The Service Ministry Team shall encourage congregational support of caring and community service activities. Plan congregational caring and community service activities. Coordinate congregational involvement with the Ft Washington Food Pantry, and coordinate with members of Prayer Group.
ELCA and Synod Mission Support - Over the past 50 years, Grace has provided financial support to further
the ministries of the church in the world. These ministries include World Hunger Relief, Ebola Disaster Assistance,
Malaria Campaign, St. Dismas Prison Ministry, Equal Exchange fair trade products, Gifts of Hope, and international
and domestic disaster relief as needed.
Ipuli Village Lutheran Church - Our global ministry has reached the land of Tanzania. People travel miles to worship. In 2012, Grace Church established a sister relationship with the Ipuli Village Church by providing funding for infrastructure construction after devastating rains. In 2014, Grace donated additional funds and an “Alleluia/Haleluya” banner made by Grace members to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone of the church.
Fort Washington Food Pantry - For the last twenty-five years, the food pantry has provided food to relieve hunger among the residents of our community. Workers from Grace Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church coordinate food pick up during the week, set-up of the pantry using a grocery-store model, and disbursement of food every Saturday. Warm Nights - In the month of February, members of Grace participate for one night in the Warm Nights program of Community Ministries of PG County by providing dinner and overnight support to the clients at Oxon Hill Methodist Church.
Blood Donation Drive and the Children’s Hospital Blood Mobile - For the past several years, Grace has organized blood drives to replenish regional blood supplies and to support a family of Grace who have struggled with childhood cancer.
Tutoring Ministry - Since 2011, Grace has been offering Spring and Fall six-week “Tutoring Ministry” sessions to local elementary school students. For two hours, on six consecutive Saturday mornings, students come to Grace to receive educational enrichment in the areas of reading, science and math. The focus of the ministry is to support and encourage young children in their educational endeavors and to help them see that learning can be exciting and fun.
"Grace Filled Garden" (Monarch Butterfly) - Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss (milkweeds and nectar sources) from the use of herbicides in croplands and roadsides. Because 90% of all milkweed/monarch habitats occur in these areas, the use of herbicides strongly influence monarch populations at a rate of 6,000 acres per day - that's 2.2 million acres each year! Without a major effort to restore milkweeds, the monarch population is certain to decline to extremely low levels. To offset the loss of milkweeds and nectar sources, members of Grace created a "Grace Filled Garden" (a "Monarch Waystations" habitat). By creating and maintaining our garden, we are contributing to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon. Dedication Service held 9/10/2017.
(For more information visit: Monarch Watch-Monarch Waystation Program)