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Fall 2017

Dear Friend,


As we approach this season of Thanksgiving Together on the Tree of Life calendar, I cannot begin to imagine a more poignant rallying cry than the one spoken by The King of Kings in Luke 14: 12-14

Then Jesus said to His host: “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed


…Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” For all that you do that so often is unseen, thank you sincerely. Bountiful blessings at this season of Thanksgiving. Paul Smith Executive Director, Tree of Life Ministries

Director’s Corner - Partner Care Principles

By: Dell Nunaley - Regional Director, Purcellville


Why do we call those whom we serve partners? Why not use standard service terms like “customer” or “client?” Besides the fact that our offerings are free for the asking, we are not in the transaction business, we are in the relationship business. Spreading the love of Jesus Christ presumes offering a way of life more abundant than a life without that love. We desire to work in partnership to offer “a hand up, rather than a handout.” While we attempt to model that philosophy of service in all that we do, we come closest to realizing this in our weekly Partner Care groups and in our bimonthly review and invitation of

selected partners to come alongside us and walk together in an extended commitment of physical,

mental, and spiritual development. As we do so we are guided by six principles of Partner Care

that align well with the core values shared by all of us at Tree of Life Ministries.


  1. Because we believe that God created every human being in his image, and in that sense, they are God’s children, We see everyone’s value.
  2.  As they have great value to God, We are willing to invest relationally in others.
  3. As everyone has a God given capacity whether they are living up to it or not, We help everyone achieve their God-given potential.
  4. Because we believe everyone has something of value to contribute, albeit not the same thing for everyone, We require mutual contribution and participation.
  5. As God has his loving eyes on everyone, and we should ask him for guidance, We respond with collective wisdom and discernment.
  6. Realizing that the partner and the volunteer will both likely be changed in the encounter,
    We serve in ways that transform.


In the daily application of these Partner Care Principles we will undoubtedly change our focus

from needs to the person. In our activities we will change our focus from programs, to relationships.

This deliberate focus on the whole person using the wisdom of God will serve to lift them up from

depending on hand outs to a more abundant life realizing their potential to give back to others.

This is a great reason to give each partner we meet the opportunity to experience the love of

Jesus Christ.


Upcoming Events


Volunteer Academy:

December 9 from 9 AM-12 PM


Next Volunteer Introduction Program: November 18, 9-10 AM


Thanksgiving Together:

November 23 from 12-2:30 PM

at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church


Life Skills Workshops:

November 14 and 28 from 6-8:30 PM, and December 5 and 12 from 6-8:30 PM


Christmas For Others: December 10 from 6-8:30 PM at Purcellville Baptist Church, featuring a pageant and a feast for our partners.


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Christmas for Others: December 11 and 12 from 6-8:30 PM at Crossroads Baptist Church.  We will offer a free meal, pageant, and gifts that parents can give to their children to celebrate Christ’s birth.


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Christmas for Others: December 3 from 6-8:30 PM will offer a free meal and free coats for partners who attend. We are excited to celebrate the birth of Christ, display the love of the Father, and honor the Holy Spirit in our celebration.


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Community Picnic at Main Street Commons

We held our regular Thursday community dinner as a special picnic under the pavilion at Main Street Commons on August 24. The picnic offered us an opportunity to showcase our ministries to those in need, to give single parents a break from cooking, and to provide a fun family outing.


Teen Clothing Closets & School Supply Giveaways (Purcellville & Leesburg)

Over 100 teenagers and their parents gathered in Purcellville on August 26th and September 9th for the Teen Clothing Closet. In Leesburg, teens gathered on September 16th. Not only were free clothes, school supplies, and haircuts provided to visitors, but a free breakfast also came with the event. Volunteers guided partners through the clothing selection to provide a “retail” experience. Schoolchildren left the event equipped with backpacks full of school supplies.

Working Hands - The Susan Project

The Susan project, part of our Working Hands ministry, made a huge difference. On Sep 9th a group of 40 volunteers came together to finish rehabilitation for a woman who had no running water, no heat, and the house was overgrown with trees and mold. Our gracious volunteers tore down an old side porch and guttering, installed new ones, painted the foundation and trim, and cleaned up the yard.


Community Impact

Breakfast The Community Impact Breakfast brought together a group of community leaders. Paul and Dell encouraged people to ask, “Why Volunteer? Why Pray? Why Donate?” Donors and volunteers shared their testimonies of the lives changed through ministry.


On September 30th, we held our annual volunteer recognition picnic at Franklin Park. The highlight of the afternoon was our recognition of 8 key contributing volunteers of Tree of Life who have shown by their dedication and significant contributions over many months they have fully embraced the sharing of Jesus’ love to the poor and needy.

The awardees were:

Connie Franz - Food pantry

Renee Geiger - Food pantry and LifeSkills ESOL

Stacey Garman - LifeSkills child tutoring

Chap Gleason - Shelter Working Hands

Rebecca Edwards - Food kitchen coordinator and Healthcare Wellness Coach

Natalie Welch - Relief Still Waters

Kathy Ruckman - Relief Christmas for Others

Carla Wright - Support database


We thank them for all their wonderful support to Tree of Life!

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