The battle against the third horcrux, Animal Cruelty, waged by our Religious Education program, has three fronts: the offering received Sunday, February 12th which amounted to $812, the collection of supplies needed by the SPCA (ongoing), and the volunteer effort by our youth taking place March 12.  There is still time to bring dog and cat items to place in the marked boxes in the lower lobby.  The Needs List can be found at  SWMichiganSPCA.com. Let’s fill the boxes so our kids will have lots of stuff to take with them when they go to volunteer!

Our March Specialty Collection will be to collect books for Lincoln Elementary School.

Another opportunity for 8th- to 12th-graders to participate in social justice will be available on March 18 at the Future Leaders for Peace kick-off at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Over the next year, Future Leaders for Peace will lead a justice movement throughout Kalamazoo County. Aligned with ISAAC’s three core issues, youth will organize and advocate for public policies that support violence prevention, racial justice and educational equity.  These young people will build support among policymakers, community leaders, parents/guardians and students. They will be trained to hold peer sessions, will conduct a peer listening campaign during the summer of 2017 and in October 2017 will vote on their next issue to address within their youth cohort.  Interested?  Call Venessa or Wendy at 269-341-4213.

Loaves and Fishes need for March is sugarless canned fruit.

Anyone is welcome to sit in on SJCC meetings.  The Social Justice Coordinating Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the clubhouse of Parkview Hills.

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