We offer several opportunities to reach out and help our community. For more information about a service program, contact Paul Sutton, Outreach Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS)
Serving the greater Laurel area by assisting homeless and low-income individuals and families in crisis with Homeless Outreach, Emergency Services and Transitional Housing. We participate in the Homeless Mini Walk each fall, which supports the work of LARS and helps LARS receive major grants to fund their work with people in need. Contact: Rod Sams at email@example.com.
We support three food banks with a variety of goods throughout the year located at Grassroots Shelter (Columbia), LARS, and Elizabeth House (Laurel). You may leave goods in the two large labeled baskets located at our front doors (the two doorways that face Scaggsville Road.)
Food Bank Shopping List:
Cans: tuna, chicken, Spam, vegetables, fruit, soup, baked beans, Spaghetti-O’s, etc.
Boxes: cereal, dessert mixes, granola bars, crackers, etc.
Non-Perishable: peanut butter, mac and cheese, rice, beans, pasta, powdered milk, side mixes, etc.
Paper Products: toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
As we prepare to enjoy the Super Bowl each year, let us take this opportunity to help those in need enjoy a meal. Please bring in non-perishable food items in January and February. We will also take a monetary donation at one service which will go to buy food for the LARS food pantry.
For more information about Souper Bowl for Caring, visit their website: http://www.souperbowl.org
On the first Saturday of every month, volunteers from Emmanuel staff Elizabeth House to help feed the people of Laurel. Sign up to volunteer online HERE.
This non-profit organization in Columbia provides emergency shelter, a transitional housing program and a 24-hour hotline. We support Grassroots with donations of food, money and volunteers.
For one week in the summer, a team of teens and adults from Emmanuel take on a work project. Locations have included the Gulf Coast, Gatlinburg, TN, the Bahamas, and Hurricane Sandy relief in NJ and Puerto Rico. Contact Donna Meoli at the 301-725-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Laurel Winter Shelter
Each February we host homeless men and/or women as our guests at Emmanuel for one week. The Laurel Winter Shelter is a collaborative program of many faith-based organizations that provide shelter and food during the winter months. Contact: Paul Sutton at email@example.com or Robyn Pochettino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer In Mission (VIM) Opportunities
Offers you a chance to participate in a mission trip to another country where you provide assistance to communities in need and develop personal relationships with people whose lives are very different from your own.
Emergency Assistance to Individuals
Throughout the year we respond to individuals and families who are in crisis in our community with financial assistance and food cards for groceries.
Adopt-A-Family Christmas Gifts
Each year we adopt 9-14 families through the LARS Adopt A Family program and collect gifts for them to brighten their holidays.
Lay Pastoral Care Team
Emmanuel has a Lay Pastoral Care Team comprised of a group of devoted, compassionate people. We are available if you need us. We are there to share your joys and your sorrows, and to pray with you. We are there in times of death, illness, divorce, and loneliness.
If you would like to become a member of the Lay Pastoral Care Team, please contact Rev. Kim Capps, revkim@EUMCLaurel.org.
Emmanuel Green Team
The Emmanuel Green Team is leading us to be a greener church. In 2014 we earned “Cool Congregation” status. The Green Team is guided by the Methodist Social Principals which state that:
All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.
Methodist Social Principals ¶160
What does our Green Team do?
The Emmanuel Green Team promotes environmentally sustainable practices at Emmanuel UMC through educational events, leadership in worship services, community recycling days, a newsletter column and more. Click here for a description of our active Green Team programs. Contact Liz Feighner, the chair of the Green Team.