Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) Plot Against Hunger
Resurrection has a long history of helping the community including the founding and continued support of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Resurrection has been supporting AFAC through its Plot Against Hunger program for many years. Most recently, in 2018, members grew peppers, eggplant, squash, herbs and tomatoes in the AFAC Plot Against Hunger garden for donation. Over 100 pounds of produce were donated to AFAC between July and October, helping many of our neighbors in need. The 2019 growing season is underway and we hope to increase the amount donated. The garden takes many hands working together to prepare the beds, plant, maintain, water, harvest and deliver vegetables -- volunteers are always welcome in this growing ministry!
RELC Quilts for Lutheran World Relief
Imagine the comfort and care you feel when you snuggle under a comforter or wear a piece of clothing made or worn by a loved one. That’s the feeling shared through a Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt. Useful for shielding against the cold and rain, and for warm bedding, quilts can also be purposed as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back. In a simple combination of fabric and thread, you reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope – you are not alone. The congregation has donated quilts and baby care kits and will continue to be generous in the future. RELC quilts have been sent all over the world.
RELC has provided a meal delivery team for the Arlington County Meals on Wheels program since the 1970’s. Meals are delivered to the homes of participants (typically elderly or disabled) who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. The amount charged for the meals is determined on a sliding scale based on the recipient’s ability to pay.
RELC’s delivery team handles 4 routes on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Every 3rd month, on the 5th Thursday of the month we also have a 5th Route. On delivery days drivers meet at Arlington Presbyterian Church in Ballston at 11:00 a.m. to pick up meals. It typically takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete delivery and return coolers to the Church. Current delivery team members are Ed & Anita Nolen, Randy Brooke, Dave & Melody Zeigler, and Steve Sapp. Our substitute drivers are Charlie and Judy Hughes, Heidi and Rosalie Dech and Cindy Reese.
We’re always looking for new or additional drivers, or substitute drivers to handle a route when a regular driver is unavailable. If you’re interested either in handling a route or being a substitute driver please contact Steve Sapp at 703–943-0459.
THANK YOU to all the RELC members who volunteered for this year’s Rebuilding Together project. We had a very successful effort. The homeowner is very happy with the work we did for her. We filled a dumpster with old furniture, construction debris, and other material that had been accumulated over many years. We cleaned the gutters and installed gutter screens. We built new concrete steps for the front and side entrances to her house, removed a dead tree stump, painted her porch floor and four sets of wrought iron hand rails, and several other small projects to clean up her yard.
Many thanks to the following RELC team members:
- Debbie Andre
- Doug Andre
- Lou Curran
- Pastor Anteneh
- Ted Mortensen
- Lee Nesbit
- Edd Nolen
- David Oaks
- Tristan Oaks
- Clark Person
- Claire Smith
- Carole Smith
- Mike Smith
Thanks also to Jim Dillon, Lou Wood, and Ben Smith, who have worked with our team for many years. Special thanks to Alfred Baumgast who is here from Germany and works with David Oaks. He was an enthusiastic volunteer and we thank him for his participation.
Thanks to St. Ann’s Catholic Church for providing breakfast for the volunteers. Their members, Matt Doyle and Bill Fernando have worked closely with us for many years.
Special thanks to Anita Nolen and the Social Ministry committee for providing and delivering lunch for the volunteers. Thanks to Mike Smith for organizing all the details. This was a very successful project!