Outreach at Emmanuel Lutheran
Throughout the year, Emmanuel organizes and sponsors various activities that benefit people in our community, region, and nation, and throughout the world. We invite you to join our committee and help us with one project or many, some of which are detailed below. For more information, you can contact Ginger Boone or the Church Office.
The Giving Tree - NOVEMBER 2017
Once again, in the Emmanuel Narthex, the traditional Giving Tree will be trimmed with gift tags! With it we will remember a group of people who live in Anacostia with families to support. Christmas, rather than being a happy time, just adds another burden to their lives.
Fortunately for our Southeast DC neighbors, they live near an organization called Southeast Ministries (SEM). Southeast Ministries provides several challenging GED and job readiness programs to help Anacostia residents back onto their feet. Many of their graduates find new employment, despite formidable odds. Happily, it is growing well!
So… how do I help?
The Giving Tree is set up mid-November. Please select an ornament and sign your name and phone number to the sign up sheet near the tree. The ornament, decorated by Sunday School children has gift suggestions and sizes on the back. Then return the gift (wrapped and with the ornament attached) to the church by December 10. (Earlier is better!) We'll take the gifts to Southeast Ministries in time for them to "appear" under the family Christmas trees. Happy shopping!
GIFTS OF HOPE - NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2017
Give More Hope:
Give more hope to children.
Give more hope to the homeless.
Give more hope to those who seek work.
Give more hope to those who need sustenance.
Give more hope to those who need medical or dental care.
Give more hope to those who want to improve their daily lives.
By picking one or more of the 39 Gifts of Hope, you can celebrate Christmas by helping the groups above. All the gifts are meaningful, and badly needed.
Here's how: From November 19 - December 17, Gifts of Hope lists will be available at tables in the narthex. You can select a good or service requested by a Lutheran synod or service organization, and make a donation to buy the item. You'll receive a gift card and an insert describing the present. For Christmas, you can give the card to the person in whose name you've purchased the gift, and tell them about the good work being done in their name.
In the tradition of Christian giving, let's celebrate Christ's birthday with gifts of significance and hope!
THANK YOU - CBS SHELTER
For all of your donations to the Homeless Shelter – soaps, towels, sheets, cleaning supplies and other supplies! The staff and the ladies of the shelter were truly grateful!
To the 65 volunteers who cooked, made lunches and breakfasts and served, THANK YOU!!! To the leaders who guided Sunday school children in making soup, Thank you! To the leaders who guided confirmation students in making dinner and serving, Thank you! Your smiles serving, the warmth of your food was so very much appreciated by all who received. Pastor Derek, in his sermons talks about living Christ’s Gospel. You folks did that so strongly this week!!!
CBS had some new things this year – the working together of Emmanuel and the German Lutheran Church. What a pleasure this was! The GLC generously made soup for one night, lunches, salad and dessert for another, served our guests at the new shelter. It was a pleasure to work together on Christ’s mission! Another new item is the shelter building at 2 Taft Court!! The women moved into the new shelter in February. This is an open, more cheerful environment in which they can work hard to make the changes in their lives. They are doing just that. Thank you for helping to enable their changes. See some of the pictures below!!
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: OUTREACH PROJECT THROUGHOUT 2017
Emmanuel is currently resettling a family of four from Afghanistan to the United States. It is truly amazing what they (with a little help!) have accomplished in 3 short months. Now that the father has his driver’s license, the generosity of Emmanuel has enabled them to purchase a car, insurance, and cover minor repairs for up to a year. He has been working for 2 months in building security and is looking to add additional work. Lutheran Social Services has paid their rent for 3 months and with donations from Emmanuel, we have been able to pay their rent and electricity for another few months. When we found out that his wife likes to sew, Emmanuel once again stepped up and donated a sewing machine. We've been told she's an excellent cook and bakes delicious naan!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Currently, all financial donations for the family are going towards continuing to pay their rent to allow them to get comfortable financially. To contribute, simply make a check out "Emmanuel Lutheran Church" and note that it is for "Refugee Rent" in the subject line.