SUMMER MISSION PROJECT
SMP registration is now open and we are excited to be returning to Hartsville, South Carolina, this summer! This will be our 8th build with Darlington County Habitat for Humanity – an active, organized affiliate. We will likely be framing one new home and working towards finishing another, both on the same street where we built our Blitz House for the Jefferson family in June 2015. Anyone who has completed their freshman year of high school is eligible to join us. You can find additional details and sign up at: https://smp.lewinsville.org/home.
During the month of May, look for the return of our envelope fundraiser in St. Andrews Hall! Each envelope will be labeled with an amount from $1 to $144. Please consider taking an envelope that fits your budget; the wide range allows all ages and income levels to participate. Add your cash or check (made payable to Lewinsville) and leave your envelope in the collection plate or in Jeanne Malone’s box in the volunteer room. This was a very successful fundraiser for us last year – we raised over $6500 thanks to your generous support. If all 144 envelopes are filled, the total is $10,440 which will go a long way towards this summer’s trip and future ones.
THE WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM STARTS
Continuing to seek ways to connect and provide outreach to the families in the Westgate Elementary School community, we have begun a weekend food distribution program. ChristCare groups made the initial financial contribution to the program and Mission & Service Committee is covering the cost of fresh food items. Between now and the end of the school year we will provide bi-weekly groceries to three or four families. We will provide items to supplement breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks over the weekend. We hope to expand the program in the fall and will be seeking additional resources.
This program was created in response to families asking the school about contributing food for weekends. The families who will be receiving the distributions this school year have five to seven family members. All the children attend Westgate except for one high school student.
The first distribution of food took place on April 8. Each family received 4 to 5 bags of food including fresh fruit, potatoes, bread, oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, canned fruit, canned tuna/chicken, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables and beans, rice, flour and snack foods.
Britepaths, formerly known as Our Daily Bread, is also providing support to Westgate in the form of a storage cabinet that will allow the school to safely store the donated food. Britepaths will also provide a website, Food4Thought, through which direct contributions to the Westgate food pro-gram can be made:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIRIAM’S KITCHEN
Two of our most frequent and dedicated Lewinsville volunteers, Carole Huston and Ralph Hendrickson, are retiring and leaving the area. To replace the many hours Carole and Ralph have given to Miriam’s Kitchen, we need to add more people to the group from Lewinsville who help out at Miriam’s.
Lewinsville has two shifts (each for up to three people) at Miriam’s each month: first Wednesday dinner (4:00-6:30 pm) and fourth Friday breakfast (6:00-8:15 am).
Miriam’s Kitchen is located in the basement of Western Presbyterian Church, on Virginia Avenue in DC, close to the Watergate.
Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, both in the kitchen preparing the meals and in the dining room serving guests. It is a very rewarding experience to provide assistance to some of the least fortunate of God’s children.
You do not need to volunteer every month or on a regular schedule. Most of our Lewinsville volunteers come when their schedules permit. Volunteers must be at least 18.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Miriam’s or becoming a volunteer, contact Mary Frase at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 536-4091.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING. . .The Chesterbrook Corner Store
Thank you for your past generous donations to the Chesterbrook Corner Store. The residents run the store with help from volunteers. The Store is stocked by donated items and new “merchandise” is always a treat for the residents who can no longer get out. (Costume jewelry and seasonal items are a particular favorites).
If you have any gift type items that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the Chesterbrook Corner Store. Items can be left in the designated container in the Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Claire Grossi or 703 893-6989.
Community Service Opportunity
Are you committed to service in your community? Are you looking to fulfill community service hours with your school? Do you want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start? Lewinsville has been a partner with Second Story in Vienna since its founding as a shelter for homeless youth in 1972. They offer children, youth and families a safe environment and hope for brighter futures by providing counseling, shelter and neighborhood-based support in Fairfax County. If you’re interested in finding a way to support their vital mission as a volunteer, or if you just want to learn more, please consider attending one of their monthly one-hour Open Door Information Session, held on the second Tuesday of every month at 10am, 2pm and 6pm at the emergency teen shelter located at 2100 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182. You must sign up to attend. You can sign up and learn much more about Second Story programs on their website at Second-Story.org. You also can talk with Rich Tullos, our Mission & Service point of contact.
NEEDED…INFANT AND CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
The Ronda A. Gilliam Clothing Bank, a ministry of Arlington Presbyterian Church, currently located at the Arlington United Methodist Center, Arlington, Va., is in urgent need of infants’ and children’s clothing. The clothing bank provides a much needed service to some of the poorest residents of the South Arlington-Columbia Pike neighborhoods. There is a critical need for baby clothing, blankets and infant care products. School clothes, including t-shirts, sweaters, pants and jackets, as well as gently used shoes, are in high demand. Jeans and sweatshirts are especially welcomed, as are teen girl items. Please leave your donations of clean, ready-to-wear clothing in the Volunteer/Mail Room, marked, “Clothing Bank.” A flyer containing additional information about the Ronda Gilliam Clothing Bank, its ministry and needs, is available on the table outside the church office. Many thanks for your contributions to this very special ministry in great need of your help. Contact: Janet Jacewicz (702-231-4973).
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT S.H.A.R.E.
