Social Ministry
 
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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.

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Mission Trip to Texas

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, 25 August, 2017, as a Category 4 "major" hurricane, with wind speeds of 130 mph. Harvey's enormous destructive potential comes as a result of strong winds, torrential downpours, significant storm-surges and devastating flooding. Harvey made a total of three landfalls in Texas, damaging or destroying roughly 185,000 homes and impacting millions of people; 42,399 individuals are reported to be living in shelters. Since the initial landfall, the death toll has risen to at least 70 individuals.

We are ready to go to Texas to help with the hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We will be working with All Hands Volunteers, an organization we worked with two years ago in Missouri after severe flooding there. You may want to  check out their website to see the wonderful work they do. Their base of operation for hurricane Harvey relief is Parkway United Methodist Church in Sugarland, Texas, just outside of Houston.

I hope to leave from DC on a late afternoon or early evening flight on  Thursday, November 9 . We would start work first thing Friday morning,  November 10  which would be the observance of the Veterans Day Holiday. We would then work Saturday, and Sunday (after church, of course). All Hands has a policy of taking Monday off so we would resume work on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then fly back home Thursday morning. More than likely we will be mucking out and removing debris from a water damaged home.

I am also looking for hotels in the Sugarland area. One hotel is offering a rate of $87/per night. At this point I have seen air fare around $260 RT. Please remember that we have scholarship money available for those who need it.

Right now there are 9 of us going but there is always room for a few more! If you can't stay the whole time, I need to know that as well. Once you say "Lord, here I am, send me" then I will send you an All Hands waiver that you need to fill out.

Please  let me know soon if you're ready for this exciting mission trip to Texas, and please  let me know if you have any questions. 

God Bless,

Pastor Tom

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Thanksgiving Baskets

October 22, 2017 - Portico:  Display and Sign-up Sheet

November 19, 2017 - Blessing of Baskets

 

St, Paul's members are again partnering with Friendship Place to provide Thanksgiving baskets for individuals and families in need of a holiday meal. 

The Thanksgiving basket display will be located in the Portico with a sign-up sheet beginning on October 22nd.

Look for the information sheets listing suggested food items and small additional basket stuffers available at the display.  As we enter the holiday season and all of its demands please prayerfully consider providing a Thanksgiving basket for families who face the possibility of hunger during the holiday season.   Use the project to involve the children - shopping, making food selections, decorating the basket, drawing a picture - while at the same time helping them to understand God's message to help feed the hungry.  Contact Deaconess Cassie with questions.  

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Pocket Prayer Squares

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. 

Prayer Shawl Request Forms

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.

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Quilts for Lutheran World Relief

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 will be 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!

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Carol Wake or Lisa Wackler .

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Volunteers Needed to Assist Thrive DC During the Holidays

Thrive DC is a local organization that works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives.

Thrive DC is already looking ahead to the holidays, and looking for people who might be able to help out during that time.  Specifically, they are looking for people high school age and older who would be willing to come to their location one morning either the time period of 12/26-12/29 or 1/2-1/5 (7:30 am--11:30 am), and greet the clients as they arrive and take their names, help prepare and serve breakfast, coordinate the shower schedule, serve coffee, and hand out toiletries. 

If you are going to be in Washington during the holidays, please consider giving some of your time to help out others who need us.  We are looking to find a day that 4-10 people from St. Paul's might be able to do this together.  Following is a Doodle Poll that will help us determine which day is best for those who want to participate:

 

https://doodle.com/poll/m37ri8ttm9t5mdvs

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Wackler.

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 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 .

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MEN'S SHELTER

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.

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FOOD PANTRY       

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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.

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Prime Time Senior Ministry

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Join us every Wednesday for Food and Fun with Prime Time Senior Ministry!   

Every week Prime Time gathers to watch an interesting program or lecture, follwed by lunch and exercise class.  There are always new friends to meet and new things to learn, so we hope you'll join us!  Transportation is available if needed,  Please contact Deaconess Cassie Brown for more information.

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GIFTS OF HOPE

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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.

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Neighbors First Gift Drive


Thank you to everyone who participated in Friendship Place's Neighbors First Holiday Gift Drive.  St. Paul's contributed enough gift items for the 25 children on our list, PLUS (thanks to a couple of last-minute angels!) additional gifts of toys for children not on our list AND plenty of candy to stuff lots of stockings!

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MISSION AND DISASTER RELIEF TRIPS

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. 

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null 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. 

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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. 

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