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Shared Use Community Kitchen   |   Shepherd's Table Inc.   |   Gleaners at the Takoma Park Farmers Market   |   LONG BRANCH FIRE - How To Help

As a socially aware congregation, the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church recognizes our obligation of service to those in need.

To spotlight our work in these areas with continueing needs, TPPC frequently schedules a "Minute for Mission" during worship.

Our church went through a listening campaign in 2011 within our congregation to explore what should be our mission priorities as a congregation. More information on the listening campaign can be found on this website.

Shared Use Community Commercial Kitchen

The mission of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Shared Use Community Commercial Kitchen is to be used as a resource within the community to alleviate hunger and economic inequality by providing a haven for local food production. When operational, the Community Kitchen will host three components: Micro-enterprise development, cooking and nutrition classes, and preparation of food for distribution to low-income individuals. The kitchen will also play a critical role in developing a healthy, safe, and secure local food system.

To donate to the kitchen effort, use the button:

Here's a brief video with perspectives on what the kitchen means to our community!

Want to learn more? Please visit the kitchen webpage ( https://www.crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org/tpss-community-kitchen/).

Community Kitchen Celebrates Grand Opening: September 16, 2017

Neighbors and local political leaders joined members of the congregation on September 16, 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen. More than 200 people gathered together in the gym building to tour the newly renovated kitchen and to learn about the partnerships that helped make the Kitchen project a success. Six of the seven vendors currently using the Kitchen were on hand and gave out samples of the products they plan to produce in the Kitchen as they start small food-based businesses. Congressman Jamie Raskin, County Executive Ike Leggett, County Councilmember George Leventhal and Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart all spoke to the benefits of faith communities working with neighbors and local political leaders to address the need they see around them and work together to fill that need.

Congressman Raskin was an avid supporter of the Kitchen when he was a State Senator. He joined State Delegate Sheila Hixson, who was not able to attend, and helped secure a State Bond Bill for the Kitchen that helped make the construction possible. Raskin told the crowd how he had one day envisioned District 20 salsa being produced in the Kitchen suggesting it would be "spiced globally, stirred locally and served liberally." He had no idea that Nancia Sical, one of the vendors working in the kitchen and pictured below, had already produced the District 20 salsa he dreamed about seeing made. The crowd erupted in applause when he was given a jar. Nancia made enough of the District 20 salsa so that all the attendees at the celebration could take one home.

A very special attendee at the event was Louise Schwartzwalder. In the 1980's, Schwartzwalder along with her husband, John Hyde, started a bakery business, Takoma Kitchens, in the commercial kitchen in the gym building. Hyde later started Crossroads Farmers Market in 2007. His vision for the market has now grown into the Crossroads Community Food Network, the Church's partner in successfully renovating the kitchen and bringing it up to code.

One of the bakers at Takoma Kitchens was Karen Munguia's mother, Bianca. Karen likes to help her mother and today has her own baking company, Karing Kakes. She is one of the seven small-food based entrepreneurs using the Community Kitchen. Her cupcakes will be featured at the welcoming reception for new Interim Pastor, Jim Reisner, on October 8, 2017.

Schwartzwalder was inspired by what Munguia has achieved, and was happy to see how her husband's vision has grown to include the ability for entrepreneurs to grow small food-based business and sell their product at the farmer's market he created.

For a complete list of all the vendors using the Community Kitchen, go to the Crossroads Community Food Network, https://www.crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org/tpss-community-kitchen/.

Crossroads runs a micro-enterprise training program that all of the current vendors have completed. In addition, another 20 additional potential vendors have signed up for the latest training course.

The Kitchen is available to the Church for all regularly scheduled Church functions and in addition is available all day Sunday every week for projects the Church envisions as part of mission or to foster community building within the congregation.

Shepherd's Table Inc.

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (TPPC) is one of many churches and synagogues in the Takoma Park-Silver Spring area that serves an evening meal at the Shepherd's Table. TPPC has a roster of over 30 members and friends of TPPC that volunteer at various times to prepare and serve dinner the first Sunday of the month, including an enthusiastic group of senior high school students. Students earn community service credit hours through volunteering at Shepherds Table.

We can always use more volunteers to help serve the first Sunday of the month. From 4 PM - 5:30 PM, we need people to help set tables, prepare salads and desserts. From 5:45 PM - 8 PM, we also need volunteers to help serve the meals, wash dishes and clean up afterwards.

