Serve in Love
We believe that we are called to be the presence of Christ in this world. That means reaching out to serve those in our community who are in need. Below are just a few examples of what Westwood is doing to serve in love.
If you are interested in joining us, please check out the Bulletin Board for current opportunities. Or, if you have an idea for a way Westwood can get involved in the community, please fill out our Contact Form.
Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) is a cooperative ministry Westwood participates in with other churches in the Springfield/Burke area.
The purpose of ECHO is to assist people in need in our community, those who suffer the effects of long-term poverty as well as those who are experiencing an emergency financial need. ECHO provides food and financial assistance to help families or individuals through a crisis. They offer access to donated clothing, school supplies, and household goods such as bed linens, cookware, and small appliances to ease the burden of those who struggle with long-term low income. They also conduct a large holiday meal program for families and a Christmas gift program for children.
Westwood hosts several food drives for ECHO each year and many of our members volunteer at ECHO.
Check out the Bulletin Board for current needs and opportunities at ECHO.
Westwood has a heart for those who are hungry. We currently partner with several schools in the area to provide weekend food packs for those students who are food insecure on the weekends. We have several bag-packing and distribution opportunities available each year. Check out the Bulletin Board for current opportunities.
The dynamic group of women who make up Women On a Mission (WOM) do many different hands-on activities to serve the community such as providing special mission speakers; layette kits for newborns of needy families at Fairfax Hospital; making sandwiches for the homeless in our community; sending prayer packages with cookies to college students; making ‘cooling collars’ for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; hosting a World Crafts Bazaar to aid poverty-stricken artisans from around the world; aiding local schools and ministry programs to low-income families; and many others. Check out the Bulletin Board for current meetings and opportunities.
In our January 2011 Church Conference, Westwood approved the establishment of a three-year mission partnership with ServeTrust, a ministry organization based in India under the direction of Leena Lavanya. We have since extended our partnership for another three years.
ServeTrust is an Indian NGO (non-governmental organization) located in Narasaraopet, in the Southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
ServeTrust’s mission is to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the marginalized in Indian society. ServeTrust began in 1992 by providing sewing training for commercial sex workers to give them a new life away from the slavery of the streets. Today, ServeTrust has grown into an organization with a range of projects focused on seeking justice for those that society rejects or takes advantage of because they are caught in the debilitating nexus of poverty, hunger, commercial sex work, lack of education, and HIV / other infectious diseases.