YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT ? Is Jesus calling your name and you don�t know how to answer? Did you ever feel you are just one person and can't make a difference? Have we got a place for you!! Millian is now part of an exciting new group called Community Partners of Aspen Hill and Wheaton, consisting of local churches, Linkages to Learning, and various agencies who provide services to our most needy neighbors in the Aspen Hill community.
The group has over 30 members and our purpose as churches is to see what services the agencies provide and then to try to fill the gaps in order to better help the people who live in the shadow of our churches. . For now we are focusing on providing food for families and activities for youth to keep them off the streets and safe. Beginning in September, Millian and Glenmont Methodist will open their food pantries to eligible families on a once a month basis on Saturday mornings.
We will need food, i.e. cereal, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, peanut butter, macaroni (no glass containers) and willing workers to help distribute the food. We will also be participating in SMART SACS -- providing backpacks filled with food for the weekends for children who eat their meals at school during the week. People will be needed to pick up the backpacks and bring them to the church to be filled with food provided by MANNA and deliver them to the local school on Fridays and then collect them on Mondays and return them to MANNA.
This project can be done by any group at Millian or by individuals. It can be different people each week, as long as the job gets done. The plan to provide skateboarding at the Olney Skate Park is underway. In cooperation with the police, Linkages, the Recreation Department and the churches, youth are being transported for a day of skateboarding in a safe place and out of the shopping centers and off the street. Thanks to all of you who helped provide the required helmets for these youth.
Lastly (for now), there is a planned community newsletter for church members to list household give-away items, job offerings (grass cutting, house cleaning, etc.), classified items, etc. It will be distributed through the churches and through Linkages to their clients. We have been reminded through our puppets this summer of IBGTDI - I'll be glad to do it, and from Pastor Alice who reminded us that Jesus left us a job to do and He has no other hands but ours.
We are the body of Christ. Each of us can make a difference. Now is our chance to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in Aspen Hill. Please prayerfully consider what you can do and join in this exciting new adventure. Marguerite Eimer