Bread for the World Sunday:  Have Faith, End Hunger.

 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  James 2:15-16 (NIV)

Christ Church does a great deal more than telling people to “go in peace.” We help people in our neighborhood and around the world. On Bread for the World Sunday, November 18, we reflect on how we live our faith by helping people whose basic needs are great.  

Preaching

Leading anti-hunger and poverty advocate the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, will preach at our 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. David is a longtime member of Christ Church, an economist, ordained Lutheran minister, and 2010 World Food Prize Laureate.

Teaching: 10:15 a.m. in the Auditorium

Many people in Alexandria receive food assistance from Christ Church, other churches and community organizations, businesses and individuals who donate, and volunteers who step up to help.  Have you ever wondered who these people are?  Why they need help?

Find out on November 18, at the Bread for the World Sunday forum designed to connect the dots from Bread for the World to Christ Church Alexandria. Learn more about what happens to the food that you bring for the big white box, the food that we glean from the King Street market and Trader Joe’s, and how you can help.  

Sharing

The youth will set up a store in the Meade Room on Bread for the World Sunday. From it, more than 200 families and senior citizens (1,200 people) will receive the fixings for a full Thanksgiving Dinner. To learn how to help, scroll to the bottom of the page.  

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Bread mobilizes members and forms coalitions to affect policy on hunger and poverty around the world. During the current Congress, Bread was one of the anchor groups of many faiths calling for a circle of protection around the most vulnerable members of our society as budgets were being drastically cut.

This year’s international goal for Bread is improving the delivery of food and assistance through the Agency for International Development (AID) program. The agenda for the United States focused on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

The Christ Church Lazarus Ministry is how we help our Alexandria neighbors. The number of households seeking food assistance over the past four years has increased by 173 percent. In the 2012 fiscal year, 3,196 households – representing 8,117 individuals –  asked us for help. The food we put into the big white box is combined with fruits and vegetables gleaned from the Wednesday King Street Market and from Trader Joe’s. Lazarus Ministry works with other churches and also provides education about healthy eating

Give Thanksgiving to 1,200 Alexandrians in Need

Our Lazarus Ministry will receive 200 turkeys on Tuesday, November 20. We would like to provide all the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner for six with each turkey we distribute to a needy family. Please help by purchasing some of the items listed below and bringing them to church on Sunday, November 11, or 18.

  •  Stuffing Mix
  • Instant Mash Potatoes
  • Yams or Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Collard Greens
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Turkey Gray
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Brownie Mix, Cake Mix, or other dessert items.
  • Dry Milk and Cereal (Breakfast for school age children on break)

Bring your grocery items to church on Sunday, November 11, or 18 and place them in the white box in the portico. Your donations help provide Thanksgiving dinner for more than 1,200 Alexandrians. If you have any questions, please click here to contact Michele Smith, Director of Outreach & Mission or call her at 703-778-4937.