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July Gabriel’s Horn| June 28 Weekly Newsletter

Second Sunday Offering on June 14

Shaw Community Center

Second Sunday Offering, June 14, 2020

Our June Second Sunday Offering is for the Shaw Community Center, one of the service organizations in our area that we help to support. The Center is housed in the historic Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC which First Church helped to establish in 1888.  

Founded in 1991 as the Shaw Community Ministry, SCC serves Shaw area families with its afterschool programs of tutoring, computer instruction, arts and other activities to assist working parents of underserved families in this rapidly gentrifying area.  The Center’s programs also include summer camps, mentoring and modest college scholarships for selected Shaw high school graduates.

The Center depends on the support of the UCC’s Potomac Association churches and social justice ministry, various grants, and individual contributions.

While the Center has been temporarily closed due to Conovid-19, staff members need to be paid, and the Center must plan and prepare for anticipated summer programs when it reopens.  The Center also must take responsibility for needed building upkeep and repairs to ensure that this aging, historic landmark is safe for these programs.  

Never has the Shaw Community Center been more vital than it is today.  On Sunday, March 1, 2020, just four days before Malachi Lukes was to turn 14, he was shot and killed in an alley in Shaw.  Malachi grew up as a lively member of the Shaw Community Center “family.” His mother, Melissa Laws, Director of Programs at the Center, has devoted her career to guiding and mentoring youth, and she adored her son.  On Malachi’s 14th birthday, Lincoln Temple was packed to remember the life and mourn the death of this young brother’s bright light.  The continuation and expansion of the Center is not an option:  It is an imperative.

Please give generously with either a loose offering or by check to First Church with a notation for Shaw Community Center on June 14, 2020.

Thank you, Dale Ostrander, Member of SCC Board