February 21 at 9:02am

Showing appreciation for our amazing faith center leaders

Clergy helped create Interfaith Community Services more than 30 years ago, and it is their support and the support of their faith centers that allows the agency to help others today.

That was the message delivered to about 30 ministers and other representatives of North County faith centers at a Clergy Appreciation Brunch Feb. 19 at the ICS Nutrition Center. The religious leaders dined on a gluten-free vegetarian broccoli quiche and fresh fruit during the annual get-to-know-each-other event.

This year saw an especially strong presence of ICS board members, there to provide the clergy an opportunity to directly communicate to them their thoughts, concerns and suggestions.“The essence of the brunch is to express our appreciation for (the clergy’s) help and that was enhanced this year by having so many board members present,” said Mary Ferro, Interfaith’s faith liaison.

Ferro, Craig Jones, interim executive director, and Jason Coker, director of community connections, each expressed their thanks and gratitude for the support and assistance provided by clergy and their respective faith centers.

Ferro cited several examples during the past year when area congregations rose to the occasion to support a program or individual in need. That included financial support from faith centers that allowed Interfaith to continue serving breakfast on weekends to people in need. “You all participate and you all do such wonderful things,” said Ferro.