Community and Mission Ministries
As we seek to live out our baptismal vows we partner with numerous organizations in our community, including:
Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Wednesday and Saturday evening, 8:00-10:00 p.m. in the basement of the church.
Church-School Partnership: Eva Turner Elementary Reading Buddy
In 2017 we formed a partnership with Eva Turner Elementary School, our neighborhood school. There are many ways to get involved:
Reading Buddies—spend 30 minutes each week reading with an assigned buddy
Weekend Backpacks—Volunteers are needed to fill weekend backpacks of food to go home with kids who otherwise have little eat.
Embrace-a-Family—This year we are embracing one family at Eva Turner by providing support, friendship, and other assistance as needed throughout the year.
Farming 4 Hunger
Two to three times a year volunteers go to Serenity Farms in Benedict to harvest, pack, and distribute fresh produce to local food banks.
The Food Pantry is open each Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Volunteers greet clients and pack and distribute food with a smile. People are also needed to help purchase and drop off the groceries at the church. You can also serve by donating food for the pantry.
Fall Donation Schedule
|Soups||Low-sugar Cereal||Granola Bars
|Sacks of Apples and Potatoes||Oatmeal||Raisins and Dried Fruit|
Our Place Soup Kitchen
Fall 2018 and Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule
Mondays: Oct. 1, Dec. 3, Feb. 4, Apr. 1
Thursdays: Nov.1, Jan.3, Mar. 7, May 2
Once a month, St. Paul’s cooks and serves dinner at Our Place Soup Kitchen (located at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Waldorf). Volunteers are needed to help set up the dining room, cook the meal, serve the meal, and clean up.
Relay for Life
Every June, St. Paul’s raises money and “walks the track” to benefit the American Cancer Society. Volunteers are needed to assist in the annual “Ledo’s Night” that helps to raise funds for our team.
Hosted in conjunction with Lifestyles of Maryland, Safe Nights provides overnight shelter to individuals and families who lack permanent housing. Volunteers help prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner and provide evening activities for adults and children.
Walk to End Homelessness
Saturday, November 17, 2019
Annual fundraiser and walk in downtown La Plata every November to benefit the “Safe Nights” Program.