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SOCIAL MINISTRIES

Find out more information about our social ministry programs.

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Acts Hunger Prevention Center 2024

On April 2, 2024, Grace purchased and delivered 457 pounds of food to ACTS. On May 8, 2024, Grace purchased and delivered 447 pounds of food. Year to date total is 2,047 pounds. Remember to bring in plastic grocery bags as these items are needed to carry food items home. If you are on vacation this summer, please bring in the trial sizes that the hotel may provide and you do not use. Trial sizes are always needed and welcomed. All items can be left in the blue bins in the church hallway.

 

 

 

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Winter Coat Drive

The Social Ministry Board delivered a total of 31 winter coats on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, to Concordia Lutheran Church’s clothing ministry. In addition to the coats, 50 pairs of socks, 200 brand new women’s undergarments from major manufacturers,

and many other items were delivered to Concordia. Most of the items given to Concordia were donated to Grace by e3kids International at no cost to Grace. Also on January 10, 2024, boxes of men’s and children’s clothing, which were donated to Grace, were delivered to Concordia.

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Fanny Fitzgerald Elementary School Update

Schools in Prince William County are scrambling to provide winter coats for students. Fanny Fitzgerald Elementary School reached out to Grace in early November to ask for help in providing coats for some of their students. On November 13, 2023, Grace was able to provide 10 new winter coats plus two donated new winter coats (12 in all) to Fanny Fitzgerald Elementary School in Dale City. Faculty, staff, parents, and children are very thankful for Grace’s outpouring of support to their school.

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Dumfries Elementary School  Update

Dumfries Elementary School 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 16 new coats and they were delivered on October 10th to the school. Faculty, staff, parents, and children are very thankful for Grace’s outpouring of support to their school.

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Concordia Lutheran Church

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, boxes of women’s clothing, coats, brand new women’s undergarments from major manufacturers, Bombas socks, and personal hygiene items were delivered to Concordia Lutheran Church for their clothing ministry. All of these items were given to Grace free of charge by e3kids International, a non-profit in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Grace is very thankful for the partnership with e3kids International and their generosity to the community that Grace serves.

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Life First Pregnancy Center Update

Life First has asked their community partners this past week to provide homemade baby blankets for their patients in their Manassas and Woodbridge clinics.   Grace will be able to deliver 32 baby blankets (12 quilted and 20 crocheted) to Life First on Wednesday, August 30th.

 

The Grace Quilting Group meets every Monday morning from 9-12 noon to create lap robes and baby blankets for different organizations in Prince William County. Please come and join us.

If you have any questions about the Quilting Group please contact Darlene Roth.

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Fred Lynn Middle School

On Thursday, September 21, 2023 Grace provided boy’s gym shorts and deodorant for students at Fred Lynn who wanted to participate in after-school activities. Also donated were 50 pairs of black Bombas socks as well as personal hygiene items that were given to Grace free of charge from e3kids International, a non-profit headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Lake Ridge Fellowship House

Grace was contacted by the Lake Ridge Fellowship House staff to ask if we could help with food items, personal care products, cleaning supplies, and paper products needed for their food pantry. Some of the residents are finding it difficult to afford items as the cost of those items keep rising. Items purchased were delivered to Fellowship House on February 29th. The staff is

very thankful for Grace’s help whenever they call for assistance.

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Trial Sizes Needed

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

Darlene Roth will deliver 13 lap robes from the Grace Quilting Group during the week of May 20th to the care center to be distributed to the patients receiving treatment. We 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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Sentara Hospital Update

The Grace Quilters have been busy making baby quilts for Sentara Hospital Labor and Delivery. During the week of May 20th, 12 quilted baby blankets, 30 crocheted baby blankets and 6 baby hats, made by members of the quilting group, will be delivered to Sentara Hospital. Each blanket has a label sewn on it that says "Handmade by Grace Lutheran Church Quilters." The staff in Labor and Delivery are very thankful for our donations. Many newborns are blessed by the gift they receive from Grace. 

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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

QUILTING WITH GRACE. We have been very busy this past year making senior quilts and a farewell signature quilt for Pastor and Alissa Martin as well as charity baby quilts and lap robes for hematology and oncology patients. We will have six (6!) senior quilts to sew this coming school year.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP to purchase fabrics for our graduating seniors. We appreciate any monetary donation—just designate “quilting” on your contribution. Thanks so much!

 

If you need more information, please contact Darlene Roth.

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High School Seniors

The Grace Quilters presented quilts to our graduating high school seniors on May 5, 2024 before the service. The graduating seniors were Ava Buer, Ally Haeske, Gabe Mortenson, Lily Potter, Alex Rayo and Caroline White. Congratulations to each of you on your outstanding achievement.