Reaching out in fellowship and helping our neighbors is at the very root of our Christian faith. As a congregation, we have been helping neighbors in need through the Southeast Ministry, the food pantry, and Global Missions. It reaffirms our bonds with each other and with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who first and best showed the power of simple kindness and selfless giving.
Race for Hope, Sunday, May 5
Reformation, led by the Frerichs Friends Team, will be participating in the Race for Hope - DC 5K Run/Walk again this year, being held on Sunday, May 5. The Race for Hope - DC is a fun and inspirational event, and supports the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure in their quest to find a cure for brain tumors. You can support our team by donating or by registering to run or walk. Go to the Frerichs Friends webpage to join or donate. Thank you!
Each bag of food distributed feeds a family of four for two days -- and costs $18.00. It is an expensive ministry and costs approximately $50,000 annually, but it is worth it! Want to get involved? -- contact Karen Carlson.
Global Mission Looking for a way to become engaged with the global church? We are involved in international relationships on many levels – in the synod’s global mission committee; lifting up global partnerships through travel, study, music, friendship, advocacy, and prayer; and serving in professional capacities in a broad range of international church, nonprofit, governmental, and private organizations. Reformation’s global outreach involves prayer support for these ministries, as well as volunteer time, financial resources, and space. The Global Mission Working Group is a doorway for members of Church of the Reformation to get involved in global relationships such as our sister congregation involvements in Windhoek, Namibia; Geneva, Switzerland; and London, England. Contact Kathryn Tobias for more information.
National Lutheran Communities and Service In Rockville, Maryland, the National Lutheran Home provides a "home" to 300 elderly persons in need of care, manages a complex of 129 independent living units, and is planning to build an independent complex in Winchester, VA. Established in 1890 when a member at Reformation donated the land to build a facility, one of our members has traditionally served on the Board. Many of our members, over the years, have resided at the Home. An important adjunct to the work of the Home is the Auxiliary, whose sole purpose is to enrich the lives of the residents.
The National Lutheran Home & Village has a rich history and an ongoing dynamic expression of caregiving, stewardship and volunteerism. For more than 100 years, the work of NLHV has embraced individuals and their families in time of need to offer excellent healthcare and quality of life for people 65 and older. NLHV is open to people of all faiths without regard to gender, race, ethnicity or national origin. There are numerous ways to support the ministry through volunteering , leadership , the NLH Auxiliary , financial contributions and employment at NLHV.Contact Bonnie Franklin for more information.
Reconciling In Christ The Church of the Reformation is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Congregation, and as such welcomes all people as full members, regardless of their sexual orientation, their gender identity or that of their children, siblings or friends. Contact Philip Moeller for more information.
Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) - works to make free home repairs for low-income homeowners, especially elderly, disabled, and families with children in our Nation's capital, Washington, DC.
Additionally, these organizations connect Reformation with the Washington, D.C. community. They offer social services and advocacy for underrepresented populations within the D.C. metro area.
Lutheran Social Services/National Capitol Area (LSS/NCA) www.lssnca.org
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) – national offices in Baltimore, MD www.lutheranservices.org
Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) – social services in Capitol Hill community supported by consortium of Capitol Hill congregations and organizations www.capitolhillgroupministry.org
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live.
Community Family Life Services (CFLS) mission is to give people living in poverty and homelessness the tools they need to move towards permanent economic and social self-sufficiency. FLS offers short-term crisis assistance and empowers families and individuals to change their lives for the better. Their services are in the following areas: Housing Services; Supportive Services & Community Outreach; and Youth Development & Advocacy.
ReconcilingWorks, formerly Lutherans Concerned / North America "embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within teh Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners."
A national volunteer service program, partners with full-time volunteers and over 100 social justice organizations and ministries in twelve cities in the United States. In addition to working for justice, LVC Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people, deepen their spirituality, and encourage simple, sustainable living.
Lutheran Peace Fellowship (LPF) is a community of Lutherans across the U.S. and around the globe, responding to the gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers. Based in Seattle since 1994, LPF offers a wide range of expertise, support, and resources for youth and adults.