Hosting homeless familiesBy Peter Goering Hyattsville (M.D.) Mennonite Church
The abundant participation of many members enabled us to host Warm Nights in our church March 6-13. Warm Nights is a program for homeless individuals and families supported by 15-20 neighborhood congregations. Each night 20-25 adults and children were served a hot meal and given lodging.
During Lent, we collected a special offering each Sunday for A Wider Circle, a local nonprofit organization that works to help children and families in the Washington, D.C., area escape poverty.
A procession of palms introduced our Palm Sunday worship service of music and scripture. Holy Week continued with a tenebrae service and simple meal on Maundy Thursday.
On Good Friday, several members hosted a simple worship service in their homes. A potluck breakfast was served prior to the Easter Sunday worship service. A joyful worship celebration on Easter concluded with all singing Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus.
Women from the church were on retreat April 29-May 1 at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Center near Shepherdstown, W.Va. Eva Beidler led the group in appreciating the environmental art of Andrew Goldsworthy and the stone formations of the Inuit people. Attendees explored the use of nature for creative purposes, learned how to “look with our hands,” and used natural materials like rocks, moss, seedpods and twigs to make artful, symbolic creations.
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