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Categories: Parish News

Helping the Helpers: Off to a Great Start

by the Rev. Anne Derse, Deacon & Community Life Coordinator, and John Ross, Men’s Ministry Chair

Dear friends at St. John’s, 

Even as we cope ourselves with the rigors of the pandemic and isolation, St. John’s once again is demonstrating its big heart and care for our broader community with the fantastic response to our Help the Helpers initiative! Through this effort, guided by our Men’s Ministry with help from many others, we are supporting front-line responders and our nonprofit partners to fight the pandemic and help the most vulnerable. 

Your support will provide a hot meal to a full shift at the Suburban Hospital Emergency Department on May 4 and to a shift of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad as well. We hope everyone will consider sending a thank you note to accompany the meals by email or snail mail. See mailing information below. We know these heartfelt thanks are treasured by those working so hard to keep us safe and well!

In addition to these efforts, a parishioner’s generous matching grant sent $1,000 in St. John’s name to MANNA FoodBank in Rockville this week. Going forward, we aim to help fill the enormous need for masks, both N-95 medical grade and handmade masks, for the many workers supporting the community-from police and medical professionals to volunteers distributing food and staffing shelters and daycare centers. 

Our dedicated Shepherds Table, Bethesda Cares, Samaritan Ministry and Interfaith Works volunteers continue their great work supporting these traditional nonprofit partners of St. John’s, and our support as a community is helping them meet critical COVID-19 response needs. We have also reached out to fill crucial pandemic-related needs at hospitals in Gaza and the West Bank through our partnership with the America Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Through all these efforts, we developing new friendships and cooperation throughout our community at a time of critical need.

Thank you, St. John’s for your generous and compassionate presence-truly faith in action, loving our neighbor! 

You can make a financial contribution to this effort by:

  1. Donating through our online Breeze portal. Please select “Help the Helpers (COVID Responders)” in the drop-down menu AND include a note about “Help the Helpers” in the comments line.
  2. Mail us a check. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church with “Helping the Helpers” on the memo line. Our mailing address is 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

Send letters of thanks for our front-line workers to us by email at office@stjohnsnorwood.org or snail mail at 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815