Faith Lutheran Church News
Worship & EducationOur Renovated Sanctuary
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.
B.R.E.A.D - Nehemiah Action on May 9
Mark your calendars for two important dates for the BREAD organization:
April 11 - Rally to prepare for the Nehemiah Action at Tifereth Israel, E. Broad Street, 6:45.
May 9 - Nehemiah Action held at the Celester Center the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Bus wil be leaving Faith at 6:00. Nehemiah Action begins at 7:00. Please make every effort to join us as we join with other congregations to make our concerns known.
BREAD'S 2016 Officers
Co-President: Apostle La Fayette Scales, Rhema Christian Center
Co-President: Rev. Eric Moehring, Faith Lutheran
Vice President: Rev. Joel Miller, Columbus Mennonite
Treasurer: Noel Williams, First Unitarian Universalist
Recording Secretary: Ben Gibbons, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
Corresponding Secretary: Rev. June Wilkins, Gethsemane Lutheran
Over 400 network members attended the BREAD Assembly on November 16th at Christ the King where we heard an update on the "Care, Not Crisis" campaign. The Assembly heard personal stories which highlighted the top problem areas raised in our Listening Process: 1) Crime 2) Jobs/Economic Opportunity 3) Education 4) Youth & Family. The Assembly voted to determine which area would be focused on in 2016. Jobs and Economic Opportunity received the highest votes.
Thanks to the following Faith members who attended this meeting: Rich Kuhn, Dorrie Mayer, Carol Barber, Alec McArthur, Jodie Martin Oiler, Jeff Cirelli, Herb Scholes, Leroy Pherigo, Angela Biller, Alice Appel and Pastor Eric.
For more information, please read the accomplishments of BREAD during 2015 in the article below.
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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Letter
In light of the events that occurred in Paris last weekend, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has distributed a letter expressing their concern for the Syrian refugees and the state of terrorism in the Middle East.
Click on the link below for the letter.
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.
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
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
Cheryl L. NewmanPresident, Betty Brewer's Angels--
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.
FLINT MICHIGAN ARTICLE
Flint, Michigan water crisis--How you can help
The following is the text from a letter from the Southeast Michigan Synod regarding the ongoing water crisis in their area. Please pass this along to your congregation and prayerfully consider how you may assist our brothers and sisters during their time of need.
Thank you to those making a national response to the Flint, MI water crisis. It is, and will be an on-going battle that is impacting the lives of children and adults, poor and not-so-poor and all of the people in between.
Following a visit to Salem Lutheran Church/Flint and Pastor Monica Villarreal, it was determined (at that time) that the community’s needs could be addressed in the following ways:
Financial donations to the Southeast Michigan Synod to support the purchase of:
• Water! Jugs are better than bottles, but any container is acceptable and distilled water is preferred over spring water, but, again, any is acceptable.
• Filtration Systems that are certified against NSF/ANSI standards 53, such as:
o Brita Faucet Mount Systems
o PUR MaxIon Advanced Faucet Water Filter - $35, for faucets
o ZeroWater 23Cup Pitcher - $40 for faucets
o PUR MaxIon Faucet Mount Replacement Water Filter, approx. $30 for 2
• Whole House systems for residents (estimated costs at $10,000 ea.)
• Hand Sanitizer – for basic hand cleaning
Water is currently distributed in local fire stations; in the Salem Lutheran Church zip code, there are no fire stations so the response is met by community organizations and churches. Additionally, some distribution centers have limits of one case of water per household/per day. Some residents may make daily trips to have enough water for their families or neighbors. This community’s partners serving as distribution sites include:
• Joy Tabernacle, 2505 N Chevrolet Ave, Flint, MI 48504
• Salem Housing Community Development Corp., 3216 M.L. King Avenue, Flint, MI 48505
• Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 M L King Ave, Flint, MI 48505
How can you help?
Contact your congressperson and urge him/her to take action to support the city of Flint. Visit the ELCA Advocacy https://secure2.convio.net/elca/site/Advocacycmd=display&page=UserAction&id=779
Online donations can be made at:
Checks can be made out to Southeast Michigan Synod and mailed to:
8115 E Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214, with a memo to Flint Water.
Up to date information is available at: www.semisynod.com.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has created a long-term fund that will support the needs of kids now and in the future. Online donations can be made to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund or visit www.cfgr.org.
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