Sharing and Outreach Missions through Arcola Church
Arcola's Sharing and Outreach vision is to come together to prayerfully engage a hurting and broken world with the grace of God by using our time, talents, and financial resources in service to others. If you would like to be notified of ways to help children and families in our neighborhood, email Carole Salgado to be an Arcola Angel volunteer.
Arcola Church has identified four schools very close to us where we focus our sharing and outreach efforts. These schools are Independence High School, Brambleton Middles School, Creighton’s Corner Elementary School, and Moorefield Station Elementary School. We work with the Parent Liaisons at these schools to identify needs and plan sharing events to support the families they serve.
Financial contributions help provide this ongoing partnership with local schools.
Our recurring efforts include:
- No-Sale Yard Sale
Once in early fall and once in early spring we hold a free clothing and household item distribution event; what we call our No-Sale Yard Sale. The parent liaisons invite the families they serve to sign up for a time to come to the church and “shop” for items they need – free of charge. Click here for information about the next event: arcolachurch.org/nosaleyardsale
- School Supply Donations
In the summer, we collect new school supplies for the kids at our focus schools. The school supply lists are collected from the schools, the supplies are donated in the summer, and then provided to the parent liaisons for distribution. We will share information about the school supply drive through our online announcements in the summertime.
- Christmas Angel Tree
Families identified by the parent liaisons can sign up for Arcola’s Christmas Angel Tree. Each member of the family provides needs and wishes, and members of Arcola Church, as well as our neighbors in Brambleton, sign up to purchase gifts for them. The items are collected at church and then distributed to the families by the parent liaisons. The list will be shared on Signup Genius annually in November.
- Gift Card Distribution
Gift cards are collected throughout the year and provided to the parent liaisons for distribution to their supported families. These gift cards are used for food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, gas, etc. throughout the year. You can make a contribution directly to the church and indicate “Parent Liaison Giving Tree” or send gift cards to Carole Salgado. $25 denominations preferred.
Various other opportunities arise throughout the year to support local families, either from the schools or through Shreveport Ridge Apartments. It could be to donate an item needed for a child or home, lunches for kids over spring break, or leading a fun activity or craft at a social event. If you would like to know about opportunities to help out, signup to be an Arcola Angel.
Other Local Ways to Share
Arcola Church actively supports other missions throughout our community.
Children’s Ministry Supply Drives
Throughout the year our Children’s Ministry does various supply donation drives. Sometimes it is hairbrushes and toiletries, sometimes it is food-related, sometimes it’s underwear! If you have a child involved in our children’s ministry, look for an email from Anne Moriak with information on how you can help.
Dulles South Food Pantry
The Dulles South Food Pantry is a multi-faith emergency food pantry. They provide nutritious food, personal supplies and other services to those in need in Dulles South and the surrounding area. It is located in the Chapel at Arcola Church. Visit their web site to see how you can help: Dulles South Food Pantry
Homeless Shelter Dinner
The 3rd Sunday of each month, Arcola provides a lasagna dinner to the Homeless Shelter in Leesburg. If you would like to be a part of this effort, contact Gwen Hess.
Moving Forward Group
Believing Jesus teaches us to “love one another,” we affirm and support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, as one in the Body of Christ. Our mission is to stand for equality for all without exception, while maintaining open discussion within the United Methodist Church. We share joys and concerns, prayer time, and discuss and plan proactive ways to live out our mission. This diverse group meets monthly, and is open to all. Visit our events page for upcoming meetings.
The Jubilee Project is a United Methodist mission project focused on community development, service and empowerment in East Tennessee. Rising 7th graders and older travel each year to Sneedville, TN. All adult volunteers must undergo a background check. The mission trip has been rescheduled for June 13-19, 2021.
Bricks of Hope - College Mexico Missions
High schoolers 12th grade and up, college students and adults typically travel to Rio Bravo, Mexico in December to build casitas, cafeterias and other needed buildings. Earn 50 service hours by participating. This trip will be rescheduled as international travel restrictions allow. Contact Pastor Chris Riedel.
During the season of thanks, the children and youth collect NEW underwear and socks for children in need. All sizes, shapes and colors - toddler though adult, boys and girls are collected. Contact Anne Moriak with questions.