Christ Church Outreach News: August 25, 2022


Saint Luke’s Youth Center Holds a Live Performance in Baltimore on Friday, Aug. 26, and Continues Its Quilt Raffle at Our Parish Festival

St. Luke’s Youth Center, which operates year-round as the nonprofit SLYC, invites everyone to attend a performance in person at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. It will be held on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore in Leadership Hall, 685 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD, 21201.


The program features children who have been attending Camp Imagination, which has inspired a love of reading and writing through the visual and performing arts. SLYC held one session of its summer camp in June; it will conclude its second session on Friday, as described in the July newsletter. To help children in West Baltimore attend, the Outreach Commission contributed $500, and others at Christ Church also made donations.

We learned more about SLYC when Executive Director Amanda Gardner Talbot delivered the Aug. 7 sermon at Christ Church, speaking about faith.


Parishioners also met SLYC Engagement Coordinator Darlene Clark, who will appear during Friday’s performance as “Granny Slam.” She and others at SLYC will take a shuttle to Leadership Hall to simplify parking. You can join them by arriving no later than 3:45 p.m. at the former St. Luke’s Episcopal parish, 217 N. Carey Street, Baltimore, MD, 21223.


Clark and SLYC participant TyJuan Hawkins helped Talbot launch its fund-raising raffle during their visit to Christ Church. It was made possible by parishioner Nancy Winchester, who donated one of her lovely, handmade quilts, this one in queen-size with an accompanying runner for the pillows.

Clark and SLYC participant TyJuan Hawkins helped Talbot launch its fund-raising raffle during their visit to Christ Church. It was made possible by parishioner Nancy Winchester, who donated one of her lovely, handmade quilts, this one in queen-size with an accompanying runner for the pillows.

The raffle continues on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Christ Church Parish Festival, where members of the Outreach Commission will sell tickets. Buy 1 ticket for $5, 5 for $10, or 10 for $25. If you wish to purchase tickets later, please email outreach@christchurchcolumbia.org.


Other venues for the quilt raffle will be area congregations that support SLYC, which counts the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland among its partners. The reparations task force of the diocese recently awarded a grant to SYLC and five other organizations. Read about the grants in a May 25 press release from the diocese.

Afghan Refugee Ministry Updates – New Ways You Can Help

  • Support the Afghan Refugee Ministry “white elephant” table at the September 17 Christ Church flea market: donate items in very good condition, help at the table, shop at the table. Items you’re donating can be dropped off at Old Brick from 10am – 3pm during the week of Sept 12 (only during that week, please). Check-in with Aisha White in the church office who’ll show you where to put your donations. Nothing that's broken or damaged, please, nothing too heavy, and no clothing. Contact Paula Rees for more information - cprees@comcast.net.

  • As we mark one year since the U.S. military left Afghanistan and the Taliban took control, your voice is needed to urge a resolution of the current temporary visa status of thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. and were evacuated (the members of the Afghan family here in the U.S. that's sponsored by Christ Church are in this group), and lack of visas for thousands more Afghans who helped the Americans but who did not get out last year and remain in grave danger from the Taliban (the husband/father and son/brother of “our” Afghan family are in this group). Link to steps you can take (either quick or more in-depth) in support of the Afghan Adjustment Act on the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service website (www.lirs.org), under the “Take Action” tab.


Columbia Community Care Requests Diapers, Personal Care Items

At Christ Church, members of R.A.G.E and the Outreach Commission ask parishioners to continue supporting the all-volunteer organization, Columbia Community Care (CCC). Please collect diapers, baby wipes, sanitary and personal care items, and adult diapers. Put them in the yellow bin, marked “CCC,” inside the Parish Hall on weekdays when the church office is open or on Sunday. Our representative is Violet Smith, who takes parishioners’ donated items to a CCC site for distribution on Saturdays. Updated information about distribution can be found on the CCC Group on Facebook.



Donate Snacks, Crackers, and Cookies to FISH in Bin on our Breezeway

Organizers for FISH of Howard County are continuing to ask for cookies, crackers, and snacks to fulfill its shopping lists. The yellow bin is between Old Brick and the Parish Hall. Thanks for your contributions to our neighbors in need.



In general, if you have suggestions about ways to help the community, if you want to get involved, or if you need assistance, please email Christ Church Outreach at outreach@christchurchcolumbia.org. Your help is greatly welcomed and appreciated. Thank you.