The Gospel calls us into service to our neighbor. Prince of Peace offers programs that benefit the Rosedale community and its members.
Social Ministry includes a wide variety of Outreach, Service, and Relief ministries. There are many ways for people to do social ministry here at Prince of Peace, with the Social Ministry Committee coordinating most of the efforts.
The Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month is "Food Pantry Sunday" when most of the food is brought in, but donations are welcome any time. Cash donations are also appreciated to supplement what is brought in. Bags of food are made up in advance and volunteers from the congregation hand them out every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 12 Noon to anyone who comes to our doors asking for help. Coordinator is Carolyn Wagner.
Fresh and Healthy Foods
Thanks to a grant from the ELCA, we will be making more fresh foods available to our Food Pantry clients and our members. We will be using the program Hungry Harvest that utilizes local overstock produce.
Food for Thought
In cooperation with Red House Run Elementary School, congregation members will be supplying non-perishable food for certain identified children to help them have enough to eat over the weekend.
Streets of Hope
Social Ministry coordinates the efforts of the congregation to support the Streets of Hope Shelter, an ecumenical project of churches in our area. This includes collection of clothing, toiletries, blankets, etc., as well as organizing for the monthly dinner we prepare and take to the shelter (November-April). On the third Sunday of the month the loose offering is designated for Streets of Hope. Coordinator: Barbara Nock
Congregational Christmas Card
A large poster-size card is designed by a local artist for members to sign and then donate the money they would have spent sending cards to each other. The amount collected is given to Eastern Interfaith Outreach, an all-volunteer agency that runs a food pantry in the Essex-Middle River area. Coordinator: Dottie Staab
Mother’s Day Booklet and Father’s Day Booklet
Members of the congregation pay $3 per name in honor of or in memory of a special person in their life. Monies collected help fund a church outreach program or Local Relief efforts. Coordinator: Dottie Staab
Food and supplies (esp. towels and blankets) are collected to help low income pet owners through the Meals on Wheels program. Coordinator: Evelyn Armiger
Red Cross Blood Drives
Two blood drives are sponsored each year – in the Spring and the Fall. These are usually held from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Coordinator: Mike Kinnear (410-391-4518)
Bag lunches for the Homeless
Each month, volunteers prepare 50 bag lunches for the homeless and take them to Zion Lutheran Church in Baltimore City to be handed out there.
Collections for the Homeless
During the year there are collections of needed items for agencies working with the homeless – the Family Crisis Center (a domestic violence shelter) and Prologue (reaching the homeless on the streets)
The Social Ministry Committee sponsors an emphasis on ELCA World Hunger during the month of November, and holds a Good Gifts Fair on a Sunday in Ellenberger Hall. People shop for gifts that are given to those in need and in honor of those on their gift list. A favorite part of the fair is the Global Barnyard - farm animals that help people in need to become self-sufficient. Activities at other times of the year also focus attention on ELCA World Hunger.
Social Ministry has been involved in helping collect needed items to send to disaster relief programs both in the U.S. and overseas as the need arises.
A sub-committee of Social Ministry works closely with Pastor Matt to address immediate and long-term needs of those who need help, especially members of the congregation.
Christmas Toys for Tots
Prince of Peace is a drop-off center for this Marine Corps project.
The Social Ministry Committee meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday, except for July and December. Chairperson is Carolyn Wagner(firstname.lastname@example.org), home phone 410-285-2055, cell 410-804-0808. New members are always welcome!
Carolyn Wagner, Social Ministry Chairperson