At Prince of Peace we believe that we have been called to serve Christ by helping those in need in the world, both locally and abroad. If you are looking for a way to make a difference, join us! (You don’t have to be a member before you can participate with us.) These are a few of the ways we share God’s love:
Angel Tree Gifts
In 2020, we provided gift cards to be used for Christmas gifts for the same families who received our Thanksgiving Baskets. Monetary donations were mailed to the church office, designated “HSP – Angel Tree”. In most years, congregation members choose a family member from the list provided by Social Services to shop for and bring the wrapped gifts to POP, where they are gathered and sorted for delivery. As part of our commitment to literacy and a love of reading, each child is given a book along with his or her other gifts. We look forward to returning to this tradition in 2021.
Our 2020 collection collected $1,000 to donate to the Department of Social Services to support middle and high school students via gift cards. Thank you to the congregation for their support of this year’s program! In other years, we provide dozens of backpacks stocked with school supplies each year to area school children whose families cannot afford them. Collection begins in July and ends in mid-August.
Christmas Joy Offering
Our annual Christmas Joy Offering contributions join with contributions from congregations around the world to provide assistance to current and former pastors nationally and to schools for communities of color funded by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our 2019 collection raised nearly $1,500 to support those who support us.
Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad
Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad (Presbyterian Community of the Trinidad) is a worshipping community serving the Hispanic community in Anne Arundel County. Led by Rev. Jose Lopez and supported by the Bay Area Disciples of Baltimore Presbytery, this group seeks to serve, organize, and support Hispanic residents of Anne Arundel. Members have been active in community gardening through Grow Annapolis at Hollywood Farm in Annapolis. Visit them on Facebook!
Crofton Christian Caring Council (CCCC)
In cooperation with eight other Crofton area churches, we provide financial assistance via CCCC to community residents who are facing utility shutoffs and eviction notices. Notice: As of December 2020, we will not be open on Wednesdays from 9 am to noon as the host church for clients seeking assistance from CCCC; however, our phone lines will be available. CCCC also operates a Food Pantry and a Baby Pantry. Food pantry donations may be taken directly to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church during their current Food Pantry hours (Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm). Please consider donating items from our item of the month collection list. The Baby Pantry can be reached by calling Community United Methodist Church at 410-721-9129. For the Baby Pantry, acceptable donations include diapers, wipes, baby wash, shampoo, and baby food. All items should be new and not expired. More details are available on the CCCC Facebook page.
CCCC Food Pantry
We collect non-perishable food items on an ongoing basis for the Food Pantry housed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crofton. The Food Pantry is part of the ministry of the Crofton Christian Caring Council.
While any non-perishable food items are welcome, the Pantry has requested specific donations from each CCCC church to help ensure a variety of food for their clients. Our 2019 donation schedule is:
January – Rice/Noodle/Potato Packaged Side Dishes
February – Fruit
March – Tuna
April – Soups
May – Macaroni & Cheese
June – Spaghetti Pasta
July – Canned Meals (Beef Stew, Chef Boyardee, Dinty Moore, Pork and Beans, and Similar)
August – Cereal
September – Rice/Noodle/Potato Packaged Side Dishes
October – Tuna
November – Fruit
December – Macaroni & Cheese
We are committed to being responsible stewards of God’s creation and try to be aware of our environmental impact in our church activities.
Since becoming an Earth Care Congregation, we have begun using EcoPalms for our Palm Sunday procession and have also replaced all bulbs within the church building with LEDs.
When the building is open, our collections include used eyeglasses, used household batteries, and used oral care products (toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes) for reuse (eyeglasses) and recycling (oral care products). Additionally, we are a drop-off point for collections of the Crofton Christian Caring Council. We also collect books for our Little Free Library and annual Used Book and Media Sale.
We are a certified Earth Care Congregation.
Each year at Christmastime, POP members support families around the world via contributions to Heifer International. It’s a great way to give a gift to someone you love without adding more “things” to his or her life. Who wouldn’t appreciate knowing that their gift from you was to help a family lift themselves out of poverty?
Click here to download and print the 2021 Heifer Order Form. Please return to the church by January 2, 2022. In 2020, we raised over $2,000 for this mission!
Our Little Free Library allows passersby to “Take A Book * Return A Book”. Part of an international movement to promote literacy, Little Free Libraries are available in more than 70 countries around the world. Our Library joins our STAIR program and annual Book Sale as ways in which Prince of Peace promotes literacy in our community. Stop by and check out our ever-changing book options!
Mission Trips/Disaster Assistance
In June 2016, teens and adults headed to New Jersey for a third summer to assist with the reconstruction of homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We worked with Jersey Shore United this time around.
Previous mission trips have included repairing homes in rural West Virginia through the Cabell-Lincoln County Work Camp and making five mission trips to D’Iberville Mississippi to do relief work following Hurricane Katrina. We also donated over $28,000 to relief efforts.
We prepare and serve meals at Sarah’s House, a local emergency and transitional housing program, on the second Sunday of the month during odd-numbered months. POP also donates clothing, personal items, and gift cards for back-to-school clothing to the residents.
Since Sarah’s House is not currently able to host volunteers, we have provided catered meals for the residents in May and July, 2020. Thank you to Rinconcito Mexicano in Odenton and Nonna Angela’s in Crofton for their assistance with these meals!
Start The Adventure In Reading – STAIR
Congratulations to STAIR for being one of the recipients of the 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Awards given out by the Anne Arundel Public Schools. It is great to know that our work is making an impact in our community!
This year, POP volunteers continued to work with students from Nantucket Elementary School in Crofton, providing after-school tutoring to second-graders who were having difficulty with reading. Studies have shown that children who struggle with reading after second grade are far more likely to drop out of school later. You don’t have to be a member of our church to join us in this ministry. Call the church office, 410-721-2313, if you are interested in joining us. Training is provided to all tutors, who meet with the students 1-2 hours a week. As of July 2020, we are awaiting word from the STAIR Annapolis leadership as to how this program will be implemented in the 2020-21 school year.
We provide food for Thanksgiving dinner to local families in need. You can sign up to donate a bag of food here or you can mail a monetary donation to the church office, designated “HSP – Thanksgiving”.
In most years, the youth of the church collect and pack the bags that we give to the families. We look forward to returning to this tradition in 2021!
The Light House Shelter
During the month, we collect supplies to provide at least 70 bag lunches for the Light House Shelter, which provides services to homeless residents of Annapolis.
When the church building is open, we prepare lunches together on the last Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
We have also used their catering company, which equips shelter residents with cooking and catering skills, for our annual Consecration Sunday luncheon in the past.
Used Book & Media Sale
Our annual book sale, which raises funds to support our mission activities throughout the year, will be held on two Saturdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. As in 2020, we plan to hold the sale outside in the church parking lot. Please check back here for weather and masking updates.
Thank you to those who supported our 2020 sale and helped us raise over $7,000 to help with missions locally, regionally, and internationally. We greatly appreciate the community’s donations and willingness to come out to purchase books last year!