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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DC Area Churches & Real Estate Development

A positive trend in the Church: using church property to provide housing to low-income neighbors.  This WP article highlights the work of Enterprise Community Partners in helping churches develop their properties.  Also see The Church at Clarendon. (Page slightly out of date).

Article excerpt:
Macedonia Baptist Church has been serving the Arlington, Va. community and Washington, D.C. region in excess of one hundred years. We firmly believe that our faith community should be an integral part of the broader community, and it is a part of our mission to serve beyond the walls of our sanctuary. As part of our comprehensive plan, we recently undertook the challenge of providing needed affordable housing within the Nauck community of Arlington. Along with several key partners, we successfully opened a 36-unit apartment building serving low- and moderate-income residents, with five units reserved for Arlington County Supportive Housing mentally and physically disabled residents. The site also includes an incubator space for several small and start-up businesses in support of economic empowerment.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Help Provide Thanksgiving Baskets - 2011


Partial repost - 2010 version found here. Care Company is completing their Thanksgiving drive offline. They, as they should, will be making appeals for care for the needy around Christmas time also.
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When Nabal refused to feed David and his men in 1 Samuel 25, in spite of their help for him, the insult was all the greater because it occurred at a feast time, when landowners and the wealthy were under obligation to feed the poor. So with Nabal's fortunes in mind, we can think of these events as more than just opportunities to serve. In the words of Capitol Hill Group Ministries, "Remember that your generosity means there are more families seated at the Thanksgiving table." Let there be much Thanksgiving!


Given the recent increasing trend over the past few years CHGM estimates that this year’s demand will come in close to 440 baskets! A Thanksgiving Day Basket typically costs around $50 and feeds a family of 4. For more information about how to register to donate a Thanksgiving Day Basket or for detailed instructions regarding what items go in a thanksgiving basket please CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in Volunteering with the Thanksgiving Food Basked Distribution please CLICK HERE.




There is a wealth of similar programs around the city run with the help of churches, government organizations, and others. In addition, on top of the always incredible work of DC Cares, a Thanksgiving volunteering gateway can be found here.

"It is right to give Him thanks and praise!"


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Council of Churches of Greater Washington - Sundays Nov. 6 & 20

CCGW Fall Assembly, November 6, 2011
Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. at historic St. Aloysius Church. Mayor Vincent Gray is the invited guest to speak. All are welcomed to attend this free event. St. Aloysius Church is located at 19 "I" Street NW ("I" Street NW and North Capital Street). Refreshments will be available following the Assembly. 


Washington Area Jobs Initiative
Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at National City Christian Church. A jobs program meeting of the Council of Churches of Greater Washington. All are invited. The council will introduce an innovative program to help people get jobs, a program to be supported by churches, business, foundations, union, and the government.