This is a list of items for "Shoebox for Christmas" each year for kids. Shop a little each month over the course of the year.
(All sizes should be small-to-medium travel sizes easy to pack and ship)
JAN "Health" -- bandaids, Q-tips, cotton balls, pocket Kleenex
FEB "Hair" --combs, brushes, conditioner, ribbons, ponytail holders, clips, shampoos
MAR "Hygiene" -- Toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, etc.
APR "Cleanliness" --Soap, washclothes, deodorant
MAY "Personal" --Socks and underwear
JUN "Pastimes" --Small books, hand-held games, activity books, coloring books, crayons or markers
JUL "Fun things" --Small toys, cars, jacks, balls, small stuffed animals
AUG "School" --Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, & other school items
SEP "Teacher's supplies" --Paper, glue, scissors, pencil sharpeners
OCT "Nice to have" --Children's Xmas cards, petite figurines
NOV "Warmth" -- Mittens, gloves, scarves
DEC "Assemble" and send-off.
Some representative 'Thank You's"!!
From Rehoboth Christian School (NM) . . for 4 boxes of E.S supplies (2016)
From 'Church World Service' for donation to Miscellaneous Kits for disaster relief . . .
From UMC Board of Child Care for donation . . . (2016)
From UMCOR for donation to General Board of Global Ministries for direct donation to Babyfold at Old Mutare Fairfield Children's Home, Zimbabwe . . .
From Shepherd's Table, Silver Spring . . . (continuing)
From Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference for Native American Children's Fund . . .
From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless for clients, and for Back-to-School fair . . . (2016)
From Rehobeth Christian School, New Mexico, for 6 boxes of elementary school supplies, hygiene items, and backpacks (Mr. Jim Holwerda, Principal) . . . (2017)
From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless: "We did it!" With your help 11 veterans ended their homelessness through 'Operation Homecoming' . . . . (2016)
From Enemy Swim Day School, South Dakota . . for supplies, socks, hygiene items, etc.
From Broad Acres E S kids: " . . for the 112 backpacks!" (Sept 2017)
2017 Mission Tree . . hats, scarves, mittens, etc to WI and SD
2017 Holiday Shop and (5) Advent Families' Christmas . . . from L to L at JLES at Br Acres
2017 Coat Drive -- 220 coats collected for families of Br Acres ES. Thanks to Valerie Campbell,
Denzel Maddy, and Jasmine Maddy for organizing! Wow! Thanks from
Linkages to Learning at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres.
April 2018 - A group of GS angels helped pack 'Hunger Kits' at Colesville Presbyterian Church.
Xmas in April 2018 -- 16 of us from GS joined a larger work group headed by B. Frank Joy Construction and worked on a house of a legally blind woman. Built a fence and trash enclosure; installed several ceiling fans; fixed or installed new outlets; installed smoke and CO2 detectors; did weeding; trimming, repairing garden trim; cleaned a kitchen, bathrooms and storage; removed old carpet and broken furniture, and always . . . always . . . . painted!
May 2018 -- from Mobility Worldwide (c/o Penney Farms, FL) , $300 for cost of a motorized 3-wheeled cart distributed free to a wheelchair-bound elderly person in need.
What do the Trustees Do? Like a building superintendent, the job of a Trustee is to be a steward of the property. In theory, ALL members are trustees! Here are some typical activities and/or needs that this group has tackled:
--security cameras & high security light in the parking lot
--broken floor tiles
--burnt-out bulbs w-a-a-y up high . .
--a roof leak above the Parlor
--stewardship of fees by outside groups to offset our costs
--kitchen hood and elevator inspection and rehab
--electrical repairs to parking lot lights
--the church secretary's computer problems were sourced and fixed
--the Sanctuary closet and Sacristy were cleaned and organized
-- repairing water damage in both bell towers; repairing leaking toilets; repairing leaking and broken gutters; fixing church sign on NHAve; painting doors and cabinets in Lewis Hall and corridor.