If you're interested in serving at Shepherd's Table please contact Carrie Noel-Nosbaum at carrie.noelnosbaum@gmail.com

For more information about Shepherd's Table, click here.

Resources for helping Children deal with tragedy

Our prayers continue to be with the survivors of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and other such incidents since then. It can be difficult to reach out to ou r young children and help them with their feelings during times like these. Here are some resources for dealing in the midst of trying times.

Also, here is a link to the text from Rev. Greiner's sermon the Sunday after the tragedy.

We need Gleaners at the Takoma Park Farmers Market!

What: Church's ministry of gleaning at the Takoma Park Farmer's Market: Leviticus 23:22 "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. I am the LORD your God."

Who: Volunteers from TPPC gather on the second Sunday of each month, year-round. We need volunteers! This is a family-friendly activity that takes less than two hours. At least two adults with two cars are needed each time we glean. More is great! Children are most welcome to assist; the farmers love them.

Why: To assist Shepherd's Table, a local non-profit, whose mission is to "provide help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, medical support, clothing, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner." (See http://shepherdstable.org/)

Where: We meet at the Clock Tower in Takoma Park at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues at the Farmer's Market. Bring new paper yard waste bags and boxes (Costco is a great source - and you don't have to be a member).

When: Approximately 1:40 pm to start offering boxes and bags to farmers; we go back and collect them just before and after 2:00 pm when the market officially closes. Some farmers will give early, whereas others will wait until after 2:00 pm. All are expecting you. Folks from different churches volunteer every Sunday. Our dates are: June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, and Dec 13 for 2015.

Then what? After we gather all the food by 2:15 or so, we load it into two cars (suggest volunteers park at either end of the market) and take to Shepherd's Table. There, Scotty, their cook, warmly accepts it and will be happy to give you a tour of the kitchen where he turns out meals for up to 150 people a week. You're usually finished by 3:15 pm at the latest.

How can you get involved? 1) Contact: gleaning@takomaparkpc.org or 2) sign up at church on the poster at the back of the sanctuary. Mark your calendar! Our upcoming dates are: June 14, July 12, Aug 9, and Sept 13. We'll go through the fall and into the winter: Oct 11, Nov 8, and Dec 13.

P.S. Attention high school youth: You can get two hours of volunteer service for each time you participate. Scotty will sign your form.

MUSST: TPPC's Extended Ministry to Neighbors in Need

In 1996, our congregation was one of the founding churches of Ministries United Silver Spring/Takoma Park, Inc., or MUSST.

Since its beginning, MUSST, in close partnership with the Montgomery County government and the Emergency Assistance Coalition, has helped to prevent evictions, utility cut-off, and offer assistance with medical prescriptions for zip code areas 20901, 20910, 20912 and 20783. Our participation in MUSST enables us to provide assistance to individuals and families who come seeking help.

Masiki Akwei, the dynamic program manager, says volunteers have always been at the heart of MUSST's work. On-the-job training is provided for anyone (over 18 years) who would like to volunteer. Interviewers, case workers, administrative assistants, a Web master, and a translator who can write documents in Spanish and Amharic, are all needed. If you would like to learn more, you can call the office at 301-495-4699.

LONG BRANCH FIRE - How To Help

As you've probably heard by now through the news media, there was a major apartment fire in the Long Branch area of Silver Spring late last Wednesday night. (The apartments are located at the intersection of Arliss and Piney Branch Road.) Part of a building has collapsed and debris was strewn across the area, including across the street.

The Red Cross and the County's Health and Human Services have set up a shelter and support center at the Long Branch Recreation Center.

Emergency officials and a network of non-profits, civic organizations, and faith and business community are coordinating a response for connecting neighbors, and more tangible ways to help in the hours and days to come.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, here is how to do it:

MAIL (via check) FINANCIAL DONATION: Mail it to:

Montgomery Housing Partnership
(Attn: Long Branch Fire)
12200 Tech Road, Suite 250, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Write LONG BRANCH FIRE in check memo

ON-LINE FINANCIAL DONATION - (Easiest and preferred!)

  1. Go to: www.MHPartners.org
  2. Click on "Give Direct" (on right side of your screen)
  3. Input amount and credit card number

Make sure you indicate LONG BRANCH FIRE in the 'comment' box.



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