The primary way we serve our community is through CORE groups.
Each Core Group has a particular mission, through which they serve needs of our community. Here are a few examples:
The Refugees and Newcomers Group focuses on building relationships with local refugees. They describe their mission as follows: "We seek to be a community of saints . . . that happens to want friendships with newly arrived refugees and immigrants in DC. We study God's word and pray as a group each week as well as host 'International Dinners' with Catholic Charities Refugee Center each month. We've met some amazing folks from a variety of countries, not the least of whom being the committed staff of the Refugee Center. There are needs that we try to help with (like employment connections), but mostly we enjoy the often awkward, often enlightening elements of developing new relationships. As a group, this all seems to stretch us a bit, drawing us deeper into our relationship with Jesus and one another."
This Core Group has an ongoing relationship with Christ House, a local shelter for terminally ill homeless men. They describe their monthly service as follows: "The Edgewood Core Group has a heart for helping those who may be overlooked. Our primary ministry outreach effort involves providing breakfast to the residents of Christ House, a shelter that provides food, lodging, and healthcare to homeless men in the city. Our role has been pretty simple—we buy groceries, cook the food, and then serve it to around 50 men early on Sunday morning once a month. This outreach has helped our group members learn to make a sacrifice, however small, for the good of the city."
Church of the Advent supports a handful of local organizations that are dedicated to spreading the Gospel in their particular spheres.
Advent women joined together to start the only D.C. chapter of MOPS, an organization dedicated to loving mothers and supporting them as they raise their little ones. MOPs brings together mothers twice a month to laugh, cry, and learn more about motherhood. It meets first and third Wednesdays of every month at Twelfth Street Christian Church.
This initiative of Washington, D.C. churches focuses on working together to ensure the success of every child in foster care and those at risk of entering the child welfare system. As an initiative, DC127 and Advent believe we have a responsibility and call to mobilize our communities and congregations to care for some of the most vulnerable children in our city.