The school year is well underway and our Special Collection for Lincoln School on September 17 netted $1,319, a wonderfully generous amount. As a rule, we hear from teachers about how this gift is being used to enhance their teaching. Watch this space!
The October benefit to the Hispanic American Council totaled $1,193, especially needed now
as they had lost some of their funding recently. We are glad to support our neighbors in community.
In addition to our Special Collections, you can find other ways to serve our community needs right here in church. In the lower lobby is a box for contributions to Ministry with Community—toiletries, health aids, sanitary products, baby supplies—the ordinary items we take for granted for everyday comfort. On the table at the top of the stairs you will find a blue plastic bin where you can leave supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, soap, laundry detergent, personal care items, etc. for our Syrian refugee family, the Altyaras.
Did you know that the church can earn money when you shop from AmazonSmile? You do now. If you shop at AmazonSmile, please consider using the church as an organization you donate to.
We have been supporting the Center for Transformation for years. This is a locally based prisoner reentry program which supports recent parolees as they reestablish themselves in society after lengthy prison confinements. They have some wonderful news to share. Recently appointed Executive Director Rebecca McCleary has used her expertise in applying for grants to secure funding for expansion and development of programs. A strategic development conference with the state board is planned to determine broader efforts. Also, CFT is partnering with the local NAACP to co-sponsor programs. Good news all around for this very important service.
Your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is always open to new suggestions as to how we can improve living in our communities. All are invited to sit in on our meetings.
November Special Collection, Sunday, November 12
The International Council of Unitarian Universalists, in support of Burundian UU Refugees
Several times in the past, People’s Church has partnered
with and supported the UU congregation in Burundi, in East Africa. As you may know, Burundi has become unstable and violent recently. Our partner congregation church had to close under threats and destruction. Reverend Fulgence, after being arrested and released, is now living in Alberta, Canada with his family. Most of the Burundian UUs are now refugees in Rwanda and in Kenya. The International Council of UUs has supported the plight of the UU refugees in Rwanda by renting a house and providing some food. We are asking for Peoples’ people generosity to continue to provide emergency help to Burundian refugees abroad who need it greatly.