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"The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. You are Christ's body—that's who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your part mean anything."
~ 1 Corinthians 12:25-30 (The Message)
~ 1 Corinthians 12:25-30 (The Message)
Peace is proud to partner with Love INC, a wonderful ministry helping local individuals and families in need. To learn more about Love INC and ways you can get involved, watch this video and/or check out their website!
hungry hearts no more volunteer opportunities
As we slowly emerge from our COVID cocoons, we would like to increase our volunteer base with Hungry Hearts No More in a slow and safe manner. We are still serving 20 families in our local community and could use your help! We have multiple ways get involved, so take a gander and see which option fits your gifts, strengths, and schedule best:
If you would like to join in this ministry or have any questions, please email Jennie Carter by clicking here.
Here are our most requested food items:
You can leave these and/or any other non-perishable food items in the large bins outside the church doors on the right (the bins are blue, green, and grey -you can't miss them!). If you would like to donate perishable food items like produce, milk, and eggs, you may bring them by the church anytime between 10 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday, and a staff member or volunteer will be happy to assist you.
Hungry hearts no more packpack program
Peace supports children in need in the Hollymead area through the Hungry Hearts No More Backpack Program. We hope to keep their tummies full and remind them that they are important and worthy. Our recipients now receive more substantial bags designed to feed a family for two weeks rather than a child for the weekend. We serve approximately 20 families. Non-perishables are welcome, particularly shelf-stable milk and proteins and fresh fruit!
We no longer require individual-sized items. We accept donations in the bins by the door on the right-side wing of the building. Always needed items: large shelf stable milk, cereal, oatmeal, bags of rice, bags of dry beans, peanut butter and jelly, large meal size soups, large boxes of mac 'n cheese, canned proteins (such as ham, tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon, beef), frozen proteins (such as meatballs or chicken), fresh fruit, fresh veggies,(please leave perishable items Thursdays between 4 and 5 or contact the office to drop them off), healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, crackers). You can also help with shopping, financial donations (choose "Hungry Hearts" from the online dropdown menu or mark your check payable to PLC for "Hungry Hearts"), and tracking inventory.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, know someone that could benefit from it and/or want to take a more active role, please contact Jennie Carter.
Join our Facebook group Local Hungry Hearts No More for updates on current needs and how we are serving our neighbors.
The Peace Justice Ministry is closely aligned with our partner ministry, IMPACT, and is currently focused
on affordable housing, early childhood education, and, beginning in the Fall of 2021, Care for Creation.
This last effort will involve organizations like IMPACT in several cities in the east and mid-west U.S. Each
year begins with listening, continues with research, and culminates in the Nehemiah Action in the
spring, where over 1,000 members of many congregations call on officials to take clear, effective
IMPACT is a direct action organization, which means that members focus on the root causes and the
systemic injustices that create the need for charity. They then identify community problems, develop solutions, and negotiate publicly with the decision-makers who can implement these solutions.
The Virginia Synod publishes a bi-weekly online newsletter, DO JUSTICE, lifting up God’s call and
command that we, God’s people, do justice. You will find helpful info about justice ministries in
congregations, around Virginia, and through the ELCA. To read it online, click here. To subscribe or send in stories of justice, contact The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, Assistant to the Bishop,