Christ Church Outreach News: August 4, 2022

Updated: 3 days ago


Saint Luke’s Youth Center Leaders To Describe Its Mission and Launch a Raffle of Our Parishioner’s Handmade Quilt on Sunday, August 7th

Please tune in virtually or come in person to welcome Executive Director Amanda Gardner Talbot of St. Luke’s Youth Center, which operates year-round as the nonprofit SLYC. She will deliver the sermon at Christ Church during both services on Sunday, August 7th.


Christ Church is also happy to participate in the launch on Sunday of an SLYC fund-raiser made possible by a parishioner. Nancy Winchester has donated one of her lovely, handmade quilts - this one is designed in a fall theme. You can admire the quilt and buy raffle tickets in the Narthex.

Future stops for Nancy’s quilt will involve some of the area congregations that support SLYC, which is the former St. Luke’s Episcopal parish. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is among the partners, and its reparations task force recently awarded a grant to SYLC and five other organizations. Read about the grants in a May 25th press release from the diocese.

You, too, are partnering with SLYC in that Vestry-approved funds for Christ Church Outreach are supporting its Camp Inspiration. SLYC held one session of its summer camp in June and will hold a second one Aug. 15-26, as described in the July newsletter. The Outreach Commission contributed $500, and others at Christ Church made donations.

West Baltimore families collaborate in SLYC’s leadership and offerings, which include “Moms on a Mission” and an after-school program. Our liaison to SLYC is Michon Semon, who led an Outreach field trip in June to St. Luke’s at 217 N. Carey Street, Baltimore, MD. Take three minutes to enjoy a virtual field trip by viewing This is SLYC” on YouTube.


The May 10, 2022 newsletter of the diocese has an article on the historic church and how it became a youth center. That was the mission of Talbot’s father, the Very Rev. Van Gardner, after retiring as Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore. After his death, his daughter pursues their dream. Please say hello to Amanda on Sunday or, if you can’t be with us, post a comment online or send an email to amanda@bmoreslyc.org.


JOIN US! Virtually Attend our Christ Church Outreach Meeting this Monday, Aug. 8th

The Outreach Commission invites you to join its monthly meeting to learn about opportunities this summer and fall. In keeping with our mission, the scope is local, national, and international. We meet virtually at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 8th. The Zoom link is HERE, Meeting ID is 876 3365 4968 and Password is Outreach! Looking forward to seeing you!

It’s the Second Monday of the Month! Volunteer to Serve a Meal or Add to the Menu for Our Homeless Friends at the DRC and Grassroots

If you haven’t yet experienced the Christ Church tradition of helping the homeless on the second Monday of each month, give it a try on Monday, Aug. 8. You can read a thorough description of the heartwarming routine on the Christ Church website in the Outreach Blog of July 7, 2022. We most recently took part on July 11th.


If you wish to volunteer or bring food for the Day Resource Center (DRC) at the Dorsey Center, our DRC online signup form also describes the procedure. The drop-off time for side dishes, desserts, and fruit is 12:45 p.m. in the Christ Church parking lot near Old Brick. In-person volunteers also rendezvous at that time to carpool to Jessup.


Parishioners who cook or shop for the evening meal for 50 residents of a live-in center on Freetown Rd. make their drop-off later, arriving in the parking lot at 3:15 p.m. A volunteer transporting the food departs at 3:30 p.m. Get more details on participating in our Grassroots online signup form.


Both facilities for the homeless are operated by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. It’s efficient to provide for groups at two separate venues on the same day. Your donations and Vestry-approved funds pay for the fried chicken entrees. Thank you.

Both the DRC and the Live-In Facility have wider needs for their pantries and welcome in-kind donations to be dropped off for delivery on the second Mondays. Look for the monthly needs list under the words “Related Files” on each of the signup sites online.


There are vaccination requirements for in-person volunteers. For information, email outreach@christchurchcolumbia.org to contact co-coordinator Nancy Winchester.

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 Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies for FISH in its Yellow Bin

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.