“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.” –Mt. 25:35
Georgetown Presbyterian Church provides many ways to respond to God’s love through service to our neighbors, near and far. Just as God came to the world in love, we too are called to dedicate our lives to loving service through Christ’s body the church.
Please look at all our mission opportunities, located on the tab at the top of the page, or scroll down to see what’s coming next. There are also a variety of ways to serve and be served by those in our own church community through Member Care. Financial pledges and donations are also an important way of serving.
Upcoming Service Opportunities
Each Christmastime, members of GPC sign up to be “angels” for low-income DC children who might not receive Christmas gifts. Through Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, you can sign up to buy requested gifts and deliver them to the church. More information and the signup is here.
Georgetown Saturday Suppers and Sunday Dinners
“GSS” and “GSD” are weekly collaborations with Georgetown churches that feed more than 50 unhoused Georgetowners every weekend. Our model is simple – each church has assigned days to provide and serve a meal. Volunteers sign up online to bring a portion of the meal and serve it. The time commitment is from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the designated day. We serve the last Saturday of each month at Mt. Zion UMC, and the second Sunday here at GPC. This model only works because of the dedication of volunteers who are invested in caring for our unhoused neighbors.
Please click on the links below for our upcoming dates.
Saturday Signup Form (@ Mt. Zion UMC)
Sunday Signup Form (@ Georgetown Pres)
Each winter, GPC hosts a shelter for 10 women and men that’s shared with our ecumenical partners in Georgetown. The goal of this shelter is to both get folks a temporary place to stay, while at the same time helping our guests gain access to long-term housing. This year, GPC is hosting the shelter from February 25th to March 18th, 2018. We invite members of GPC to have a meal with our guests by providing a meal, and then sitting down with them. We suggest volunteer groups of 4 to 6 for each night.
Excel Public Charter School in Anacostia
Excel Academy opened in 2008 and currently serves girls K-8. GPC has been honored to begin a new partnership with them through a Saturday mentoring program and a visit from the scholars when Rep. John Lewis joined us to speak about his book March, a graphic novel about Civil Rights.
In ongoing conversations, we have realized that Excel and GPC both share a passion for the arts. We know that music in worship expresses what words often cannot. In education, music and the arts transform learners into innovators and creators. Rather than being superfluous to a rigorous education, the arts serve as a foundation for a lifelong commitment to learning.
This fall, the Mission Committee will be inviting you to a fundraiser to help Excel with the resources they need to serve their scholars. Right now we’re looking for folks who are excited about this mission partnership and able to serve on a fundraiser task force.