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Church of the Pilgrims Advent Special Offerings

Special Offerings for the 2012 Advent season at Church of the Pilgrims.

Matt Webster

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of Church of the Pilgrims Advent Special Offerings

Open Table Joseph's House So Others Might Eat http://www.josephshouse.org/ http://www.some.org/ http://open-table.blogspot.com/ Presbyterian Disaster Relief http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/pda/ Bethlehem Ministries http://bethlehemministry.org/ Church of the Pilgrims Alternative Giving Catalog Example:
In your Honor, I have given Open Table a donation in your name. Open Table provides a hot meal and sack lunch to Homeless individuals in DC on Sunday afternoons.

You can use a Greeting Card you have or buy to ‘give’ your gift. You can also find free e-cards or templates to print cards on-line. Some examples of sites are: HOWTO: Giving an ‘Alternative’ Gift Q: A: How do I give an Alternative Gift to someone? You can ‘give’ your gift by including a simple greeting inside a card given to the gift recipient. An Alternative Gift can be given for any occasion.

We prepare for Jesus’ birth by sharing what we have with others—those who Jesus lived with and among, the poor, sick, lonely, and rejected. http://www.americangreetings.com/
http://www.hallmark.com/ Explore this page for Alternative Gift Ideas. Every man and woman who comes to Joseph’s House finds a supportive, nurturing home where they can lay their burdens down and soften their defenses – where they will find acceptance and be loved, just as they are.
When a man or woman finds their way to Joseph’s House they are no longer anonymous. If they do not come down for breakfast or show up for the community meeting, we’ll go and find them. If they are hospitalized, we’ll visit them. And if they are holed up in their room because of anxiety or depression, we’ll comfort them. Whoever is not here – is missed.

Joseph’s House
2482 Ontario Road
NW Washington, DC 20009
http://www.josephshouse.org/ SOME (So Others Might Eat), is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. SOME meets the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. SOME helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.71 'O' Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20001
202.797.8806 http://www.some.org/ Since the mid-1980s, Open Table has offered lunch to the Dupont Circle area homeless and poor on Sunday afternoons. From 1:00-1:30 PM, we serve a simple meal and provide a sack lunch. In addition to simply giving a meal, we provide our guests with welcome, respect, and a safe space. Open Table is a community effort; we receive funding from Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place (CCH/FP) www.cchfp.org and partner with the Friends Meeting House which serves, cooks, and even provides haircuts once a month. Our volunteer cooks, servers, and inviters are a blend of Church of the Pilgrims members and other service-minded individuals in the community. In this time of cold weather, your giving of travel size toiletries, tube socks, hats and gloves will make an immediate difference to our Open Table guests. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) currently has a mission presence in 80 countries of the world where we have a potential base of response to emergencies. Often, when a crisis may be localized and of a size that does not require a coordinated international appeal for funds, we respond by directly supporting our Presbyterian partner in the country. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.

http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/pda/ Bethlehem Ministries raises money to support the poor in Haiti. The focus since the founding in 1993 has been to support the schools begun by Father Bruno. In 2007, the board of directors for Bethlehem Ministries adopted two new projects to augment the education project: a clinic and the “Biomass” project. Together, the three projects amount to an attempt to address in a connected, holistic, manner the root problems of poverty in Haiti. Bethlehem Ministries approaches the people of Haiti in love, looking for ways to work with them to create opportunities for advancement toward a healthy, happy life.

http://www.bethlehemministry.org/ Our fair traded coffee used during coffee hour comes from Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange has created Big Change for over 20 years. It all started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms that use organic methods, rather than industrialized agribusinesses that rely on harmful chemicals? Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Equal Exchange offers fair traded and organic coffees, teas, chocolate, baking cocoa, sugar and nuts.
Give fair traded gifts through Equal Exchange @ www.equalexchange.org. DC Central Kitchen, Inc. was incorporated on July 27, 1988 and began its first phase of operations on January 20, 1989, redistributing the excess food from the Presidential inauguration. The Kitchen is founded on the premise that when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by using every resource available. Be it food, money, or people, DC Central Kitchen hates to see wasted potential. Since its inception, DC Central Kitchen has used the kitchen as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers.

DC Central Kitchen is not a "soup kitchen." Their cohesive approach to solving the interconnected problems of poverty, hunger, and homelessness has led them to become a recognized national leader in this field. As a community kitchen, they recycle over one ton of surplus food each day that would otherwise go to waste and turn it into 4,000 meals for the hungry in the greater Washington, DC region. Among the people preparing these meals are the students of DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program; once homeless and hungry individuals themselves, these aspiring men and women are equipped with professional and life skills. DC Central Kitchen uses the existing ingredients of our society to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

DC Central Kitchen425 2nd Street NWWashington, DC 20001
http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/ The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest, public nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Each year the CAFB distributes 20 million pounds of food, including 6 million pounds of fresh produce, to over 700 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank was founded on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, January 15, 1980.

In addition to food distribution, the CAFB has several community-building initiatives including Kids Cafe, Food For Kids, Face HungerWashington DC 20010.From the Ground Up, Sister Hook-Up, Produce for People, and the Brown Bag Program among others.

Capital Area Food Bank
645 Taylor Street, NEWashington, DC 20017
http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/ Washington Parks & People began 19 years ago with Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park receiving the National Park Service’s highest organizational award for leading the transformation of the single most violent park in the capital region into one of its safest. Parks & People now helps revitalize once forgotten parks and communities throughout the inner capital region by working with a wide variety of people, agencies, and organizations. Parks & People leads the Down By the Riverside Campaign at Marvin Gaye Park in the Watts Branch stream valley.

Washington Parks & People
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St., NW
Washington, DC, 20009
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