Immigrants from south of the border:
FILL THE COATRACK!
For years, Good Shepherd has had a November Thanksgiving outreach that focuses on the coming of colder weather. This year, our outreach is a response to a specific need expressed by St. Thomas DC on October 22 when a carload of clothing was delivered. When we spoke of our wish at Good Shepherd to focus on a specific need for the month of November, we learned the following:
- The primary refugees currently being sent on buses to DC where they are simply dropped off and left are Venezuelan men.
- One of the biggest needs for this current group of refugees are warm winter jackets.
To that end, we are kicking off our FILL THE COATRACK! CAMPAIGN on Sunday, November 6. The CAMPAIGN will conclude on Sunday, November 27 with a blessing of the warm winter jackets that we hope will fill the coatrack at the back of the sanctuary. The jackets will then be delivered to St. Thomas DC.
1. SMALL AND MEDIUM MEN'S SIZES, PLEASE.
2. NEW WINTER JACKETS PREFERRED, BUT GENTLY USED ONES ARE WELCOME, TOO. (The good news here is that reasonably priced, good quality winter jackets are not hard to find, if not in stores, then online.)
Hurricane Ian relief
Appeal from Episcopal Relief and Development: Hurricane Ian relief.
Support for displaced Ukranians
Episcopal Relief & Development has mobilized with Anglican agencies and other partners in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine.
Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance ( ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance.
Another option is Razom - Razom for Ukraine
Razom for Ukraine has also received the Guidestar Gold Transparency designation for 2021. They are a public charity and almost 100% of the contributions go directly to aid in Ukraine. More information about Razom
Saturday Morning Parking Lot Food Drive
These collections take place on the first and third Saturday mornings from 11 am - 12 pm. See Upcoming Events on our WELCOME page for the date of the next collection. There is a short prayer service at the 12 pm.
You can make a donation of needed items through an Amazon Shepherd's Table Wishlist. When you buy from the Wishlist, have your purchase sent to The Shepherd's Table, 8106 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
There are now volunteer opportunities at Shepherd's Table, however, for the safety of volunteers and clients there are volunteer restrictions in place. Click here to review them.
How Can I Help?
During this challenging time with longtime racial issues coming to the forefront, many of us are looking for ways in which we can use our time and energy to "seek to serve Christ in all persons" through concrete actions. Our Deacon and the Social Ministries Group have pulled together a list of organizations engaged in social justice and racial equity that speak to our hearts and that need our help. A number of them follow, with a quick summary of each.
1. Episcopal Public Policy Network A grassroots network of Episcopalian dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to "strive for justice and peace" through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. signup,
2. Poor People's Campaign This is the Rev. William Barber's group. Their goal is to reach people in a variety of ways to encourage them to vote. additional info
3. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) A national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. There are local chapters in Montgomery County and DC. facebook, surgedc
4. Bend the Arc - Jewish Action Their goal is to stand with communities under attack through phone banks, post card writing, holding elected officials accountable, etc. You do not need to be Jewish to join. information
5. CASA de Maryland Advocacy and assistance for Latino and immigrant communities in the DMV: healthcare, employment, housing, language/literacy, citizenship and legal services. website
6. Center Global (website) Local organization that welcomes and supports LGBTQ asylum-seekers who have fled persecution in more than 50 countries. Provides free legal services in partnership with Immigration Equality (website)