Fifth Sundays

STOP Hunger Now - A Rock Spring Fifth Sundays Event - October 30, 2016

Our next event is the ever-popular "Stop Hunger Now."  Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, they have provided over 225 million meals in 74 countries. 

During the event, we will work in teams at each packaging station.  Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets.  It is a multi-generational event.  You can read more about this great organization here: http://www.stophungernow.org/host-meal-packaging-event/

Fifth Sundays is a time to come and serve with your friends and family. To all who make Fifth Sundays a priority and consider it a cornerstone in your faith practice, thank you. If you haven’t yet given it a try, please come. You are certain to find something that nourishes your giving spirit and leave with a better understanding of the needs, hopes, and dreams of the people in your community, your country, and your world.

 

 

Contact: 

Laura Martin
703.538.4886

Upcoming Fifth Sundays Events

July 30, 2017 (All day)
July 30, 2017 - 11:00am

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Sunday July 30 Is Our Next Fifth Sunday!
Posted: Jun 29 2017 - 10:33am

For our July Fifth Sunday (July 30), we are saying “You are welcome here!” to refugees. We will have a connection with hospitality and refugees/immigrants in worship, then enjoy a lunch based on Syrian recipes.  Afterwards, children will have a special refugee story/experiential activity, while the adults listen to Dr. Patricia Maloof of Catholic Charities speaking about refugee resettlement. The generations will then reunite and together we will assemble refugee school kits for Church World Service. All are welcome to volunteer the day of the event, and if you’d like to be involved in the meal, children’s activities, and/or setting up school supplies, please let Laura know or speak with Margaret Miller, Rick Hale, or Mary Black.

Not familiar with Fifth Sundays? In every month that has a 5th Sunday, Rock Spring engages in an intergenerational, hands-on service project. Projects are designed to allow people of all ages and abilities to make a meaningful contribution. Fifth Sundays also include education and advocacy, and a time of shared fellowship and hospitality for the congregation. 

Fifth Sunday leadership is shared, and is coordinated by Laura Martin. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan or organize a future Fifth Sunday can contact Laura. This is a wonderful opportunity to help engage the congregation on an issue about which you are passionate! For 2017, we will have two additional Fifth Sundays -- October 29 (Stop Hunger Now meal bagging) and December 31 (fellowship and organizing to participate in the MLK Day of Service in January).

 

Latest News

The next phase of the campus renewal project will begin on Monday, July 24 and will impact most of the first floor of the main building. During the upcoming week, staff offices will be relocated to the second floor of the Hunter Building, as will meeting spaces for boards and other groups.

During our first gathering, we talked about hymns and how we found our way to Rock Spring. What theological questions or wonderings do you have? Cafe Kindred offers food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for you to order and enjoy while we meet if you choose.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.