Six years ago, Carolyn and Jack Turner launched a new mission ministry at WPC for the neighbors we meet on the way to work, or at the intersection in the car, or in our walk from the Metro. Initially called “Street People Packets,” these now-named “Packets for People in Need” provide notions for personal care, a power bar, McDonald’s card, and informational cards listing resources for social service assistance, food, housing, and job training. Under their leadership, the program has created and distributed approximately 1200 packets in Alexandria, Arlington, and the District of Columbia.
Carolyn and Jack are stepping down from this project as of the end of May. As you see them around the church, thank them for their initiative and willingness to help us love our neighbors. Please also offer prayers of support for those who have taken on the mantle of leadership for this program, including Anne Ledyard, Rich Turner, Gale Grindstaff and Pat Prosperi.
The next distributions of packets will occur in the fall (likely November).Westminster members have been so helpful in this ministry by bringing shampoo, lotion, soap and other notions they have gotten from hotels where they have stayed when traveling. These items save us the expense of buying them to include in our packets. Thank you and please keep up the good work! You can place these gifts in the basket to the left as you enter the church from the parking lot.