Years ago, the Vestry established a Rector’s Discretionary Fund, the funds from which “to be applied to such pious and charitable uses as the Rector shall determine.” (Canons of the Episcopal Church) This money is spent largely on rent, utility bills, food cards, childcare, and other basics for those in need. Recently, disbursements provided several days safe, temporary lodging for a homeless single mother of twin infants until a permanent placement was made, as well as support for the Needham Youth and Family Services Crisis Fund. Parishioners, as well as non-parishioners, are afforded the strictest confidence. Other causes are periodically supported as well—for example, gifts to organizations in honor of Church School teachers. The operative words here are "pious and charitable." The account is subject to the regular Parish Audit by an outside auditor. It is supported by generous parishioners, gifts in memory or in honor of loved ones, honoraria from weddings, baptisms, and occasional funerals. The account is currently low. If you are moved to contribute, please write a check out to Christ Church Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Thank you for your generosity.