Share of McLean needs volunteers to help pick up donated furniture and deliver it to needy individuals and families. Share’s two large box trucks make pick-ups and deliveries on Saturdays. The team on each truck ordinarily includes a driver and two helpers. All three must be healthy and strong enough to lift and carry furniture, including mattresses and box springs, dressers, sofas, and so on. Volunteers interested in driving ideally will have experience driving large trucks. Saturday trips begin at St. Luke Catholic Church at 7001 Georgetown Pike (where our trucks are parked between trips) at 8:30 a.m. and usually are completed around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. Persons interested in volunteering as either drivers or helpers should get in touch with Stew Lingley. Send him an E-Mail message with your full name, home address, home and cell phone numbers, and, if you want to volunteer as a driver, a brief description of your truck-driving experience. No fixed commitment is required. Volunteers are scheduled to work when they are available.
DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CHURCH SERVICES
The Deacons are asking members to sign up to be on a driver list being prepared to assist church members who do not drive or do not drive at night to enable them to attend day and evening church events. Those who have cars which are accessible for the handicapped would also be useful on occasion. For drivers and those needing rides, communicate with the coordination point of contact Carolyn Fisk, at email@example.com or 703-790-1147.
HELP SENIOR CITIZENS GET TO THEIR MEDICAL AND THERAPY APPOINTMENTS.
There are scores of seniors in our area who need help getting to and from their medical and therapy appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store. The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church helps them get the transportation they need to get to their appointments. The number of new clients continues to grow at a rapid pace and we need more volunteers to help meet that need.
If you have a heart for seniors and want to help them, please be willing to become one of our new volunteers. To find out more about the Shepherd’s Center and how you can volunteer to provide transportation and other services, please call the Center at (703) 506-2199 or e-mail the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center’s website is www.scmafc.org and you can follow us on Facebook.
Have a Heart for the Homeless!
One of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church’s mission partners is the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, which provides warm beds, meals, and counseling to the homeless during the winter months. The Shelter’s annual fundraising campaign is underway, where we ask you to help keep the shelter running and help them support residents with year-round case management. Please take a moment now to give to the shelter – CLICK HERE. You’ll feel good knowing that you are part of a community that works to support those in need. If you wish to donate by mail, please send your donation to: Falls Church Homeless Shelter, P.O. Box 6979, Falls Church, VA 22040-6979. Thank you!
CHESTERBROOK LOVES ITS VOLUNTEERS!
Chesterbrook is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. It is an Assisted Living Residence with 97 apartments, located next to Longfellow Middle School on Westmoreland Street. Lewinsville was one of the 3 founding congregations, and has been actively involved from the very beginning. Lewinsville did the first feasibility study over 15 years ago, raised funds and guided it through the construction. Lewinsville had many volunteers in the early years when the apartments weren’t full and they couldn’t afford a full staff. Lewinsville still supports Chesterbrook. Mary Frase, Scott Bartram, and Jim Edmondson serve on its Board of Directors. Betty Yurkewitch helps with office work. Mary Frase, Dale Hodges, and the Volgenaus play bridge with residents. Lewinsville Pastors and associate pastors lead worship and serve communion once a month on Wednesday afternoons. And, Chesterbrook is often one of the recipients of our care on Good Samaritan Days.
Are you interested in volunteering at Chesterbrook? Volunteers can help in the dining room getting residents drinks or dessert, or sit and visit with someone who is alone. Residents love to have people come in to play games or help in the gift shop. They enjoy music if you would like to share your talents. The residents particularly love having people come to share what they do or did for a job, or share pictures and tell about a trip. Or, would you like to be part of the volunteer team and get messages when they have a particular need?
If you are interested in volunteering at Chesterbrook, contact Claire Grossi email@example.com, 703-893-6989 or Sonja Ellis, the volunteer coordinator at Chesterbrook, firstname.lastname@example.org 703-531-0781.
Give Generously to the Deacon Fund
Have you ever wondered what happens to the money collected by the Deacons on the first Sunday of each month? Have you even noticed the Deacons standing in the narthex after both services with wicker baskets? To satisfy your curiosity, the Board of Deacons thought it was high time we shed some light on the Deacon Fund and its uses.
The Deacon Fund is set aside to help those who are affiliated with our congregation who are facing some sort of financial hardship and need assistance with bills. In past years, we’ve helped people pay for dental work, moving expenses, car repairs, and more. The Fund is also used by church members who want to attend services but are no longer able to drive. These members are able to pay for their cab fare with money from the Deacon Fund.
When there is no financial need among the congregation, the Board of Deacons will often make
donations to causes supported by Lewinsville. One of the monthly collections each year is dedicated specifically to the LRR Meal Fund. Donations have also been made to SHARE,
Homestretch, the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Summer Mission Project, and Stop Hunger Now. So the next time you see the smiling face of a Deacon on Sunday morning, please consider giving generously.
S.H.A.R.E. MONTHLY FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS
It’s the first Sunday of the month when we collect food donations for SHARE. While all contributions of canned or dry food are welcome, SHARE especially needs cooking oil, 100% juice in plastic bottles, sugar, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dish washing soap, laundry detergent, sponges, diapers and tissues. PLEASE NO OPEN OR OUT OF DATE PRODUCTS. Contributions should be left in the Narthex for delivery to SHARE on the first Sunday of every month. SHARE serves people in our local area.
CHRIST HOUSE MONTHLY DINNERS
Extra hands are needed at Christ House Monthly Dinner The Christ House dinner rotation team is looking for a few extra hands to help with our second Sunday of the month dinner preparations for homeless D.C. residents. We’re especially interested in one or two short-term, and/or possibly long-term, food buyers. Someone with access to a DoD commissary would be ideal, although buying at COSTCO also works. The job requires monthly food purchasing for sixty meals (usually chicken, green vegetables and potatoes) and delivery to the Lewinsville kitchen refrigerator, a day or two before the second Sunday of the month. If you think you might be interested in this ministry, please contact Tom Mellor, 703-938-5498 or email@example.com.