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60 Treated to Mother’s Day Brunch at Takoma Park Church

Story by Taashi Rowe
Published 5/7/13

Some 60 single moms and some of their loved ones enjoyed a Sunday brunch at the Takoma Park (Md.) church.

Some 60 mothers were treated to a very special brunch at Potomac Conference’s Takoma Park (Md.) church on Sunday. The Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW) sponsored the brunch specifically for single mothers while the church’s Women’s Ministries team prepared the meal. This was the first time that ACSGW, which is supported by several area churches including the Takoma Park church, has held a brunch like this.
“We wanted to recognized single mothers because they work so hard as single parents. They do the work of two parents and we felt their contributions as single parents is often overlooked,” explained Sheila Shilsner, ACSGW director, who has watched her own daughter struggle as a single parent.
The meal included an egg casserole, fruit salad and deli sandwiches with various spreads. The program included poetry and music. Each mother also received a rose and a special Mother’s Day card.
“I feel that we brought joy into the lives of the mothers that attended and we definitely plan on doing it again,” Schilsner said.

Anilda Leiva (pictured second from the right), a volunteer at the ACSGW center in Silver Spring, Md., put a lot of work into Sunday's brunch.

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