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SOCIAL MINISTRIES

Find out more information about our social ministry programs.

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Acts Hunger Prevention Center 2021

December 2021 Update:

On December 13, 225 pounds of food was purchased and delivered to ACTS. A grand total of 5,593 pounds of food has been delivered to ACTS for the calendar year 2021. Thank you Grace Members for continuing to support ACTS through your generous donations. Remember to bring in grocery bags and handle bags as these items are needed to carry food items home. Any donations of food, paper products, trial sizes, personal hygiene items, and bags 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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Matthew 25 Ministries Update

Recap for November & December 2021: 

In November, Grace collected 186 prescription bottles and 76 over-the-counter bottles.  In December, 108 prescription bottles and 62 over-the-counter pill bottles were collected. A total of 1,839 prescription bottles and 980 over-the-counter pill bottles were collected in 2021 for a total of 2,819 bottles.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this ministry. Grace will continue to collect pill bottles every month in 2022.  Remember to remove all personal identifiable information on the prescription bottles.  The over-the-counter bottles can be any size. All other labels can be left on.  Please ask family, friends, and neighbors to contribute to this outreach.  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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Lakeridge Fellowship House Tree Decorating:

The Social Ministry Board would like to thank the Grace members who came to the Lakeridge Fellowship House on December 1st for the tree decorating, sing-a-long, and party for the 4th floor residents. After the tree was decorated, members of Grace enjoyed time in fellowship with residents.  It was truly a heart-warming afternoon for one and all.

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Winter Coat Drive

The Social Ministry Board would like to thank everyone who donated coats during our coat drive in October and November.  A total of 58 coats (10 children, 16 ladies, and 32 men’s coats) were collected and given to our sister congregation, Concordia Lutheran Church, for their community outreach program.  Many other clothing items for men and women were also donated and delivered with the coats. Pastor John McElvain from Concordia sincerely wishes to thank Grace for their generous donations to Concordia.  Grace Members opened their hearts and showed God’s love to the community around them.

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Potomac View Elementary School

There was a request to Grace early in October from Potomac View Elementary School for food items needed during the Thanksgiving break. The items needed were things like canned and or dried beans, rice, peanut butter, bread, potatoes, and canned vegetables. These items were to help the students have food to eat during the 5-day break from school. Grace’s Social Ministry Board was able to purchase enough food for 15 students and their families. The food was delivered to the school on Monday, November 22nd and the students were able to take it home on Tuesday, November 23rd right before their Thanksgiving break.

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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

We meet on Mondays from 9:00 am until noon in the multi-purpose room. Come join us and have some wonderful fellowship while making baby quilts for Care Net Pregnancy Center and prayer quilts for our own shut-ins.

The Grace Quilters have recently completed quilts for our graduation high school seniors.  These quilts were presented to Michal Mortenson, Madeline Potter, and Abigail Velasquez on Sunday, June 6th at the 11:00 am service.  Congratulations to each senior of their outstanding achievement.

 

If you need more information, please contact Darlene Roth.

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School Supply Drive 2021

BELMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATE:

Thank you Grace Members for the outpouring of support for Belmont Elementary School. The response for school supplies was tremendous and Belmont was overwhelmed by Grace’s generosity. Boxes and boxes of supplies were delivered to the school on Monday, August 16th to include: 109 composition books; 90 notebooks; 1163 pencils; 309 pens; 108 boxes of colored pencils; 118 boxes of crayons; and many more items that were on the school supply list.  Students in our community who were unable to provide the tools they needed to start school were truly blessed by Grace’s support.

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Trial Sizes Needed

As we return back to vacationing and traveling, please remember to bring home the trial sizes of soap, shampoo, etc. that your htoel may be offering and you are not using.  ACTS Hunger Prevention Center is in constant need of these items for their clients.  Place any trial sizes you have in the blue bins in the hallway marked for ACTS.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Willeman.

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Special Delivery

Sentara Hospital Labor & Delivery has finally opened its doors to allow the Grace Quilting Group to bring in baby blankets that have been quilted, knitted, and crocheted by Grace Members. Twelve (12) blankets were delivered to Sentara on Monday, October 18th and another 20 blankets will be delivered very soon. Please join the Quilting Group on Monday mornings from 9-12 for fun and fellowship as we share our talents with the community around us.

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