“How can I help?”
It’s the most asked question. As the days of social distancing continue, we are assessing the best ways to serve our community. Thank you for your willingness to be part of the crisis response.
Giving is truly a faith exercise. Many of us are not even sure of next week’s paycheck. Our generosity, however, demonstrates our trust in God and in his provision. As we serve people on the fringes, we are fulfilling the Lord’s call to care for the needy among us. Give food, drink, clothing, and shelter. Yes, Lord, we will.
Give time to pray
Let’s join together asking for the Lord’s guidance in caring for the needs among us. May we be wise with our resources, both time and money.
Pray for those suffering with COVID-19 and the family members caring for them.
Pray for healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines.
As you walk through your neighborhood, pray for the families in the homes you pass.
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. WFCM remains open and continues to provide food and financial assistance. You can make donations directly through their website. In addition to financial donations, you could visit their Amazon wish list to have food items sent directly to their building.
The Lamb Center. The day shelter continues to serve the most vulnerable men and women of our community. For many people, the Lamb Center is their only home. They come to shower, use the laundry, and eat breakfast and lunch. The staff is working to provide a safe place, by limiting the number of people in the building and serving to-go meals. Your financial assistance will help to meet the needs of men and women whose hourly jobs have been cut.
Centreville Presbyterian and CPC’s Care Fund. Our staff continues to serve amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We are utilizing new and creative ways to connect the congregation for worship and for spiritual growth. We also remain committed to our quarterly financial support for all of our mission partners, within our community as well as to the far ends of the earth. We depend on your financial giving in order to provide for these needs. Our website includes several ways to give. Thank you!
Give Your Time
God’s Garden. The vegetable garden at CPC is a great place to serve and still maintain social distance! Next week Sebastian will begin tilling the garden beds. He wants to have the garden planted by early May. Want to “adopt-a-bed” to plant or maybe just drop by occasionally to weed and water? Contact. Sebastian Wilbern (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all the details.
Two more gardening ideas:
1 – If you have a vegetable garden at your home, would you consider planting an extra row for donations? Your “extra” tomatoes or beans or zucchini would be a tremendous blessing to our impoverished neighbors. Bring your produce to CPC and we will be happy to take it to WFCM, New Hope, or the Lamb Center next time we go!
2 – CPC’s flower beds would also welcome your attention. 🙂 Feel free to drop by and pull weeds anytime! It’s a great way to be outdoors and to help us lower our landscaping costs.
Prince William County’s Habitat for Humanity. Although they have reduced the number of volunteers needed, Habitat continues to work. They are trying to complete one of the houses in Manassas within the next couple of weeks. Sign up through their Volunteer Matrix.
World Vision’s 6K Walk for Water. Several months ago, we committed to hosting the 6K Walk for Water at CPC on Saturday, May 16th. We are part of the team supporting our World Vision ministry partner, West Virginia/Appalachia. Instead of gathering to walk, we are encouraging everyone to walk but just do it with your family in your neighborhood or local park.
Here is the new plan:
1 – Recruit participants near and far. Friends and family from afar can participate with you virtually on race day. Participants do not need to be together! Everyone can participate wherever they are located.
2 – The link to register is: https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/12227. Joining the team, not to join as an individual). The initial donation/cost to register is $50; but there is a special $15 off the registration with the World Water Day Code WWD2020 (good until April 1st)! You will then receive all your race materials by mail.
3 – Invite friends and family to donate to your fundraising goal or just to the team. Again, here is the link for our team. If they would like to donate to your fundraising page they may go to the team page and go to the roster and find your name to make the donation online.
More opportunities. We will update this list as the needs arise. Please check back regularly. I am talking with both London Towne Elementary School and New Hope Fellowship about a couple specific needs. As soon as I have all the details, I will share them.
Thank you for caring. Thank you for joining me to share the good news of Jesus Christ by caring for one another.
Sharon Hoover, Director of Missions