A feast for Thanksgiving

Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 09:19 AM


110 families will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast this Thursday thanks to the generosity of DC Metro Church, Vision of Peace Church, and Care Company.

This past Saturday at both the Hopkins Center and the Family Center, families were able to come pick up a Thanksgiving basket. Each basket was filled with a box of mashed potatoes, yams, marshmallows, stuffing, canned pumpkin, pie crusts, corn, and a gift card to Harris Teeter – all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

DC Metro Church, Vision of Peace, and Care Company organized all 110 Thanksgiving baskets and came to personally give the baskets to families in Potomac Gardens and Hopkins.

Those from Vision of Peace Church also offered to pray for anyone who wanted it, and many families were eager for prayer, especially for their children.


As families dropped in to get their basket, it also gave Mary Park, our Deputy Director, the chance to check-in with parents about how their kids are doing in programs. Many parents expressed their gratitude for the extra food and for the ways Little Lights provides not only academic assistance to their kids but holistic assistance to families. 

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The Little Lights Choir takes to the road!

Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 10:19 AM


The Little Lights Choir, under the direction of Associate Director, Linda Rice, hit the road last Sunday to share their talent and exuberance at two of our local partner churches. 

The first stop was at Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA, a church that has faithfully supported Little Lights over the years.  Ten of our students performed “Everybody Clap Your Hands” for the young adult service, Salt and Light, and received an enthusiastic response.  After a pizza break, the choir then sang again at the middle school service, where they were met with more clapping and cheers.

After a short break back at the Little Lights Center, the choir drove to Grace DC Downtown to perform at their evening service. Many of the congregation are volunteers or mentors at Little Lights, so it was a treat for the kids to see many familiar faces. Little Lights always receives a warm welcome from Grace DC and this time was no different.

It was a long day, but a blessed one. The choir did an amazing job showing their talents, praising God, and working together as a team – we are proud of them! 

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In the kitchen with Linda

Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 01:37 PM


Healthy and low-cost. That is the focus of a new cooking class for adults hosted by Little Lights and the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.

Last Wednesday kicked off the class. Eight women from the community gathered at the teaching kitchen at the Hill Center and, under the instruction of our Associate Director Linda Rice, made a full, nutritious meal.

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For the entrée they made curry turkey meatballs, served over saffron rice. For side dishes they prepared sautéed rainbow chard and roasted cauliflower with curry yogurt. Rolls and homemade fruit punch rounded out the meal.


Next month they will make another meal and might try their hand at dessert, too.

There was an overwhelming interest in the class, so each month we will have a new group of adults in attendance – we want everyone to have the chance to participate!

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Spiritual Life Coaching at the Family Center

Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 08:27 AM


New this fall at the Family Center, we are offering a life coaching program for young adults in the community.

Karmen Taylor, Hopkins Center Program Manager, and Ray Nelson, a frequent speaker at the Gathering, are meeting one-to-one with young adults and helping them discern what God has for them vocationally, relationally, and spiritually.

Karmen is meeting individually with six young women, several of whom work at Little Lights, for an hour each week. Together they are discussing spirituality and salvation, taking personality assessments, and working through educational and career goals.


Ray will be meeting with several of the men on the Clean Green Team to study the Bible together.

This is an exciting new step for the Family Center, and one that will allow us to invest more deeply and more personally into the future of our community.

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