“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-39)
At the center of Christian life is service to others. We are called to share in God’s work by loving and serving all those in need, in this neighborhood and in the world.
There are service opportunities regularly. The next service opportunities are:
- Youth Mentoring Program: Every Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm. Work one-on-one with (very cute) 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on math, reading, and physical fitness. Make a huge difference in the life of one of our neighborhood young people. Begins again in January.
- Monthly Saturday Clean-Up Crew, First or Second Saturday of the month, 9am Share coffee & donuts, plus get busy outside in the alley, sidewalks, and gutters to make sure our church and our block are looking their best. A quick and satisfying way to get started on a Saturday. Next coming up on June 8th
- Little Free Library—Book Donations Please bring your books in to keep our library filled!
- Serving in Puerto Rico--July 21-August 3rd, continuing rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
- Back to School Night, August 14th, 6:30-8pm Distributing school supplies to more than 300 local students, in partnership with the Exchange Club of Highlandtown & Canton. You may sign up to receive supplies here.
A team of experienced leaders is working to bring together a group of adult and youth volunteers to head to Puerto Rico to help in the rebuilding effort following Hurricane Maria. We will be working with Lutheran Disaster Response, a program of Lutheran Social Services in Puerto Rico (find out more here--http://www.sslpr.org/). This is part of the Building Puentes initiative, a collaborative effort of the Metro DC, Delaware Maryland, and Caribbean synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find out more here: and here.
The hope is for half of the group to have solid construction experience, while half of the group should be physically capable of construction work and willing to learn from and assist others. There may also be an opportunity for follow-up home visits with people who are in the case management process or who have been already served by Lutheran Disaster Response.
Our confirmed dates are July 21st through August 3rd. You may choose one week or stay for both.
Registration is now closed.
We will be staying in the Lutheran camp in Maguayo, near Dorado. About 45 minutes west of San Juan. The camp has room for up to sixty volunteers at a time. Volunteers sleep in bunkrooms with twin-sized bunkbeds and communal showers--comfortable enough, but nothing fancy. The camp also includes a very nice pool, a chapel, office and storage areas, and a main hall for dining/meeting/organizing/relaxing. It's a good home for groups like ours.
We took around forty volunteers from the area (and a few friends from around the country), from at least twenty different faith communities, to volunteer over two weeks in September of 2018. The general pattern was to fly in on Sunday morning/afternoon, fly back on Saturday evening. Monday through Friday we worked construction doing rebuilding in the morning and the afternoon, with time in the late afternoon/evening for the beach, the pool, going dancing, heading out to dinner, and exploring a bit of the island. We took one half day to head across the island and visit El Yunque, an amazing tropical rainforest. We also spent a half day exploring in Old San Juan. You can learn more about our experience in 2018 by checking out this blog.
We are now accepting donations to help pay for our construction materials and to help defray the costs of travel for those who need assistance. Thank you for your generosity!