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Oakbrook Food Ministry

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

                                                                                                                          James 2:14-17

Cyndi and Gabriel pack bags of food for distribution at the weekly Oakbrook food ministry.

The Oakbrook Food Ministry provides food, fresh bread, clothing, and diapers for approximately 50 low-income families and homeless persons every week. During the first nine months of 2012, the ministry served over 370 different families! Not only do we try to provide for the physical needs of our guests, but we also offer prayer and counseling support to help meet their pressing spiritual and practical needs.

Javier and Melanie greet some of our guests during the annual Christmas food distribution.

During Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Food Ministry distributes hundreds of holiday meals to the needy in the community. In addition, at the Christmas distribution gifts are distributed to the children of these families in need. Beginning in 2010, the Oakbrook food ministry began partnering with local elementary schools to assist with the needs of these families during the holiday season as well.

This ministry is our opportunity to share the love of God with our community and those who are less fortunate in our midst. Members of the Food Ministry team speak both English and Spanish in order to communicate with a broader cross-section of our diverse community.

 

Elementary School Student Mentorship

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A sizable number of Oakbrook Church members meet weekly with Lake Anne Elementary School students in a mentorship capacity. Guidance counselors in the elementary school select students aged Kindergarten through the 6th Grade whom they feel would benefit from having a regular, positive adult influence in their lives.  Volunteers from Oakbrook are “paired up” with these students and meet with them regularly to support, encourage, and advise them as necessary.  In the process, close relationships are often formed between the students and their mentors.  Understandably, each volunteer is required to apply to be a volunteer mentor and to undergo a strict background examination before they can be paired up with a student.  
 

Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center

The Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center (CHPC) is a Christ-centered 501(c)3 non-profit agency that offers help and support to women, men and their families who experience an unintended pregnancy and to those experiencing the pain and sorrow of abortion. The goal is to provide compassionate care as well as complete, accurate information pertaining to pregnancy and pregnancy options.

The CHPC offers a variety of free, confidential services, including pregnancy testing, peer counseling and mentoring as well as childbirth and parenting classes. Free material resources such as diapers and baby clothing are also offered to support families. In addition, the CHPC offers a free recovery and healing program for those who have been hurt by a past abortion.

You can partner with the CHPC to serve these families by donating your time, your resources and your prayers.

 

A donation bin is located in the back corner of the lobby of the church to collect material resource donations. To donate larger items or your time, please contact Wendy Giancola.

For more information on Past Abortion Trauma Healing (PATH) for yourself or someone you know, please contact Wendy at 703-328-8753 or path@chpc.us.

For more information about the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center click here.