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As disciples of Jesus, our identity is rooted in serving our neighbor and being the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Every member has a part to play in this mission so during Lent, we're going to highlight a different local service ministry each week. Bring in the assigned item for that week’s ministry and together, we can make a big difference in the lives of others! Please bring in the following items:

Date

Organization

Item Collected

Mar. 10

Carpenter's Shelter

Hand/Toe Warmers

Mar. 17

Shepherd Center

Coins for Noisy Offering

Mar. 24

ECHO

New Packaged Underwear-All Sizes

Mar. 31

AP Food Pantry & Neighborhood Pantry

Cans of Fruit (14.5 - 20 oz size)

Apr. 7

The 25th Project

Bottled Water

Apr. 14

Children's Weekend Meal Program

Peanut Butter (18 oz size)

Members who lead that week’s ministry will visit the Abiding Table (Sundays at 10:00 a.m.) for a 10-minute talk to familiarize everyone with what they do, how they are connected to Abiding Presence, and how you can get involved! Join us to learn more and practice generosity together this Lent!


Some of the local non-profits with we partner with include…

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Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) 

ECHO is a partnership between various religious congregations in Burke and Springfield to help people in need in our community by assisting those who suffer the effects of long-term poverty as well as people who are experiencing an emergency need. To learn more about ECHO, watch their video.

Ways for people to serve include:

  • Donating non-perishable food, household goods, clothing, school supplies

  • Transporting donations from the church to ECHO

  • Participating in the Thanksgiving Basket ministry

  • Volunteering at ECHO

  • Serving on the ECHO Board of Directors


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Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke 

The Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke is an organization that helps older adults continue to live independently in their own homes. A variety of support services and enrichment programs are provided by older adult volunteers who use the knowledge and skills acquired over their lifetimes to offer assistance to their peers. Programs are conducted at various Faith Communities in the Fairfax-Burke area, including Abiding Presence which hosts a weekly exercise class and participates in the rotation of churches that hosts "Lunch 'N Life."

Ways for people to serve include:

  • Hosting the exercise class at Abiding Presence

  • Volunteering as a medical driver to take people to medical appointments

  • Helping in the office

  • Serving on the Shepherd Center Board of Directors


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