Announcements – December 5, 2016
Mission of the Month: Angel Trees
Angel Trees are here! Instead of the traditional ornaments, the Angel Trees are adorned with tags that detail a special need for the following organizations:
- Good News Prison Ministry – Soft cover new or gently used Bibles and faith-based books, new greeting cards and stationery for inmates
- Arlington Foster Care – (focusing on teens age 13 and up who make up over half of the kids in foster care) gel soaps and body lotions (Bath and Body Works), colognes/fragrances (with appropriate message), baseball sports caps (preferably plain), t-shirts or polo shirts (solid colors), ear buds, nail polish, make-up, hair accessories for teen girls and hoodies for both boys and girls (solid color or appropriate message). Also appreciated are gift cards in $25 or $50 increments from these suggested stores: Generic Visa/AMEX, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Walmart, Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, and Amazon.
Choose one or more tags, purchase the item(s) and place them unwrapped under the matching tree. We’ll gather up the donations and deliver them to the correct organization. This year we are collecting items right up to Christmas for Good News Prison Ministry. The items are useful throughout the year as these organizations serve our community. Please note, for Arlington Foster Care we have a December 8 deadline as their annual party is on December 10.
Questions? Contact Becky Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary Donations this month will benefit the Refugee & Immigrant Services Program of Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Area (LSS/NCA). At any moment, more than 15 million refugees around the world must leave their homes because of war or civil unrest. Since the 1970s, LSS/NCA has partnered with local organizations, companies, and individual volunteers to aid in the resettlement of thousands of federally approved refugees as they begin new lives in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. For more information, go to: http://lssnca.org/programs/refugees_immigrant/.
You can give to the mission of the month by using the special mission offering envelopes in the pews, online at www.flcva.org, or by scanning the QR code on the back of this bulletin.
Open Council Positions for 2017
Faith’s Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for open positions on the 2017 church council. Please see the Nominations flyer for more details or to submit a nomination.
Homeless Bagged Meals Ministry
On every second Saturday of the month, we prepare simple meals in the kitchen and hand them out directly to our homeless neighbors at an outdoor location in North Arlington. You can help with shopping for the food, the meal preparation at 1:30 p.m., or the distribution of meals at 5:30 p.m. Contact Paul Wengert to get involved: email@example.com
Faith Volunteers at the Arlington Homeless Services Center (HSC)
Volunteer days require 2-3 volunteers to serve the evening meal, monitor the clothing room, or assist staff with other tasks. The next volunteer day will be December 11th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please contact Ginny Paulus at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.
Women of Faith Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
Samuel Beckett’s – Shirlington
Please join us in celebrating the Christmas Season with a social event for the women of Faith (21 and over). Contact Liz Schuch with any questions: email@example.com
Upcoming XYZ Activities:
Saturday, December 10th – We will attend a Christmas concert at the Bible Church in Springfield, then go to Silverado restaurant. Tickets are $5.00. The van leaves at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. concert.
Tuesday, December 13th – We will go into Washington for lunch at the Old Ebbitts Grill. Van leaves at 11:30 a.m.
FLP’s Annual Pop-In & Shop
Sunday, December 11th – 7:00-9:00 pm
Monday, December 12th – 10:00 am-1:00 pm
On Sunday night we will have music and snacks. Monday is kid-friendly with snacks and featuring entertainment featuring the grandson’s JR.!
Local vendors include: Stella & Dot – LuLaRoe – Noggin Toppers Hair Bows – Crafty “D” Girls – Pretty Fizzy Bombs – Trunk Love dõTerra – Keep Collective – Pampered Chef – Lemongrass Spa – J. Marlou & Company – BeautyCounter – Mary Kay – Thirty-one Gifts – Wildtree – Holy Land Christian Solidarity Cooperative – Matilda Jane – Sweets for my Sweet – Postmarked Yesterday & More!
Poinsettia and Greenery Dedications are due by Sunday, December 11th. Please fill out one of the forms available at the service, or complete our online dedication form at: https://goo.gl/forms/bYzNWrvrh5r6Rlre2. The Google form can also be found on the church website’s “Sign Up Central.”
Newsletter Article and Opt-in Deadline
Articles and announcements for the January-February edition of The Key are due by Monday, December 19th. Please bring your submissions to the church office or send by email to Laura Bolger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For those who would like to continue receiving a paper copy of the newsletter by mail, December 19th is also the deadline to submit your opt-in form. We will also have some paper copies available for pickup at the services on Sunday, January 1st.
Our Annual Children’s’ Christmas Program will take place at the 9:30 service on Sunday, December 18th. The service will be followed by a 10:30 “Birthday Party For Jesus.” All are welcome to attend. Watch next week’s announcements for more details and signup information.