Pathways to Partnership
In response to the call of every follower of Jesus to contribute to the needs of the marginalized...the orphan...the widow, Allelon Community Church is committed to creating "pathways of partnership." Our desire is to effectively connect people with one another along common interests, gifts and talents, in a culturally relevant way. There are many ways to partner with us, each equally valued, as we share the good news of the gospel in word and deed. We would encourage you to consider one of the following pathways as we bring a voice of life to the brokenhearted int the Old Fourth Ward of Annapolis, the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and to the ends of the earth.
Partnership Through Prayer
We are community of faith who recognizes the power of prayer and are continually in prayer for one another, the city of Annapolis and beyond and that many would come to repentance and belief in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. Your continual prayers are vital for the ongoing work of the ministry. You can visit the blog portion on this site for updated prayer requests. You are also welcome to join us for our monthly Allelon intercessory prayer meeting every third Thursday of the month from 1:30pm-2:30pm at Allelon House (77 Franklin Street.)
Partnership Through Financial Giving
As stewards of all that God has entrusted to us, we are reminded of the words of King David in 1 Chronicles 29:11-13:
“Yours O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are the power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
We take seriously the requirement of God's faithful stewards to "be found trustworthy" (1 Corinthians 4:2). For this reason, as we rely on others to partner with us financially, we want to make clear some of the specific ways in which your money is being used for the advance of the kingdom. Below is a list of specific ways that you can contribute in lieu of making a general donation. (See details on How to Give below)
Support the Allelon Food Cupboard/ Newborn Baby "Basket's of Love"
We now have a "grocery cupboard" on the premises of the Allelon House. Out of the ongoing relationships that are being formed, we are becoming increasingly aware that many families will go without a nutritious, home cooked meal during the week. We are differentiating this from a larger "open food pantry" as we prayerfully discuss and discern who could be most blessed by a bag of groceries. Those that are regularly joining us on Friday evenings are also utilizing this cupboard to supplement a meal for their families. You can donate nutritious/non-perishable items directly to the house or a gift of $15-$25 will bless one family with a bag of groceries for the week.
In response to rising children born into fatherless (and sometimes motherless) homes, we now have a pantry dedicated to newborn baby items. This has been an excellent way to build relationships with and bless the new moms in the neighborhood with a "Basket of Love." Each of these baskets contain items like bottles, diapers, pacifiers, onesies and blankets, With a gift of $50 you can bless one new family with a basket and be a part of bringing a message of love and hope.
Feed a family of five at our monthly dinner: "Supper & a Story"
Every first Sunday of the month some 80-100 members of the Old Fourth Ward of Annapolis come together to serve one another and share in a home-style meal. For many, this may be there only warm meal for the week. This has become a great opportunity for relationship building as we celebrate stories of how God is at work in our midst. Your gift of $15 will bless a family of five with a warm and nutritious meal. In addition, a gift of $175 will provide a meal for an entire community.
Support a camper
July 7-9, 2016 will be the annual Allelon Camping Trip at Deep Creek Lake State Park. For many, this is a first time experience of stepping out in faith to witness countless stars in the night sky, playing in the cool water flowing from a sixty foot waterfall, and sharing in the wonder of God's majesty. This three day/two night experience for all ages has, for many, become a defining point in their faith journey, This weekend culminates with a campfire service followed by baptism's in the lake in front of many witnesses. Your gift of $40 will allow one camper to participate in an unforgettable weekend.
Support a new disciple with a Bible and Daily Devotional
Many in the city of Annapolis have not been exposed to or discipled in the daily reading of/hearing of God's word. For $18.00 you can bless a new follower of Jesus with a study bible as well as a "Jesus Calling" daily devotional. In addition, for $40 we are sending a set of five daily devotionals to the inmate library at Jennifer Road Detention Center in Anne Arundel County on an ongoing basis.
Partnership Through Participation
We understand that there are many who desire to give of their time and gifts to the marginalized in the city and beyond. The difficulty seems to be in finding a connecting point for active engagement. Our desire is to create natural, culturally relevant , pathways (initiatives) for developing ongoing relationships, beyond a one time event, leading to ongoing mentoring/discipleship. Below is a list of some of the ongoing initiatives.
