Special Collections
We collected $1467 for Ministry with Community on December 10.  Thanks to everyone who donated.  The next Special Collection will be held on Sunday, January 14.

ISAAC Update
Three new task-forces are forming now to work on the selected social justice issues to address in our community over the next two years. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of creating systems level change for greater justice in these issue areas. The initial meetings are as follows: Racism – Tuesday, December 19, 6:30pm-8pm; Poverty – Tuesday, January 23, 6:30pm-8pm; and Housing – Usually the 1st Monday, 5:30-7:00 pm. All meetings are at St. Luke’s Church. (Call 269-341-4213 or email isaackalamazoo@gmail.com to confirm January dates.)

St. Luke’s Dining Room was filled on December 13th for a breakfast gathering to celebrate and support ISAAC. Your donations for the end -of-year appeal are needed and welcome. See https://isaackalamazoo.org/ Learn how to become a GEM, by giving every month, or designate ISAAC Endowment in your donation to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

People’s Church has an ISAAC Core Team to help organize and support our congregation in the work of ISAAC. If you want to learn more and consider becoming part of this team contact Rochelle at habeck@chartermi.net.

Sunday Service in February
On February 25 there will be a special service to inform us all about the various social justice activities that People’s Church advocates/supports. In preparation for this, you are encouraged to read the article entitled, “Do You Have to Be An Activist to Be A Unitarian Universalist?” on pg. 30 in the Winter 2017 UU World, the magazine that every member receives. If you would prefer to read it online, go to https://www.uuworld.org/articles/activism-unitarian-universalist.

Center for Transformation
Rebecca McCleery, CFT executive director, has secured three grants securing strong financial support for the coming year. An additional Tuesday afternoon support group has started for women who are more comfortable in a same sex gathering. Another group is planned to be offered in the evening for those parolees who work during the day. CFT has also recently expanded its reach in the community by joining in partnership with the local chapter of the NAACP ….and Wings of Hope, a restorative justice service in Van Buren County.

The Center is looking for a volunteer treasurer. The required work is less than two hours a week and there is a board meeting held on the third Tuesday each month. If interested, please contact Molly Fairbanks or Rick Johnson.

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