Community Service

Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many (W.A.R.M.)

WARM (Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many) is a faith-based, ecumenical effort providing safe and warm shelter to homeless individuals in St. Mary’s County during the coldest months of the year.

pdf2  The brochure provides additional information on how to get help or to volunteer your support..

Ascension will host guests this year from February 12th – 19th, 2017.   We provided a warm place for our guests to sleep as well as provide dinner and breakfast each day.  Please contact the Parish Secretary at 301-863-8551 for more information or to volunteer your support for next year.

Our neighboring churches shared in service as well:

  • Trinity:                January 29th –  February 5th, 2017
  • St. George’s:       February 26th – March 5th, 2017
  • St. Andrew’s:      February 5th – 12th, 2017

Contact our Parish Administrator to learn how you can help.

Social Outreach

The Social Outreach Committee oversees, chooses, and develops ministry opportunities for the parish in the community. Come join the Social Outreach Committee or volunteer in the many areas of ministry that the church offers. Please contact our Parish Administrator or our Rector via the church office at 301-863-8551 for further information.
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Soup-er Sunday

Our pilot project of serving hot soup on Sunday afternoon at no cost to any and all who care to join us has been a great success. Attendance has held steady at about 15 diners each Sunday and interestingly enough, not all of those are repeat visitors. All told, we’ve fed 40-50 different individuals. The word is spreading, though, and in the past several weeks, there has been a noted increase in the “see you next week” crowd. The ECW voted to continue the service. This can’t happen without help. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Family Room and a “go by” or “how to” binder is in the kitchen. There is nothing difficult about this program; it’s like feeding your family. Someone makes soup for 20-24 people. Willing workers make certain the tables are set with place mats, napkins, salt and pepper, and baskets of crackers or rolls if available. Soup is served from a buffet table. For drinks we’ve made coffee, ice water, and whatever juice is leftover from Sunday’s coffee hour. Cash donations help defray expenses. This is an equal opportunity program, any and all are welcome and needed to make it a true, living, Ascension program. Please consider taking one of our Soup-er Sundays. If you have questions or just need reassurance that, “yes, you can do this,” give us a call at the Church Office, 301-863-8551.

Food Locker

The Church of the Ascension food pantry is a collection of staples distributed to people with emergency food needs in the Lexington Park area.  The pantry is located in the Church undercroft and is staffed by volunteers from H.O.P.E. and parishioners of the church.  Their responsibility is to fill out the necessary paperwork for their files as well as for government food distribution.  The Church of the Ascension is the host for special food drives at Easter and Thanksgiving and asks for volunteers to help collate and deliver the food during these drives.  Donations of food for the food pantry can be left in the Narthex as you enter the church on Sunday.  Monetary donations to the food pantry are gratefully accepted and can be put in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.  The Social Outreach Chairperson uses the money to purchase food for the food pantry.

Look at the list below and see what items you can purchase on your next trip to the store.   You can leave the food in the Narthex as you enter church.  Remember also that personal hygiene items are needed.  Thank you in advance for your contributions and continued support of this ministry.

Tuna Soups Baked Beans Bar Soap
Rice Stews Canned Meats Deodorant
Canned Vegetables Canned Pasta Meals Grape Jelly Toothpaste
Canned Fruit Hot/Cold Cereal Peanut Butter Toothbrush
Pancake Mix Syrup Canned Juices Dental Floss
Spaghetti Sauce Spaghetti Noodles Shampoo Mouthwash
Macaroni & Cheese Juice Stews

“To give and give and give again, what God has given thee; to spend thyself nor count the cost; to serve right gloriously that God who gave all worlds that are, and all that are to be.”

Hymn 9, Verse 6

 

Helpers Overcoming Problems Effectively

HOPE stands for Helpers Overcoming Problems Effectively. HOPE is a nonprofit, incorporated organization that  coordinates requests for assistance for those in St. Mary’s County who have emergency needs they are unable to meet. Church of the Ascension provides an office for H.O.P.E. for their “hot line”, provides volunteers to answer the hot line, and provides assistance and advice to the H.O.P.E. Board of Directors.

H.O.P.E. is severely understaffed at this time and is in great need of volunteers, both male and female. Volunteers help to answer phones, do client intakes, and help in the food pantry.  Volunteers typically work one or two days a week (or per month, or whatever you can spare). Food Pantry workers are especially needed.

Both H.O.P.E. and the food pantry are closed on Fridays due to the shortage of volunteers.  If you have some free time and would like to do something for your community, please consider working for H.O.P.E.

Give  Wanda a call at 301-737-2870 between 9 AM and 1PM, Monday through Thursday.  Wanda will provide all training necessary for you to work in the office or the food pantry.    Thank you in advance.
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Pastoral Counseling Center

Pastoral Counseling CenterSince 1983, the Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) has provided affordable, quality counseling grounded in the Christian faith to people in the Tri-County region. We have been a healing place, offering a listening ear, a caring presence, and a helping hand to our clients. Click here to see a presentation on all services available at the PCC.

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The Center for Life Enrichment

The Center for Life Enrichment is looking for individuals who may be able to provide guidance/assistance in the following areas: fiscal management, human relations, contract negotiation, policy development, fundraising and public relations.  Please call if you are interested, or know someone who has an interest in assisting the center.  Contact person is Jack Hormell, Executive Director (301) 373-8100 ext 824 or email  contact@tcle.org.
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Three Oaks Shelter

The Church of the Ascension was instrumental in building this homeless shelter for men.  The Three Oaks’ new program for Food Service Classes are proceeding very well.  The class enables the participants to cook meals for themselves.  Their goal is to cook three meals a day under supervised training.  As they are preparing the food themselves they need only items like ham, chicken, hamburger, turkey etc.  Prepared foods, salads and desserts are no longer required. Our aim is to have enough meat for 20 people.  We assist with food the second and fourth Mondays of each month. There is a sign up sheet in the family room or you can contact Margaret Jarboe via the church office at 301-863-8551 for more information.

The shelter is located at 46905 Lei Drive, Lexington Park, near the Newtowne Players Theater.  If you would like to participate in this ministry, please call Margaret Jarboe via the church office at 301-863-8551, or simply sign the chart in the Family Room.
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Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers

Would you like to help an adult learn to read so that he or she can improve their standard of living?  If so, the Literacy Council of St. Mary’s County would like to talk to you about our program.  We will train you to tutor the adults who come to us request help.  Fifteen percent (15%) of the adult population in St. Mary’s County either cannot read at all or have serious reading problems.  Perhaps you can help.  If interested, call the Literacy Council Office in Leonardtown at 301-863-4847 or e-mail for more details and the training course schedule. Thank you for your help!
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