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CONGRATULATIONS TO JUSTIN BILLER AND MICHAEL VEDOVATO AS THEY AFFIRMED THEIR BAPTISM ON SUNDAY, MAY 22.
Blood pressure screening is held following the 10:15 service the first Sunday of the month.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:00 - 10:00
Elementary classes meet in the lower level conference room.
Intermediate group meets in the lower level conference room.
HS meets in the youth lounge.
Lounge class is held in the lounge.
Nehemiah Action 2016
The most recent Nehemiah Assembly held on Monday, May 9th, was well attended and well run. The program included exciting music presented by a 50 voice choir from Rhema Christian Center, inspiring words about the work of justice, and exciting reports about the good things that are happening in our city because of
Dr. David Schalk of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church reminded us of Pope Francis’ words about the “throw-away culture,” people who are forgotten or “written off.” His words inspired the cheer: “Hire and Better Pay: Don’t Throw Away.”
Among the reports heard by the assembly was that of the ADAMH board. They reported the great work being done by two new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams with people who are homeless, and shared that the Clubhouse International at Pathways is well on its way to being opened early this fall.
It was also heartening to hear AttorneyRon O’Brien offer his ongoing support.
The attached article gives more details on the work being done on helping people find employment opportunities. There already is work being done by Councilwomen, Elizabeth Brown to establish an ordinance in the city to make it easier for “returning citizens” to be hired.
We especially thank the 24 people from Faith Lutheran who were able to attend: Eileen Young, Sue Hertzog, Larry Hertzog, Dorrie Mayer, Susie Lowther, Gretchen Risch, David Risch, Angie Biller, Emma Sattler, David Sattler, Claire Sattler, Karen Brown, Ann Barrett, Dave Barrett, Mary Martin-Thomas, Jodie Martin-Oiler, Rich Kuhn, Freda Evans, Diane (Carol Barber’s Friend), Carol Barber, Alice Appel, Alex McArthur, and Rev. Eric Moehring.
Special thanks to our Justice Ministry Team (Herb Scholes, Alice Appel, Jodie Martin-Oiler, and Carol Barber) and to members who worked at being part of the Justice Ministry Network by inviting others to the event (Dorrie Mayer, Claire Sattler, Angela Biller, Dave and Gretchen Risch.
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May Service Opportunities
Saturday, May 7th: Rebuilding Together Central Ohio: 9am-2pm
The organization needs 75 “Team Whitehall” volunteers to help fix up 15 homes for low-income, disabled and senior residents. Volunteers can choose their projects and will be doing anything from raking leaves, trimming bushes, picking up litter, power washing, painting, etc. There is an activity for every skill and ability level. Volunteers are asked to meet at Whitehall’s Norton Field and to work from 9-3, but hours are very flexible. Sign up is at: http://goo.gl/forms/nKviqhfv7L.
Saturday and Sunday, May 7, 8: T.O.U.C.H. Recycling Drive
Faith Lutheran will be collecting recyclable electronics in support of MCS-T.O.U.C.H. (TOUCH is a nonprofit organization, located on Robinwood Ave., that serves at-risk and vulnerable populations in Franklin County, Ohio. Their mission is to “’reach out and touch’” the lives of individuals and families, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency, positive relationships, and economic success.”)
Saturday, May 14: Whitehall’s Great American Clean-Up Day: 10am-2pm
Help beautify our neighborhood while making friends and having fun. The city will bring the supplies, t-shirts and food! Join “Keep Whitehall Beautiful” for the first-ever “Whitehall Great American Cleanup Day!” @ your neighborhood elementary school, Beechwood, Etna and Kae Ave.
Monday, May 9 Justice Ministry: B.R.E.A.D. Nehemiah Action: 6-9pm
Faith Lutheran is striving to gather 50 people to join with another 3450 people of faith at the Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fair Grounds for the purpose of showing our concern for all parts of the community. We don’t have money, but we do have power in numbers. Join us as we work with others to bring about the kinds of changes we know God wants.
The bus leaves from Faith Lutheran at 6pm. The meeting starts at 7pm and ends at about 8:30. The bus should return to Faith by 9:00pm.
Upcoming Summer Events
1. Adopt a Roadway—Faith Lutheran Church has adopted Collingwood Avenue. Sometime in May (tba) we will sponsor a time for members to walk Collingwood and adjacent streets to pick up trash. Please speak to Pastor Eric if you would like to help organize.
2. Thrivent Builds (Habitat for Humanity) Sometime this summer Faith Lutheran will organize a group or groups to help in rebuilding one of the five homes that are being worked on in Whitehall. Please speak to members of the Outreach Board (Carol Barber, Herb Scholes, Freda Evans, Jodie Oiler-Martin, Pastor Eric) or Tom Allen.
