Christ Church is Alive with Joy and Making a Difference!
SOCKS, SOCKS and more SOCKS!
Look down at your feet. Chances are you are wearing socks and you probably have many pairs of socks, assuming your dryer has not “eaten” just one. But, think of someone who is homeless. Living on the street is punishing to the feet and they often walk for miles every day. Clean, dry socks can help prevent infections, frostbite and other ailments, as well as providing a small measure of comfort. And believe it or not, Bethesda Cares gives out more than 2,500 pairs of socks each year?
So, we are going to help Bethesda Cares help the homeless by collecting socks. Remember, when you’re out and about, pick up a pair (or more) of socks for our tree and make a difference!
Back to School Outreach
Help a child attending Arcola Elementary School get a great start to the school year: Adopt a backpack filled with school supplies! Simply take an envelope from the Outreach table in the hallway, it has all the directions you need (suggested donation is $15). The Outreach team will purchase the supplies and we’ll fill the backpacks in August. 80% of Arcola students qualify for subsidized meals – so some families would not otherwise afford needed school supplies. Thank you! Questions? Contact Virginia Sheard (email) .
Episcopal Relief and Development
Working in partnership with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies and local organizations, Episcopal Relief and Development (ER-D) saves lives and strengthens communities around the world. Their programs work toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which hope to reduce extreme poverty significantly in the coming years. Specific program areas include: Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply; Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities; Promoting Health and Fighting Disease; Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities Worldwide and Domestically. Additionally, ER-D is working in this country with parishes and dioceses in Disaster Preparedness. A great strength of ER-D is it can respond quickly to disasters because partners are already there in the vicinity of the disaster worldwide. And ER-D stays after the news media are gone to keep the long-term recover going. Members of Christ Church Parish Kensington support ER-D through outreach donations, specific collections in response to disasters, and through the Gifts for Life program. For more up-to-date information, the website is www.er-d.org