ISAAC Public Meeting
People’s Church has long been an active member of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community). At the 2018 ISAAC Public Meeting held October 25 at Mt Zion Church, we exceeded our pledge of 40 attendees in thanks to our young people in attendance, like Dorothy Lonberg.
After a parade of banners representing the 29 member churches and organizations, presentations and action requests by each of the three Task-Forces (Anti-Racism, Anti-Poverty and Affordable Housing) were made to public officials and all participants. In addition, Rev. Rachel co-led attendees in an “I Promise To Vote” pledge.
The meeting began and ended with inspirational music and words from many faith perspectives.
November Special Collection: ISAAC Endowment
Our next Special Collection will be November 11 for the ISAAC endowment. ISAAC is one of our key partners in building the beloved community in Kalamazoo County. People’s people are deeply involved with ISAAC and support its mission with their time, talent, and money. ISAAC is seeking a firmer financial footing and is working with the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to create an endowment that will fund its work for years into the future. Please give generously to support this good and important effort.
The October 14th Special Collection netted $1575 for Open Doors ministry. Rev. Rachel meets with the Downtown Clergy Group, which is holding discussions about ways churches can work together to support Open Doors efforts. Open Doors leadership is exploring the idea of setting up a place where people can have a bed/room to sleep safely in.
Center for Transformation
In the last issue of News and Views we reported that the Center for Transformation had formed a new partnership with the Cooper Street Prison in Jackson. Church member and parolee mentor Rick Johnson tells us that two men have been interviewed through this new connection, with hopes that the relationship will continue once they are released on parole.
Gift Giving Holiday Party in December
On Sunday, December 16 from 3-5 p.m., People’s Church will host a Holiday Party where we will prepare gifts to give to the women and children staying at the Domestic Assault Shelter of the YWCA. We’re asking people who can—big and small—to purchase gifts ($15 or less) that can be given to kids and moms as donations.
We will plan to wrap the gifts and decorate cookies on the 16th. This event will be family-friendly, and both children and adults are encouraged to come and participate. (Please note: you do not have to bring a gift in order to come to the party!) Hot chocolate, cider, and cookies will be on-hand for all participants.
Please look for more details in the December issue of News & Views.