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Christ Church Outreach News: August 31, 2023


Latest Ways to Help DreamBuilders Prepare for Future Construction

You can do your part to help DreamBuilders (DB) without picking up a hammer. Instead, consider picking up a bag of fair trade coffee or a box of the Equal Exchange teas that remain in our inventory. Or go one better, and buy a raffle ticket to win a new iPhone 14, which will be given to the lucky ticket holder at the DB spaghetti dinner at Temple Isaiah on October 14th. To increase the odds of winning, it’s a limited entry raffle: No more than 200 tickets will be sold.

The retail value of the iPhone 14, with 128 GB of memory in the color Midnight, is $829. Tickets cost $20 each or three for $50. If you missed your chance at the Parish Festival to buy tickets and wish to purchase one or more, please email outreach@christchurchcolumbia.org, and we will make arrangements.


To purchase raffle tickets in person, we will next sell them along with coffee and tea at the Parish Wednesday night dinner on Sept. 7. Don’t miss the chance to get a bargain on the coffee, which will be near half-price at $6 instead of $11 until our inventory is depleted. The teas, mostly boxes of green tea and Earl Grey, have a longer shelf life and will remain at $5 each.


You’ll be supporting a worthwhile cause that offers a multi-generational opportunity for parishioners of Christ Church and its four interfaith partners. The most recent trip, to Hazard, Ky., from June 18 to June 24, was to build two homes for flood victims as described in a WLEX-TV video report that aired on June 21 in Lexington, Ky.

The previous trip was to Puerto Rico, where volunteers plan to return early next year. On the trip were Christ Church’s DB representative Cathy Gold, Seminarian Mike Looney, and The Rev. Denise Schiavone. Deacon Denise wrote about it in January for the Christ Church blog, titled "What is Your Destiny?" More DB Spaghetti Dinner details are further down in this email.



Columbia Community Care Takes a Holiday, Requests Future Volunteers

Columbia Community Care (CCC) announced that its three distribution sites will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day weekend. Sites are located at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd.; Long Reach Village Center, Suite 9, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., and Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Rd., all in Columbia.

Please continue supporting CCC by giving essentials and with your time and talent. People can select tasks that suit them such as volunteering to make home deliveries or choosing to sort and stock items at the CCC pantry building, 10750 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Look for updates posted in the CCC Facebook Group or on the I Can Help” portion of its website.

Please keep collecting diapers, baby wipes, sanitary and personal care items and adult diapers. Put any of these in the yellow bin, marked “CCC,” inside the Parish Hall. Drop off items on weekdays when the church office is open or on Sundays. The Christ Church point of contact is Leigh Smith, who monitors the bins and delivers their contents.


Save the Date for the DreamBuilders Spaghetti Dinner

Please support DreamBuilders’ annual dinner and fundraising event on October 14th at Temple Isaiah. Bid on a wonderful selection of auction items at the silent auction and purchase tickets for their iPhone 14 raffle! All proceeds directly support DreamBuilders mission trips and projects. For more information, be sure to check out their flyer at https://ibb.co/CWdTBbb. Speak with Cathy Gold at church if you'd like more info.



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

Organizers for FISH of Howard County continue to ask for cookies, crackers, and snacks to fulfill their shopping lists. Please put items in a basket that has been returned to the altar. Or drop them in the yellow bin on the breezeway 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.


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