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Hands and Feet

Hands and Feet

Parish-Wide Discernment

September 11, 18, 25 and October 2

 

What if God is up to something really big and global, but it can only be discovered through small and local? This is one of the questions we will be contemplating in the Adult Forum this fall. The Hands and Feet Committee was formed as an offshoot of St. Mark’s Outreach Commission, and through conversation with Missional Voices at Virginia Theological Seminary, to discern how God is calling St. Mark’s to real and meaningful service outside our walls—in our neighborhoods and in the world.

 

The Hands and Feet Committee has met to discuss and vet many potential outreach projects—those with local, global and individual focus—and has selected four which seemed best suited for St. Mark’s. We will meet as a parish at the Forum to discern “What is God Calling St. Mark’s to at this moment in time?” We will invite speakers to join us so we can learn more. We will have time for discernment, group discussion, prayer, and a little Bible study, all to move us forward toward implementation.

 

Come and be a part of these important discussions!

 

September 11: Laundry Love (laundrylove.org) 

Described as “the modern day foot washing,” Laundry Love seeks to bring economic relief by giving the individual or family the option to redirect funds from laundry toward food, medical, gas or transportation costs as well as school supplies and other basic, everyday necessities. The Laundry Love initiative consists of regular opportunities to help people who are struggling financially by assisting them with doing their laundry. Laundry Love partners with local laundromats in cleaning the clothes of those living in shelters, motels, cars, garages and on the streets.

 

September 18: Refugee Resettlement of Connecticut (irisct.org)

Refugees come from a wide range of war-torn countries, including Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Their needs are significant and IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service) is their primary resource as they begin to rebuild their lives after years of persecution and displacement. IRIS helps refugees on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States.

 

September 25: Learning Differences: LDA of Connecticut (ldaamerica.org)

Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities. LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. 

 

October 2: American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (afedj.org)

The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) is dedicated to building peace from the ground up by financially supporting education and healthcare available to all in the Holy Land and raising awareness in the United States. AFEDJ was founded in 1988 as an independent, nonpolitical 501(c)(3) organization. As a partner to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, AFEDJ is devoted to respect, human dignity, and the inherent value of each person. 

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