3. Ministry at the Commons. Outreach Board would like to set-up another event at the Veteran’s Housing on Livingston Avenue. If you would like to help, please contact Jodie Oiler-Martin.
4. YOUTH MISSION TRIP: week of July 10. Pastor Eric and Angie Biller will mentor five of our youth in this week of service. We are grateful to David Sattler, Emma Sattler, Justin Biller, Jada Biller, and O’marion Marshall who have all committed to attending.
5. VACATION BIBLE CAMP, led by Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, will be offered at Faith Lutheran the week of July 17. We still have 11 signs that need to be placed locally. Also, we will need assistants/mentors each day. Speak to Pastor Eric or Jane Ahrens for more information.
6. ICE CREAM SOCIAL—Sunday, July 24—3-5:30pm
7. “God’s Work/Our Hands” --Sunday, September 11.
First English Meals
Faith Lutheran prepares and serves breakfast for people living in the central city on the fourth Sunday of each month at First English Church. Please contact Dave or Mary Garvin if you would like to help out.
Pictured below is Mary Garvin with other helpers at a First English block party.
Betty Brewer's AngelsHello everyone! Now that Thanksgiving Day if over, we have officially entered the holiday season!!!! But you knew that, right? Maybe you have a loved one residing in a long-term-care-facility and are agonizing trying to think what you can give them for the holidays. Last November I was honored to be part of the radio program "Journey Through Aging" where I give you some ideas on exactly how to give the best gift of all, the gift of you. Just click here http://journeythroughaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JTA-12-13-seg-4.mp3 to listen. "Journey Through Aging" is a wonderful radio show in which the host, Joel Wrobbel covers a wide range of topics regarding aging. The show airs every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on WRFD 880AM. I encourage you to go to their web site www.journeythroughaging.com to scroll through the list of topics they cover. All the shows are online so if you miss a show when it airs, it is easy to just click on the one that most interests you. You will be amazed at the variety of topics Joel covers. Last Saturday one of the topics Joel presented was "10 Signs of Caregiver Stress". I know many of you are caregivers so this might be helpful for you. And oh yes, Betty Brewer's Angels newest blog posting is ready for you to read by clicking here Betty Brewer's Angels
We have some exciting news on two new ways you can donate to Betty Brewer's Angels without opening your pocket books and a heartwarming story about how one of our volunteers changed the life of a resident she visits. Hope you enjoy! Peace, Cheryl
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Potlucks to End World Hunger
The first Lutheran Advocacy day was held in conjunction with Potlucks to End World Hunger, and it was a success!
The goal was to raise awareness about hunger within the Halls of the Ohio Statehouse.The day began grounded in prayer led by Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt during apress conference for media outlets that cover the Statehouse.
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Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning
JUSTICE MINISTRY UPDATE
Because of BREAD, the ADAMH Board has established 3 new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams that are currently at work engaging the most vulnerable people with mental illness. They also allocated $200,000 for an accredited clubhouse in Franklin County! The plan is to have a grand opening for the clubhouse this summer and to have 200 active clubhouse members by the end of 2016!
The "Violence Must Stop" committee continues to work with the department of Public Safety to ensure forward progress establishing a community-police relations initiative proven to reduce gang violence. In November members of BREAD traveled to Akron with other key Franklin County officials including representatives of the judiciary, probation, prosecutor; law enforcement, public safety and social service agencies to observe the "Safe Neighborhoods" initiative modeled after Cincinnati's C.I.R.V. program. The Columbus Department of Public Safety anticipates a similar initiative beginning in March of 2016.
While the overall unemployment rate in Columbus is down, poverty is increasing. Columbus is one of the most economically segregated cities with pockets of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. Many people are working at low-paying jobs that don't allow them to support their families. There aren't opportunities for people to progress from a job that pays minimum wage to one with better pay. Blue collar jobs have disappeared. People face transportation and childcare barriers. Too many people have their resume thrown away because they have a criminal background and still others can't pass a drug test. People who have never had a job struggle to show up on time, communicate well with their coworkers, and navigate the social aspects of their job. The programs available to help people find jobs are uncoordinated and while there are some effective programs, their reach is limited. There's a lack of accountability for programs to receive funding based on their outcomes.
We found that there are many vulnerable groups in our county who need identification such as the undocumented, homeless, victims of domestic violence, the elderly with low-incomes, and others. We are working with 5 other organizations in a collaborative effort to bring a municipal ID program to Franklin County. This has been done in several communities across the country including New York City; Newark, New Jersey; San Francisco and Oakland, California; New Haven, Connecticut; and Johnson County, Iowa. Our goal is to have this ID benefit everyone in our community through having incentives and discounts attached to the card and allowing people to open bank accounts with it.
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