Church & Society: May 2015

By Chris Wilbur

April Collection Drive

Thanks to everyone who provided donations of clothing for men for Christ House and Carpenter’s Shelter. Christ House, located in D.C., provides medical and hospice care for the homeless. Carpenter’s Shelter, located in Alexandria, is an 80-bed facility that provides food and shelter for homeless men, women and children, along with child care and employment assistance. Both organizations really appreciated your donations.

May Collection Drive

During the month of May, we’re collecting cans of baby formula (with and without iron), jars of baby food (vegetables, fruit and meat), boxes of baby cereal and disposable diapers (any size) to help the families served by Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services. FACETS was created to respond to the many needs of homeless and low-income people living in Fairfax County. Please leave your donations in the collection closet located in the Fellowship Building.

Martha’s Table

Pease be a part of this wonderful ministry. On the second Sunday of each month we make sandwiches to feed the hungry in Washington, DC. You can help by buying the bread, by delivering the sandwiches or being a kitchen helper. You’ll find the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Building.

Mother’s Day Gifts for Martha’s Table

Thanks to everyone who contributed travel-size toiletries for Martha’s Table. We were able to assemble and donate 115 organza bags filled with toiletries for Martha’s Table to present as Mother’s Day gifts.

Interested in Volunteering in Our Community? The Church & Society Committee is seeking new volunteers and ideas on how Trinity can serve the community! Please contact Bob & Chris Wilbur at stampincrispie@yahoo.com and find out how you can help make a difference. There are a variety of projects/organizations the Committee is actively involved in, including: tutoring children at Stanton Elementary; making lunch and visiting the homeless at Christ House; and working with SHARE, Martha’s Table, Habitat for Humanity and ChildHelp.

Thank you to Kelly Slone for all her hardwork. Kelly has chaired the Church & Society committee for a few years and recently had the accepted an exciting job opportunity closer to her family out west.

 

Missions and Church & Society

Good Works Day pic


 

Church & Society

October Collection Drive

This month we’re collecting men’s winter clothing and toiletry items for Christ House, a medical facility in Washington, D.C. Please donate new or gently worn fall and winter men’s clothing (no women’s clothing) sizes small to extra large, new men’s underwear any size, new socks, t-shirts, tennis shoes and belts. Men’s sweatpants (any size, preferably new) are always needed. Also, toiletries such as disposable razors, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, are needed. Please place your donations in either the collection baskets in the foyers of the church or in the collection closet in the Fellowship Hall.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated school supplies collected during the month of August and September. Your donations were delivered to grateful teachers and children.

DC Scholars at Stanton School

DC Scholars at Stanton Elementary School are thrilled with the school supplies donated by children attending Trinity’s Vacation Bible School and by Trinity members. A record number of supplies and uniform pants were collected.

Stanton is undergoing major renovations that include a new wing and an additional level to be completed in 2016. Student enrollment has increased to nearly 600. That is an increase of more than 200 students since 2013. The new space and renovations will be greatly appreciated by students and staff.

In the meantime, Trinity volunteers are supplying school supplies and books to individual students, teachers and classrooms. We have scheduled a Science Day for 3rd-5th grade students on Nov. 3 and we need volunteers to assist on that day. We will provide carpooling. Students love the engaging and interesting activities offered during Science Day. Please contact Suzanne Hamilton to volunteer, suzanhamil@aol.com, 703-759-6264.

Tabs for Thailand

Tabs for Thailand are back! Trinity is collecting the tab tops from aluminum cans to send to Thailand, where they are melted down to use for artificial limbs. Look for a donation box in the Fellowship Lobby.

 


Missions Update – Moriah Ministry

by Karen Loss

Trinity has provided gifts to the Moriah ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the past three years. This year has brought many changes to the operational activities and direction of this ministry. In an effort to meet governmental recommendations, Moriah’s leadership worked hard to successfully reintegrate those boys who have parents and homes. Those who have no families are now living in the remodeled Peace House, where they continue to receive meals, housing, clothing and schooling opportunities. Moriah continues to support those kids who have now returned to homes with family care, guidance and some financial assistance. Additionally, they were given the beds, clothing and other supplies they used at Grace House to take home. Considering their conditions of poverty, this is very meaningful and helpful to these children and their families.

All the while this change in ministry model has been taking place, the Moriah staff has used it as a way to spread the gospel message to the families of these boys. They meet with each family once a week for Bible study and to make sure day to day life is going well, that the kids are attending school, and to live out the mission to which they’ve been called.

Thank you for your continued prayers for this evolving ministry.

Church & Society: April 2014

By Kelly Slone

Interested in Volunteering in Our Community?The Church & Society Committee is seeking new volunteers and ideas on how Trinity can serve the community! Please contact Kelly Slone at kslone@nvca.org and find out how you can help make a difference. There are a variety of projects the Committee is actively involved in: tutoring children at Stanton Elementary, making lunch and visiting the homeless at Christ House, and working at SHARE, Martha’s Table, Habitat for Humanity and ChildHelp. Our next meeting is April 29 at 6 p.m. at Trinity.

April Collection Drive
During April, Church and Society will be collecting items for two organizations: Christ House in the District and the Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria. For Christ House, which provides medical and hospice care for the homeless, we’ll be collecting new and gently used casual clothing for men (khakis, sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts). For the Carpenter’s Shelter, we’ll be collecting juice boxes (100% fruit, please), granola bars and coffee. The 80-bed facility provides food and shelter for homeless men, women and children, along with child care and employment assistance. Leave your donations in the collection bins inside the Narthex and the new Fellowship Building.

Thank you! Thank you for the travel-size toiletry items collected during the month of March. Personal hygiene kits will soon be assembled using those items, and given as Mother’s Day gifts to women coming to Martha’s Table.

For more from our Missions Committee and the next mission trip, please see the other blog posts.