The Social Justice Coordinating Committee will be meeting on the first Mondays of the month from 3:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom in the coming church year as we all try to navigate the restrictions we encounter with coronavirus mitigation. Anyone who is interested in attending our meetings is welcome. Contact Ann Feldmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Zoom invitation.
Lincoln School Partnership
Like much else in the world around us – we don’t know what things will look like for Lincoln School this year. In the past, we have had tutors in and out of the building every week of the year, helping in any way that they can. What we do know – at least the first 12 weeks of school for Lincoln, and all of KPS, will be online. This year will be unlike any other.
What hasn’t changed? That there will be a need for help for their students and staff. We just don’t know what those needs might entail. It could be needing to do a collection drive for school supplies, snack/food supplements for families, tutoring online one on one with kids. These are just a few things they may need.
Teachers are still trying to figure out how to make online school best work for their students and their families. We hope to keep the lines of communication open and be ready to help in whatever way we can. People’s people have been stepping up this way for years with Lincoln school – and I can see us continuing to do so no matter what school looks like this year.
We will still have our annual start of the year collection for Lincoln, as we do every fall. This year the Sunday Special Collection to benefit Lincoln falls on September 27th, but donations can be made anytime during the month of September. Donations can be made by sending a check to the church – be sure to mention in the memo line that it is intended for Lincoln school. If you prefer to make your donation online, please click here and specify in the ‘Other’ box that this is for Lincoln School. Teachers will have very different needs this year and whatever we donate will help them to alleviate some of that stress and burden. But there will likely be other needs that I will communicate to you as they arise. Thank you for all the generosity of time, talent and treasure! People’s Church has always been willing to share with the students and staff at Lincoln. Let us take this time to reimagine what that will look like this year in the midst of the many new challenges.
Center for Transformation News
After five months of not meeting, the parolees and the mentors of Center for Transformation have made arrangements with First Baptist Church to resume, carefully, their weekly support group sessions. Gatherings will be limited to ten people, parolees getting first choice and social distancing and face masks will be required. People’s Church members Molly Fairbanks and Rick Johnson are long time members of CFT and currently serve on its board. Anyone wanting more information on this worthy organization can contact them.
ISAAC invites you during the month of August and September to join our Virtual Journey to Washington DC for Racial Justice
March on Washington, 1963 & 2020
History of the March on Washington: The March on Washington was a massive protest march that occurred in August 1963, when 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was aimed to draw attention to continuing challenges and inequalities faced by African Americans a century after emancipation. It was also the occasion of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
This year in DC, the March on Washington theme is: The Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
REGISTER ON LINE AT https://walk.isaackalamazoo.org/register/
Anyone can participate. You can participate by yourself or with your own household. You may choose your participation any of the 30 days or all month long from August 15 – September 20th. You can choose any movement from any location. – where ever you feel safe. You may run, walk, bike, or roll on the road, sidewalk, trail, treadmill or track, or even swim or row. You pick your movement for this journey. *Whatever you do, we ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask!