All Saints

One sign of a healthy church is when its outreach ministries outnumber every other ministry category in the church!  Thankfully this is the case at Emmanuel.  I inherited some of the outreach ministries at Emmanuel, while we have added others over the past four and a half years.  If a parishioner has an outreach idea, we wanna hear about it!

In addition to loving folks inside the walls of our church, partnering with a mission parish in Haiti, combatting homelessness through partnering with Community Lodgings, and helping to settle a refugee family here in the area, another one of the many outreach ministries we seem adept at is feeding people who are hungry.  Of our many outreach ministries, feeding hungry people in the City of Alexandria is critically important to us.  Hunger breaks through all kinds of divisive politics and we can all agree, in this day and age, that NO ONE in our country should be going to bed hungry … and yet, many do.  At Emmanuel we’re doing our best to fill stomachs so people who are poor can better focus on the matters they need to in order to break the cycle of poverty.  Breaking a cycle of poverty is no easy task but we’re proud to do our small part by:

– partnering with Meals on Wheels
– providing lunch through a local Bag Lunch program;
– baking, delivering and serving breakfast and dinner to the chronically homeless and shelter residents at Carpenter’s Shelter,
– collecting food donations and seeing them distributed through ALIVE!

I recently watched a movie at home.  It touched my heart and I hope it touches yours as well.  It also challenged me to ask myself again: Am I doing everything I can as an individual and as a pastor to help love and serve people in need?  Perhaps this is a compelling topic to think about this Lent.  The movie ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (played by John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia.  Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.  Check it out; here’s the trailer:

Please watch this movie and ask God how best you should respond.  Thanks everyone!



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  • Mary Jane says:

    It’s on my list….thx for the recommendation. May the upcoming Lentan season be a meaningful time for reflecting on who we are and why we’re here at this time and in this place. Peace and Justice, Chuck.

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  • Martha Mikeska says:

    Thanks, Fr. Chuck. You are my inspiration that church is the people of God, not just the institution. It gets more difficult every day to stay aware of what we are reallly called to do. I admire you for your honesty, humility & courage to hear God’s voice & follow it.

  • Katie Kelly says:

    This looks wonderful, can’t wait to see it. Thanks Chuck.

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