True to our vision of being both a church and community center, Arlington Temple’s doors are open during business hours during the week. People come in these doors for lots of different reasons: to stop and pray during a break from work, to attend an AA meeting, or to get something to eat from our Fellowship Hall food basket.
The food in our food basket is supplied by a local organization and by food donations from church and community members. We are always in need of items that can be easily microwaved if necessary and eaten here, since many of our neighbors who partake don’t have their own home or kitchen: hearty soups, canned ravioli or spaghetti-os, instant mac and cheese, ramen noodles, cans of tuna, etc. For canned food, pull-tab lids are preferable. Remember us the next time you go shopping, or arrange a food drive at your school or workplace.
We offer multiple ways to serve our community and world together throughout the year. Each fifth Sunday of a month, we gather in the Fellowship Hall after worship for Fifth Sunday Service, where we might pack bag lunches for the nearby Arlington County Homeless Services Center, bag produce for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, put together backpacks with school supplies for local students living in affordable housing, or build health kits for refugees through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Each December, we buy and wrap Christmas gifts for our unhoused community members so that they can face the winter with a new coat, sleeping bag, or whatever else might be on their list.
Our Arlington Temple Outreach team meets monthly on Tuesday evenings (dates TBD) and is always exploring and planning new ways for us to engage with and serve our surrounding Rosslyn community – come join the conversation!