For One Child
We are currently partnering with Annapolis, Hillsmere and Georgetown East Elementary Schools to provide mentors for elementary aged boys and girls. These students are carefully selected by the school guidance counselors to be in need of additional support. The For One Child Initiative views mentoring as being more about relationships than programs. Mentoring is defined as a committed, intentional relationship with the common goal of seeing the student grow in preparation for and reaching full adulthood. The commitment is simple...begin by visiting the child during the school lunch or recess hours for one hour...once weekly...for a minimum of one year...with one purpose...to show up! We believe that our presence is the greatest gift that we can provide. In addition, we are committed to providing ongoing equipping of the mentors towards loving...modeling and coaching these young men and women who are simply wanting to be reminded that their lives matter. If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the "Contact Us" heading at this site and we would be happy to assist you in getting started in making a difference in the life of a child.
The vision of “For One Child” is to see every child from grades two through twelve in the city of Annapolis connected with a mentor for support in their journey towards adulthood.
All Anne Arundel County School student’s in grades two through five (Currently Annapolis Elementary School) will be identified by the school staff as in need of additional support and encouragement. The commitment for all mentors is one child… for one hour per week…for a minimum of one year. Male mentors will be assigned to male students; female mentors with female students. Initial contact with the student will begin within the school setting during school hours. The primary goal or purpose for each mentor is to consistently “show up” in the life of the child. Instilling a sense of value and purpose in their journey towards adulthood.
To begin the process of becoming a mentor you can contact us by visiting alleloncc.org/Contact us. You can also contact Kathy Mogelinski at KBM@arinc.com or by phone at 410-991-6265.
1. Attending a brief orientation held the first week of every month at the Allelon House
77 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. (Check alleloncc.org/what’s happening for the next scheduled orientation)
2. Attend a brief introductory orientation, held weekly, at your assigned elementary school
Annapolis Elementary School
180 Green Street, Annapolis, MD 2140
Hillsmere Elementary School
3052 Arundel On The Bay Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
Georgetown East Elementary School
111 Dogwood Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
Rolling Knolls Elementary School
1985 Valley Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Monarch Academy Annapolis
2000 Capital Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401
3. View mandatory video (Sexual Harassment/Child Abuse Neglect) at your convenience following the school orientation.
4. Complete a background check by visiting the Anne Arundel County Public School website (aacps.org/Parents/Background checks)
5. Attend at least two “Mentor Meetings” throughout the year. (held at the Allelon House)
Once the first four of these requirements have been met, you can begin meeting with your child at your assigned elementary school during school hours. The specifics for visiting the school will be given at the time of the school orientation.
Thank you for your consideration in partnering with us in bringing a sense of value and belonging… for one child!
“It is better to build boys than mend men.”
For One Child spends the day at Camp Wabanna.
Supper And a Story
Community meal which meets every first Sunday of the month at the Stanton Community Center (92 West Washington Street Annapolis, MD 21401) from 5pm-6:30pm. This initiative provides an excellent opportunity for developing ongoing relationships with members of the community, hearing their stories, and sharing your story. We are currently in need of men and women willing to commit to meeting on an ongoing basis with the children and youth of the city. Contact Mr. David Basara at email@example.com or visit the "Contact Us" section at this website.
"Freedom Gardens" is an initiative that began three years ago as a way to engage the community in planting small, sustainable, vegetable gardens in their own yards. These gardens provide an excellent opportunity for spending quality time with a few and planting seeds of hope. In addition, we are continually planting and beautifying ("re-creating") in larger spaces in and around the Old Fourth Ward of Annapolis. If you have a green thumb and a desire to witness seeds of hope being planted, contact Ms. Sandi Zoellner at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the "Contact Us" section at this website.
Allelon Community Church is currently seeking someone to lead a small community in periodic or ongoing worship at our gathering's on Friday evening and/or Sunday mornings. Please contact Pastor Tom Hooe at email@example.com or by phone at 410-991-5335.
Children and Youth Ministry Leader
Allelon Community Church is currently seeking someone to lead a small group of children ages 3-12 during our Friday evening and/or Sunday morning gatherings. Please contact Kathy Mogelinski at KBM@arinc.com or visit the "Contact Us" section of this website.