Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 08:22 AM
It’s that time of year again – time to mark your calendar and get your tickets for the Little Lights Benefit 2014: Game On!
Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:00pm, at the Liason Capitol Hill Hotel.
With 16 of 30 tables already sold, you better act fast and claim your spot today.
There’s a lot about this year’s Benefit that has us excited!
For one, it’ll be in the District for the first time ever! Our new location is the Liason Capitol Hill Hotel, located blocks from Union Station. It puts us closer to many of our donors and volunteers, as well as the community we love and serve.
Our meal will consist of gourmet Southern fare from the kitchen of the Art and Soul Restaurant – does buttermilk fried chicken, grits, greens, and biscuits sound good to anyone? Plus our corporate sponsor, District Doughnut, will be back again, this time serving a trio sampler of mini-doughnuts.
In place of the silent auction before dinner, we’re adding a touch of whimsy with interactive activities and games, as well as a step and repeat photo station. We’re also featuring a special performance by the Little Lights Choir and a live auction with ever popular favorites, like Nationals tickets, and some brand-new items too.
We hope you’ll join us at what we think will be our best Benefit yet!
Click here for information on purchasing tickets or hosting a full or half table.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 11:51 AM
A place for youth to experience nature, get out of the city, and have the space and opportunity to try, experiment, fail and succeed: that’s what the River House offered to a group of our teen program assistants earlier in July.
Twelve teens and young adults, along with four adult staff members, spent Friday and Saturday at the River House, a Christian retreat center in Hurlock, MD run by Chris and Kathie Brigham. Chris and Kathie fed them well, with a pancake breakfast and barbecue for dinner, and led them in devotions after each meal.
Everyone got to spend countless hours playing basketball, riding jet skis, tubing, and swimming in the pool.
Each of these young adults is assisting with Summer Lights. One of our big goals at Little Lights is to employ young people from the community, to help them develop the skills needed to move on to employment elsewhere. By taking them all away for a weekend retreat, we were able to strengthen the personal relationships that are so important as we work to help them realize their abilities.
We’re grateful to Chris and Kathie for providing us with this opportunity, all free of charge. Their ministry to us, and to many other similar organizations, is an incredible blessing and help.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 02:10 PM
Over and over again we are blessed by the generosity of the Mommy and Kids Making a Difference group. For the 2nd year in a row, with the support of Vision of Peace Church, they organized a drive to provide a backpack for each student at Little Lights.
They filled close to 100 backpacks to the brim with notebooks, pencils, pens, sharpeners, and all the supplies kids need to succeed in school – and to go the extra mile, they labeled each backpack by age and grade.
But they didn’t stop there, they held a big dance party at Vision of Peace Church to close out the backpack drive and invited several of our students to join in the fun. Nine students and a few staff members went to the party, ate lots of pizza, watermelon, popcorn, and chocolate chip cookies, played freeze dance, and competed in the live portrait contests.
We appreciate the way Kay, Kim, and the rest of the MAKMAD group provides both practical assistance and fun experiences for our students. It means so much!
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 02:45 PM
Last Friday afternoon, as the group from the Church for All Nations and Korean Presbyterian Church of Washington, helped the kids climb onto the van for the last time, several of them had tears in their eyes.
They were moved by the relationships they built with the kids in that week. And we were moved by their kindhearted, generous, and compassionate service to each and every one of the students and staff at Little Lights.
One of the group shared about his week and the difference he sees Little Lights making:
These kids are no less than any other kids. They are sweet and have great potential. And Little Lights is a place where the kids can be themselves and actively work to become a better person. This is a place where kids can forget their problems outside and focus on God and mature. Little Lights is a safe haven for these kids, but it’s also a place where they can have hope to break from their social restrictions.
It is a blessing for us when volunteers grab hold of our vision and join with us to serve and empower our community. Several of the group even returned the following week to help some more! It is that kind of volunteer who strengthens and enables our work. We’re so grateful for all of those from Church for All Nations and Korean Presbyterian Church of Washington, for their service and their faith in our work.