2018 Christmas Mitten Tree Update . . .
The Hazel Black Mitten Tree Project for Native American Reservations collected 6 large boxes of hats, scarves, socks, lap robes, blankets, sweaters, baby items, and other miscellaneous items that were sent to a Reservation in Eagle Butte, SD. and the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks to the buyers, shoppers, and packers who put this together. A special thanks to the Riderwood Knitters Group and Laura Kane for the beautiful hand-knit items, and to Pat and Lani McConnell for helping Janice pack and ship the boxed items.
. . . and 2018 Coat Donations
Thanks to everyone who donated coats to the Winter Coat Drive. We're pleased to report a final tally of 150 coats -- 93 for kids and 57 for teens and adults. A special thanks to whomever brought in a bag of children's boots. We're sure they were welcome when the snow storms hit!!
. . . and 2018 Advent Families
Thanks, thanks thanks to everyone who donated and took care of "mitten" needs on the Advent tree. This year's project helped 6 families in-need: four from Broad Acres and two from the Church. GS enabled toys, gifts, stockings, grocery cards, and more. One family thanked us (through BAES office) for the GS "Angels" who enabled Christmas; their kids had "the best (surprise!) Christmas ever" after concluding that their parents probably couldn't afford to provide much of anything. (What? They don't believe in Santa?!) Other families sent thank you cards, artwork, and picture-"proof" of their kids' Christmas excitement. Check the bulletin board in the hall outside of Lewis Hall. Thank you "Elves"!
Rev. DaeHwa Park
A native South Korean, and an ordained elder in full connection of the B/W Conference. His father, Rev. KookWon Park, is a Korean Methodist Pastor. Rev. Park (DaeHwa) studied theology at Yonsei University, SK, 1985-1989, and studied graduate work thru 1995. He served at several Korean Methodist churches in the Seoul metropolitan area. He worked as youth pastor, Sunday school teacher, program director, theological intern, and young adult pastor. He eventually made his way to Fairfax, VA, where he worked at several churches. He has also worked or pastored in Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Oakdale, and West Friendship. The National Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, DC, is his home church, and also where he started the ordination process.
Rev. Park lives in Olney, MD, with wife YoungHoon Park (music teacher at Springhill Lake E.S.); Gideon Thory, 21 (Temple Univ.); Jeremy Solo, 19 (Univ. of MD); and Theodore Atticus, 11 (Redland M.S.)
Visit Rev. Park's website here
Good Shepherd mourns the passing of Leo Prahinski
Leo F. X. Prahinski (obit from online)
Leo was born in Philadelphi, PA, in 1941. He passed away Sept. 8, 2019, after a hard-fought battle with leukemia. He graduated from Gonzaga College H.S. in D.C. and the Univ. of Md (Law School). He had a successful law practice in Beltsville for many years. He was a member of the College Park-Adelphi Chapter of the Jaycees and was a member of the JCI Senate during many years of community service. His passions were Civil Rights and social justice. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, the Nats' and Skins'. He is survived by his wife, Glee, of 31 years, and daughters Amy, Karen, Kathi, and son Leo D., and six grandchildren, and sisters Nancy, Mary Jane, Dorothy Rose, and Rita. He was precededed in death by brothers Bob, Ted, and Art. A mass and burial was held September 19, 2019.
Coffee with the Pastor
Monday mornings, 11 am, in the Pastor's Study. Come and share your story, your family, and your faith with the Pastor. Coffee is "on him!"
Faith Talks Thursday mornings, 11 am. Guided by FaithLinks online resources; a study of UM beliefs and positions on social issues.
Religion and Science
Thursdays, 6 pm, in the Pastor's Study. 30 minute presentation series on Religion and Science, facilitated by Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH. The series will focus on science that deepens our faith.
High Noon Wed's Prayer
Come to the Sanctuary, Wednesdays at 12 pm for a group prayer, led by Pastor.
Stewardship Campaign "Made for More: Our Joyous Work Toward the Year of Multiplication"