Cultural Connections

SERVE IN OUR COMMUNITY

Our vision is to see local immigrants transformed spiritually, socially, and economically through friendships with our parishioners centered in the Gospel

Our objective is to show hospitality and share talents and resources in our English language learning community; programming includes ESOL, Futura, a job-search course, Side-By-Side friendship partners, Neighbors Learning Together-Tutoring, and other Refugee initiatives. Here are some of the ways we're working with our whole church family.

Children

WOW, performing, care packs, special events, NLT-game time, friendship partners-with family, gifts

Youth
Adults
Senior Adults
Everyone

September

  • Planning Teams for ESOL classes and events that meet monthly to pray and discuss program needs
  • Friendship Partners to International university students who are visiting for the academic year-requires commitment to monthly engagement

October

  • Serve as mentors to students in the Futura classes that begin Oct. 2, on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7-9 p.m.

  • Groups, families, or individuals can prepare dinner for 20-25 people and serve from 6:45 to 7:15

  • ESOL Classes are to be determined. Think now about volunteering at the Christmas outreach event

November

  • Prepare and/or serve at the Thanksgiving Celebration on Nov. 15 for Cultural Connections Friends, Futura students, Friendship partners and other international friends of our congregants.

December

  • Volunteer asServers, greeters, craft managers and performers for the  Cultural Connections Outreach Event on Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Team Leaders

Cultural Connections
Linda Sellevaag


Adoption and Foster Care
Ryan Hanlon  


Homestretch
Deb Hoppe


Wilston Center
Terry French


Local Schools
Kim Bottimore

 

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Languages are spoken at home by elementary students and their families in Fairfax County
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