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FROM PASTOR WALKER'S DESK
The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Thank you for your prayers. The Leadership Retreat went well. We prayed together and heard this text from Ephesians. The question that was at the center of our conversations: “Why do you think God gives different gifts to different people?” This question and this scriptural text points out that we all have a role to play in this community of faith.
The leaders of St. Paul’s went away with a few assignments. These assignments have to do with us moving into the future as community in the name of Jesus. We talked about some of the things that were most important. The group decided that evangelism, worship and service were three of the core values of St. Paul’s.
We will be talking more about what living out these core values mean for us into the future. Stay tuned, as we ask you to join in this dialogue.
Afghan Refugee Family Resettlement Update
Please see an excerpt from a letter from the CEO of Lutheran Social Services National Capitol Area (LSSNCA) below. If you haven’t yet taken a look, we have a few outstanding Next Level Needs. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C044CAFAA29A3F94-stpauls1
Dear Community Members,
First and foremost, thank you for your patience and continued interest and support. We are so grateful for your expressed interest in helping to ensure our Afghan Allies feel comfortable, safe, and secure in their new homes. Over 5500 people answered our call for help and the response has been nothing short of mind-blowing. It is quite clear and evident that we are experiencing the very best of humanity because of people like you who are so willing to offer help and tangibly rebuild lives in times of great vulnerability and need.
We want to sincerely apologize for the delay in responding. Since July 31st, we have resettled close to 600 Afghan Allies and new neighbors into the DMV and…will continue to happen over the next several weeks as we resettle hundreds more. The process for resettlement is complex as we work to coordinate with the State Department, local entities, and other community organizations to identify individual and familial needs for everyone seeking support through our organization, including permanent housing opportunities.
We are working feverishly through the thousands of inquiries of support. Someone from our team will contact [Caitlin] in the next few weeks as a matching need arises with more specifics. In the meantime, know we are very grateful for your generosity for supporting the resettlement of our new neighbors and are working hard to match your interest with our needs.
If you’re looking to support immediately, please visit our greatest-needs
page: https://bit.ly/greatestneeddonations or make a donation here: https://bit.ly/donatelssnca.
Kristyn Peck, CEO
Food Pantry News -
Food insecurity is still a very real issue in our community.
We are still collecting toiletries for our Food Pantry - toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, body wash, etc. (regular sized, not family sized). We have also resumed collecting toilet paper.
These items are not covered by benefits, so having a supply of these on hand will help us meet the needs of our patrons.
If you would like to order items directly from Amazon, please use this link to see our shopping list:
As of today, the Food Pantry especially needs cans of hearty soups.
The Food Pantry always needs: healthy cereals (i.e., Cheerios - regular sized), canned protein, low-sugar and low-sodium foods. Please remember to donate "regular-sized" items as "Family sized" are too big for the bags.
We continue to accept your donations of paper grocery bags (Whole Foods, Trader Joes) with handles.
If you've wanted to volunteer at the Food Pantry, here is your chance! At this time, we are looking for volunteers to help with Saturday distribution:
STUDENTS SEEKING SSL OR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: Working in the Food Pantry is an approved non-profit. If you would like to help, or have questions, please contact Lisa Wackler .
ADULT EDUCATION continues this Sunday, @ 10 am (weather permitting).
Please join us! Reading our launching-off text is not required. We are gathering for a discussion launched off of chapters 1 and 2 of United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Incarceration, Addiction and Hope by Lenny Duncan. Pastor Duncan's personal memoir provides a starting point for us to discuss being Lutheran in America today as we look at issues of addiction, poverty, homelessness, gender identity and sexual orientation, among other perspectives.
Book Study with Pastor Andrea begins Wednesday, Oct 20 for six weeks.
Topic: Book Study - Plantation Jesus
Time: Oct 20, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 9651 4515
Volunteer to Mow, Rake, or Garden
With cooler days, several plants in the Portico courtyard have started treating us to unexpected autumn treasures, such as the clusters of cranberry-colored berries detailed in the photo of our Linden Virburnum (botanically classified as Viburnum dilatatum).
This time of year keeps our landscaping volunteers busy. So please consider joining them this Saturday morning from 9 to 11 o'clock, weather permitting, to mow grass, rake leaves, prune shrubbery, or just admire the cranberry-colored berries!
Need more information? Please text Neil Berger at 202-669-2962 or talk to him after church services on Sunday.
You have this, because God has YOU.