God's Work. Our Hands. Service Weekend

*Masks are required indoors, out of an abundance of caution and considering the higher transmission of the Delta variant. This is just one of the ways we love our neighbors and share the gospel of God’s grace.

 

September 11-12

 

Together we can:

  • Spruce up the church yard for the first day of Sunday School.
  • Make 5 blankets for Guest House graduates.
  • Write 10 letters supporting Afghans resettling in our area and affordable housing in our community.
  • Pack 20 Welcome Home Kits for Carpenter’s Shelter and Afghan resettlement programs.

There’s a project that fits your interests, skills and schedule—signup today!


Now – Friday, Sept. 10

Provide Welcome Home Kit Supplies

If you can contribute items, check out items needed and signup. If we fill up all the items, we can add more and plan to create more kits.

Volunteer leaders: Denise Steene & Robbie Morris


We’ll collect kit items at GSLC through Friday, Sept. 10:

Drop off at Good Shepherd  (look for the GWOH bins)

-or-

Contactless delivery: Order online and ship to church for arrival:

c/o GWOH Project

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 W. Luray Ave., Alexandria, VA 22302

Phone: 703-548-8608


Saturday, Sept. 11

Yard Work at Church

10 - 11:45 AM | 11:45 AM Light lunch

Join us to create a rock garden under our new sign, pull weeds in the flower beds and prune hedges. Many hands make light work. Bring gloves, shovels, rakes, hoes, and trowels if you have them.

Volunteer leader: Chris Hoeffner


Sunday, Sept. 12

Service Projects

Noon - 12:30 PM Light lunch

12:30 - 2 PM Make Welcome Home Kits || Make Blankets || Write Letters

  • Make Welcome Home Kits


    Local

    Join us to package kits of household necessities for Carpenter’s Shelter residents who are moving out on their own or Afghan refugees resettling in our area. See the shopping list


    Volunteer leaders: Denise Steene & Robbie Morris


    Signup

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  • Make Blankets


    Local

    Work together to tie blankets for that are given to Guest House graduates when they complete their program.


    You can also sign-up to take a quilt kit to complete at home. 


    Volunteer leader: Denise Gray


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  • Write Letters


    Global & Local

    We'll have letter templates and information, paper, envelopes and stamps so you can learn about Afghans resettling in our area and affordable housing in our community and share your concerns with local, state and national leaders.


    This activity can also be done online.


    Volunteer leader: Nicole Thompson


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Can't make it Sunday? Advocate virtually!

Good Shepherd and the ELCA believe fair, affordable housing is a key factor in people's ability to be and feel safe, which provides a foundation for healthy, stable, productive lives. Because of this we're focusing advocacy efforts to ask for critical housing funding in the FY 2022 federal budget and for the federal government to enact the objectives of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services' Hope for our Afghan Allies initiative.


Here's how you can advocate virtually:

Bathroom Kit Shopping List

Bathroom Kit Shopping List

  • Individual set of towels (neutral colors)
  • Shower curtain with rings/hooks
  • Shower caddy
  • Small bath mat/rug
  • Toothbrushes (for adults and kids)
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand soap
  • Bar of soap
  • Shampoo (for straight and textured* hair and babies)
  • Lotion (scented and unscented)
  • Maxi pads
*Consider brands like Carol’s Daughter, Cantu, Just for Me, Olive hair products.


We’ll collect kit items at GSLC through Friday, Sept. 10:

Drop off at Good Shepherd  (look for the GWOH bins)

-or-

Contactless delivery: Order online and ship to church for arrival:

c/o GWOH Project

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 W. Luray Ave., Alexandria, VA 22302

Phone: 703-548-8608