FEED THE HUNGRY
Are you aware that there are homeless among us in Silver Spring? Each winter, since 2004, Saint Luke Lutheran Church has opened its doors on Sundays from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for Sunday Hospitality Drop-In. This program is staffed by volunteers of all ages who serve food, give out clothing, and provide friendship to those among us who don’t have a warm pl
ace to spend an afternoon. We welcome you to get involved. There are two shifts per Sunday, and we start setting up right after church service is over at 11:30 a.m. This year’s program starts Sunday, December 11 and extends through March 26, 2017. This program is approved by the Montgomery and Prince George’s school systems for service learning hours. Be part of this exciting ministry. You can download the attached flyer for more information. Please contact Ruth Manchester, Parish Nurse and Director of Caring Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-588-4363. We also welcome donations of warm wither clothing, toiletries, and person care items.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40
SUNDAY HOSPITALITY—WHAT IS IT?
Thirteen years ago, in 2004, Saint Luke Lutheran Church invited those in the Silver Spring area who are homeless or those who would like fellowship and a warm meal to our Sunday Hospitality Drop-In. We started with five clients. Attendance varies, but we often serve 80 – 90 during the afternoon, and have topped 100 on many occasions.
WHEN IS IT?
This year, we start December 11th. At 1:00 p.m., the doors of the Great Hall open. The guests sign in and receive a bus token. At check-in we also provide a single pair of clean socks and offer a limited number of toiletries.
Additionally, we have a limited number of gently used warm clothing for both men and women that are available on tables or hanging on a rack. Volunteers need to encourage our guests to limit themselves to a single item or outfit, to allow subsequent arrivals an equal chance for clothing.
Our guests come to the food table where they are served hot soup, stew or barbecue, and whatever else may be brought that day–crackers, fruit, veggies and dip, and bread. Panera Bread in Silver Spring donated many bags of bread and said they will do so again this year. Volunteers slice it or distribute bagels rolls, etc. in bags for “carry out”—we have that much! Some of it goes for toasted cheese sandwiches. Yum!
All the while, the clients are getting settled, reading the Sunday papers in English and Spanish (obtained free from local newspaper dispensers), watching TV, playing board games with the volunteers, or dozing.
We have, financially, been able to support this program with monetary gifts as well as a grant from Thrivent Financial Services, Saint Luke budget, and generous memorial contributions. The program runs until March 26, 2017.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Be part of the exciting ministry. Shifts are 12:00-2:30 p.m. and 2:15-5:00 p.m. or whenever clean-up is finished. “Short-term help” is needed right after the 10:30 service (or during) to assist those on first shift.
Sign up in the Fireside Room on the green board.
If you have more questions about Sunday Hospitality Drop-In, ask Ruth Manchester by e-mail, email@example.com, or call 301 588-4363 or Greg Sanders at 240-423-9965 or Gregory.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance!