CSA Church

Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 
Hebrews 13:16 ESV

CSAChurch Mission Project: Bed in a Bag for Rockville Homeless Shelter
February 9th, 2015
from Dorothy Day Place Men and Women Transitional Shelter
Subject: Gratitude and Acknowledgement of Receipt of 34 bed-in-a-bags

Dear Rev. Sue Brown,

I am writing this letter to thank you and Concord-St. Andrew’s UMC members for providing a total of 34 bed-in-a-bag sets for our shelter located at 5320 Marinelli Rd., Rockville MD 20852. We currently have a total of 34 residents and we will be providing one bed-in-a-bag set for each client so that they can keep themselves warm in their bed from the winter cold weather. I couldn’t thank you more for all the support and comfort you provided to our women and men.

Catholic Charities Dorothy Day Shelter Program has enjoyed the relationship with the Concord-St. Andrew’s UMC and looks forward to working together to help clients move forward in their life by achieving their short and long term goals. As always, we also appreciate your kindness for providing hot and nutritious meals to our residents.

Many thanks,
Zelalem Zemichael,
LGSW Senior Program Manager 

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Local Work
  • We help the homeless and working poor by periodically providing dinners to two local shelters: Bethesda House, which houses approximately 15 men; and Dorothy Day Place, which cares for 20 women. 
  • Church members contribute non-perishable food throughout the year to Bethesda Help and Manna Food Center. 
  • We collect clothes year round and school supplies in the fall; and are an active Contributing Member to Interfaith Works.
  • Church members organize dinner at a local restaurant for "Thanksgiving in February" and Youth participate in the "30 Hour Famine" to bring attention to the issue of hunger.

Our largest and most joyful outreach project is the annual Christmas Angel Tree Project. CSA is a staging location for clothes, toys and food baskets for families in need. Each year our children help many church members sort and package several hundred gifts make deliveries prior to Christmas.

International Efforts

We have a Covenant Relationship with two missionary families: Drs. Jeffrey and Ellen Hoover in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Nan McCurdy and her husband, Miguel Mairena, in Nicaragua. We contribute yearly to each missionary family, and support them in our thoughts and prayers.

 We also contributed money to scholarships funds, and  to the Women’s Clinic which provides free cervical cancer screening and treatment, and sends a doctor monthly to treat women in seven remote villages.
In addition, we continue to support children at the Mukui Primary School in the rural Kiambu District near Nairobi, Kenya. On a regular basis, funds are raised to support the neediest students to help them pay for school fees, uniforms, books, and school supplies. We also helped build and develop a secure library for teachers and students. Last summer, two of our members visited the school and helped to set up the library with many new books purchased locally. Students especially appreciated new soccer balls.  Another mission is providing scholarships to orphaned students and clean water for the school.


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CSA Church

5910 Goldsboro Road

Bethesda, MD 20817