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.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will gather in the dining area adjacent to the lower auditorium on Sunday, May 27th at 9:15 am.
The members continue to provide on-going comfort and caring to those in the forms of bed blankets, prayer shawls, NICU blankets, and baptismal blankets. If you are interested in learning more about how this ministry serves the congregation and surrounding communities, come join us for a cup of coffee and some great fellowship. If you have any questions please contact Deaconess Cassie.
American Red Cross Babysitter's Training Class - Sunday, June 10th
St. Paul's is offering a Red Cross Babysitting Class for any interested youth in the congregation. It will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 11:30 am - 6:00 pm in the lower auditorium. The class is open to all children/youth between the ages of 11 - 16 years of age. The class will be conducted by a certified ARC training instructor. The class will consist of instructional, DVD presentation, and demonstrations by the students of various lifesaving technics. Upon successful completion of the class participants will receive an ARC Babysitting Class Certification card. The class is limited to 12 participants. The cost of the course is $85.00. Please make checks payable to TFC Lifesavers. Families are encouraged to contact Pastor Omholt if there is a need for financial assistance. Payment is requested in advance or on the day of the class. A lite lunch will be provided for all participants prior to the beginning of class. The sign-up sheet is located in the Portico. If you have any questions please contact Deaconess Cassie.
Did you enjoy stuffing backpacks with school supplies or arranging flowers for nursing home residents during last year's Six Sundays of Summer Service? If so, come help plan this year's volunteer activities! The social ministry committee will meet in the conference room beside the church office following the service on Sunday, June 10. Contact Ministry Chair, Emily Foley, with ideas or questions!
Supply Drive for Friendship Place
Confirmand Hana Rihani is participating in an 8th grade service project at Deal Middle School. The service project is a supply drive in support of Friendship Place, an organization that helps homeless families in DC, specifically homeless mothers who are struggling to raise their children in our area.
Please consider contributing to this project. You can donate different things, and anything is appreciated.
You can easily pick any of these items up at Target, CVS, Walgreen's, Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter, or any pharmacy. If contributing gift cards or cash is easier for you, Hana will use those contributions to go shopping for the supplies the women need. Items can be left in the Portico or Narthex in the bins marked "Friendship Place."
If you have any specific questions about the project, please direct those to Liz Rihani .
Thank you for your support!
St. Paul's Food Pantry continues to be a success, and we are hoping to add a few more volunteer drivers to our team to keep it running smoothly! We are looking to supplement our existing driver team with new volunteers, who would be able to pick up food at the Capital Area Food Bank once a month or so. The pickup is on Friday mornings, so anyone with a flexible schedule would be ideal!
Please email Pete Schroeder if you are interested in helping out, and keeping members of our community fed!
The Prayer Shawl Ministry has placed baskets of Pocket Prayer Squares in the narthex and portico. These prayer squares have been knitted with love and prayers to provide encouragement, healing, joy and peace to those in need. If you look closely at the square you will see a cross located in the center. A Scripture card of various verses is attached to each; pick your favorite verse. You may carry the prayer square in your pocket, purse or keep it at home as a reminder of God's love and the prayers of St. Paul's.
If you are in need of prayer shawl gifts and are having difficulty making the request a basket of request forms have been placed in the narthex and portico. Just fill out any critical portions and drop it by Cassie's office or mailbox (outside main office). You may call the office or send a request via e-mail. Contact Deaconess Cassie with questions.
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) promotes a variety of projects for people in need. One of their projects is to provide homemade quilts to people who have lost everything due to disasters--natural and man made--that happen around the world.
Our own Carol Wake is making quilts for Lutheran World Relief, and has several in process that were blessed on Sunday, November 19th. Carol is looking for donations of thread, so if you have some to spare, please let contact her HERE.
Thank you for supporting this wonderful effort to help others!
Recap: Six Sundays of Summer Service 2017
The Social Ministry Committee would like to thank you for your support during the Six Summer Sundays of Service! About 50 St. Paul's volunteers supported a number of organizations around the themes of caring for the elderly, thanking veterans, welcoming refugees, feeding the hungry, supporting people experiencing homeless, and promoting early childhood education.
In the process we made 30 bouquets of flowers, 40 cards for veterans and refugees, organized the food pantry, collected toiletries, made 40 hymnal and Bible bookmarks, and packed 45 backpacks with school supplies!
The organizations we supported include Forest Hills Inclusive Senior Living, Prime Time, A Million Thanks, Lutheran Social Services, the SPLC food pantry, and Friendship Place. If you're interested in joining the Social Ministry Committee to continue work like this, contact Emily Foley .
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.
For more information about St. Paul's Mission Trips, please contact Pastor Tom Omholt.
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.