All posts by Linda Patterson

Learn about your Gifts

In the message about Jesus, Peter and catching fish, we learned that in our relationship with Jesus we come to fulfill our calling when we join him in this world. As promised, if you are looking for an assessment to figure out your gifts, consider taking this one from the United Methodist Church, http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts-online-assessment. Want to talk about what you learned? Reach out to James, James@sjumc.net or Linda, Linda@sjumc.net.

Mission in North Carolina…Help a Family

Saint James will be putting together another team for our 4th year to be a part of the Appalachian Service Project. We will work on the home of a low income senior or family in North Carolina this summer on July 15th-22nd.  Cost is expected to be $350 per person + incidentals. Interested? See or email Linda or James (Linda@sjumc.net or James@sjumc.net).

Help a Local Family or Senior

Imagine helping to make a local senior or low-income family’s home “like new” again! You can be a part of that chance, by helping in one of three ways: (1) Pray for this chance to help a person in need; (2)Donate above your normal giving (mark House on checks or through your text or online giving. We need to raise $2,500); (3) Work that day and join the team! Date of the event is Saturday, April 29th. Sign up on the clipboard at the Welcome table to be a part of the team, or email Linda, Linda@sjumc.net.

Helping Others at the Holidays

Feeling blessed? If so, how about sharing that with some people in our world that could use some love and care for Christmas?

Saint James has gift requests for the residents of the Springdale House; we will have some gift requests for LCAC and will be getting Mr. Greene some things for Christmas.

Want to help? Choose a tag or two and “adopt” someone for Christmas. Be sure when you take a tag to sign up on the sheet so we can get the item to the person in need. Questions, email Linda@sjumc.net.

Lazarus West End Food Pantry Needs Volunteers

Hunger Free Alexandria is launching a new Lazarus West End Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard Street. The grand opening is Monday, October 24th. The West End Lazarus Food Pantry will be open Mondays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. We need volunteers to: Paint and build shelves on Friday October 21st 9:00am – 2:00pm in partnership with Rebuilding Together, no skills required; Help provide lunch for the team of 10 – 15 volunteers on October 21st; Stock shelves and organize on Sunday October 23rd.

Volunteers are needed to work at the pantry on an ongoing basis, minimum of once per month is preferred. This will include helping to register guests and being hosts to people as they select their food. Volunteers will be needed to pick-up gleaned food from donors and the Capital Area Food Bank weekly. Training will be provided.

There are many additional opportunities to volunteer in a variety of capacities! Please contact Phyllis Johnson 601 880-4117 or email at f2x2freedom@aol.com if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.

Be Part of the “Big Picture” to Fight Local Hunger

Here in Fairfax County, 63,000 people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Saint James is hoping to put together a team of folks who will spend a couple of hours helping to feed families through the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC)’s Complete the Circle event on Sunday, November 6th, 1-2:30pm to raise awareness and fight hunger in our community. We will join together with hundreds of other groups and community members of all ages on a field in Lorton to create a “living image” that will be photographed from the sky. Team members will donate $5 to be a part of Saint James’ team, and bring either dried beans or bagged rice (on 11/6). Items collected will “complete the circle” of giving by framing the sky photo image and feeding our neighbors in need. A family-friendly celebration with refreshments and live music are a part of the festivities as well. See Linda Patterson or email her, Linda@sjumc.net to commit to the team! Commitments are required by Sunday, September 25th to get our name on the t-shirts.

Mission Update!

THANK YOU Saint James! You gave our friends at Rising Hope 29 pounds of coffee and 50 undershirts. We may never meet folks who will benefit from the gifts. Rising Hope staff were thrilled and said the coffee would last their pantry for more than a month and the shirts would help numerous men.
A special thank you to for the back to school support for Wesley Housing children. Twenty-two children will be prepared for school thanks to Saint James!