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Arise  United College Ministries at Mason

Arise United College Ministries at Mason

Arise is a Christian ministry at George Mason University that encourages students to explore faith and discover grace.  Rooted in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal, Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ, United Methodist traditions, and coming together to journey in their faith with individuals of many other backgrounds as well.  Led by Rev. Andrew Ensz, the students ask questions about faith, connect with others, and find ways to live out of God’s unconditional love. Arise is a ministry of United College Ministries of Northern Virginia.  FPC supports the program with an annual donation and volunteer support as well as hosting college students who attend worship on Sundays. FPC Program Lead: Virginia Leslie


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VOICE

VOICE  is Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement Organizing for a New Dominion of Justice and Political Participation OUR FAITH DEMANDS & OUR DEMOCRACY REQUIRES… Vision:  We must act NOW to change the trajectory in Northern Virginia — to reclaim the promise of living here for ourselves and for the next generation. We must reclaim politics as an honorable pursuit in which people working together have the power to change their communities and their country for the better. We must lead by showing that, if we build trust through relationships that cross the usual lines of division, we will strengthen our region for the challenges ahead. We are called to be POWERFUL agents of CHANGE, to be BOLD, to be PERSISTENT, to demonstrate HOPE for a better Northern Virginia.  VOICE is expanding and broadening its membership in each jurisdiction so that we have the power to tackle county- and region-wide issues as well as to be a non-partisan force for VOICE’s organizing agenda in statewide elections for Governor and Attorney General in 2017, and statewide and local elections in 2018 and 2019. FPC supports VOICE financially with annual dues paid monthly, and FPC members are involved in the programs and activities of VOICE. www.voice-iaf.org FPC Program Lead: Leslie Woods


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CROP Hunger Walk

CROP Hunger Walk

The Burke Walk is one of over 1,400 CROP Hunger Walks held each year as part of a nationwide effort to raise money and awareness for hunger relief, sponsored by Church World Service. Walkers and their sponsors help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs ̶ from seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans. Each local CROP Hunger Walk also supports its own community by giving back 25 percent of the funds raised to local hunger-fighting programs. In the past 24 years, more than 5,900 Burke CROP Walkers raised over $450 thousand to relieve hunger globally through Church World Service, and over $102,200 to help hungry people in our own community. In November 2016, 280 walkers braved the wind chill and joined together, along with their generous sponsors, to raise over $42,000 – a record total! The walk ends at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, and we help host a celebration for the walkers, providing refreshments. A team of youth and adults participate in the walk. www.burkecropwalk.org FPC Program Lead:


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Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together

National Rebuilding Day is the signature event of Rebuilding Together, the leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable home ownership. Every year on the last Saturday of April, volunteers with 166 Rebuilding Together affiliates repair and restore homes and non-profit facilities. They also bring national attention to the plight of America’s low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live. Each year, FPC staffs and sponsors a team to work on numerous projects with a local family. www.rebuildingtogether-aff.org FPC Program Leads: Mac Mercer, Sal Sparacino, Kevin Strickler


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Sewing Group

For 19 years,  the FPC Sewing Group has been a fellowship and service small group that helps others in our church, community and internationally by using our sewing talents to aid special groups with unique needs.  Non-sewers contribute invaluable aid in pressing, cutting out, pinning, etc. We would love to have you join our group which generally meets on the first and third Mondays from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Multipurpose Room. We do easy projects suitable for beginners to learn to sew, such as tote bags, pillowcases and blankets! We have also added a 5th Monday this year for personal sewing, knitting, crocheting and crafts. All are invited to participate. Sew Much Comfort: To look more normal while recovering or going back to duty or to other careers, wounded warriors who have lost limbs are asking for and we adapted uniforms or other clothing like jeans, shirts, jackets, shorts or slacks. Boulder Crest Retreat at Bluemont, Virginia: A newer outreach which provides, free of charge, a country setting retreat experience for seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover. We have provided tote bags, blank banners for art therapy workshops, lap quilts, plus toiletry kits for female soldier retreats. See brochure on MPR bulletin board or go to website at www.bouldercrestretreat.org The Lullaby Project –We have been making blankets or small receiving blankets which are being used by The Lullaby Project and Brother to Brother Foundation to provide birthing kits to groups going on mission trips where they are needed. The birthing kits include baby caps, a receiving blanket, a blanket and medical supplies for a safer delivery. Http://lullabyproject1.wix.com/lullabyproject Ryan’s Case for Smiles – Pillowcases are made to cheer and delight young cancer patients. We are also providing maternity tops for the Gabriel Project. Women contribute their time and… Continue Reading Sewing Group


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FACETS

FACETS

Mission: FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County. Vision: FACETS envisions a day when everyone in Fairfax County has access to adequate and affordable housing and nobody is homeless. We seek to engage and educate our community in providing long-term solutions and resources to break the cycle of poverty for our neighbors in need. Values: FACETS values our clients and treats them with dignity and respect regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion or mental or physical disability. www.facetscares.org FACETS programs at FPC: FACETS Hot Meals FACETS Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program FACETS Back to School Supplies Drive FPC Point of Contact: Becca Peterson


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