“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)
This has been a great season in the life of the Capital Community Church (CCC) for serving the poor. Throughout the scriptures God has always commanded His people to take care of the most vulnerable of society including foreigners, widows, the fatherless and the poor and needy. In Leviticus 23:22 God instructed the people of Israel, “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you.” Moreover, in the New Testament book of Galatians, we find that taking care of the poor is a regular part of the apostle Paul’s ministry. Service to the indigent is an important part of worship that, like Paul and his ministry, the CCC congregation is eager to provide.
Each year the CCC, located in Ashburn seeks out ways to give to the poor and needy in communities near and far. In the past, the Church has sponsored military families with soldiers serving overseas, participated in the “Angel Tree” ministry by providing gifts to the children of prisoners during the holidays and collected jackets and coats which were sent to the extremely poor living on a garbage dump in Guatemala.
Members of the CCC also prepared dinners for families at a local homeless shelter. Each member prepared a dish to feed the shelter residents, which usually consisted of about 30 to 40 people at any given time and those members that could went to the shelter to serve the food. The volunteers incorporated themes in order to make the experience more enjoyable for the families, including Mexican and Italian dishes and even a barbecue when the weather permitted.
Last year, the annual Kids Konnection food drive was held at the CCC on November 13th. Kids Konnection is a non-profit organization that combines aspects of ministry to reach children in housing projects in Washington, DC and has been in existence since 1987. Each year for almost a decade, the CCC has participated, along with other churches in the region, in this ministry’s food drive campaign for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The purpose of the food drive is to collect items that are traditionally eaten at Thanksgiving dinner and provide these to the families of children which the ministry regularly serves. The CCC family has been faithfully filling the Kids Konnection truck with bags of groceries year after year to help ensure that our neighbors across the Potomac River are shown the love of God. Members of the Church have also driven to Washington, DC to help deliver the collected items and donated turkeys. CCC also prayed with the families.
The CCC Spanish congregation also hosted “Turkey Sunday” on November 20th, 2011 in an effort to bless the Hispanic families in the local area. The goal of Pastor Wilson Martinez, the leader of the congregation, was to provide turkeys and gift cards to 200 families attending the service. Members of the Church donated funds to purchase these items from a local grocery store and they were distributed to the families attending the “Turkey Sunday” service.
The CCC congregation also takes care of its own. “Helping Hands” is a ministry which provides gifts to the children of the Churches single parents during the holiday season. The “Helping Hands” campaign was established seven years ago and each year the members of the Church have graciously donated all the funds to supply each child with their own gift. The ministry also hosts a luncheon for the children and parents which is a great way to fellowship with other single parents in the church congregation.
In Mark 14:7 Jesus said, “You will always have the poor among you and you can help them whenever you want. But you will not always have me.” So we know that it is partially the responsibility of the Church to take care of the poor and needy. Therefore, the fellowship of believers at the CCC will continue to help whomever Jesus provides us with the opportunity to serve and bless, near or far.
Capital Community Church http://www.capitalcommunity.org
is located at 20430 Ashburn Village Boulevard Ashburn, Virginia. The CCC leadership consists of Senior Pastor Chester Mitchell and First Lady Marion Mitchell, along with Pastors Stephen O’Donnell, Anthony Francis, Terrence Bridges, Wilson Martinez, Jeff Walthall and Jon-Paul Bellamy.
Capitol Community Church Hispanic Service Pastor Wilson Martinez and Church Member Avonelle Dangler attend Turkey Sunday on November 20, 2011. The Church Spanish congregation hosted “Turkey Sunday” in an effort to bless the Hispanic families in the local area. The goal of Pastor Wilson Martinez, the leader of the congregation, was to provide turkeys and gift cards to 200 families attending the service. Photo is courtesy/ Samantha Francis.
The assembly hosts three services on Sundays at 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and a Spanish speaking service at 4:00 PM.