Crossroads-Connections is a Christian community service organization that supports children in our local schools who suffer from hunger by providing a weekend food program. For the 2016/17 school year, 68 students from Mountain View, PACE, Tyler, Bull Run, Gravely and Pine Branch receive a “weekend backpack” filled with non-perishable food items. The program runs the 10 months of the school year and the cost of each backpack is approximately $250 per school year. 100% of donations received go to the purchase of food for the children. Crossroads receives calls from school guidance counselors on a regular basis asking for additional backpacks…the need continues to grow! We will be rolling out more information about how S.O.T.H. will support Crossroads, but for now here are three ways that you can help:
1. Sign up to shop, package or deliver the backpacks at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48afa729a31-volunteers2
2. Make a donation in the offering plate. Simply put Crossroads-Connections in the memo line
3. Pick up a shopping list in the Narthex or click here to download one, and drop off your food donation the SECOND SUNDAY of the month.
If you have any questions, please contact Lora K. or Tracie S.
Enjoy working with or helping our community’s youth? The PACE-West School Program is an alternative school setting for approximately 100 students in grades K-12 from across western Prince William County and parts of Fauquier County. Many of these students and their families have multiple kinds of needs. We are one of thirteen Community Service Partner organizations supporting PACE-West under the auspices of “PACE’s Village.” Together we help wherever needed, supplementing the youth’s nutrition, providing their fall Harvest Feast, and giving gifts to needy students and their siblings at Christmas. Numerous other kinds of volunteer opportunities are available at the school. Are you called to strengthen our community by helping our local students in partnership with others?
On the fourth Sunday of every month we collect food for the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry (HRFP). The HRFP serves up to 400 local families each week. We also have teams of people who serve at the Food Pantry at different times each month. To support our community and provide food for people we care about, we invite you to bring in canned and dried food goods to donate or to become a Food Pantry volunteer. Contact Jill McCutcheon to get involved.
SERVE helps support our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families by addressing a variety of human needs, from providing assistance with rent and utilities, to food, to running a 90-bed shelter for the homeless. SERVE helps those on the path to self-sufficiency. Join us in contributing resources to assist SERVE in helping to meet these kinds of immediate needs.
Caroline Furnace is one of two Lutheran Outdoor Ministries that we support financially. With its camp and retreat facilities, trained staff, and nearly 300 acres of hills, streams, pond and forest, people find Caroline Furnace a beautiful place to learn and grow with others in their faith. Contact the church office for more information.
Financially supported by our church and many others, Mar-Lu-Ridge is a year-round retreat and conference center which offers summer camp and other programs to churches and groups in the area. Situated in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains of central Maryland, the camp welcomes all people to a mountaintop experience of Christian community that changes lives, makes disciples, builds friendships, and encourages care of God’s creation. Contact the church office for more information.
Through the ministry of LSS/NCA, we walk with our neighbors in need and mobilize community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives. LSS/NCA offers hope to the most vulnerable in our community and our world through programs like Adoption & Foster Care services, Refugee and Immigrant Services, Caregiver Support for those with family members affected by various forms of dementia, and Youth Haven Camps & Retreats for children whose lives are affected by HIV and AIDS. Contact Nels Hendrickson for more information.
Gettysburg Seminary receives support from alumni, friends, congregations, synods, and the churchwide expression of the ELCA in a number of ways. Through our annual gift to Gettysburg Seminary, we help make possible graduate theological education for church leaders. Gifts are always appreciated, and every gift makes a difference. Contact Nels Hendrickson.
Make a difference in a child’s life and make a difference in the world. The Village of Hope Lazarus Project is a Christian fundraising organization committed to supporting programs and ministries that promote excellence in education, spiritual growth, and primary health care of Haitians in need. Contact Jill McCutcheon.
This non-profit organization works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. With LWR we seek to help others globally through church projects such as making LWR Personal Care Kits and School Kits. Providing students in need with notebooks, pencils, and other supplies, or providing families who have lost everything due to a natural disaster or violence with small items of comfort — a warm quilt, a bar of soap, a set of pencils — lets them know someone in the world cares for them. LWR kits convey a priceless message of love and commitment to people in desperate need. Contact the church office for more information.