St. Paul’s is actively engaged in reaching out to its surrounding neighborhood, the city of Washington, DC, the country and the world through its social ministry efforts. We have numerous service opportunities available throughout the year and are always seeking volunteers to help us do God’s work with our hands. One example, last Lent we joined Lutheran World Relief's Baskets of Promise Campaign. We collected Personal Care items and then assembled over 100 kits to be distributed around the world to those in need.
If you are interested in joining the social ministry planning team, volunteering for an activity, or learning more about this ministry, please contact Emily Foley, Social Ministry Chair.
St. Paul’s has a five bed men’s shelter right in the church building. It is a transitional shelter for homeless men who are moving off of the street or out of a large shelter and are in the process of rebuilding their lives in order to move into permanent housing. We provide a bed, a safe place to store belongings, shower and laundry facilities. The residents receive case management services from our ministry partners, Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen. Every night, the men receive a home cooked meal courtesy of our shelter meal volunteers. If you are interested in providing meals to the residents, please contact Debra Fried Levin. If you are interested in mentoring a shelter resident, please contact Kate Belinski.
St. Paul’s hosts a food pantry on the first and third Saturday of every month from 10am to noon. The pantry is fully operated by volunteers on a rotating basis. Over the course of a year, the food pantry provides over 13,000 pounds of food to more than 2,500 individuals. We partner with the DC Capital Area Food Bank to supplement the traditional pantry items with fresh produce, dairy and meats. Our dedicated volunteers stock shelves, hand out food, give recipe advice, and interact with the clients on a personal level. If you are interested in volunteering at the food pantry, please contact Megan Schroeder
Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-program of the DC Metropolitan Synod that runs during the Advent season. Instead of buying someone a boring old sweater for Christmas, Gifts of Hope offers the opportunity to buy a meaningful gift for someone else in their honor, such as: medical services for indigent DC residents, books for schools in Tanzania, or treats for a summer camp for children affected by HIV-AIDS. If you are interested in volunteering to staff the Gifts of Hope table during Advent, or would like to purchase an item, please contact Rebecca Highsmith.
St. Paul’s mission trips and disaster relief trips provide a wonderful opportunity for church members and friends to spend time in daily service to improve the lives of others. Whether rebuilding houses along the Mississippi Gulf or volunteering at an orphanage in Zambia, these trips are truly life changing.
Mission Trip to Lumberton, North Carolina: December 2 - December 5
Members of St. Paul's Disaster Relief mission trip went to Lumberton, NC, an area particularly hard hit by flooding this past fall.
Mission Trip to Namibia: July 19th - August 2nd
In coordination with our sister synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), St. Paul's sent a team to Namibia this summer from July 19th - August 2nd to help at some of the 19 orphanages that the ELCRN operates.
Mission trip to Missouri: February 2016. In February of 2016, Pastor Tom Omholt and others from worked with All Hands, a disaster response organization, to assist Missouri residents who were affected by severe flooding. Check out the photographs of their adventure and service.
Recap: Six Sundays of Summer Service 2016
While it may have been the lazy, hazy days of summer, St. Paul's did NOT take a holiday from serving! Our Six Sundays of Summer Service Initiative was back this year, and our parish was busy with a variety of service projects.
In July and August, St. Paul's: