Home > The Ministries of our Church >
Adventist Community Services
Assistants: Eva Jackson,  David Distan Jr., Marjorie Chambers, Loranda Distan

Community Services Honors
The program for children and youth to secure their honor patch is facilitated by the Adventist Youth directors, Debra and Alvin Banks.
The program to help adult Members  qualify for the honors patch  are facilitated by Faith Crumbly, Personal Ministries-Community Services director, and Andrea Wiley, Sabbath School superintendent.

The Goal is to complete at least two of these three Skill Level 1 honors by December 22 for presentation on December 29, 2012:  Identifying Community Needs, Serving Communities, and Feeding Ministries.




  RURAL DEVELOPMENT            SERVING COMMUNITIES                  TUTORING        

SHOEBOX KITS: Disaster Preparedness Project
Short Term Goal: 2 shoebox kits per family per quarter.
Long Term Goal:  A closet full of stacked shoebox kits.
We do not pack separate bags for women, men, or children.  Our aim as a small congregation is to address a specific need and to give the most we can in one well-packed box. Recent disasters have shown that during times of disaster, people barter. What may not be needed by any one recipient can be bartered for something they do need. It's an old saying that has proved true, "It all evens out in the wash."

Use Sterilite plastic shoeboxes, 6 qt. size. These would enable us to stack 50 boxes in 2 stacks on 2 sq. feet of floor space. In Hagerstown Sterilite shoe boxes are sold at Walmart —99 cents; Big Lots— $1. Ensure that the lids click. Put one ine of decorative tape, painter’s blue tape, or masking tape around the short center of packed boxes. Write “BT” (Basic Toiletries) on both short ends of the box and the date. 
Please do not use the small travel-size toiletries. Pack for a family of four, e.g., 1 tube of toothpaste WITH 4 toothbrushes. Some suggestions to get you started.
• 1 deodorant
• 1 bar of soap
• 1 toothpaste and 4 brushes
• 1 pack moist wipes,
• 1  small mirror,
• 1 pkg. assorted combs
• 1 hairbrush
• few packets of facial tissue
• 1 shampoo (tube if possible)
• 1 tube of hand lotion
• 1 small jar of Vaseline
• 1 small pkg. or several  individually wrapped tampons for women plus several quart-size sandwich bags secured with a rubber band
• 2 disposable razors with built in gel bar for shaving (or the bar of soap can be used to get a lather).
• Optional Comfort Items: 1 roll of Lifesavers, 1 pack of gum.
Pack enough items to eliminate rattling—or bulging—boxes. 
More on the Home Page.
Shoebox Shopper Service:  $10 per box.
Make check payable to New Joy Fellowship SDA Church. Note:  Shoebox Shopper.

YOUR Personal Disaster Preparedness

You could lose your electricity, gas or drinking water during the next emergency, and you may have to live without these basic services for days. This is why you need an emergency supply kit and an emergency plan.

Your kit should have enough food and water for everyone in your household, including pets, for at least three days. Everyone also should know where the kit is stored, and you can take this checklist with you when you shop for your emergency supply kit. Here's a list from makeaplan.org.

A basic emergency supply kit should include

  • Water, at least three gallons per personAdd canned food to your 
emergency supply kit
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food
  • Pet supplies for at least five days
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Radio and a weather alerting radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for the radio and flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medicines and eyewear

Additional items to consider adding to your emergency supply kit:Plan for emergencies and store plenty of water

  • Baby formula and diapers
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records, in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash in small denominations or traveler’s checks and change
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted in water, bleach can be used to kill germs)
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Acts 9
Members of New Joy Fellowship support this Seventh-day Adventist resource center.
Location                                             Hours Open
39 E. Washington Street                       10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Hagerstown, MD                                  Tuesdays and Thursdays, except holiday

New Joy Fellowship members may drop off food and clothing for Acts 9 at the Hagerstown SDA Church. Be sure to tell the secretary that those items are New Joy Fellowship donations for inclusion with their church delivery to Acts 9.

Members' Assistance Procedure 
Copy and paste the Needs Assistance Request information below.  Print or type the information required.  Extend to a second page if needed. E-mail to newjoyadventist@gmail.com.  Put "Community Services Director" in the subject line. The request will be quickly reviewed and responded to.

1. Contact Person, phone number and best time to call.
2. Name(s) of all persons affected, including ages of children, and relationships, e.g. mother, aunt, cousin, etc.:

3. Mailing Address:

4. Immediate specific need and deadline:

5. Underlying Circumstance: e.g. 60 days past due, delinquent from past billing season, landlord neglect, illness, job loss, spousal abandonment, divorce.

6. Solutions already applied:


7. Name of Company (checks are made payable to the company) and any other information essential for payment:

Community Needs Assistance
 Requests Procedure

Our small congregation stretches to assist members of our church family, our chosen parish, and the greater Hagerstown community. We extend our reach by working in partnership with other churches and denominations through the Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC, pronounced “hark”).  For example, by e-mail, at least twice weekly, HARC informs the NJF Community Services Director of needs that have been analyzed by established helping agencies in the city, such as those listed below. This supports our being the best stewards of the funds that God has provided to the New Joy Fellowship family.
The Plan That Meets the Most Needs:
1NJF members submit the Needs Analysis Form to the NJF Community Services director so that the need can be submitted to the NJF congregation. (Members of any congregation who go to a local church first and later to an agency should report to an agency what assistance they have already received. Each agency has its own processing form.) The balance of the members’ needs can be taken to the agency listed below that addresses the particular need or refers to other agencies.
2. Non-members should take their request directly to the following agencies that work together to supply the most that can be given, referring needs to one another that are not in their purview.
• ACTS 9, Sandy Martin, 301-739-3854. Directs the food and clothing program established by and supported by Adventist Churches in this area.
* REACH (Religious Effort Assisting and Caring for the Homeless) addressing housing crises, e.g., eviction, and operates a cold weather shelter for the homeless.  Jodie Ostoich and Pam Johnson, (301) 733-2371, jostoich@reachcaregivers.orgPJohnson@reachcaregivers.org
Community Action Council (CAC), Dave Jordan, (301) 797-4161, djordan@wccac.org.  Has a program of energy assistance (fuel bills).
*Department of Social Services (DSS), Dave Engle, (240) 420-2120, cell (240) 818-7705, dengle@dhr.state.md.us.  Particularly addresses the needs of children.
How Partnership With HARC Works
The agencies listed above have budgets and means supplied by many organizations, grants, etc. They pass on to HARC the exact amount of money or other help remaining in the need so that partner churches and organizations can address the need as a group. The agencies provide needed information, e.g.:
• That needs are deemed to be outside of their agency/agencies guidelines, e.g. people have acquired work so are not eligible for their funds, but they have not received their first paycheck to meet their immediate needs.
• Safety concerns stemming from persons who are hostile and derogatory when their requests are evaluated. Denied, or not completely fulfilled. The given name/names and identifying characteristics of the person are specified.
• Persons who their investigation has shown to be giving false information.
• Persons who continuously travel the circuit of helping agencies and local churches.
• Persons who have not bettered their long-term situation through the job training, including volunteer apprenticeships, or the financial counseling that agencies have provided.


Additional links on this topic: