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SOCIAL MINISTRIES

Find out more information about our social ministry programs.

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Dumfries Elementary School Update

November 2022 Update:

Dumfries Elementary reached out to Grace and asked if we could provide winter coats for some of their students whose families do not have the means to purchase a winter coat for their child. Grace was able to provide 13 new coats on October 18th to students at Dumfries Elementary. Faculty, staff, parents, and children are very thankful for Grace outpouring of support to their school.

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Acts Hunger Prevention Center 2022

December 2022 Update:

On December 5th, 394 pounds of food was purchased and delivered to ACTS.  In 2022, a total of 5,002 pounds of food was delivered to the Hunger Prevention Center.  Thank you everyone for all of your donations this past year to support our neighbors in Prince William County. Remember to bring in grocery bags as these items are needed to carry food items home.  Donations of food, paper products, and trial sizes are always needed and welcomed. All items can be left in the blue bins in the church hallway.

Contact Debbie Willemann (willemann1@comcast.net) if you have any questions.

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Share the Bounty Program Update

Thank you Grace for all of the donations for the Thanksgiving baskets for ACTS. Our total for donations was 332 pounds!!! This donation pushes are year-to-date total to 4,608.

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Hilda Barg Family Shelter

Keep your Christmas spirit going and sign up to provide meals for the Hilda Barg Family Shelter.

Grace will be serving prepared meals on January 8, 9, 10, and 11 in 2023.  Look for the sign up sheet shortly after Christmas in the church narthex.

Any questions about this outreach ministry, please contact Darlene Roth at darleneroth9@gmail.com

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Life First Pregnancy Center Update

Life First sent out an email to its community partners and asked for 100 baby blankets for their patients. Grace was able to deliver eleven (11) blankets on November 9, 2022. The Grace Quilting Group is continuing to work on quilts as Life First still needs many more quilts.

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Fred Lynn Middle School

Thank you Grace Members who donated to the purchase of clothing for a Fred Lynn Middle School student in need through the GOOD SAMARITAN FUND.

 

Grace was able to purchase pants, underwear, socks, shirts and hoodies for this student. The young man who received these items was so excited to receive warm clothing for the winter.

 

If you would like to know more about the Good Samaritan Fund, please contact Sherry Morse at slmorse67@gmail.com or Debbie Willemann at willemann1@comcast.net.

 

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Winter Coat Drive

Starting on Sunday, October 2, 2022 and running through Sunday, November 27, 2022, the Social Ministry Board will be collecting winter coats as well as light jackets, and zip-front sweatshirts for Concordia Lutheran Church’s clothing ministry. Please donate your gently used outerwear in all sizes for men, women and children.  Please look for the collection box in the church hallway. 

 

If you have any questions contact Debbie Willemann.

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Trial Sizes Needed

July Update:

Thank you to everyone who has been bringing in trial sizes for ACTS. The Hunger Prevention Center is in constant need of trial sizes for their clients. When you are traveling, please continue to bring home the trial sizes of soap, shampoo, etc. that your hotel may be offering and you are not using.  These items can be used all year long. Place any trial sizes you have in the blue bins in the hallway marked for ACTS.  Please contact Debbie Willemann if you have any questions.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Willeman.

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Hematology Oncology Care of Northern Virginia

On August 30th, Darlene Roth from the Grace Quilting Group delivered 10 lap robes to this care center to be distributed to the patients receiving treatment.  We hope and pray that the quilts will boost the spirits of the patients.

The Quilting Group will continue to make and donate lap robes to the Hematology Oncology Care of Northern Virginia as often as possible.

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Concordia Lutheran Church Update:

The Social Ministry Board delivered clothing, blankets, and outerwear to Pastor John McElvain on October 26th for his outreach clothing ministry to the community. On November 9th, the Board was able to pick up and deliver 20 boxes of food donated by the Capital  Area Food Bank for Concordia’s food ministry.

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Matthew 25 Ministries Update

Recap for November, and December 2022: 

Grace collected 170 prescription bottles and 88 over-the-counter bottles for the month of November, and 163 prescription bottles and 94 over-the-counter bottles for the month of December. The total prescription bottles collected for 2022 was 2,242. The total collected for the over-the-counter bottles for 2022 was 1,131. These bottle counts add significantly in helping patients transport medications to their villages from clinics in remote areas in Africa. The over-the-counter bottles can be any size. Thank you to everyone who has continued to bring in these items.  Remember to remove all personal identifiable information on the prescription bottles.  All other labels can be left on.  Please deposit all pill bottles in the large blue container in the hallway.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Steinhibel or Debbie Willemann.

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Grace Good Samaritan Program

Occasionally, a member of Grace will come across a special need.  It might be a school child with no jacket or without decent shoes to keep him warm in the winter.  It might be an elderly person with a bare cupboard.  In any case, we have a solution.  It's the Good Samaritan Fund.  We don't keep money in this "fund" until there is a need for it.  However, we have a list of people who would like to be notified, when there is such a need.  These people are not called upon often, but they are ready to help when needed.  They are generally asked to contribute $10 to $25, and then we purchase what is needed.  We never give away money, just the necessary items. If you are not on our list, and would like to be included, please notify Sherry Morse or Debbie Willemann.  We would love to add your name to our list. 

 

If you would like to be on the list of people for the Good Samaritan Program, please contact Debbie or Sherry.

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Join Grace Quilters

Quilters and members of Grace continue to make baby blankets for Sentara Hospital Labor & Delivery. During the week of January 23rd, a total of 28 blankets (8 quilted and 20 crocheted) will be delivered to the hospital. Life First will also receive 10 blankets during this same week.

 

If anyone would like to come to church on Monday mornings from 9-12 pm, the Quilting Group meets to work on blankets. Come and join for the fellowship. No experience necessary, you do not have to be a quilter to join in. There are many jobs that are needed to get to a finished product.

 

If you need more information, please contact Darlene Roth.

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High School Seniors

If you are a member of this congregation and will have a senior graduating this year, please notify the church office so the quilters can begin making their quilts.

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