Mental Health First Aid USA Retreat
Mental Health First Aid USA teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, AD/HD, exposure to trauma and substance abuse disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling; rather, participants learn a core five-step action plan to support a person developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.
Mental Health First Aid USA has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences, including hospital staff, employers, business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, educators, and the general public. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certification in Mental Health First Aid. Trainers are certified trainers of Mental Health First Aid USA and represent local organizations: Walden and On Our Own of St. Mary’s. For more information about this program, please contact Laura Webb, Recovery Support Services Director, Walden Sierra at 301-997-1300 x 804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**CHANGE OF LOCATION (effective Fri. 3/13)
Because of a major marathon in D.C. Saturday, the location of the Rev. Mark Brown’s talk has been moved.
Humanitarian Assistance and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land
Saturday March 14 at 10 a.m. (Coffee and cookies will be served.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church at 9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Plenty of parking; walking distance from Silver Spring Metro Stop on Red Line.)
Rev. Mark Brown is the Lutheran World Federation Regional Representative in Jerusalem. On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, Rev. Brown will speak about Augusta Victoria Hospital and other LWF Humanitarian services, East Jerusalem and the peace process.
Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill (212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20003)
More information available in the flyer below:
Coming in March: “A Crash Course for Families with Aging Loved Ones”
Busy people can learn more about issues and resources as they take on increasing responsibility for aging or ill family members through this 2-part series called “Support U.” Normally a 6-week course, Support U will be conducted in two intensive sessions, at a convenient Prince George’s County, Maryland location.
The program is led by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and open to the public. The host site is: Grace Lutheran Church, 10928 Indian Head Highway, Ft. Washington, MD 20744.
Support U sessions provide important information and opportunities for peer group discussion. Topics: planning ahead, finding and using resources, self-care, family dynamics, dementia and chronic illness, and financial well-being.
**Updated March 2–DATES CHANGED due to inclement weather
Session 1: Sunday, March 15 2:30-5:30 PM
Session 2: Sunday, March 22 2:30-5:30 PM
A discounted tuition of $20 per session is available to attendees thanks to grant funding. Online reservation site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D82SLTM
Please see the detailed flyer below: (flyer lists the original dates – notice the date change above, due to inclement weather on March 1)
The New Mocha Morning Bible Study has begun! We are meeting at Martha R.’s house on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:30 am. Our next meeting is February 4 when we’ll begin studying the book of Ruth using Premium Roast with Ruth by Sandra Glahn. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Martha.
Join us Sunday, January 25 at 10:30 am for some “coffee and conversation” about the WARM ministry. This is an opportunity to find out more about the ministry and the various opportunities to serve during Good Sam’s host week of February 15-22. We will have a conversation about the different volunteer positions and what they entail. (Click to read more about the WARM ministry.)
Even if you are not available to serve during the week, support is needed in other areas such as prayer, food and toiletry donations, and help with set-up and laundry. Please consider staying after church and finding out more about serving our homeless brothers and sisters. God calls us to serve the poor and homeless (Leviticus 25:35-36, Isaiah 58:7, Luke 14:13-14).