested in volunteering with the Friendly Closet?

We meet at 9 am on the Saturday before the first Dinner on Us of the month for a workday and re-set the closet on the Sunday between the two Dinner on Us days of the month

Upcoming work dates

  • Sunday, January 28: re-set day [after 10:30 service]
  • Saturday, February 3: Closet workday [9 am – noon (ish)]
  • Sunday, February 25: re-set day [after 10:30 service]
  • Saturday, March 16: Closet workday [9 am – noon (ish)]
  • Sunday, March 24: re-set day [after 10:30 service]

Please see Megan Smith with any questions.

The Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones and Commemoration of the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris

On Saturday February 10 at 1 p.m., Church of Our Saviour, together with the the people of the Wilma Ruth Combs Northeast Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, will host the diocese’s annual festival Eucharist celebrating Absalom Jones, the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, whose feast day is February 13. At this service, we will also commemorate the life of the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, whose life and ministry is commemorated on February 11, the anniversary of her ordination as bishop.

This service will be a joyful celebration of these saints whose lives and ministries inspire us as we continue our work of reconciliation and dismantling racism to move closer to becoming Beloved Community. Please join us!

Bishop Anne Jolly will preside at the service, and the Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson, director of organizing at the Episcopal City Mission in Boston, Massachusetts, will preach.

About the Rev. Edwin Johnson

The Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson is an enthusiastic and lifelong lover of Jesus and Episcopalian. Walter and Vilma, his loving parents from Montserrat and Costa Rica respectively, sought out diverse and loving communities in which to raise him which included St. John’s and St. James’s Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Edwin experienced the call to ministry at age five during baptism and got his first taste of community organizing and collective power at age 11 with the Roxbury Church Collaborative. It was then he gained clarity around the nature of his call to Gospel Joy and Justice

Read more on the website of the Episcopal City Mission.